While plenty of sneakers come out this time of year that are inspired by movie monsters and fictional creatures, Shoe Palace and New Balance have teamed up to pay tribute to one of nature’s most fearsome (and awe-inspiring) real-life creatures: the great white shark.
Coming in both “black toe” and “teal toe” variants, the Shoe Palace x New Balance 997S “Great White” uses 3D graphic prints on the model’s heel to stylize the imposing and aggressive rows of teeth that the creatures are famous for. The shoe’s color blocking is just as eye-catching, though: deep, oceanic teal suede and mesh accents against jet black paneling and a silver-grey finned New Balance logo is reminiscent of San Jose Sharks jerseys. Small hits of orange make the shoe pop even more, and monochrome midsoles (white on the teal toe, black on the black toe) retain the silhouette’s elegance despite its playful theme.
The Shoe Palace x New Balance 997S “Great White” collection is set to drop via Shoe Palace’s website on November 5th. Check out photos of the models down below.