New Balance‘s line-up of sleek running silhouettes has several universally acclaimed silhouettes ready. One of the most popular sneakers of them is the New Balance 997 which first launched in 1990. Designed by Steven Smith, the silhouette is considered his most notable contribution to the 99X series. As with many models, it first hit the shelves in a subtle design of grey suede and mesh. Throughout the years, it went on to expand its fan base thanks to numerous collabs. In addition, a steady flow of beautiful GRs as well as modernized iterations like the 997H helped to cement this shoe’s status as an all-time favorite for many sneakerheads.
But whether it’s as a limited edition or a general release, the 997 looks equally great in any way. For further proof of that (not too bold) claim, we collected some of our favorite New Balance 997 on-feet shots from Instagram. Check them out below and gather some inspiration for your next New Balance cop. Or simply admire the beauty of this versatile trainer.
Title image via @wai_cheung1982
DID YOU KNOW?
The 997 was the first model from the 99X series to spawn a silhouette specifically for women – the W997, released in 1991. While it obviously came in a fine-tuned shape, the shoe also featured a very specific detail that sets it apart from the mens versions. Instead of the usual big “N” logo on the sidewalls, the W997 displays a smaller “NB” emblem. This results in a unique and somewhat odd appearance if you’re used to the typical look of New Balance runners. Nevertheless, the womens 997 is pretty rare nowadays and thus highly coveted by collectors.