KITH has officially debuted collaborative iterations of New Balance‘s 992 and 998 in its Spring 2 catalogue. Part of a “five-shoe pack” according to KITH founder Ronnie Fieg -— who’s been teasing the silhouettes on his Instagram in past weeks — both offer a colorway seemingly inspired by the legendary 1300 “Steel Blue,” a shoe resurrected earlier this year.
Both 992s and 998s use dark grey suede and soft, smooth tan leathers laid atop a light blue mesh base. The midfoot’s N logo is dressed in a vintage sail tone, and rimmed by more bright blue trim. Sockliners and trim keep things light-hued as well. The main difference present here is the midsoles: 992s proffer GEL pucks in heel and forefoot alike to add a dash of vibrancy and a world of signature NB comfort. Meanwhile, the 998 uses a full ABZORB midsole, split between dark and light grey shades. Signature “Made in the USA” embroidery is stitched on each tongue to underscore the domestic craftsmanship.