If you missed out on New Balance's last pastel-hued collaboration with New York label Staud earlier this year, then set your alarms because another Staud x New Balance footwear drop is on the horizon.
Under the same ethos of its earlier collection, that is, "classic then, classic now", Staud has reimagined two of New Balance's signature styles - the ever-popular 574 sneaker and its more modern cousin, the 57/40. Moving away from the lemon yellow, powder blue and tonal green palette of the last drop, the new collection offers instead a primary-coloured banquet redolent of the 80s and Mondrian's artworks.
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Both styles are a cheerful, eyeful of nostalgia - an aesthetic sensibility in perfect alignment with Staud. The 57/40 style is predominantly white and features a transparent mesh toe, the first of its kind to be made by New Balance. It boasts an emerald green insole with yellow, blue and red accents and is rounded off with a gum-rubber tread.
In terms of the 574 silhouette, it sports the classic extra-comfy ENCAP insole, a grey suede body with patches of blue, red, yellow and green suede. However, each individual shoe is an inverted reflection of the other - a lesson in asymmetry. Each pair is branded with Staud's logo on the tongue and they both arrive with an assortment of different coloured laces - a playful addition to what is already a joyful range. Along with the sneakers, Staud will release an athleisure clothing line with zip-up pullovers, elastic headbands and gym tights.
It's no secret that New Balance are experiencing a new wave of popularity. Since the 'Dad' sneaker reentered the zeitgeist, we've only plunged deeper into the New Balance archives, falling in love with vintage styles like the New Balance 550 and the 990v5 silhouette. So if you're planning on investing in your own brand-spanking new pair, the latest Staud x New Balance collaboration is an ultra-comfy, mega-fun entry point.