The New Balance 327 “Made in Japan” Displays its Handcrafted Nature

Decked out in prime Tochigi leather.

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New Balance has become synonymous with high-quality craftsmanship, and its MADE in USA and U.K. lines are an ideal reflection. From its founding Boston base to its intricate British Flimby factory, the footwear imprint keeps prime textiles and manufacturing practices at the fore.

Now, New Balance has reunited with M. Lab atelier — the shoe manufacturer who produced the 2020-released M1300 JPJ “Made in Japan” — to present a new 327 iteration that has been decked out in premium Tochigi leather. The supple tan-colored material is native to Japan and has been in production for over 90 years. Tochigi leather can be found at every turn, from the toe boxes to hand-cut medial “N” logos and padded ankle collars in a chocolatey-brown hue. In addition, white tongue badges are enhanced with gilded “Made in Japan” branding, while clean white midsoles sit atop track-ready gum bottoms to round off the design.

Take a detailed look at the craftsmanship behind the New Balance 327 “Made in Japan” in the gallery above, and expect these to drop via raffle on New Balance JP on October 15 for ¥71,500 YEN (approximately $492 USD).

In other news, the Nike Dunk High is added to the “Somos Familia” pack.

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