For a spontaneous fashion observer, you can easily notice how certain styles, patterns, and cuts repeat throughout history. You rarely notice the same occurrence with sneakers but, like any other clothing item, it does happen. Sometimes it happens in a subtle way, but in recent years, past-inspired sneakers trend is huge—seriously. If you haven’t ridden the bandwagon yet, chunky dad shoes are so in today. Perhaps it’s the comfort, perhaps it’s the fashion, perhaps it’s the nostalgia, but time and tested shoe brands are not letting the luxury houses win the ‘90s-inspired sneakers trend. New Balance took up the challenge and recently introduced the MADE 990v4 “1982”.
Release date and price
Release date: April 14, 2018
Paying homage to the original New Balance 990 silhouette which was first released in 1982, New Balance has recently introduced another innovative and exciting itineration of the running shoes—the 990v4 “1982”. Marked with the iconic shape, colorway, and ingenuity, these sneakers are going to strike heart strings for both old and new generations enjoying the brands’ tribute to a glorious pair of kicks from the past.
If the timeless but modernized design is not enough, the New Balance MADE 990v4 “1982” is going to be retailed at its OG price point of $100. Sweet, right? Before, it was the first running shoes to break the 3-digit price tag—quite expensive for everyone’s taste. But today, a hundred bucks is definitely a huge steal. The catch? New Balance only released 1,500 pairs of these fiery kicks.
The 1982 original was created as running shoes, but as people bought and adapted the kicks according to their various lifestyles, the sneakers eventually evolved into casual wear that have been loved and adored by many. While the timeless look and feel of the 990 garnered it three iterations, in 1998, 2012 and 2016, the latest one—990v4—gave the original gray colorway a modernized look with a touch of navy.
Retaining its functionality and comfortability, the New Balance MADE 990v4 “1982” boasts the OG pig suede and mesh upper linings, the signature N logo on the side panels, double branding with logo and text at the ankles and heels, respectively, and of course, the embroidered “EST. 1982” on the side. If you’re looking for a streamlined pair of sneakers that are good for your sporty endeavor and daily urban grind, the 990v4 might just be the right fit for you.
As running shoes, there are some who have found these snickers to be too bulky and stiff. However, it could be that the kicks just needed a little breaking in. The color can also be a little too plain and gloomy.