Be it a T-shirt, leather jacket or hat, the sartorially inclined tend to love a good elevated basic, and now New Balance is giving them one in footwear form by way of the aptly-named 997 “Elevated Basics.” Taking traditional high-quality materials and combining them to create a luxurious-yet-practical lifestyle favorite, this made-in-the-USA sneaker is all about attention to detail.
Uppers are mainly split between a patinated, tumbled brown leather and a stone-washed denim material — the latter on toebox and heel, the former on mudguard, heel overlays, throat and tongue. There’s also a rich brown suede present on the quarter that serves as the perfect resting point for a tumbled brown leather “N” logo rimmed by a white outline. A dark bordeaux hue is used on the collar’s lining, while an eggshell-colored New Balance embroidery on the tongue and heel tab team with the light laces to provide contrast.
Moving to the lower half, stability is handled by a burnt orange heel clip, and the ENCAP EVA foam midsole is divided between a cream heel and white forefoot. Sturdy black rubber outsoles wrap things up.
The New Balance M997SOC “Elevated Basics” will release at retailers like 43einhalb during March, and is priced at €220 EUR (approximately $245 USD).