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New Balance’s WRPD Runner Balances Minimalist and Maximalist Styles

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With running utility and streetwear style crossing over more than they ever have before, New Balance has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of such a trend. Seeing plenty of high-profile collaborations over the years, the Boston-based footwear brand has unveiled some popular solo releases in recent vintage as well, one of which should come hot out of the gate when it goes on sale next week. Making its unofficial debut back in June during Paris Fashion Week, the new WRPD Runner has now been officially revealed by New Balance.

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Few brand revivals have been as impressive in recent years as the one by New Balance. Originally a manufacturer of arch supports beginning in 1906, the athletic brand debuted its first shoe in 1960, a runner called the Trackster, which was also the first to feature different width options. Of course, by the ‘90s, the New Balance sneakers were relegated to “dad shoe” status until a re-branding that wouldn’t happen for another couple of decades. Today, everything from its basketball sneakers to its lifestyle shoes can be seen wherever you go. 

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As for the WRPD Runner, the shoe delivers again on balancing form and function. Instantly noticeable is the chunky midsole, which benefits from the full-length FuelCell tech which is presented in sculptured contours. Minimalist in its color palette and design, with sea salt and sandstone being used along the upper, the delivery of those colors is arguably maximalist. We see shaggy suede raised around the mesh upper material for juxtaposition. The black “N” logo is embroidered therein, almost appearing to be cut off by the suede frame at the top and bottom. And then there’s the bi-colored sole itself.

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Looking both modern and vintage, the WRPD Runner will go on sale on August 16 on New Balance’s website, where it’s priced at $150. Sales are limited to 1 per customer.