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Surprise, Surprise: New Balance Releasing Grey 991

New Balance 991 M991GL 2021
New Balance 991 M991GL 2021
New Balance 991 M991GL 2021

If you haven’t heard, it’s the 20th anniversary of the New Balance 991. The premier Made In England runner appears to be going pound for pound with its 992 sibling, which has had a lot of airtime since returning last year, but it’s not really a competition. More grey New Balance options are a good thing for everybody. Up next is the 991 in an essential ‘GL’ colour code.

The M991GL is almost identical to the commemorative anniversary edition that recently dropped, sans embellishments and dark accents. In fact, this grey 991 has been more or less a ‘core’ offering from the NB Made In England line over the years. As such, it shouldn’t need hype, colabs, nor endorsement to move. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the strength of its design.

NB achieve this by sticking to the standard issue suede and mesh that’s defined – even stereotyped (in the best way possible) – their sneakers. A premium runner deserves premium materials, so there is plenty of fine suede across the upper, while darker grey mesh is inserted in the toe box, ankle collar, and rear quarter. One particular feature of UK-made NB is the very supple microfibre lining, which needs to be felt to be believed. And this all sits atop an ABZORB midsole – the 991 visibly introduced the squishy stuff to the forefoot.

Global New Balance boutique retailers such as Subtype will be releasing the M991GL in the coming weeks.

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