Recently, New Balance have been working closely with some of the most revered labels and retailers around, producing pieces that push the boundaries both aesthetically and functionally whilst still sympathetically adhering to authenticity and tradition. This season’s K-Way collaboration is no exception with two classic styles subtly reworked, each carrying the signature details that make both labels so highly regarded.
Borrowing elements from each other, the classic track and field silhouette of the New Balance U420 and the original pac-a-mac, the K-Way Claude, have been developed to work in tandem, creating a clean, contemporary collection which is tastefully considered yet so easy to simply throw on. The ‘Claude’ is K-Way’s signature style, named after it’s creator, Leon-Claude Duhamel, and inspired by his obsession with creating a waterproof jacket that was as accessible than a standard umbrella. Constructed from a heat-sealed lightweight Nylon, this classic piece has functionality at its core with the jacket being easily folded into a secluded zip closure pocket to the back. The New Balance reworking features the classic Claude features with new zip placket tape colourways and dual branding to the left chest.
Some of the features from the jacket have their way to the complementary trainer. The U420 is a definitive New Balance style with its slim profile and lightweight make-up. The reworked silhouette utilises the nylon taffeta from the jacket, marrying it with traditional suede overlays and cushioned three-layer sole unit with dual branded tongue finishing off this 1980′s classic. Available here