Where to Buy the Carhartt WIP x New Balance Made in USA 990v1
News on this release was first published on September 9, 2022.
Update September 14, 2022: Looking to cop the Carhartt WIP x New Balance 990v1 on September 16? A bunch of retailers are stocked and ready to drop their pairs! Peep our Where to Buy guide below.
Carhartt WIP, the lifestyle arm of the heritage American workwear brand, have been ramping up their collaborative sneaker prowess in recent years, and this effort with New Balance is perhaps their highest calibre yet. Not everybody gets a chance to work on a Made In USA model – a 990v1, no less – and they’ve relished the opportunity while showing a fair amount of restraint.
They stick to the usual suede and mesh combo, but the former textile has its nap factor ramped up massively, resulting in a very scruffy and tactile finish, which is only made more prominent with the navy shade. The mesh uses OG grey, and, per catalogue spec, the N logos are reflective but have an additional white leather trim sitting underneath. Some more colour comes through via the light tan lining and heel pad of the Vibram rubber outsole, a nod to Carhartt WIP’s key colour. They also leave their C logos on one tongue label and heel tab.
According to the collaborators, the inspiration behind this collection is the ‘sculpture center’, aka the neighbourhood gyms scattered throughout America. This is reflected in the navy and grey palettes, plus collegiate fonts on the accompanying apparel collection.
The Carhartt WIP x New Balance collection will be available on September 16 from Carhartt WIP and New Balance, plus selected global retailers.