Model: 997 "Wild Nature" Pack
Key Features: Both sneakers are dressed in earthy tones, taking inspiration from the natural world. The first pair features deep woodsy tones, while the second has a more dusty, desert-style color scheme. Both pairs also feature a camouflage interior. According to New Balance, the brown pair is inspired by the grizzly bear, while the olive pair is meant to symbolize a rattlesnake.
Release Date: September 26
Editor’s Notes: J.Crew and New Balance have revived their longstanding partnership by coming together on two natural world-inspired versions of the iconic 997. Each pair is crafted in the United States using premium American suede at New Balance’s factory in Skowhegan, Maine. Check out both colorways above and look out for them to be available exclusively at J.Crew in limited quantities.
J.Crew's head of men's design, Dan Winkworth told Highsnobiety "J.Crew and New Balance's launched "Wild Nature" pack includes two cool, wearable shoes that pays homage to two North American icons: the grizzly bear and the rattlesnake." Speaking on the background of the collaboration, Winkworth continues, "New Balance was one of J.Crew's first brand partners. The collaboration was first conceived after a design team trip to Tokyo – the shoe that came out of that research trip was the initial two-colorway drop of the New Balance 1400. The partnership that developed is now somewhat ingrained into the J.Crew DNA. The 10-year anniversary of this collaboration is coming up and to celebrate, we have some amazing new concepts in the works."
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