Steven Smith developed the New Balance 997 in 1990, and released the silhouette in 1991. Did you know the 997 represents support and job security? As competitors’ factories headed to Asia and the Middle East, New Balance stayed and factories remained open in the United States. Smith’s 997 introduced their new molded technique, fusing Encap and C-cap cushioning, and is praised for the collar lockdown strap, connecting the top eyelets with the heel counter. Find out more about the New Balance 997 here.