Although the world is eagerly awaiting his Air Force 1 collaboration, KITH founder Ronnie Fieg is not one to rest on his laurels, and the Queens native recently teased a new take on the New Balance 1700. Fieg and New Balance have put forth a prolific amount of releases over the course of a longstanding partnership, but this marks the first 1700 created by the two.
In classic KITH fashion, the co-created silhouette is crafted from a medley of premium materials. Various shades of pink, purple, blue and yellow suede are spread across the heavily layered upper, with darker hues present on the heel and forefoot while the midfoot mostly offers bright tones. Branding is kept to a minimum, with simple hits appearing on the quarter and tongue. This is notable, as Fieg is known to use KITH embellishments in spades on most of his designs.
When it first released in 1999, the 1700 featured one of New Balance’s most advanced cushioning systems, and that’s left intact here. ABZORB, ENCAP and C-Cap tech are all present on the two-piece midsole, offering a premium feel that matches the shoe’s colorful fit. A dark navy outsole provides a finishing touch.
According to the caption of Fieg’s Instagram post, these 1700s are set to release on January 31, likely at the KITH webstore. A retail price has yet to be announced.
New Balance also recently dropped a special 1500 “Year of the Rat” to celebrate the Chinese New Year.