New Balance and its popular 990v5 model continues to be a public favorite when it comes to the perfect marriage of a casual and comfortable sneaker. The model was recently modified with a reinforced cushioning system and lugged rubber outsole to be more equipped for the hiking trails, but now its original version has resurfaced with a retro-inspired “Black/Purple/Light Blue” color palette.
There’s no association whatsoever here with Jordan Brand, but based off of the vivd accenting combination here, this Made in USA pair surely evokes memories of the classic Air Jordan 5 “Grape”. Most of the real estate here leans on a stark black hue to coat the mid-foot, forefoot and throat overlays, as well as the interior liners and mesh underlays towards the rear. A muted purple tone sees its way to the molds that are planted by the collars and towards the midsole’s heels, while teal splashes are found adjacent to the N logos and atop the toe boxes. “Light Blue” notes also make their presence felt along the mesh toe boxes and shoe strings to provide further contrasting. USA flags on the tongues as well as the N logos are each treated with black and white color-blocking.
If interested in adding these to your rotation, you can cop them now via the Warsaw Sneaker Store €220 (approx. $265 USD).
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