Chinese New Year 2020 is set to kick off soon, so Shoe Palace and New Balance have joined forces for an X Racer “Year of the Rat.” Drawing its inspiration from the wealth and prosperity that the rat represents in Chinese culture, these highly detailed sneakers are a top-to-bottom tribute to one of the biggest holidays on the country’s calendar.
With a shape and construction inspired by under-the-radar ’90s New Balance running silhouettes, the X Racer presents a sleek lifestyle look with a healthy dose of modern-day technical style. Here, it’s dressed in a combination of black, tan and brown synthetics, suedes and meshes. This elegant base is quickly accented by bright pops of red on the laces and collar’s stitching. A gold rat appears printed on the tongue, a dual-density ABZORB foam midsole offers long-lasting cushioning and a gum outsole finalizes the stylings.
This festive inspiration carries over to the accents and even the packaging. Extra laces are packaged in a red envelope for a nod to the omnipotent red CNY cards that contain cold, hard cash. The shoes themselves are then encased in a special tin box that’s rife with unique embellishments, making for a celebration both inside and out.
The Shoe Palace x New Balance X Racer “Year of the Rat” will release exclusively at Shoe Palace on January 25, the start of Chinese New Year. The MSRP is set at $110 USD — a veritable bargain, considering the special packaging.
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Shoe Palace is starting 2020 strong with a Holiday themed collaboration with the renowned footwear company, @newbalance Balance. 2020 is the Year Of The Rat and the partnership between Shoe Palace and New Balance honors the wealth and surplus associated with Rats in Chinese culture. The New Balance X-Racer was selected by the Shoe Palace and New Balance creative teams to serve as the canvas for the tribute to Chinese New Year 2020. Collectors edition tin box included on all pairs. Dropping 1.25.20 #SPYOTR
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