ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong
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

New Balance Go Vegan with the 990v5
Release: 15 November 2021

Style Code: M990JS5

Colourway: Vegan

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 remake that not only looks and feels as good as the original, but is also friendlier 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 will be available at Sneakersnstuff from November 15.

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