Shoe and athletic apparel company New Balance is partnering with British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith on a capsule of football-inspired items. Since 1970, Smith has played an important role in the fashion industry, so much so that he was made Royal Designer for Industry in 1991 and later knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2000. With a presence in over 70 countries, Smith’s company has standalone stores, department stores in malls and airport terminals, and an international web site.
New Balance partnered with the fashion guru to bring his eye for colour to the collection, which consists of three items. The first, the New Balance and Paul Smith 576 Trainer, is already a favourite with football fans. Sporting the classic black for the men’s shoe and white for the women’s. Normally, shoes will use kangaroo leather for small elements and trim, but the 576 is made entirely from the soft leather, creating a luxurious fit. The shoes also feature Smith’s signature stripe in the heel counter, the New Balance “N” logo, and, most notably, as the insole.
The MiUK-One Football Boot is the next component of the capsule. A traditional leather upper is used for this shoe, but the soleplate is a bit more state of the art, featuring Super-Flex Nylon. Much like the 576, the boot makes use of kangaroo leather, as well as Smith’s stripe on the tongue, heel counter, and insole.
Three limited-edition balls make up the final part of the capsule. Each of the balls features Smith’s signature stripe. The first ball—a classic leather ball—is hand-stitched and features an embroidered New Balance logo. The FIFA quality Furon Destroy ball uses an 18-panel construction and has a special microfiber surface to help reduce drag. The final ball, a Furon Miniball, matches the larger ball but is a smaller, collectable version perfect for the mantel or trophy case.
You can pick up each of these items or all three on Paul Smith’s web site.