Aug 11, 2014

New Balance | Sneakers

[1] '402' black/white $65 [2] '410' blue/red $106 $79 [3] '410' blue/yellow $106 $85 [4] '420' black $70  
[5] '420' elderberry/cosmic sky $75 [6] '501' navy $65 [7] '420' black/orange/green $65 [8] '420' navy/red $65 
[9] '430' black/red/blue $86 [10] '620' blue $80 [11] '420' combat $110 [12] '620' burnt crimson $80  
[13] '420' dark red $70 [14] '574' grey $75  [15] '420' burgundy/blue $65

Falling off our radar after their peak sometime in the 90's, New Balance sneakers have steadily been seen transporting fashionable feet to and fro interesting street corners for the past few years, oftentimes the focal point for the camera operated by by tireless boyfriend/photographers. In other words, popular with fashion bloggers, both women and men. Rihanna's a fan. Her go-to pair is the '574' in grey, pictured [14], the singer proving their versatility by wearing her pair recently (or pairs -- I'd venture to guess she has multiples) with a long fur coat, sweats, and a metallic skirt (not all at once, of course!). Alexa Chung's been spotted wearing them. And in case you were wondering how the fashion bandwagon collectively decided in a fit of (ironic) nostalgia to pair them with anything but athletic wear, Fashionista (and the Man Repeller) posit that Phoebe Philo -- a fan of both New Balance and Nikes -- is behind it all.

So, if you're on board with this New Balance revival, save your shiny new New Balance sneakers for a pair of rolled up or cropped skinnies, even a skirt during summer, or harken back to when ripped inseam boot-cut jeans were all the rage in the 90's, as seen on this Free People model, below. Save your busted up Asics for the gym. And maybe raid the men's section -- I included a few men sporting their New Balance sneakers (after the jump). I will never get why men's athletic shoes always seem to be designed with better (think, less hot pink) color combinations!

Photos: Free People | J.Crew | Hanna Stefansson | Park & Cube | Sincerely Jules | Oracle Fox | Oyster | Paris Grenoble | One Dapper Street | Kith NYC | Digital Mountain {Needles Sportswear herringbone fleece pant}

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