ARTICLE BY Ross Dwyer
New Balance 550 'Varsity Orange'
New Balance 550 'Varsity Orange'
New Balance 550 'Varsity Orange'

New Balance Ready the 550 In Victorious 'Varsity Orange'
Release: 1 December 2021

The New Balance 550 has had quite an eventful last 18 months, serving as the centrepiece of Aimé Leon Dore and AURALEE colabs, appearing in a special makeup designed for NBA super-agent Rich Paul and rolling out in a heaping handful of in-line colourways. Now, that final category is set to grow by one thanks to the introduction of a new 'Varsity Orange' makeup.

Any retro hoop sneaker coloured white, black and orange these days has gotta prove that it's not ripping off the Air Jordan 1 'Shattered Backboard' line, but this 550 is up to that task. First debuted in 1989, it communicates its old-school basketball style with leather uppers both smooth and perforated, bold orange and black embellishments and even a big ol' orange basketball logo slapped right on its tongue tag!

If you're ogling some orange sneakers for your December rotation, you'll be able to cop the New Balance 550 'Varsity Orange' when it releases via the New Balance website on December 1. Its MSRP is set at $110.

The 550 also appeared on our list of 2021's biggest sneaker surprises! See what we had to say about it – and what other silhouettes we pegged as overachievers or underperformers – by clicking here.

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