ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong, Seb, Amber De Luca-Tao
New Balance 990v5 Vegan M990JS5
New Balance 990v5 Vegan M990JS5
New Balance 990v5 Vegan M990JS5
New Balance 990v5 Vegan M990JS5
,New Balance 990v5 Vegan M990JS5

Where to Buy the New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly'
Release: 21 November 2021

Style Code: M990JS5

Colourway: Vegan

News of this release was first published on November 10, 2021.

Update February 16, 2022: Some additional Australian retailers will be releasing the New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly' on February 17. Get them from Above The Clouds, Subtype, and New Balance Australia.

Update February 4, 2022: After releasing in global regions, Australia is set to receive a small run of the New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly' at Up There. They will be available on February 5 at 12AM AEDT.

Update January 25, 2022: Following the release of the New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly' earlier this month at a number of retailers, the silhouette has now dropped in a full-sized run directly via the New Balance US web store. Head down below to shop now.

Update January 11, 2022: After a long lead-up, the New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly' will be released next week on January 21! Here's where to buy it. We'll keep the list below updated as the drop date nears.

Update January 10, 2022: Following an early drop almost two months ago, the New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly' will be releasing widely at boutique retailers including SEVENSTORE, Norse Store and END. on January 21.

The New Balance 990v5 is certainly in its twilight years, and the arrival of its v6 successor is imminent. To send off their flagship model, they're attempting a 'Vegan Friendly' remake that not only looks and feels as good as the original, but is also more amicable for all.

NB’s Made In USA line has always prided itself on the finest materials and construction, with the 990 series up until now always using pigskin suede for a majority of its uppers. The brand is changing the conversation with this vegan alternative to animal hides, while appearing to have the same nap and hand feel as the regular versions. Given NB’s stringent quality control, it’s unlikely there’s been any compromise on this front, especially considering the premium they rightfully charge for their USA product.

New vegan materials aside, the same old 990v5 that’s been adored for the past few years is still here. The squishy OrthoLite insoles work in tandem with ENCAP-reinforced midsoles for serious mile logging (it is a running shoe after all), the mesh remains fresh, and the padded lining and tongue needs to be felt to be truly appreciated.

The New Balance 990v5 'Vegan Friendly' will be available at Sneakersnstuff from November 15.

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