Three years ago, New Balance came together with Australian footwear mavens Sneaker Freaker for a model of the 998 they dubbed the “Tassie Devil,” so named for the adorable mammal that resides on the island of Tasmania. Now the pair has made a long-overdue reunion, resulting in another animalistic piece of footwear. The brands have just announced a model of the NB997.5 that has been named the “Tassie Tiger.”

The eponymous animal in question was a marsupial now gone extinct, but its wild nature now lives on in footwear form. The color scheme, predominantly comprised of a terracotta color, has been wrought in honor of the animal’s fur in a suede upper. A charcoal stripe divides the upper, while additional hints of orange in triangular shapes at the shoe’s forefoot provide a subtle contrast to the palette.

The model is nearly identical to the NB998, but it has been named the ‘997.5’ for the slight hybridization of the silhouette, one that merges the upper 997 onto the midsole of the 998. A thick, padded tongue rounds out the sneaker’s construction.

Look out for the New Balance x Sneaker Freaker “Tassie Tiger” to drop globally on July 23 in select retail locations and on the brand’s online store.

In other New Balance news, check out the brand’s just released colorways for the MVL530.

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