Producing footwear in massive quantities can generate a substantial amount of scraps and waste, so New Balance has opted to put its leftovers to use with a new Made in US 998 Limited. Constructed entirely of surplus materials and limited to a scant 100 pairs, these ultra-unique New Balance shoes are an aesthetically appealing lesson in making every scrap of material count.
In line with standard 998s, each pair from this unhindered 100 features supernumerary supple pigskin suede and spare sporty mesh, left over from the production of past silhouettes. Meanwhile, the sturdy construction fans of the running-turned-lifestyle silhouette have become accustomed to is ensured by new heel counters, ABZORB midsoles and durable rubber outsoles.
No two styles are the same and each pair is delivered at random. This intentionally mysterious ethos is nodded to by the clever launch photos that show the shoes bursting apart at the seams. Each is priced at $120 USD — a very palatable price point, seeing as domestically crafted 998s can reach above the $200 USD range — and the collection released on the New Balance webstore this morning. Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out.
Keep an eye out for more recrafted products from New Balance in 2020, take a look at some of the finished styles (all pairs come fully sewn) above and take a look at the elegant 997 “Elevated Basics” in the meantime.