New Balance’s TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO has teamed up with legendary Japanese outerwear/sporting goods manufacturer Snow Peak on a shoe truly unlike anything else on the market.
Dubbed the TDS Niobium Concept 1, the shoe can take multiple different forms. It has detachable knee-height gaiters for ultimate protection, but in its standard form, it looks more like a mid-height hiking boot (a resemblance enhanced by its use of the ABZORB midsole found on New Balance’s popular MT801 trail runner). However, when zips near the ankle are undone, the boot insert can be swapped for a low-cut insert that transforms the shoe into a slip-on traction mule. The shoe also uses eVent waterproofing for breathable protection.
The TDS Niobium Concept 1 is just one part of the Niobium capsule, a collaborative high-concept fishing release from the two brands that takes its name from a ductile, crystalline elemental metal. Other pieces in the capsule include fishing overalls with a massive nylon belt and high-cut hem zipper system, a fishing vest with massive storage capacity, and a cotton tee and pair of shorts. All pieces in the release come in relatively understated earth tones, with a greenish-grey and off-beige being primary visual motifs.
The New Balance TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO x Snow Peak Niobium capsule releases August 28th via Snow Peak’s website in Japan and globally on September 4th. Take a look at the Concept 1 footwear system and its accompanying apparel down below.