Back from the New Balance archives and injected with a breath of fresh air. The M990V2 returns for the season with a series of premium suedes, leathers, cut, and stitched at the hands of their American artisans. This season’s rendition comes to us in the form a tonal dark turquoise with the perforated suede hiding hints of 3M reflective beneath and below the signatory ’N’. Finite embroidery and detailed embossed tongue complete the upper before sitting atop a light grey ABZORB sole unit.

The M990DRK2 is now available in store and onlinealongside the rest of this season’s selection of 995’s from New Balance’s Made In U.S.A. ranges. For all of the finer details continue reading after the jump…

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New Balance continue to push out their latest from the ‘Made in U.S.A.’ ranges this time with an update on the 990V2 with the M990DVN2. This buttery nubuck number takes on all the shades of autumn with twiggy and leafy browns covering the upper of the silhouette. The supple nubuck is accented with waxy leathers with premium perforated toe box in place of the usual mesh, and detailed ‘Made in U.S.A.’ embroidered atop the tongue. The M990DVN2 sits neatly atop its signature ABZORB sole unit in a combination of white and brown to complete the colourway.

The M990DVN2 is now available both in store and online alongside the rest of this season’s selections from New Balance. For a closer look at all of the finer details, continue reading after the jump.

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New Balance have delivered their latest American crafted 998 with the M998DPHO. New balance bring a low-key stealth finish to the heritage running silhouette with a tonal black upper comprised of premium leathers, nubucks, and perforated nubucks accented with subtle dabs of white leather and 3M reflective atop the signatory ’N’. This is all finished off with finite embroidery brandishing the ‘MADE IN U.S.A.’ across the tongue before sitting atop a crisp white and black combination sole unit.

The M998DPHO is now available in store at our Level 1/5 McKillop Street store as well as online. Sizes US8 through to US12 (including half sizes) will be available for $320. For all of the finer details of this latest release from New Balance continue reading after the jump.

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If there’s one thing we love on a shoe it’s the colour burgundy, and New Balance have brought just that to the 990 V2. The M990CIT2 comes to us from New Balance’s ‘Made in U.S.A.’ collections, featuring premium suedes, leathers, and meshes across a tonal array of burgundy before adding signature hits of 3M reflective and white embroidery to finish it all off. This all sits atop the 990 V2’s signature Absorb sole unit in a crisp white and burgundy combination.

The M990CIT2 is now available both in store and online alongside the rest of this season’s selections from New Balance. For all of the finer details of the release, continue reading after the jump…

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New Balance have delivered their latest American crafted rendition of the 990V2. Bringing military vibes aboard the classic silhouette the M990DSU2 combines a mixture of lush suedes and waxy leathers in shades of olive with a subtle camouflage in place of the usual mesh panelling. Hitting in the accents with 3M reflective signature ’N’ and tonal embroidery to finish it all off. All of this sits atop the 990V2’s signature ‘Abzorb’ sole unit in a crisp white to finish it all off.

The M990DSU2 is now available both in store and online alongside the rest of this season’s selections from New Balance with all of the finer details after the jump

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New Balance have dipped into their archives and pulled out a fan favourite and dishing it our way with the M991EKS. Coming to us in a tonal black makeup, the 991 is wrapped in premium suedes and meshes accented with white embroidery and reflective in true New Balance style. Crafted at the hands of New Balance’s Flimsy artisans ensuring each pair is manufactured expertly to match its premium materials.

The M991EKS is now available both in store and online alongside the rest of this season’s selections from New Balance. For a closer look at all of the finer details, continue reading after the jump.

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New Balance have delivered the latest from their American crafted collections with the M997CHT. Coming to us wrapped in a blend of premium suedes and leathers taking on tonal shades of grey before hints of orange and white are added to the mix for a hit of colour. The splashes of orange run through the signature ’N’, topping it all off with detailed embroidery on both the tongue and heel. Each pair sits atop a white and grey combination of the 997’s signature encap sole unit to finish it all off.

The M997CHT is now available in store and online with all of the finer details after the jump.

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2016 marks the 20th anniversary of New Balance's M999. The whole series is universally acclaimed and continues to build its legacy and grow in stature. New Balance are both traditionalists and visionaries. Creating a thoughtful rendition of the classic M999 was an appropriate way to respect an icon of the brand’s design heritage. But it was also an opportunity to re-imagine the product with a very contemporary look and feel.

Past meets future in this skillful re-engineering. The classic lines of the MRL999 have been deconstructed and nuanced for a new generation of appreciative New Balance devotees. New lines and design elements ensure the MRL999 is not a pastiche of the original, but a fitting tribute which will surely open up its own new horizons.

Both colourways of the MRL999 Re-Engineered will be releasing in store and online this Saturday the 2nd of July at our Level 1/15 McKillop Street store alongside our historic archive of the coveted 99X series.

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New Balance 99X 'Matt Kyte'

6/29/2016 5:17 PM

With Up There and New Balance’s 99X Museum launching in just a few days, their ongoing video series is coming to a close. With the third instalment the store has travelled to Brisbane to catch up with Contra store owner and New Balance nerd Matt Kyte. Matt talks us through the pinpoint of where his love for the grey suedes of the 99X series began, and it’s steady evolution into the 999 Re-Engineered REVlite releasing this week.

The continuation of the video series leads into the in-depth photographic retrospective, and historical archive of the New Balance’s 99X series, opening on July 2nd.

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New Balance 99X Museum

6/27/2016 4:35 PM

We’ve come together with New Balance Australia to commemorate 20 years of the 999 with the ‘99X Museum’. The museum itself will pick apart the entirety of New Balance’s 99X series with a historical archive from 990 to 999 and in-depth photographic retrospective. The 99X Museum starts from Saturday July 2nd at our 15 McKillop Street location with the MRL999 Re-Engineered releasing the same day. The retrospective has also been captured in a commemorative book that will be released alongside the museum and be available for those that attend the museum.

In the five months leading up to the launch of the MRL999AG, the latest in New Balance’s historic 99X series, we have been putting together one of the most extensive collections of New Balance shoes for a museum display at our store in Melbourne, Australia. The idea was pretty simple: to show the evolution of the 99X series, not just to the committed sneaker collector, but everyone interested in brilliant and timeless design.

This collection of shoes isn’t just any old collection of New Balance. It is very specific. As a store we are very passionate about the 99X series. Spanning the better part of four decades, the line is by far our favorite from New Balance’s extensive archive. We love it because it has evolved and developed and is still as striking today as it was in 1982, when the 990 first launched in the USA. There is something to be said for objects and design that can still be treasured after so long, and we can’t wait to share this collection with you all.

The 99X Museum starts July 2nd at Up There Store, 15 McKillop Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

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