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Junya Watanabe Transforms The New Balance 574 Into A Hiking Shoe

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Only one fraction — though a large one — of COMME des GARÇONS’ creative output, Junya Watanabe, despite his iconic patchwork trousers and wild militaristic creations, has seldom received sneaker collaborations in this day and age, though that is slowly beginning to change since he opened his doors to the iconic silhouettes of Boston’s New Balance. Taking up the task of almost completely outfitting the staple 574, the Japanese designer, as he often does, has looked to distinct subdivisions of fashion itself, landing on the earth tones and rope laces of classic hikers. Uppers don luxe, enduring leathers made to be broken in, with connection close to that of Danners or competing notables; the “N” logo at the side follows in this material of choice with white backdrops, matching the rest of the arrangement’s usage of intermingling smooth leathers. Laces, as mentioned, don the roped signatures of the trail kits while branding stays true to form except atop the heel who prefers the “eye” stamp. Grab a detailed look at the pair right here, and if its piqued your interest, they’re available now at select retailers.

Junya Watanabe x New Balance 574
Available
$180

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