AURALEE’s Suede New Balance XC72 Unlocks the Sneaker’s Potential


We love AURALEE and we love an AURALEE New Balance. The Japanese clothing brand is much more than a pair of collaborative sneakers, of course, but overseas admirers are probably converted to the good word of AURALEE moreso by its NB shoes than its exquisite garments so they certainly serve a purpose. Plus, they always look amazing.

AURALEE’s latest New Balance team-up is no exception. This time, AURALEE founder Ryota Iwai and his team devised a duo of lush XC72 sneakers in dark brown and blue suede, nubuck, and leather with tonal accents atop the partially recycled rubber outsole to keep the kicks cohesive.

Note that a couple other XC72 variants shown during AURALEE’s Fall/Winter 2022 runway show are still yet to release.

Especially for a shoe so heavily indebted to retro runners, mixing together textural leathers is such a great idea. The end result isn’t just handsome but an intelligent balance between the XC72’s old-school ethos and contemporary design, unlocking the true potential of the, frankly, underrated New Balance silhouette.

These New Balances are also a reflection of the thoughtful craft that informs AURALEE’s mainline apparel collections: nothing bearing the AURALEE branding is ever carelessly churned out and that includes its New Balances shoes past and present.

“Our ultimate goal has always been to create clothing for real people to cherish and wear,” Iwai told us earlier this year.

“The New Balance collaborations have been a channel for us to introduce and share our work and essence to an even wider audience, to people and communities who may not otherwise even know we are.”

As such, AURALEE’s NB collabs are a great gateway into the Japanese brand’s clothing, which ranges from comfy overdyed hoodies and fluffy kid mohair cardigans to onion-dyed denim jeans and jersey-lined technical anoraks. Pretty advanced, but all very wearable.

AURALEE’s New Balance XC72 collab drops October 13 for 19,800 (about $135) via AURALEE’s web store, Dover Street Market Ginza, and the T-HOUSE New Balance concept shop.

Expect a limited international release by select partners like SSENSE, in line with AURALEE’s instant-sell-out New Balance 2002r.



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