If you absolutely had to distill Junya Watanabe’s aesthetic essence to something that would cover a two word description, it would be “classic plus.” Classic menswear plus avant garde aventurism. Classic style plus tehnical performance. That ability to transform the familiar into something wholly unique and eagerly anticipated is what makes Junya Watanabe one of the most revered names in modern fashion.
The sense of classic plus is definitely in play with the latest New Balance x Junya Watanabe collaborative footwear model. With a supple beige cow leather suede covering the entire upper, Watanabe’s latest iteration of the 574 gives the iconic model more of a high top, bootlike feel that is only accentuated by the rope laces and ankle padding. Like always the classic cut sits atop ENCAP® midsole technology and an EVA (Ethyl Vinyl