New Balance’s unusual decisions to make slip-ons out of their running shoes have paid off so far, and this year they are introducing a loafer variant of the 1906, subtitled L, coming later this year.

The 1906L was initially unveiled during a recent Junya Watanabe runway shoe at Paris Fashion Week. The JW pairs were displayed in two initial colorways, and featured premium leathers for a sleek look. Since then, the 1906 loafer has surfaced in in-line styles, indicating that New Balance has bigger plans in store for their latest runner-turned-slip-on. This week, a classic NB “Grey/Silver” color scheme has joined their upcoming releases, pitting the shoe in a grey mesh with a mix of dark grey and metallic silver overlays. The sole adds a creamy off-white tone to balance out the look.


New Balance’s new loafer version of the 1906 has not been announced for release yet, but is expected to launch sometime in Summer 2024. The slip-on model of the retro runner will likely be available from both NB and select retailers, and no pricing has been revealed yet. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more sneaker release news.