The history of the New Balance 550 cannot be told without mentioning of Teddy Santis and his Aimé Leon Dore label. Having reintroduced the silhouette to the Boston-based brand’s core lineup of products in late 2020, Santis and team have transformed the Steven Smith-designed silhouette from 1989 from an unheralded archival design to one of the most celebrated retro styles of the last two years. Ahead of Spring 2022, ALD has teased three new colorways of the 550.
As the sneaker space awaits for Santis to unveil the Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 991 pairs teased in his label’s Spring/Summer 2022 lookbook, it now has upcoming releases of the New Balance 550 to add to its calendars. Akin to the original four offerings launched with the help of Team SONNY, each new pair indulges in a premium, white-colored leather upper and slightly-yellowed midsole. Branding, accenting panels and performance-informed components across the sole unit, then, introduce three new colors to the ALD x New Balance roster of collaborations: brown, khaki green and a deep rosewood-like hue animate respective pairs in a way that falls in-line with Santis’ expansive design catalog.
Official release details haven’t been disclosed by any of the parties involved, but that’s likely to change as spring gets underway. For now, enjoy the collaboration’s teaser image ahead (originally posted to Instagram).
For more “N”-branded footwear, check out the New Balance 2002R‘s upcoming releases.
Updated June 17th, 2022: Aimé Leon Dore has offered early access to a draw for their New Balance 550 “Brown”