New Balance’s 878 runner is an archival model that rarely sees widespread releases. Last seen in 2019 in a collaboration with END. Clothing, the oversized runner has emerged in the brand’s classic grey colors in Japan this week.

New Balance’s ’90s running shoes continue to be a massive source of popularity and interest among sneakerheads. In recent years, a modern-day version of the brand’s 878 model from the pre-Y2K era has slowly rolled out in various forms around the world, starting with a rehashed retro in 2015 & ’16, before disappearing once again for a few years. Emerging once more in 2019 in collaborations with size? and END. Clothing, the 878 was just in time to participate in the wave of retro sneaker love from consumers, but curiously, it never saw a wide release during that time. Now, it appears the Boston brand is quietly rolling out in-line colorways of the 878 overseas like this “Classic Grey” makeup spotted in Japan this month. The look begins with a steel blue mesh underlay before adding reinforcements made from suede and leather while a healthy dose of embroidered branding makes it easily identifiable.


New Balance’s classic grey color scheme of the 878 runner is currently available overseas from select retailers around Japan, while a stateside drop has yet to be announced by the Boston brand. The chunky 878 runner rarely emerges in the United States but is expected to come with a price tag of approximately $160 if and when they do. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more New Balance release news.

New Balance 878
Release Date: TBD
Price: $157