Sheesh, New Balance have turned up the premium dial on this joint. The sneaker specs on the USA-made tan NB M996PR read 'Pigskin/Bison'. What the heck? Two years working here for me and that's a first time I've heard of the big ol' buffalo getting converted into a big brand sneaker. It looks to us from our naked sneaker spotting eyes that the bison resides on the heel and the insides of this tanned-out NB, while the pigskin surely takes care of the rest? If you want it, save a lot of money then go to Sneaker Politics on August 1.