The Top 5 New Balance Collaborations
Contributed by Rebekah & Elly
November 9, 2022
November 9, 2022
Rebekah & Elly
Collaboration is nothing new for New Balance. The Boston-based sportswear juggernaut has made it plain that collaboration is an essential component of its brand identity, and it’s definitely been working out for them. New Balance has ridden the normcore trend to the top ever since it was famously spotted on Steve Jobs in 2007.
Today, in 2022, as models like the 550 populate Instagram’s ‘Explore’ tab, the classic “N” logo is right up there alongside your classic check marks and three stripes. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite collaborative works from the brand over the past decade.
New Balance x Salehe Bembury 574 YURT
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After his debut collection with New Balance on the 2002R, Salehe Bembury’s supporters had sky-high hopes for his subsequent work. With the Salehe Bembury 574 YURT, he certainly didn’t disappoint. The gifted designer revitalised the already cult classic 574 with his trademark knack for tapping into the social media zeitgeist, adding an improved sole sturdy enough to hike in, in addition to the special whistle attachment on the heel that the 2002R was initially known for.
New Balance x Aime Leon Dore 993
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In 2021, New Balance worked with Aime Leon Dore to reinvent their 993 model to incredible acclaim. The edition was released in two tasteful, complementary colourways dubbed “Taupe” and “Beef and Broccoli,” both of which featured a sleek, all-black sole that served as a refreshing departure from the brand’s typical white soles. “Taupe” offered an unexpected blend of white, blue, and violet hues, while its counterpart “Beef and Broccoli” balanced out the release with an earthy, terracotta red and olive green.
New Balance x JJJJound 992
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In 2020, JJJJound did a smashing job of revamping one of New Balance’s most well loved models, the 992. Like the Aime Leon Dore collection from above, the Canadian design studio opted to release two complementary colourways that both featured the label’s signature minimalist approach— a stunning pine green and incredibly tasteful, stylish grey hue. The latter was a complete standout in our books, accomplishing no mean feat by selecting the ideal shades of grey to make the design both elevated and timelessly wearable.
New Balance x Joe Freshgoods 990v3 Outside Clothes
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Next on the list is a collaboration with yet another designer that managed to top their previous work— Joe Freshgood. After his critically acclaimed “No Emotions Are Emotions” release, he treated fans once again to one of the most inventive takes on the 990v3 to date with “Outside Clothes”. Featuring a striking juxtaposition of dirt brown with bright, sky blue and green, it’s a bold, compelling creation that manages to look better with each wear, and has left fans waiting breathlessly to see just what the Chicago-based designer will come up with next.
New Balance x Salehe Bembury 2002R “Peace Be the Journey”
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The “Peace Be the Journey” 2002R is unquestionably Salehe Bembury’s most well-known collaboration before the Pollex Crocs. Instead of taking on popular fan favourites such as the 993 or 992, Bembury opted to flex his muscles on a model that hadn’t seen much exposure in New Balance’s history of collabs, and it certainly paid off. The design’s impeccable detail, from its vibrant, yet grounded palette to its unexpected textures, makes the model a definitive work of art.