Original Story (07/27/21): WTAPS had one of the best NB 992 releases in 2020, right up there with Joe Freshgoods and JJJJound. The Japanese label will be following up that release with their take on the New Balance 990v2 Made In USA.
This NB 990v2 features a stealthy grayscale color scheme. Stone grey hues are used for the mesh base and suede quarter panels, with slightly darker greys used for the toe and heel cap. The embossed texture of the synthetic leather tongue, color straps and heel tabs have been arranged according to the details of the New Balance 998, a personal favorite of WTAPS designer Tetsu Nishiyama. WTAPS branding is found on the heel and insoles, while “USA” is embossed on the lateral heel to denote its Made in USA status, a trait it shares with the WTAPS 992. A matching grey Abzorb midsole appears underfoot atop a black rubber outsole.
Grab a first look at the WTAPS x New Balance 990v2 Made In USA below. Expect a release later this year.
WTAPS x New Balance MADE 990v2
Style Code: M990WT2
Release Date: August 27, 2021 (Japan)
Release Date: September 3, 2021 (Global)
Price: $260 USD
Update (08/30/21): Following its launch in Japan, New Balance announces that the WTAPS x New Balance MADE 990v2 will get a global release on September 3rd. Expect a release on the New Balance website and select retailers, though only in select countries. END. Clothing has a raffle up already, with more stockists soon to follow suit.
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Update (08/23/21): WTAPS has officially announced its collaboration with New Balance on the 990v2. The shoes will release alongside an apparel collection that consists of a hoodie, crewneck, LS tee, and SS tee. These drop on August 27th in Japan via New Balance Japan and WTAPS locations. No word yet on a worldwide release.