Sunny Vibes Beam from the New Balance 997Release: 7 October 2020
New Balance have just released a gorgeous 997 from their GR offering. Proving that strong colour-blocking and key material choices are all that’s required for a killer pair of kicks, these 997s lean on bright shades and supple suedes.
Optimised for fair weather conditions, and eschewing its former flagship runner status in place for retro sneaker royalty, these light grey sneakers use NB’s classic velvety pigskin suede for the majority of the upper. But it leaves some room at the toe box and ankle collar to substitute out the usual mesh option for very crispy inserts of smooth nylon-canvas, presented here in golden yellow tones. Complementing this warm shade is an orange trim at the U-throat panel and heel counter edge, while oceanic blue washes behind the mid-foot N branding, heel MCD, and tongue embroidery.
Remaining panels in the tongue, ankle strap, laces, and primary N logos are dipped in pure white. Even the ENCAP midsole, which is often rendered with a contrast heel unit to the forefoot, is one shade of blank. However, the outsole sticks to its usual black rubber. Super nice.
It’s all killer and not a trace of filler. And they’re out now directly from New Balance.