New Balance’s vintage archives are chock-full of legendary shoes, which they have been pulling from the the past to deliver interesting new spins. This week, we got an early look at the 996 ‘Kilties’, coming soon.

New Balance has been experimenting with some interesting new versions of their classic sneakers recently, combining running shoes with features typically seen on high-end dress shoes. The most notable example was the Tokyo Design Studio’s reworked 574, which swapped out the typical midsole for a Vibram-spiked set, complete with welting around the perimeter. Now, the 996 is the latest silhouette to receive a makeover. Originally released in 1988, the 996 was built as a hybrid sneaker, suitable for both running and walking as well as gym training sessions. This new version, however, appears to be built for formalwear, as it pulls a fair number of details from brogue leather shoes. Dressed entirely in light grey suede, this 996 features broguing around the perimeter of the heel counter and toe box, as well as removable kilties that cover the shoe’s lacing system. 


New Balance’s luxurious take on the 996, featuring smooth grey suede and removable kilties, released overseas at atmos Tokyo earlier this week, and we are awaiting news of a global release. Featuring plenty of brogue details, this limited-edition release comes with a price tag of just $115. Check out the product shots below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more New Balance release news.