Key Features: Long grain suede upper, small embroidered NB logo replaces large N logo, elastic straps enables laces to be removed, concrete print insoles, and vintage-style sole.
Release Date: Available now
Editor’s Notes: Following a collab with KITH last year, nonnative and New Balance are teaming up once again to give the CM996 model a vintage makeover. Part of the Japan-only “996 Collaboration Project,” nonnative designer Takayuki Fujii describes the collab as a “brand new 996,” aiming to give the model a complete overhaul.
For starters, the signature “N” logo has been replaced with a smaller “NB” symbol. To give the shoe an 80’s nostalgic feel, a long grain suede has been added to the upper alongside an eye-catching faux yellowish-stained midsole for vintage appeal. Under the theme, “Street = Concrete”, the color palette consists of a grey base, with white and black elements throughout. Additionally, the insole features an original concrete print. Elastic straps have also been added to the tongue, allowing for the foot to be secured even without shoe laces.
The nonnative x New Balance “brand new 996” model is available now on COVERCHORD and other Japanese retailers.