New Balance reissued the 597 to start 2017. The retro runner is now being taken up by size? for a shop exclusive pack. Themed after the Neotropic realm of dense tropical rain forest, the pack is inspired by plants and animals that inhabit the environment.
The first colourway of the pair is a bold combination of deep red and gold, an homage to Toucan’s in particular who frequent the Neotropic regions. The upper comprises of a slightly textured suede, dyed in both of the main colour choices. Contrasting grey mesh panels sit on the toebox and ankle region, breaking up the more flamboyant hues.
Reaching to the opposite end of the spectrum for the second colourway, the palette is a lot more muted, making use of shades of green and light pink to take the theme in a slightly different direction. The greens representing the rich forestry that shapes the tropical environment, and the pink passiflora flower follows onto the mesh underlay and eyestay.
The pack will release on the 22nd of September through select size? locations and the size? app for £70.