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The Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1300CL Capsule Releases Tomorrow

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Whether he’s teasing another project with Coca-Cola or unveiling a new KITH location via social media, Ronnie Fieg has repeatedly proven that he’s never not working. For his next collaborative effort, the Queens-native has worked with longtime partner New Balance for a “Steel Blue” capsule consisting of the 1300 and R_C 1300.

Known internally as the CL colorway, the two-tone palette has appeared throughout Fieg’s collaborations with the Boston-based brand. A favorite of his since 1995, the shades of blue adorned his first two projects with New Balance in 2012, and pairs of the 990v2 and 998 from this past May. As a modern nod to the beloved colorway, Fieg has inverted the “Steel Blue” palette on the 1300: pigskin suede boasts the lighter shade while mesh panels and underlays indulge in the darker tone.

The relatively-novel R_C1300 its muse’s original upper, but updates its sole unit. Premium materials forgo any inversion in favor of donning what Fieg has touted as “the most important colorway in the NB archive” in its standard arrangement. ENCAP Reveal midsoles keep things simple in white, but their rugged, Vibram outsole sports a light pink finish. It, like the 1300’s classic ENCAP tooling, commemorates Fieg’s collaboration from eight years ago with a “Mauve Sole”. Both models feature co-branding on the tongue, asymmetrically branded heel tabs, and custom-printed sockliners.

This 1300CL Capsule launches tomorrow, August 24th, on Kith.com. An in-store release will take place at KITH’s Tokyo, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, and Hirshleifers shops. In the meantime, enjoy a closer look at the pairs here below.

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1300CL Capsule
Release Date: August 24th, 2020

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Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1300
Release Date: August 24th, 2020

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance R_C 1300
Release Date: August 24th, 2020

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The 1300 and I have a long history together. I got my first pair of CL’s around 1995, I’ve been obsessed ever since. At that time I really believed that the 1300 was the greatest model that New Balance had ever made, which I wrote about on my personal blog back in 2010 (pictured above). Even then, while buying for David Z, I was working with New Balance to bring back silhouettes to sell exclusively at the shops. No different from the 99x series I’ve worked on bringing back to offer exclusively at Kith. As I’ve grown to appreciate many of the silhouettes in their catalog, the 1300 has always kept a special place in my heart. I applied what made that shoe so important to me to both of my first two projects ever with New Balance in 2012. I used the CL colorway for my first NB 999 “Steel Blue” project, and was able to work on the actual silhouette later that year with the “Salmon Sole”. I thought it was really important for me to start the collaborative catalog by paying respects to what I believe is the most important colorway in the NB archive. After an eight year hiatus, I felt it was time to bring them back into people’s rotations. More info to come.

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