Kickin’ It In Style With New Urban Outfitters x New Balance 205 Sneakers
Boston-based athletic footwear brand New Balance and fashion retail chain Urban Outfitters joined forces to create two limited-edition versions of the New Balance 205 sneaker, both boasting on-trend patterns that capture the sunny optimism and laid-back vibe of the spring and summer seasons. Just as with the original 205, these sneakers feature canvas uppers with tonal suede overlays, along with a padded ankle collar, cushioned footbed, and an ACTEVA midsole for walking and running comfort. But what makes the Urban Outfitters x New Balance 205 sneakers ($85 each at UrbanOutfitters.com) unique is the colorful textiles used to fabricate them, both of which speak to Urban Outfitters’ history for offering ebullient, fun-loving fashions.
One of the sneakers features the type of Hawaiian floral print we associate with flip-flop footbeds and flirtatious sundresses, an unexpected choice for a performance-driven athletic shoe, which is of course what makes the choice genial. These kicks, then, feature a white backdrop covered with orange hibiscus blooms outlined and highlighted using a blood orange red hue, with fern green leaf accents surrounding these floating blossoms— all accentuated by suede overlays in a perky Sunkist orange. The second design, meanwhile, taps into the Southwestern motifs that have experienced such a strong resurgence during the past two years. To that end, the sneaker features a multi-color striped pattern reminiscent of traditional Navajo blankets, with blue suede overlays adding a classic element to ground the dominant Baja vibe.
Both sneakers are available for $85 at Urban Outfitters stores and UrbanOutfitters.com.