size? previews – true to size? Episode 017 (New Balance X-90)

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We’re back with the latest episode of true to size?, a show that gives you a breakdown of some of the biggest products releasing at size?. Returning for series 2, we’re kicking things off with the release of the New Balance X-90 Reconstructed. We headed to New Balance’s UK HQ in Warrington to sit down with the shoes designer Sam Pearce to find out a bit more about the development of the product from start to finish. We found out about some of the archive shoes the new release draws inspiration from, and how it’s been created to sit alongside some of the brands most esteemed product lines from years gone by.

With all the characteristics of classic archive silhouettes, the New Balance X-90 features typical New Balance craftsmanship, alongside contemporary detailing. Premium suede and nubuck is introduced across the upper, comprising of several panels that make up the construction. Mesh runs through the underlay and into the bootie style sockliner for added comfort. A revlite midsole that pulls lines and technical details from a selection of shoes from the 900 series, also features a ‘pill’ that allows you to see where the Abzorb technology is featured within the unit.

Sam was also able to show a few stages of the prototyping process in developing the X-90 Reconstructed, pointing out how through each version, different technical details were altered, panels were added, and the shape refined into the finished product we have for sale today.

The New Balance X-90 Reconstructed is available online and in size? stores now.

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