Just a few years ago, New Balance was only a fraction of what it is today — their cool factor nearly non-existent. But as collaborator Aime Leon Dore joined the team, the sneakerhead audience was then reintroduced to some of the footwear brand’s most classic silhouettes. The 990v2 effectively eclipsed the v5, their latest retro is rivaling that of its peers on the resell market, and the 850 — which saw the light of day once again thanks to the streetwear imprint — is now dressing up in a bevy of new mainline colorways.
Its latest, dubbed the “Mono Pack,” attunes to contemporary design sense rather than retro, with a total of four offerings set to arrive. Each take a tonal pairing, the low profile model effectively transitions through a relatively neutral spectrum that starts greyscale and quickly ends with light florals. Its construction, which is a bit divergent from its OGs, mostly compose of suede exteriors, with paneling adjacent dressed in smooth leathers and then mesh. These, as well as the tooling and adjacent details, then color to an Off-White, Smoky Pink, Navy, and then Grey.
View each set in detail just below, and as they’re available currently overseas, it’s likely we’ll see a stateside drop at select stockists and newbalance.com soon.
In other news, the New Balance 827 OG is on its way back.
New Balance 850 “Mono Pack”