Gearing up your rotation for a change in season can be a challenge, so we’ve made it simple with a round-up of our top autumn sneakers: New Balance edition. There’s no denying that the Boston-based label is the goat for exceptionally durable and comfortable sneakers. But one of the key reasons we feel NB achieves its longevity is down to their timeless silhouettes, delivering a banger every single time. Featuring ice-cold releases like the Ripstop Protection Pack and upcoming Stone Island 991v2, you can take confidence in these kicks for an effortless steeze all autumn long. Continue reading to ensure your rotation doesn’t lack this AW23/24!
A decade after their first collaborative endeavour, the Stone Island x New Balance 991v2 is well underway, dropping 17TH OCTOBER ‘23. Inspired by reconfigured spaces that once served as venues and clubs, the campaign emulates the airy nostalgia. A mesh upper references latticed metal, creating the perfect base for nubuck-coated leather overlays. Furthermore, reflective accents within the foxing seamlessly reminisce the rave age, simultaneously bringing a dynamic edge to this sophisticated model. The stylish endeavour comes encased in collaborative custom packaging – the cherry on top to these contemporary kicks.
Arriving as 1/3rd of the recently released Ripstop Protection Pack, this ‘Olive’ hued New Balance 2002R could not get more autumn-coded if it tried. We’re loving everything about this model (and the capsule overall), which opts for neutral palettes that bring a utilitarian aesthetic. The formerly breathable mesh foundation has been substituted with durable nylon, while the overlays undergo a robust redesign. The 2002R is complemented by a bungee lacing system, making its debut just in time for the fall/winter season. Oozing monochromatic sophistication, this khaki colour variation offers a versatile and reliable styling choice for any occasion.
Clean, sleek and streamlined; just three words to describe the New Balance 1906D Protection Pack. Created from the creative mind of footwear designer Yue Wu, the Protection Pack capsule was first released in 2021. Greeted to a sought-after demand from both sneaker connoisseurs and casual wearers alike, it was apparent that marked the start of an immaculate line. Delivering a minimalist persona, this New Balance 1906D works atop a ballistic mesh foundation adorned with suede and leather panelling. Jagged touches across the exterior present a visually dynamic edge, bringing that rustic essence that’s apt for autumn styling.
New Balance is killing the game with collaborative sneakers this year, from Stoney, to Action Bronson, to Aime Leon Dore. Now, the powerhouse turns its attention to the Tokyo-based label Auralee. Debuted during Paris Fashion Week runway, the alliance takes on the timeless persona of the NB 1906R in a ‘Flint Stone’ palette. Both iterations boast an enlarged-mesh base, garnished with distressed suede and tumbled leather panelling throughout the upper. Keeping the silhouette secure is a glossy heel counter, adding another textural dynamic to these immaculate kicks. An aged finish across textiles provides a sleek retro vibe that we just can’t get enough of, in a stone colour scheme ideal for your icy rotation.
Landing on 17TH OCTOBER ‘23 – we present to you the Concepts x New Balance Made in USA 998. Arriving as a re-issue of the iconic 2013 collaboration, the Concepts x NB 998 ‘C-Note’, the release also falls in line with the 20th anniversary of the model. Exhibiting an array of subdued hues throughout the exterior, this collaborative endeavour draws inspiration from a one-hundred-dollar bill. Modest hues are accented with pops of cobalt and pale yellow within the midsole, whilst a money-green suede adopts further detailing. Composed of distressed suede overlays atop the mesh base – style with oversized cargos and a beige jumper for a refined ‘fit.
You can’t beat a classic. Recognised and approved for its plush cushioned support and retro aesthetic, the New Balance 327 is a go-to addition to your sneaker rotation. Flaunting an exterior inspired by 70s heritage, the base adopts a pristine driftwood hue. Complimenting the soft finish of the base are ‘Deep Olive Green’ overlays, flooded by a ‘Deep Olive Green’ colouring. The “N” emblem graces the lateral sidewall in an exaggerated form, contrasting a dark grey midsole and outer. Minimal and refined, what more do you need in an autumn sneaker?
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