New Balance XRCT: Racing to trail

Adding another iteration in the NB X series, New Balance converted the running NB X-Racer silhouette into a trail-inspired sneaker by adding a robust rubber tread on its outsole. The off-road-ready look of the New Balance XRCT features durable ripstop and nubuck leather on its upper. To make it seemly for casual use, this kick was dipped in striking hues creating a bold aesthetic.

New Balance XRCT's lineage

The New Balance X series was inspired by lesser-known 90s and early 2000s high-performance footwear. The brand combined remarkable details from these sneakers with comfortable modern tech to create sleeker, comfier, and slimmer retro sneakers. 

The first in this series is the New Balance X-90 model, which takes cues from one of the brand's most iconic silhouettes, the NB 990. It was followed by New Balance X-Racer, which displays a versatile jogger silhouette suitable for all-day wear.


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