New Balance 992
The New Balance 992 is a running silhouette from North American sportswear brand, New Balance. Debuted in 2006 for the brand's 100th Anniversary, the New Balance 992 marked the second installment of New Balance's “99X” series – an evolution of the iconic New Balance 990 – which began in 2001.
Designed by Jonathan Bacon, the New Balance 992 introduced ABZORB Stability Insock technology to the Boston-based brand's line of products. The model features a slightly-sportier shape than its New Balance 991 predecessor, but boasts a silhouette bulky enough to be widely-synonymous with a “dad shoe”. The New Balance 992's inaugural pair was constructed with premium pig suede overlays and breathable mesh bases – all clad in classic grey. Other standard details on the New Balance 992 include stitched-on “N” logos on the profiles; “992” text on the tongue and lateral collar; rubber outsole; and American flag on the tongue. The New Balance 992 has also been made available in a variety of widths and sizes – 78 in total, compared to an industry standard of around 30. Thus, New Balance's ABZORB-cushioned silhouette has been able to be enjoyed by a wide array of consumers.
Proponents of the New Balance 992 have included dads in Ohio, supermodels in London, and everyone in between, but none are as oft-associated with the silhouette as the late Steve Jobs. Apple's co-founder regularly wore a classic grey New Balance 992 along with a black turtle-neck and light wash jeans from late 2007, onward. (A rumor exists stating that New Balance owner and chairman, Jim Davis, asked Jobs for insight during the New Balance 992's development.)
The New Balance 992 has been enjoying its first-ever retro run throughout 2020, after being discontinued since 2010; the model's classic grey option sold out almost immediately upon re-releasing in April. For the New Balance 992's return, the sportswear giant has collaborated with Chicago's Joe Freshgoods, Tetsu Nishiyama’s WTAPS, and KITH's Ronnie Fieg; collaborations with Montreal-based studio, JJJJound, have also been teased alongside a dozen general, but limited solo efforts.
Standard pricing for the New Balance 992 is $175 USD.