The 37 Best New Balance Shoes You Can Shop Right Now

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If you’re looking for a shoe designed for all-day comfort you should look no further than New Balance. The Boston brand has consistently been at the top of the lifestyle/casual footwear canon (with some of the dopest collaborations of all time) while simultaneously holding a top spot within the world of top-level performance. They have a strong reputation for supreme durability and ever since the “Dad” wave from 2017 that hasn’t seemed to crash, they’ve been enjoying an unusually high place in the sneaker world. As with any brand, a lot of sneakerheads wonder: what are the best New Balance shoes around?

With shoes coming straight from the United States and the United Kingdom, they’ve got a strong series of recent releases including some absolutely must-have collabs. New Balance doesn’t necessarily grab all of the headlines but real sneakerheads understand the importance of the brand and can recognize that they’ve certainly proven themselves as one of the best brands out right now. 

We took a look through New Balance’s extensive catalog and pulled out the best New Balance shoes available right now. Some collaborations, some rock-solid general releases, the brand is on an incredible sprint right now and there’s plenty of awesome opportunities to get in on New Balance.

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The Best New Balance Sneakers, at a Glance:

1. New Balance 990v4 “Grey/Castlerock”

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The Most Iconic New Balance Silhouette

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • ​​​​​​Size(s): 4 - 16
  • Color(s): Grey/Castle Rock
  • Price at time of publish: $184.99

Easily New Balance’s most iconic and timeless sneaker is the 990v4. Known for its classic “Dad” shape and high-quality comfort, the 990v4 is something of sneaker royalty. Everyone absolutely needs a pair, whether you’re trying to get a fit off or just taking a walk to the deli, it’s a sneaker that has bridged the gap from the simplicity and became a streetwear icon. Simply between its standing with regards to the “Dad” wave, DMV area, the v4 is a legend in its own right and is considered by most as the crown jewel of New Balance, so it's an imperative that you own a pair at some point.


2. New Balance Men's Fresh Foam X Vongo V5

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Best New Balance Sneakers for Flat Feet

  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 7 - 16
  • Color(s): Black, Graphite, Sea Salt and 8 more
  • Price at time of publish: $81.59 - $120

While this iteration from New Balance may not be quite as fresh as some of the other entries on the list, it's certainly one of the best New Balances for flat feet. The Fresh Foam X midsole gives a cushioned experience, and the slight rocker shape of the sole has been proven to make kicks more comfortable. To read more, check out our guide to the most comfortable Nike sneakers which references a medical study on the comfort of different sneakers.

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3. New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3

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The Best New Balance Running Shoes:

  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 8 - 14
  • Color(s): White with victory blue
  • Price at the time of publish: $229.99, $183.99

New Balance has really been stepping up their running shoe game, integrating interesting technology like FuelCell foam, which "delivers a propulsive feel to help drive you forward." Billed as more than just a running shoe, but a "racing shoe," these are the ultimate New Balance running shoes to take out on the road as they're secure, comfortable and breathable.

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4. New Balance 754 “Classic Grey"

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The Best New Balance Lifestyle Shoes

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 18
  • Color(s): Burgundy, Black with White, Black, Grey With White, Navy, Nimbus Cloud
  • Price at the time of publish : $89.99

While New Balance might not have exactly the same amount of clout as Nike and Adidas when it comes to lifestyle shoes, that doesn't mean they haven't put out a few killer pairs to wear casually in. This model, which boasts ENCAP midsole and foam cushioning, is a stable shoe with great traction for the your daily activities.


5. New Balance 993 "Made in USA"

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The Best New Balance for Versatility

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 7 - 16
  • Color(s): Grey
  • Price at the time of publish: $199.99

The New Balance 993 is another great sneaker from the brand that epitomizes both the timeless cool and simplicity that they offer. The 993 has some very basic colorways making the sneaker an easy and incredibly comfortable go-to model. This 933 gets dressed up in a variety of grey hues making the perfect sneaker to go with any outfit. Plus, New Balance gives you the option of choosing from a standard, wide, or extra wide width.


