ALD and New Balance bring back the 650R in Dark Green and Slate Navy.
Aime Leon Dore is one of the many collaborators that can be credited with catapulting New Balance to the forefront of “hype” in the sneaker world. Its founder, Teddy Santis, has done such an incredible job of dressing various NB silhouettes that he was given the Creative Director title of the New Balance Made In USA line, though he still finds time to collaborate through his fashion label. After reviving the NB550 silhouette from the archives, Santis and crew took a stab at bringing back its high-top cousin, the 650R, through both a pre-order period and a standard release. The three colorways released of the 650R were all collegiate-themed makeups, though the latest colors to appear change up the colorblocking, the ALD x New Balance 650R "Dark Green" and "Slate Navy."
Dressed in a combination of mesh and leather, the model takes on a lux build and color palette with its two-tone green and white makeup on the green pair and navy on the second colorway. Premium leather overlays present on the mudguard, midfoot, eyestays, and heel all take on a dark vintage shade of the primary color while the mesh panels on the toe and collar get covered in white. Aged laces run up the quilted tongue to the redesigned 650 tongue tag featuring ALD branding while also reworking the basketball logo into an apple, a nod to the brand's NYC home. Along the midfoot, the N logo gets a cracked leather finish in a grey tone, matching the “New Balance” branded overlay along the collar. Back on the heel, ALD and NB branding get split between the left and right pair respectively. Underfoot, the 650R’s rubber midsole and outsole come in a vintage off-white hue.
The Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 650R Dark Green & Slate Navy colorways are scheduled to release during the Fall/Winter 2022 season through New Balance, Aime Leon Dore, and select retailers online and in-store. Coming in men’s sizing, the retail price is set at $165. For more updates on ALD and New Balance’s collaborations and more in the sneaker and streetwear world, keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app.
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