New Balance ML71 “1300JP Inspired”
Before New Balance went back in time to reissue the original 1982 version of the 990 complete with Vibram outsole, a similar treatment was created for what’s likely the most popular NB silo in Japan. The 1300JP remains a legend for its limited numbers and super-premium construction, but unlike the ‘Steel Blue 1300CLs, the JPs haven’t been on a five year retro cycle. Applying the lighter grey/blue signature look to the New Balance ML71 is sure to create new fans for the Minimus series low-profile runner. The ML71 features a Vibram bottom by default, so the branding along with colorway and materials make for a strong callback to the Japan 1300s. Let us know what you think after seeing more photos on the other side and stick with Sneaker News to see if these make it Stateside.