New Balance 550: Recreating a timeless classic
Coming off from the success of Aime Leon Dore's collaboration, the Boston-based brand dropped the updated NB 550 to pay homage to the 90s basketball generation. NB released the 550 in several retro colorways, such as university gold, black, and burgundy that quickly garnered many followers.
The 550 is not a brand new silhouette. It was initially unveiled in 1989 as basketball footwear and offered simple and versatile flair. It displays a familiar look of the famous and luxurious Louis Vuitton Trainer, making this pair a pretty affordable alternative to the pricey iteration from Louis Vuitton.
Let us dive into some of the essential details of this fashionable NB model:
- Perforations are found on the lateral side of its leather upper for breathability and comfort. Meanwhile, its toe box is overlaid with a suede mudguard for added durability.
- Found on the midfoot is another leather panel with the signature N logo. This feature holds the foot securely while providing a stylish flair.
- New Balance inserted it with a dual-layer Ortholite insole to double the comfort and support.
- On the ankle area is another leather overlay that matches the accent color of the sneaker. Underneath it is a well-cushioned collar that provides an enhanced cozy feel.
- Tonal TPU heel clip boosts support and structure for the back end of the sneaker.
New Balance 550: Retro vs Aime Leon Dore
Comparing the retro NB 550 and Aime Leon Dore x NB 550 iterations, they virtually look similar. However, these models differ only in minute details, such as:
- The N logo found in the NB 550 is made of smooth leather, while the Aime Leon Dore version is covered with crack-styled leather.
- The midsole of the ALD version is a bit yellowish, while the NB 550 is in white.
- Set side by side to the mass-produced NB 550, the Aime Leon Dore version is covered with slightly better quality leather.
- Found on the heel of the left pair of Aime Leon Dore's version is the ALD logo. Meanwhile, the general released 550 has the NB logo on both pairs.