Brand: Ronnie Fieg x New Balance
Key Features: Both pairs of the 1700 incorporate 10 different colors in premium pigskin suede. Each is marked with asymmetrical branding on the heels, featuring Kith and Fieg displayed in New Balance’s font. The sneakers come with custom printed insoles and three sets of laces.
Release Date: January 31
Buy: Kith shops and Kith.com
Editor’s Notes: Following teasers, Ronnie Fieg and Kith give us an official look at the RF x New Balance 1700. According to the designer, his latest collaboration is decked out in 10 different colors of suede.
In one of his Instagram posts, Fieg wrote: “The 1700 has always been a Japanese favorite. I’ve bought a few pairs over the years and asked that New Balance allow me to work on the model *that has only once been collaborated on in the states (Barneys).”
The New Balance 1700 debuted in 1999 and combined the New England brand’s most advanced technologies, including Abzorb cushioning, and ENCAP and C-CAP midsole construction. The model has not quite reached the heights of popularity that models such as the 990, 997, and 992 have enjoyed over the years, though the 1700 has been the subject of limited collaborations in its own right. As Fieg pointed out, most of those have been with Japanese brands or labels, and once previously in the US when Barneys reworked the silhouette in 2014.
In a later Instagram post, below, Fieg unveiled a second colorway.
Limited to 1,700 pairs between both styles, the Ronnie Fieg x New Balance Colorist 1700s release exclusively at Kith shops and Kith.com today, January 31. There will not be a wider global launch.
Below, you will find Kith’s three-part video campaign surrounding the release, celebrating creatives whose work and lives revolve around color. Participants include painter James Little, florist Corinne Bryson, and marble artisan Will Mercado.
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