New Balance’s 550 basketball shoe first resurfaced earlier this year in collaboration with NYC’s Aimé Leon Dore, and was a smash hit. Now, the ‘basketball oxford’ is here to stay, releasing in new colorways, like the Collegiate series, coming soon.

New Balance continues to unveil new colorways of the vintage 550 sneaker, adding onto the already mountainous hype the silhouette has created in the past year. The 550, a low-top leather basketball shoe from the late ’80s, first made its return last year, in collaboration with New York’s Aimé Leon Dore. This week, we got an early look at two new colors set to launch soon, remixing the silhouette with two collegiate-inspired colorways, representing UNC and Syracuse. Both pairs feature a largely white leather construction with some perforated panels, while accents in either baby blue for UNC and orange for ‘Cuse decorate various accents and special details around the shoe. 


New Balance’s latest standard-issue colorways of the retro 550 basketball shoe have not been announced for release, though they are expected to drop sometime in the coming weeks. Arriving in college-themed color schemes, each pair come with a price tag of $110, releasing from both New Balance and select retailers. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more New Balance release news. 

UPDATE 1/25/22: Originally scheduled for today, the restock of the two New Balance 550s has been pushed back to February 3rd per their release calendar

UPDATE 1/6/22: New Balance has announced that the “UNC” colorway of the 550 will restock once more, this time on January 25th, 2022. 

UPDATE 11/23/21: New Balance has finally announced the release of the two-pair “Collegiate Pack”, which pits the 550 in colorways inspired by Syracuse and North Carolina. Both pairs have been slated to release next week on December 1st, accompanied by the return of the in-line black and white colorway. These pairs will be available at 10 A.M. Eastern time, retaining their usual price tag of $110. 

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