My favorite collaboration I’ve seen so far this year, New Balance meets up with the Italian company Stone Island to work on the 577. Constructed from RASO GOMMATO, which is described as “a military grade satin weave cotton that is dye friendly,” this shoe really stands out. Personally my favorite touch is the shake moulded N patches. Two colorways will be available, the white shown above, and orange, both will be released in Stone Island flagstaff stores, which means unless you can get to Italy they will be a tough cop. Detailed images of both colorways and a description of the collaboration from Stone Island are available after the jump.
“Taking inspiration from a series of archive garments, STONE ISLAND interprets the legendary 577 NEW BALANCE running shoe.
The SI-577, in two colour way, white or orange, is the customization with STONE ISLAND aesthetics of the world famous NEW BALANCE 577: the unique style and the unbeatable comfort of a Made in the UK classic.
For sneakers addicts it is not a mere shoe, born in 1989, it is one of the most successful running shoes introduced between the end of the ‘80’s and the beginning of the ‘90’s. It has always been produced in the NEW BALANCE factory of Flimby, Cumbria, North West England.
STONE ISLAND takes from its archive both historical materials and construction details:
RASO GOMMATO, a ready to be dyed material made of military specification satin weave cotton bonded to a polyurethane cover. Introduced in’984 . Used for the last of SI_577.
REFLECTIVE, highly reflective material composed by a polyester base with a coating of thousands of glass microsphere. Introduced in ‘991. Used for the shoe back tab.
PATCHES, in shake moulded rubber with raised graphic designs. Introduced in ‘988. Used to create the legendary “N” featured on all NEW BALANCE shoes.
SI_577, is on sale, exclusively for Italy, in the STONE ISLAND flagship stores (in Milan, Rome, Florence, Verona and Riccione), and in the best point of sales of STONE ISLAND and NEW BALANCE.”