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The Greatest New Balance Collaborations of All Time

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New Balance is certainly no stranger to collaboration. In fact, the Boston based sportswear giant has made it clear that collaboration is a vital part of it's brand ethos, and it is clearly working. Long after the brand was seen on the feet of "unfashionable" folk like Steve Jobs, New Balance has ridden the dad shoe craze all the way to the top. Now in 2022, the iconic "N" logo is throwing elbows with the Nike check and three stripes as models like the 550 litter Instagram's explore page.

While New Balance has been working with other brands for several years now, it was the iconic run of collaborations in 2020 that really set the brand on fire. As a consequence of that, many of our favorite sneakers to come from the brand are a result of the past few years of work, so bear that in mind when poring over our list of favorites.

15. New Balance x Kith RC 1300 "10th Anniversary"

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For Kith's 10th anniversary, they took to one of New Balance's new models, the RC 1300. The sneakers exude a premium feel, with their suede and mesh construction that came in a variety of soft tones. The Kith monogram embossed on the "N" logo pushes that even further. The collaboration serves as a callback to Ronnie Fieg's first endeavor with New Balance, as well as an indicator towards the future of Kith.

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14. New Balance x Joe Freshgoods 992 "No Emotions Are Emotions"

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The "No Emotions Are Emotions" 992's were one of the first releases of New Balance's 2020 tear, and they started with a bang. the Valentine's Day themed pair emerged in very fitting red and pink hues with a very limited release in Chicago from February 14-16. The collaboration was also a partnership with New Balance signee Kawhi Leonard, whose signature model was also given a rework.

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13. New Balance x Concepts 998 "C-Note"

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2013 harkens back to a time when New Balance was not nearly the powerhouse it was today, but if you do some digging there are no doubt gems within its catalog. One of those is the collaboration with Boston's Concepts retailer, which was inspired by the new design of the 100 dollar bill.

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12. New Balance x Casablanca 327 "Idealiste"

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New Balance frequently debuts new models through collaboration, and their ultra sleek 327 model found its perfect match with Casablanca. Just like the Parisian label, the 327 strikes the perfect balance between sportswear and elegant luxury, in a white and green colorway that will fit right in with your tennis whites.

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11. New Balance x WTAPS 992

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New Balance locked in with WTAPS on a 992 that feels decidedly WTAPS, with it's urban militaristic feel. With a largely muted palette of various grays in a couple different textures, the loud orange hit of color on the midsole adds just the perfect amount of brightness to make the shoe a must have.

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10. New Balance x Bodega 990v3 "Here to Stay"

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Bodega and New Balance have had a long and fruitful relationship full of successful collaborations throughout the years, with one of the most notable pairs coming form New Balance's 2020 streak. However, our personal favorites are the pair which celebrated the Boston-based boutique's 15 year anniversary.

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9. New Balance x Todd Snyder 997 "Triborough"

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Todd Snyder's take on the 997 is truly an anachronistic masterpiece. It brings back one of New Balance's classic runners from the nineties, updated to suit the needs of the modern man in sleek colorways. The shoes can easily be worked into the ever popular luxury/sportswear look, and feature the elusive "Flying NB" logo of old.

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8. New Balance x Salehe Bembury 574 YURT

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Following his initial collaborations with New Balance on the 2002R, fans of Salehe Bembury had astronomical expectations for his next release. Fortunately, the man is a talented designer with a penchant for social media virality, which he achieved once again with the Salehe Bembury 574 YURT. The 574, which is already a NB classic, receives an upgraded rugged sole made for the trails as well as the unique whistle attachment on the heel, which initially made the shoe so popular. It's unorthodox, it's left-field, and that's exactly why we love it.

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7. New Balance x Packer 992

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The Packer 992PK1 released alongside an artist spotlight of Michael C. Thorpe, and Boston-bred artist now working out of Queens. Both Thorpe and the sneaker embody not only the finished product, but the process of making it a reality. The shoe itself is a straightforward classic, utilizing familiar materials like suede, 3M accents, and pebbled textures. However, just because the ingredients are familiar, the result is immensely refreshing, which only highlights the thesis of this collaboration.

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6. New Balance x Stray Rats 827 "Sewer Stompers"

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The 827 is a criminally underrated model, so we were overjoyed when Miami based label Stray Rats decided to try their hand at a colorway. The so called "Sewer Stompers" arrived with a mesh and suede construction in a deliciously muddy colorway accented with bold hits of green throughout. Additional brightness is added with the classic "N" logo in purple and red, as well as "Swamp Rats" branding across the heels.

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5. New Balance x JJJJound 992

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Montreal based design studio JJJJound has brought their signature minimalist touch to some of New Balance's greatest hits, our favorite of which is its take on the 992. This sneaker, which came in a beautiful warm gray colorway as well as a pine green version, is a prime example of the "less is more" mentality. While it may seem trivial, JJJJound simply chose the perfect tones of gray to pair for a shoe that is elegant and wearable on a daily basis.

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4. New Balance x Joe Freshgoods 990v3 "Outside Clothes"

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Joe Freshgood's follow up to the ever popular "No Emotions Are Emotions" release somehow outdid its predecessor, with "Outside Clothes" having one of the most unique takes on the 990v3 seen thus far. At a glance, the colorway is a clashing contrast of brown representing dirt, light blue recalling the sky, and a grassy green. However, the more we sit with the shoe the more it's grown on us, and we can't wait to see what the Chicago-based designer is cooking up next.

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3. New Balance x Aime Leon Dore 550

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Odds are you've been seeing 550's everywhere lately, to the point where the model is even oversaturated. However, we need to give credit where it's due. Aime Leon Dore's collaboration with the shoe brand brought back the classic model from the 90's and created an instant hit. The two brands' continued relationship has even resulted in ALD's founder, Teddy Santis, becoming the creative director of New Balance's Made in America line.

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2. New Balance x Salehe Bembury 2002R "Peace Be the Journey"

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Arguably Salehe Bembury's most popular collab preceding the Pollex Crocs, the "Peace Be the Journey" 2002R is simply a work of art. Typical of the designer, who likes to stand out, he opted for a model that many had not seen as much of, over fan favorites like the 992. From the colors that inspire imagery of grand vistas at national parks, to the textural material choices and even the packaging, it is clear that Bembury pored over every minute detail in the creation of this sneaker.

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1. New Balance x Aime Leon Dore 993

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Aime Leon Dore recently took a crack at the 993 model, and we have to admit it was a resounding success. The shoes are a slight departure from the label's run-of-the-mill (albeit well executed) colorways, arriving in two colorways dubbed "Taupe" and "Beef and Broccoli". Taupe is an interesting mix of white, with blue and violet accents, and the second pairs a nice terra cotta red with drab olive green. Both colorways are perched atop an all-black sole, which feels jarring at first, but ultimately offers a refreshing mix up from the standard white midsoles.

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