ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong
New Balance 996 Brogue WL996AB2
New Balance 996 Brogue WL996AB2
New Balance 996 Brogue WL996AB2

The New Balance 996 Goes For Brogue
Release: 26 March 2022

Style Code: WL996AB2

Colourway: Brogue

New Balance rule the roost over in Japan largely thanks to its massive following, cultivated by exclusive releases that sneakerheads the world over regularly make the pilgrimage over to cop. This upcoming 996 is a compelling release to make yet another trip, as it features some cool brogue detailing that is very well suited to its muted colourway.

In the modern era, NB have embraced their ironically geriatric image and unashamedly add elements that play into the humorous stereotype. These 996s with their perforated panel edges and all-grey suede and mesh build certainly help maintain the look. Then add in the fact that these come with a removable fringed kiltie reminiscent of golf shoes – the result is a pair of sneakers that grandparents will want to rock too. Nice touches include the debossed 'N' logos and chamfered wedge midsoles (this is a women’s 996 with slightly different soles).

As mentioned, this NB 996 will be a Japan release, which goes down at atmos on March 26. Falling short of an overseas relative or being on the ground in Tokyo, global fans may have to hope for a plucky reseller to list their pair on the secondary market. Fingers crossed for a wider release.

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