by Brendan Dunne
These days the silhouette most associated with the New Balance x J.Crew partnership is the 998, which took over from the 1400 before it.
Mixed in there have been some quiet editions of the New Balance 996. There's another one on the way, one that might earn the silhouette a bit more respect in the ranks of footwear projects that the menswear shop has worked on. The sneaker has been christened the "Neptune Blue" and has a tonal mixture of blue suede across its upper.
The J.Crew x New Balance 996 "Neptune Blue" will release on July 21, with an exclusive presale going down at J.Crew's Liquor Store shop in NYC on Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 pm.