The New Balance MT580 might just be one of the most impactful sneakers of the last 30 years – an odd statement to be making about a budget-conscious model. Initially launched in 1996, the original MT580 was designed to be a more affordable version of the Made in USA flagship M585. Comparative to the 585, the 580 was produced in Asia and available in Japan only.
After a steady start, the MT580 exploded in 1999 when New Balance Japan developed a unique partnership with Mita Sneakers, a retailer based in Ueno, and Real MadHECTIC, a Tokyo streetwear label. Together, NB and the Japanese partners created unique colourways of the MT580 and kickstarted a trend that completely changed the industry.
- Suede overlays
- Mesh collar
- ROLLBAR™ system
- SKU: MT580CA2