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ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong
New Balance 574 History Class Pack
New Balance 574 History Class Pack
New Balance 574 History Class Pack

Trace the New Balance 574’s Lineage with this ‘History Class’ Pack
Release: 12 August 2021

New Balance are using their recently launched ‘History Class’ pack to highlight the pivotal predecessors that led to the 574’s creation in 1988. Consisting of six colourways that each reference an archival NB model from the 1980s, this pack pays tribute to the models and features that culminated in the 574. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the ancestry of the New Balance 574.

,New Balance 574 History Class ML574BA2
New Balance 574 History Class ML574BA2

Best known for introducing ENCAP technology, and its otherworldly $130 pricepoint in 1984, the JP1300 earned its notorious ‘Mortgage the house’ marketing motto. Now, this 574 references the OG JP colourway, right down to the double-layered N logo.

New Balance 574 History Class ML574BD2
New Balance 574 History Class ML574BD2

The 565 featured a polyurethane (PU) ‘horseshoe’ stability wedge inserted into an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole, which was considered an important catalyst for the creation of the ENCAP insert that was used on the 574. The homage is paid here with the navy and grey suede and mesh colourway.

New Balance 574 History Class ML574BH2
New Balance 574 History Class ML574BH2

This 574 will experience fervent trainerspotting thanks to its white, navy and silver tribute colourway from the 700. And more importantly, NB have swapped out the 574’s usual materials for the same types used on its reference shoe!

New Balance 574 History Class ML574BF2
New Balance 574 History Class ML574BF2
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New Balance managed to get the 850’s outsole to wear ‘almost as well as a tractor tire’! Today, the 574 descendant remains among some of the most hard-wearing sneakers on the market, and this new edition recalls the 850’s distinct tan and maroon colourway.

New Balance 574 History Class ML574BG2
New Balance 574 History Class ML574BG2

The 770’s Fethalite horseshoe insert was the cornerstone of the model that promised security. As the original ad stated, ‘This shoe makes you feel comfortable with high technology’. The vibrant maroon and tan OG colourway of the 770 also made it memorable, and translates perfectly over to its 574 contemporary.

New Balance 574 History Class ML574BE2
New Balance 574 History Class ML574BE2

The 670’s most important design contribution was the debut of the SL-2 Last, which improved foot stability thanks to a wider forefoot, narrower arch, and deeper heel. The SL-2 Last was reprised in the 574 and many other NB classics. The next feature this 574 has inherited from the 670 is its clean grey and navy OG colourway.

Shop the entire 574 ‘History Class’ pack directly from New Balance now!

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