Highsnobiety / Bryan Luna

In order to celebrate New Balance’s latest running shoe, the Hanzo S v2, the footwear brand created an original manga depicting how the shoe came about.

Set in a dystopian future in the fictional city of Neo-Saigo, Japan, “The Greatest Race” tells the story of runner Daichi Kamino who is destined to stop an evil alien overlord from suddenly wiping out all of humanity. Nocte, as the being calls himself, descends upon Earth with an army of inhuman warriors called “Servorum” that make quick work of any nation that stand in its way.

All but one country is left, and Kamino is determined to stop Nocte before his army destroys Japan and ends human civilization forever. Knowing he’s outmatched and outnumbered, Kamino challenges Nocte to the one thing he’s known all his life—a race. Kamino’s proposition of an epic two-day relay race against ten Servorum gets laughed at until they realize he’s actually serious.

Unable to attract any volunteers for this noble cause, Kamino promises to race all ten Servorum alone, but in order to do so he’ll need a bit of help. He sets out on a quest to find master craftsman Hitoshi Mimura, the man known as “The God of Shoes,” to create the Hanzo v2, the ultimate running shoe that’ll hopefully turn the tide in humanity's favor.

Armed with this new weapon, Kamino sets off on a race that’ll determine the fate of his country and the planet. Read “The Greatest Race” now to see how the manga ends and check out the New Balance Hanzo v2 available now.

We Recommend
  • The Best Is Yet To Come for New Balance’s Chunky Dad Shoe
    • Sneakers
  • New Balance's Made in USA Sneakers Are Killing SS24 (In the Best Way)
    • Sneakers
  • ALD & New Balance's Chunky Sneaker Gets the 'Grey Day Treatment'
    • Sneakers
  • Stone Island Tech'd-up New Balance's Dad Shoe Classic Again
    • Sneakers
  • New Balance's Sleek Gym Shoe Stands on Barefoot Business
    • Sneakers
What To Read Next
  • The Jordan 4's Skate Shoe Era Only Gets Better
    • Sneakers
  • A Low-Rise Jordan Icon Is Back After a Decade
    • Sneakers
  • Nike's Beloved Court Shoe Just Got a Incredibly Stylish Upgrade
    • Sneakers
  • Dreaming Big With JW Anderson
    • Style
  • At Martine Rose, Nike's Hybrid Air Max Sneaker Suddenly Appeared
    • Sneakers
  • Prada Gets Real (& Unreal, Too)
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.