Tan Touches the New Balance 991Release: 1 June 2022
The New Balance 991 continues its reclamation of the sneaker zeitgeist as more colourways of the premium model continue arriving well after its 20th anniversary. Both a collaborative favourite and general release staple, this example of the latter takes a dip in the caramel territory the brand has explored in recent seasons.
NB shoes are typically grey, but the brand has proven itself with other hues too. While the new colour is off-script, the material build is true to spec. There’s plenty of lush pigskin suede, and that’s met by copious amounts of grey mesh and reflective underlays. The lining is that nice microfibre variety used on fine Made In UK models such as the 991, and the on-foot comfort is guaranteed by the ABZORB-equipped midsole. This straightforward cushioning and support system continues proving its mettle 20-plus years on. A nice subtlety of this midsole is its two-toned finish between heel and forefoot, literally highlighting the dual-density design of the cushioning.
The New Balance 991 in tan is available now from Offspring. Don’t balk at the £190 price tag – it’s some of the best bang for buck (pounds, in this case) sneakers money can buy right now.