Mark Twain would be proud if he knew that his works of humorous verses and social criticism has not only inspired literature enthusiasts but also fashion instigators. The American author’s autobiographical novel Roughing It serves as the design inspiration behind New Balance’s latest Author Collection – Distinct. The three exquisite footwear models are crafted with premium materials and features the brand’s inaugural use of bison leather in two of them. Influenced by three distinct characters in the novel – the prospector, the outlaw, and the conductor – this collection showcases not only excellent craftsmanship but also displays New Balance’s knack for marrying classic designs with modern sensibilities.
1300 – Prospector
Bearing the original 1980s New Balance silhouette but designed with modern aesthetics, it inventively combines materials such as rich nubuck, bison leather and Cone Denim. Also, its clever use of ENCAP midsole ensure enhanced stability and shock dispersion for maximum comfort.
997 – Outlaw
Exuding the brand’s quality workmanship and impeccable style, this model sports a rich premium pig suede upper with intricate leather detailing. Meanwhile, its IMEVA midsole provide firm yet flexible cushioning that is capped by a rubber outsole in dark brown and black.
996 – Conductor
Exemplifying the utilitarian design of a train conductor’s gear, this classic workhorse is given a modern twist with premium full pig suede and black bison leather detailing coupled with rubber outsoles and a sandy dust palette.