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New Balance CT302 is Retro-Minimalist Ready

You already know New Balance’s collaboration game is one of the best in the business, but it’s the brand’s in-line silhouettes that have been continuously drawing the eyes of sneakerheads everywhere. We recently featured the retro-futuristic New Balance 9060 – a shoe we love for its boundary-pushing midsole design – but if that shoe was too much for your style sensors we present the CT302 in all it’s retro-minimalist glory.

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Digging back in the archives as they did for their BB480 and BB550 – two shoes that set the sneaker world alight in 2021 – the CT302 draws inspiration from the CT300, an on-court basketball sneaker from the 1980s. Here the CT302 adds flair by way of changed proportions, everything from the toebox to the heel has been pulled, pushed, and tucked to achieve a clean retro-minimalist look. We particularly love the way the outsole curves over the toebox for added durability.

We like to call it ‘casual elegance’ and thanks to its blend of performance qualities and understated tennis shoe look, the CT302 is a timeless shoe for the modern sneakerhead. The CT302 expands the everyday wearability of the classic court silhouette with the use of curved and wavy lines throughout the design. The latest iteration of the New Balance ‘N’ logo is mostly colour matched on the variety of colourways available, while the midsole is often seen in a contrasting off-white. We love the coloured heel tab and tongue logo.

Available in a range of colours on the New Balance website below*, expect to see two or three colourways of the CT302 hitting all good sneaker retailers every month. With a retail price of $150 AUD, you should also expect these to be a hot commodity for sneakerheads and stylish people all over. If you’re looking for more stylish minimalist sneakers like these, why not check out our list of the best minimalist sneakers right here?

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*The New Balance CT302 is a Unisex shoe with sizing in Women’s US (refer to the size guide on the NB website).

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Ben McKimm
Journalist - Automotive & Tech

Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.