6. New Balance 998 “Moby Dick”

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The Best New Balance for Style

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 5 - 20
  • Color(s): Grey/Blue
  • Price at the time of publish: $177+

The New Balance 998 is one of the more slept on but better models from the brand. Not only is it the perfect “Dad” sneaker but turned the “Dad” level up with this 2014 release. They put an academic spin on the sneaker, and others, with a special pack honoring American literature. Of course, the sneakers are made in the USA which makes them a little more special, but these “Moby Dick” themed sneakers really take the cake. The result was a thematic and conceptual success, seen on other silhouettes like the 997 which came dressed as another American literary powerhouse; J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.


7. New Balance 997S x Bodega “No Bad Days”

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Best Collaboration

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 16
  • Color(s): Multicolor
  • Price at the time of publish: $200+

Similar to the creative strength of Concepts is Bodega, another sneaker boutique that’s made a name for itself in its physical brick and mortar stores and its ability to craft quality silhouettes and unique stories. The Boston-based creative outfit collaborated with New Balance on the 997S silhouette – another glowing example with the “No Bad Days” colorway. They also put their spin on another 997S but the “No Bad Days” was surely the must-have of the two projects. ​​​​​​


8. New Balance 991.5 x Concepts “Lake Havasu”

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Also Great

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 7 - 13
  • Color(s): Multicolor
  • Price at the time of publish: $220+

Like a true New England legend, Boston-based brand Concepts is usually right on the mark when they get together with New Balance. The 991.5 “Lake Havasu” is another great example of the low key power of New Balance hybrid sneakers. The sneaker comes with a unique colorway that includes a rich teal upper and yellow hit on the heel cup, and it's made in the UK. The sneaker’s name also is no accident, this sneaker comes with a quirky story as well.


9. New Balance 801 “Grey”

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 5 - 9
  • Color(s): Multicolor
  • Price at the time of publish: $129+

NB has a great reputation as a running/performance brand but that part of the brand mostly takes a backseat to the casual/lifestyle sneakers that have brought the brand to new heights. Within their division of performance, they have some excellent outdoor options. With treaded outsole details found on silhouettes like the Trail buster, NB is a solid option for outdoorsy sneakers. The 801 is a super tough sneaker with a treaded outsole, giving sneakerheads another reason to pick New Balance.


10. New Balance 990v5 “Black”

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  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 12 - 15
  • Color(s): Black
  • Price at the time of publish: $308+

The 990 is one of New Balance’s best and most iconic silhouettes. The brand continues to revolutionize and further the model with iterations that have soared to the heights of sneaker popularity like the v4. Similar to the body of the v4, the v5 delivered again but with a fresh, new take on the staple design last year. The v5 originally came dressed in the classic white/grey colorway you typically see from the v4 but of the new colorways for the v5, I personally enjoy the murdered out look of the triple black colorway.


11. New Balance 827 x Aime Leon Dore

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 3.5 - 15
  • Color(s): Multicolor
  • Price at the time of publish: $350+

The New Balance 827 made a strong first impression with a multi-colorway collab courtesy of Aime Leon Dore. The NYC boutique has made a name for itself among the streets of SOHO and brought the same upscale, super luxe, and chic style to the vintage-styled runner. The 827 has seen the creative imprint from other brands (see their Stray Rats project) but didn’t sing as true or bright as the playful color scheme from ALD which yielded three perfect for summer sneakers.


12. New Balance 1500.9 “Made in England Summer Nine Pack”

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4.5 - 20
  • Color(s): Grey/Purple/Black
  • Price at the time of publish: $216+

The New Balance 1500.9 is a sleeper silhouette from the brand, a hybrid mixture of multiple silhouettes the 1500.9 delivers on a sleek look and playful “Summer Nine” colorway with richly colored suedes and an upper of mesh and synthetics. Another interesting point is that it’s made in England, one of the few releases from the brand that’s from the UK, both rare and refined and everything that’s great about the brand. The colorway is truly unique with a mint green on the heel, navy blue on the rand, and a nice pink touch on the branding hit and tongue.


13. New Balance 1300JP

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 5-15
  • Color(s): Grey/Purple/Black
  • Price at the time of publish: $257+

For rare sneakers, New Balance probably isn’t your first idea or last stop, but it should be. The New Balance 1300JP is a sneaker so rare it’s only released every five years and 2020’s contribution was certainly what fans of the brand were expecting. The design hails from 1985 and was originally loved by runners who described them as a “sports car for your feet.” The colorway is the same as the original design and with production only running every five years for the 1300, you can bet it’s going to be top-notch. Another cool detail is that the sneaker is made in Japan, a nice note for anyone trying to add to their collection of non-USA made New Balance sneakers.


14. New Balance 327 x Casablanca “Green/White”

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  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 4 - 19
  • Color(s): Green/White
  • Price at the time of publish: $220+

The New Balance 327 saw its debut in 2020, but before the general release of the new waffle runner, the brand partnered with luxe streetwear brand Casablanca for a hot summer collab. The partnership brought two sneakers, one in green, one in orange, to the public, giving them a sneak peek at the brand’s new silhouette. The Parisian brand elevated the style of the silhouette and set forth a strong precedent for future collabs with the 327.


15. New Balance 850 OG Reissue “White/Blue”

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  • Genre: Skating
  • Size(s): 4 - 19
  • Color(s): White/Blue
  • Price at the time of publish: $71+

If you’re even slightly familiar with New Balance you know that they have strong ties to vintage running. Among those early runners is the 850, a 1996 classic brought back to life by the brand in 2019 with an OG Reissue. The wide-soled sneaker is a pillar of stability with opportunities for skating, working out, and casual wear. The sneaker looks best in it’s white/blue colorway covering which highlights the mesh and suede upper with an ABZORB midsole to finish off the simplistic and minimalistic design.


16. Kawhi Leonard "Sunrise"

  • Genre: Basketball
  • Size(s): 5 - 19
  • Color(s): Black/Pink
  • Price at the time of publish: $105+

Kawhi Leonard has been one of eBay's biggest sellers over the course of this past year, proving not only his star power, but the power of New Balance in general. While Leonard has released multiple colorways with the brand, the "Sunrise" iteration remains arguably his most popular, and as always, the basketball details are extremely efficient for hoopers.


17. New Balance 550 "White Green"

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 17
  • Color(s): White/Green
  • Price at the time of publish: $103+

Dropping back in 2021, the "White Green" colorway was just in time for college football aka "University Season" if your team happened to have white and green colors. Yes you may be reading this at a time the football season is over, but white and green colorways always work well with the spring and summer seasons, and sneaker buying is always about planning ahead. Made with all rubber, these shoes are very comfortable as well. And affordable!


18. New Balance 530v2 Retro "Ivory"

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 5 - 20
  • Color(s): Khaki
  • Price at the time of publish: $87+

There are two "automatics" in the sneaker world, retro styles and neutral colors. The 530v2 has both. It's a classic look that can be paired with anything, and while isn't too "overbearing," it does stand out (especially when paired with the right outfit). With a price tag as low as $88, and an ENCAP midsole with ABZORB cushioning in the heel areas, these are one of the most comfy New Balance shoes out.


19. 550 'Shifted Sport Pack - Team Red'

  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 13
  • Color(s): Red/White
  • Price at the time of publish: $80+

Another university/team classic. If you're even in doubt about whether or not a sneaker is going to work, go with a University Red colorway. It has never failed anyone in the history of sneakers. And we're not joking around either. Boosting a rubber design, a comfortable midsole, and a size range that spans between 4 - 13, you can cop these bad boys for as low as $80.


20. New Balance 990v5 Made In USA 'Castlerock'

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  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 7 - 16
  • Color(s): Castlerock
  • Shoe Type: Running

Every sneaker list needs a grey colorway. Don't ask us why, it's an unspoken sneaker rule. The 990v5 "Made In USA" Castle Rock Edition dropped summer 2019, and while it's been four years since their release, rest assured that they are very much still in style. Made with a half synthetic half mesh blend, these shoes are boosted by a supportive fit and a cushioned midsole.

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21. New Balance 827 x Stray Rats

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 6.5 - 15
  • Color(s): Brown
  • Price at the time of publish: $387+

Stray Rats has worked with New Balance a few times, and each iteration has become a relative grail for a lot of fans of the Miami-based label. The 827 from a few years back is our pick for the best of their work together, but pretty much everything Stray Rats has done with NB is a certified classic. Featuring a suede and mesh mixture that provides premium comfort, these will always be a great shoe to cop.


22. New Balance x JJJJound 990v3 'Brown Black'

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 12.5
  • Color(s): Brown
  • Price at the time of publish: $250+

JJJJound's collabs with a lot of sportswear giants over the past few years have been incredible. The label really demonstrates how a few minor changes to existing silhouettes can put the cherry on top, making them a grail-level sneaker. This iteration of the 990v3—like with many JJJJound collabs—is an IYKYK sort of collab that will get diehard sneaker heads pretty excited. Can't ignore the coziness of the shoe either.


23. New Balance 2002R Protection Pack 'Mirage Grey'

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 12.5
  • Color(s): Green
  • Price at the time of publish: $146+

This iteration of the 2002R from a couple of years ago is a fun, minimal take on a classic silhouette. The fraying will continue to wear with consistent use, making these a great option for sneaker fans who like to watch their kicks deteriorate and enjoy the wabi-sabi element of fashion.


24. New Balance x Aime Leon Dore 993 'Brown'

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 12.5
  • Color(s): Red/Brown
  • Price at the time of publish: $275+

This is the second Aime Leon Dore collab to make this last, and with good reason. All of NB's collabs with the New York-based designer have been beautiful, but our pick is this brown iteration of the 993, a perfectly muted sneaker to add to your rotation. These won't turn heads like some of the more vibrant entries on the list, but they're an incredibly approachable and versatile pair of kicks to add to your rotation.


25. New Balance 550 'White Royal Black'

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4-12.5
  • Color(s): Blue/White
  • Price at the time of publish: $80+

550s have had a meteoric rise to prominence in the last few years, in part due to the high profile iterations produced in collaboration with Aime Leon Dore. A lot of the hyped colorways of this silhouette boast pretty atmospheric resale prices, but these beautiful royal blue kicks can be copped for a pretty accessible price. So if you're in it for the style, not the hype, pick these up.


26. New Balance x Joe Freshgoods 9060 'Penny Cookie Pink'

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 3.5-20
  • Color(s): Tan
  • Price at the time of publish: $300+

Part of what makes New Balance so amazing is how many silhouettes the brand has produced in its lengthy tenure as a leading sportswear company. In this collab with Joe Freshgoods, they dove deep into the bag to utilize a very slept on silhouette: the 9060. This is a great option for those looking for an approachable pair of accent kicks that aren't particularly vibrant, but certainly not dull.


27. New Balance x Teddy Santis 990v3 Raw Amethyst

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4.5-14
  • Color(s): Amethyst
  • Price at the time of the publish: $225+

The Made is USA 990v3 is one of the latest NB releases to hit the market. Originally making its debut in 1982, this new iteration features more color options, but still keeps the essence of the 1982 version with its aura and design. Gotta love a vintage classic with a hint of a modern touch.


28. New Balance x Teddy Santis MADE in USA 990v2

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 7.5-12
  • Color(s): Red/White
  • Price at the time of publish: $211+

Made in USA 990v2. A truly beautiful shoe with multiple sizes available. Also making its debut in 1982, the V2 also keeps the essence of the original while remaining current. Gotta love the university red and white as well.


29. Bodega x New Balance 574 Legacy

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 3.5-12
  • Color(s): Yellow
  • Price at the time of publish: $58+

This color is called..."Lemon curry with wet weather." That alone should be enough reason to make the purchase but if not, it's hard to argue that under $60 price tag. Boosting a mesh upper, a rubber outsole, and a very comfortable cushioned midsole, you get both style and comfort with this iteration of the 574.


