If you absolutely had to distill Junya Watanabe's aesthetic essence to something that would cover a two word description, it would be "classic plus." Classic menswear plus avant garde aventurism. Classic style plus tehnical performance. That ability to transform the familiar into something wholly unique and eagerly anticipated is what makes Junya Watanabe one of the most revered names in modern fashion.
The sense of classic plus is definitely in play with the latest New Balance x Junya Watanabe collaborative footwear model. The simple canvas/suede upper over vulcanized rubber sole design, along with prominent branding, are definitely skate fixtures. Through the lens of Junys and New Balance, this is classic skate boldness, plus chic, sophisiticated, modernism.