Brand: KITH x UNITED ARROWS & SONS x New Balance, KITH x nonnative x New Balance
Model: 997 and 997S Fusion
Key Features: A mixed-material upper constructed of mesh, leather, and suede sat atop a chunky ENCAP midsole.
Release Date: TBC
Editor’s Notes: After Ronnie Fieg first teased a collaboration with UNITED ARROWS & SONS and New Balance on Instagram in September, the KITH founder has now given us more information about the project via social media. What was previously believed to be just a New Balance 997S Fusion turns out to be a wider collection comprising six sneakers made in collaboration with two different Japanese brands.
One half of the collection has been designed in collaboration with UNITED ARROWS & SONS, while the other half is in collaboration with its compatriot brand nonnative. The UNITED ARROWS sneakers all feature a similar color palette to the brand’s 2009 NB997.5 collaboration, as Sneaker Freaker points out here.
That collab was one of Kanye West’s favorite sneakers at the time. Seen on West’s feet regularly in the late ’00s, the NB997.5 became a grail for Kanye stans and running shoe collectors alike.
In the captions of his most recent Instagram posts, Fieg has revealed that the 997 models will be released via KITH’s loyalty program, which has selected customers at random to receive early access to the pairs via invoice. Only customers who have bought previous releases will be entered into the draw. Check out the entire caption below.
KITH is also running a competition in which 12 winners can bag one of the 997S Fusion colorways. Details about how to enter are in the caption below.
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