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There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and Aimé Leon Dore collaborating with New Balance.

Unlike the former, the latter is actually something we look forward to, such is the high level of execution each and every time. Where hype often tends to dwindle following a sixth, seventh or eighth collaborative release between other brands, for ALD and New Balance, it’s anything but.

Three years on from their debut link-up, ALD and New Balance return this season under latter’s Made in UK arm to deliver two autumnal takes on the ever-present 991 silhouette.

Initially teased on Instagram by ALD’s Teddy Santis last week, the 991 – which was the subject of a Dover Street Market link-up earlier this year – arrives in two variations of what looks to be leather and suede, in shades of brown and signature grey respectively.

This drop – which will retail at $275 through an ALD raffle – follows the recent revealing of another collaboration in the “Sea Salt” Made in USA 990v2 (which was then removed) and rumors of a second three-piece 650R link-up.

Despite the myriad of collaborations in recent months, ALD loyalists patiently await another chance to cop the elusive NB 550s, which sold out almost instantaneously during a March release.

That being said, Santis’ role as creative director of New Balance’s Made in USA program surely will result in a 550 release of sorts in the near future, as his full seasonal debut collection (which includes both footwear and apparel) launches globally imminently.


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