30. New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12

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  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 7 -14
  • Color(s): White With Arctic Fox, Black With Thunder White, Ocean Grey, White Neon, Blue With Navy, and 12 0thers
  • Price at the time of publish: $159.99, $99.95

The ultimate New Balance running shoe, the 1080v12 represents a consistent progression of the model’s signature qualities, while also incorporating smooth transitions of the pinnacle underfoot cushioning experience are fine-tuned with updated midsole mapping. Definitely a great shoe for the fall season.

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31. New Balance Fresh Foam X 880v12

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  • Genre: Running
  • Size(s): 10 - 13
  • Color(s): White, Spring Tide, Black
  • Price at the time of publish: $89.99

Another pair of Fresh Foams to keep you looking fresh for the fall season. There's more than one colorway as well, so certainly something in there for everybody and all style types. Boasting New Balance's Dual-layer midsole construction that features top-bed foam cushioning and underfoot Fresh Foam X, the 880v12 is mad comfortable as an added bonus. Not a bad price either!


32. New Balance 990v3 MiUSA Teddy Santis

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4 - 12.5
  • Color(s): Green
  • Price at the time of the publish: $174

With spring being just a couple of weeks away, you might want to start looking for sneakers that will go along with the season. This iteration of the New Balance 990v3 is dressed in a tan green purple colorway that will go nicely with some of the warmer colored clothes in your wardrobe. Comfort-wise, the shoes boost a mesh upper for breathability, a foam midsole, and a durable outsole. The price is solid as well.


33. New Balance 990v2 Salehe Bembury

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 4-12
  • Color(s): Tan/Pink
  • Price at the time of publish: $189+

Or you could opt for one of their newer releases, which is one of their latest collaborations with Salehe Bembury called "Sand Be the Time." The famed designer has been putting a natured-themed spin on the iconic 990 series, and this colorway is inspired by an excursion to the coral pink sand dunes of southwestern Utah. A beautiful shoe too if you ask us.


34. New Balance 9060 x Bodega "Age of Discovery"

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 3.5 - 20
  • Color(s): Citadel
  • Price at the time of publish: $208+

We always enjoy whenever New Balance and Bodega link up because the results are sick. For this collaboration, the two took it back a few hundred years as a way to appreciate the past, and look forward to the future. This particular mesh and synthetic designed 9060 was inspired by models from the past like the 990 line, 860v2, and the 991, and was sculpted Renaissance style. The result is sneaker that very much looks like it could have been a part of the A.D. era, but still has a modern 2020s feel.


35. New Balance 550 UNC White

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  • Genre: Basketball
  • Size(s): 8-17
  • Color(s): White/Blue
  • Price at the time of publish: $109+

It won't be long before we're all talking about college basketball and March Madness yet again, so it's probably time to start stocking up on team gear if you are heavily into college basketball. Nowadays team gear also means sneakers, so we figured we'd through another university-themed shoe in here for all of the UNC fans reading this article. Additional features include a durable rubber cupsole, and an EVA wedge for comfort.


36. New Balance 990v3 x Patta "Keep Your Family Close"

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 3.5 - 12
  • Color(s): Grey/Green
  • Price at the time of publish: $280+

Keeping in line with the nature spring themes, we've got the New Balance x Patta "Keep Your Family Close" sneaker which was released this past September, and comes in an olive green colorway. The message is actually very simple here people. Keep you family close, and look good while doing it. This iteration of the 990v3 is made with a synthetic/mesh upper, and a foam midsole as the finishing touches.


37. New Balance 992 “Multicolor”

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  • Genre: Lifestyle
  • Size(s): 7-11
  • Color(s): Multi-Color
  • Price at the time of publish: $154+

The New Balance 992 is a sneaker akin to the 993 but with a more chunky outlook on life. The overlays of synthetic and mesh uppers sit atop an extra-thick midsole. Unlike the 993, these colorways aren’t simple but bold, bright, and incredibly complicated, allowing the brand to get more in touch with their creative side. 2020’s “Multicolor” release was a great example of the brand’s colorful potential — the sneaker came drenched in a variety of eye-catching blue, yellow, green, and orange, and it's still available to cop at various different places today.


This article was updated on January 1, 2024.

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