New Balance has favored their 550 heavily since the ’80s basketball shoe was reintroduced to their catalog in 2020. The model has been a staple of their in-line releases, as well as dropping in a huge range of collaborations, and in-house special-editions. This week, a two-shoe pack of the latter has released, giving the model a 550-inspired look.

New Balance has silently dropped a new release of their 550 silhouette today, giving the shoe a new “Sashiko”-inspired makeover in two colorways. The brand’s focus on the model over the past few years has brought us a number of other special-edition pairs form their in-house line, but this new style also brings some material changes and interesting details. Available in “Linen” white as well as a “Pecan” brown, both pairs feature a knit canvas textile for their uppers, adding touches of suede for the shoe’s collar panels and ‘N’ logos. Tongues come in a pale grey shade, adding a patch of white with red polka dots that gives the shoe its Sahsiko-inspired look.

In other NB news, check out the “Angora” 1000 which is dropping later this Summer.


New Balance’s latest special-edition release of the 550 arrived this week, on May 24th, 2024. Consisting of two colorways in “Linen” and “Pecan,” pairs of the “Sashiko” styles are currently available from the brand’s website in full-size ranges for $120. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more sneaker release news.

New Balance 550 “Sashiko Pack”
Release Date: May 24th, 2024 (New Balance)
Style Code: BB550THB
Color: Pecan/Crimson
Price: $120

New Balance 550
Color: Linen/Crimson
Style Code: BB550THA
Release Date: May 24th, 2024 (New Balance)
Price: $120