The Collabs: New Balance Announces Back-to-Back Collabs + More Releases

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March 28, 2019: New Balance has announced back-to-back collabs. The footwear manufacturer has teamed up with J.Crew on the latest rendition of the New Balance 1400 — originally released in 1994 and revived in 2010. Now the exclusive pack of made-in-the-USA sneakers is returning to J.Crew in two new colorways inspired by the midnight sky, aptly dubbed Navy Steel and Midnight Navy. Both iterations are available at J.Crew for $170 starting April 4.

In addition to the J.Crew collab, New Balance is joining forces with Isaac Mizrahi through the New Balance x Isaac Mizrahi Live collection for retail network QVC. The designer — a self-proclaimed longtime patron of the sneaker brand — inked a deal with New Balance through the year for a line that features athleisure favorites such as mesh lace-up sneakers, a pullover hoodie and cropped leggings. The collection retails between $25 and $55, and according to FN’s sister publication WWD, online shoppers have the option to make their purchases in six payments. See the line here.

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March 21, 2019: The union of Opening Ceremony and Birkenstock has produced another fashion-focused collection that is sure to catch the eye, partly because it comes in blazing neon colors. On March 26, the duo will release its third collab series, an update to Birkenstock’s Zurich slide sandal. The styles, which will retail for $165, come in three fluorescent-colored versions — green, yellow and pink — featuring a patent birko-flor upper, buckle straps and a leather-lined footbed. Fans can find the sandals at Opening Ceremony stores and on its website.

Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock collab collection.
Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock collab collection.

March 21, 2019: Saucony is teaming up with Dunkin’ again on a shoe collaboration — but this time, the sneaker brand is sweetening the deal. Find out more.

March 19, 2019: The “Billions” corporate drama is back for its fourth season on Showtime, and Greats is celebrating with a second collab collection for the show. The latest release includes two versions of Greats’ Court sneaker, in green (the color of money) and black (the color of main character Bobby “Axe” Axelrod’s soul). Made in Italy from premium suede and leather, each pair is finished with gold aglets and comes with a black light to reveal a secret message on the insole. They’re priced at $199 and go on sale in limited quantities at 12 p.m. ET on March 20 on the Greats website.

The Greats x Billions collab sneakers feature a hidden message inside.
The Greats x Billions collab sneakers feature a hidden message inside.

March 18, 2019: French lifestyle brand Lacoste is moving into the world of art with the launch of a Keith Haring global collaboration. Find out more.

March 14, 2019: Vivobarefoot joined forces with The Aspinall Foundation to raise awareness around endangered animals. The outdoor brand and the conservation organization collaborated on four limited-edition kids’ shoes inspired by some of the world’s most critically endangered species. Made from foam using harvested algae, the Ultra Bloom amphibious shoe ($60) pays tribute to the dolphin and the shark. And the Mini Primus sneaker hybrid ($70) — a fully vegan style constructed from recycled PET and mesh — is inspired by the Siberian tiger and the East African black rhinoceros. Vivobarefoot will donate 5 percent of purchases to help fund Aspinall’s fight to save animals. The shoes are on sale now on at Vivobarefoot.com.

Vivobarefoot Mini Primus Kids x Aspinall
Vivobarefoot Mini Primus Kids x Aspinall

March 11, 2019: Jun Takahashi’s latest collaborative collection with his Undercover label and Converse will make wearers want to say, “Warriors, come out to play.” Find out more.

March 11, 2019: Camper is taking sneakers into high gear with a new collaboration with Michelin. The Spain-based shoe brand tapped the tire-maker’s technical expertise to create the Rolling Michelin Pilot Sport sneaker, which boasts a sole with intense grip to handle wet and dry surfaces. Produced in a limited run with only 500 pairs, the slip-on sneaker comes in Michelin’s signature colors and is available for $220 at Camper.com and select retailers in major European cities.

Camper’s Rolling Michelin Pilot Sport sneaker
Camper’s Rolling Michelin Pilot Sport sneaker

March 6, 2019: “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Girardi and her onstage persona Erika Jayne are taking on another title — shoe designer — with a collaboration with Shoe Dazzle. Find out more.

March 6, 2019: Bergdorf Goodman unveiled a special collaboration for International Women’s Day, partnering with visual artist Leah Tinari to create a new logo for the department store: Bergdorf GoodWoman. The logo has been applied to a set of limited-edition T-shirts, Staud handbags and four sneakers by Greats, which Tinari also hand-painted with empowering designs. “The work for this collaboration as a little love note to NYC and all the gutsy, remarkable women that are holding shit down in this city, making smart, beautiful, creative empowering moves that are inspiring the country and the world,” Tinari said in a statement. The Greats sneakers are priced at $600.

Leah Tinari’s hand-painted Greats Royale sneaker for Bergdorf Goodman.
Leah Tinari’s hand-painted Greats Royale sneaker for Bergdorf Goodman.

March 6, 2019: Sea Star Beachwear collaborated with Kenya-based conservation group Ocean Sole to draw attention to flip-flop pollution. Ocean Sole is known for repurposing — or upcycling — flip-flops that wash up on Africa’s shores to create unique sculptures. For this project, it crafted a special sole for Sea Star’s Beachcomber neoprene espadrille, priced at $96 for women and $68 for kids, with a portion of proceeds going toward Ocean Sole. The shoes are available now on the Sea Star website.

Sea Star Beachwear x Ocean Sole shoe.
Sea Star Beachwear x Ocean Sole shoe.

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