After spending some time off the roster, New Balance has called-up the 996 silhouette once again for a crack at the title. Originally released back in 1988, the 996 was an evolution of the recipe which made the 990 and 995 so successful.
Compared with earlier versions, the 996 brought ENCAP cushioning to the table — a technology first debuted on the 1300. Although updated, the shoe's lines were still very much in alignment with the classic sneaker visual language of the time.
Released with a quartet of similarly coloured 99x series models, the 996TG uses a soft grey suede sat atop a smooth vintage mesh that's accented with neutral black and creamy white.