Original Story (02/05/21): Salehe Bembury and New Balance’s collaborations have so far focused on the retro 2002R model, with an initial “Peace Be The Journey” colorway released last year and a follow-up colorway teased in January. With the sneak peak that Bembury recently posted to Instagram, it looks like the two are now venturing onto a more modern and experimental silhouette.
Introduced in 2019, the Test Run Project 3.0 is notable for its sustainable eco-friendly design, using scraps and surplus material in its construction. In the teased version of the shoe, Bembury uses loud patterns and bright colors in contrast to the white tongue and straps. Cheetah print is a heavy focus on the upper, overlaid with a topographical map pattern-covered stripe across the forefoot. An orange pull tab is found on the tongue with the designer’s name in bright green, while a white and tan patterned midsole on a gum sole ground the shoe. Touches of blue and green hit the heel, adding to the variety of colors.
The shoe has been met with a wide range of receptions. When it comes to Bembury, his creativity has changed the perception of several brands for the better and this upcoming Test Run Project 3.0 will continue Bembury’s innovative streak.
There is no release date or timeline for this shoe yet but stay locked to Modern Notoriety as we get more information. In other Salehe Bembury news, the designer just released two collaborative shoes with Anta.
Salehe Bembury x New Balance Test Run PRJ 3.0 “Finders Keepers”
Release Date: April 2021
Update (03/24/21): Salehe Bembury has shared a studio shot of his NB Test Run PRJ 3.0, giving us our best look yet at the “Finders Keepers” shoe. Check it out below. Expect a release sometime in April.
Update (03/18/21): Bembury has taken to Instagram to announce an April release for his “Finders Keepers” Test Run PRJ 3.0. The post features an illustration by Taiwanese artist Bam Bam Bam, which hints at a scavenger hunt in and around Los Angeles for pairs of the sneaker. Stay tuned for additional updates.
First look photos: