Aimé Leon Dore’s NB 550 Is Back & Cleaner Than Ever

Nothing quite gets the modern day sneakerheads going like an Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 release. In truth, anything ALD speeds the blood up nowadays, although its ongoing NB collaborations are in another complete realm of their own.

Inspired by classic basketball footwear, the 550 is pretty clunky. Not clunky in a classic dad sneaker way (my dad would never wear a 550), but clunky in a you-know-you-are-gonna-need-to-break-these-bad-boys-in kinda of way.

Since the 550 was relaunched back in 2021, ALD’s iterations have undeniably been the most popular, especially the initial crop back that arrived as a part of its SS21 collection.

From the early IYKYK days, to high-tops, lows, and now being almost impossible to cop, it’s a sneaker at the helm of everyone’s wish list, and thanks to the myriad of ongoing iterations that have been released: many said wishes have come true.

The latest takes were first teased in ALD’s latest Uniform FW22 campaign earlier this week, and it’s certainly taking things back to basics. Two variations look to be arriving, one predominantly in white, with pops of grey and beige for good measure, the other mostly clad in slightly darker suede with the same off-white midsole.

Talking of the Uniform FW22 campaign, if previous lookbooks are anything to go by, ALD has teased some suspiciously Super Birki-like shoes too in a myriad of colors which has certainly raised some eyebrows.

Could an ALD x Birkenstock collaboration be on the cards? Who knows. For now it’s all about the 550, and that’s more than enough to be getting on with.

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