Never ones to rest on their laurels, New Balance aren’t content to sit back and let the 997 bask in retro adulation. Athletic performance technology isn’t a field where nostalgia holds much sway anyway. The cutting edge of technology in 1990 can’t compare to 2019 though; it would be like comparing *69 to a smart phone. So, with the reborn 997 set to tackle new frontiers, this legendary silhouette has channeled its original, innovative spirit, and undergone yet another evolution.
The debuting New Balance 997H silhouette is an instant classic for a new era. Inspired by Steven Smith’s original design, this streamlined take on the 997 brings 90s style to modern comfort. The shift from standard EVA to ENCAP and C-CAP technology is mirrored in the 997H’s use of Ground Contact EVA, a foam that is injected into the shoe, rather than layered, for improved durability and responsiveness. A high grade, synthetic leather, suede, and mesh upper is rendered in 90s appropriate colorways and paired with an updated, lightweight outsole.