New Balance 574 Fresh Foam Polka Dot History
New Balance had been in the streets of the U.S. for quite some time now if one would consider more than a century quite enough for a brand to staple its name in the running world. Though the company has been in the Star-Spangled land for more than the average lifespan of a human being, its rise to fame can be traced back to its first innovative sneaker which was the 320.
The 320 was a massive leap of revolutionary design upgrade from its predecessor, the Trackster. Yes, the Trackster was a breakthrough, considering its ripple sole and multiple width sizing, but the 320 was the New Balance shoe that put the Boston brand in the marathon map. The sales success of the 320 in 1976 gave birth to numerous iterations in the succeeding years including the 420 and the ever famous father-figure silhouette of the 574's.
The 574 was introduced in 1988, more than a decade after the 320 but its widespread appeal stretches decades into the future given that it's Normcore looks wouldn't attract genders on the opposite side of the spectrum. But one thing that keeps the New Balance 574's light burning is its unhindered function as a runner during the 80s to the 90s decade. It was only a matter of time before the iconic sneaker become a guinea pig of countless NB 574 revamps and material reinventions in the succeeding years.
The midsole of the 574 remained somehow untouched until 2015 where the classic silhouette of its upper was fused in with a new and hip midsole tech that is coined Fresh Foam. The Fresh Foam was the latest addition to New Balance's coveted line of performance-improving sole technologies which is composed of a light EVA compound bound in a strategically notched aesthetic that alters the levels of cushioning and impact.
The revamp of the said 574 Fresh Foam model had made fans more and more curious with the introduction of the "Polka Dot" theme which features three colorways of the 574 all drenched in Minnie Mouse-inspired patterns. The New Balance 574 Fresh Foam Polka Dot takes on the design cues of the 574 but with a more contemporary style of infused overlays with matching white dots scattered all over it.