New Balance raises the bar with the 247 sneaker

New Balance raises the bar with the 247 sneaker

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Text: Andrea Sim

The sock trend shows no signs of abating. New Balance's 247 Mid steps it up

Like fashion collections, sneakers too have their ups and downs. Trends, if you will. The clean-cut court shoe — its most ubiquitous kind, the Stan Smith — ruled the early '10s, but 2017 is all about the sock. Balenciaga's Speed Trainer needs no introduction, Dior Homme's B21 just landed, and New Balance's 247 welcomes a higher cut by way of a knit collar.

Released for the winter season, the 247 Mid (unlike its sleeker sock counterparts) is heavyset; rope laces and a rubber lug outsole lends the shoe its solid stature. The collection sees six colourways for men, imbued with well-loved shades of tan, orange and black on black, as well grey and navy, with black and grey for women set apart by a white, speckled outsole.

All colours here:

Available from 1 November, with New Balance at The Paragon and experience stores retailing a select range of colours.