New Balance has wasted no time in delivering progressive revisions to its new 990v5, and the latest rework may be the most forward-looking in-house creation to date. High contrast accents of color appear throughout, making the often understated running shoe unusually bold.
Most commonly seen in comparably demure makeups, the American-made 990v5 has seen some more lurid makeups to date, but many of the more overt iterations come from collaborations. This original design takes on a mostly-white upper, counterbalanced by black accents on the heel and toe. Leather, suede and mesh appear throughout, bolstered by a gradient stripe near the ankle and a shiny panel below the heel. Muted silver hits on the midsole team with the black outsole to keep the shoe’s striking upper relatively grounded.