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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $210
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Fit & Sizing

The J. Crew x New Balance 997 is only offered in men’s sizes that range from 7 to 13. Ladies who would like to own a pair should go 1.5 sizes down their standard shoe size. This sneaker runs true to size.

J.Crew x New Balance 997 Style

Laced with stylishly unique color palettes, the J. Crew x New Balance 997 is genuinely a fashionable sneaker. Backed up with New Balance's time-tested comfort and fit the unique colorways could enhance any outfit. Pair it with jeans, shorts, or joggers for a laidback casual day or opt for chinos and polo for a more dapper street style.

Notable Features

This kick's upper retains the original leather suede material with a combination of mesh. Both the shoe's tongue and collar are padded for extra comfort and cushioning. It is equipped with the brand's ENCAP technology, which provides support and stability.

J.Crew x New Balance 997 History

Released in the era of sneaker technology, the New Balance 997 is an improved iteration of the 996. Introduced in 1991, this sneaker upped the ante of the brand's 99x series by adding a thermoplastic Hytrel Strap System for midfoot lock and fusing C-Cap within the ENCAP sole unit. It also featured a triple density midsole, which was considered innovative during those times.

As the 90s slowly progressed, the 997 faded into the background amidst heavy competition but remained active in Japan's market. Almost a decade after it has been shelved, New Balance decided to reissue the 997, The retro release of this sneaker stayed true to its roots by being constructed in the USA and retaining its silhouette and materials.

Since then, the shoe has been reinterpreted in countless colorways and design collaborations. One of the most sought-after collaborations of the 997 is with the retail brand J. Crew. New Balance and J. Crew released two pairs in 2016 and another two pairs in 2017. This collaboration is still ongoing so we could expect more 997 pairs in the future.

Additional Info

  • The shoe is available in D Medium width.
  • This collaboration has released four pairs so far: Butterscotch, Moonshot, Cortado, and Camo.
  • Each of the releases is derived from a particular thing or event. The candy with the same name inspires the Butterscotch pair, the Apollo 11 mission inspires the Moonshot kick, the Cortado is inspired by an espresso drink with the same name, and the Camo kick by the popular pattern with the same name.

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