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Revisionist History: New Balance’s 574 “Iconic Collaborations” Pack

By David Blackmon/@Jusdave3_2    

In a mix of old meets new, New Balance has taken on the task of reinvigorating one of their most classic silhouettes, the 574. Having survived as a staple of many wardrobes both in and outside of the sneaker community, the 574 has always been popular for in its subtle monochromatic burgundy, navy, and gray offerings. A simple suede and mesh upper have long-defined this shoe, with a storied shape and build that draw a clear connection to its running origins.

A recent “Friends & Family” 574 release has helped to bolster New Balance’s reinvigoration of the model, but New Balance’s Lifestyle wing has opted to further popularize the model by offering an infusion of colorways featured on prior collaborative New Balance works.

The first collaborative revision is the highly popular Concepts and New Balance “Rosé”. First offered in 2014 on the 997 model, the revised 574 version will offer a familiar pig suede upper in the signature “Rosé” pink hue with 3M and crocodile-skin embossed detailing on the tongue, heel-tab, and surrounding the “N” logo.

Picture from  @Hypebae

Picture from @Hypebae

The second revision is the 2007 Sneakersnstuff and New Balance dubbed “Erik”. Originally offered on the 577, the familiar dark brown and green shades will adorn the current 574 model in the form of soft suede and a textured nubuck. Bright pink lettering will stand out on the shoes tongue and interior, offsetting the familiar tropical green lacing and “N” logos.

Picture from  Sneakernews.com

Picture from Sneakernews.com

Fans of the Sneaker Freaker and New Balance collaborations will quickly recognize the “Tassie Devil” colorway smartly adopted by the 574. Varying shades of purple and rich black suede resurrect this 2012 release. A speckled midsole accompany the sharp purple teeth accents that rest below the perforated suede toebox and custom “Sneaker Freaker” Tasmanian Devil insoles top of this recreation.  

Picture by  Sneakernews.com

Picture by Sneakernews.com

Finally, Mita Sneakers and Whiz Limited paired with New Balance to create a star-spangled 1700. Perforated leather stars laid over glow in the dark material, make this smooth leather recreation from 2012 an instant hit.

Picture from  Sneakernews.com

Picture from Sneakernews.com

All four sneakers will be released through their original partnering retailers and NB.com with release dates beginning March 1st. Just 500 pairs will be available in each colorway. Pricing has not yet been announced, yet with all three 574 recreations being Asia produced hopefully pricing will be well below $200. Stay tuned for more updated information.

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