Miu Miu and New Balance had the best sneakers of the month in fashion
In 2019, Prada announced its very first sneaker collaboration with Adidas. The two brands have since presented mash-up versions of Adidas’ iconic Superstar and a three-stripe version of Prada’s clean Luna Rossa design. Now, Miu Miu, Prada’s low-cost sister brand, best known for its Distraught-esque vibes through preppy plaid suits, cashmere cardigans and patent leather loafers, unveiled their very first sneaker collaboration.
For this surprise partnership, Miu Miu turned to sneaker giant New Balance. Unveiled during Paris Fashion Week, the collaboration is part of the Italian brand’s Spring / Summer 2022 collection and takes the form of a Miu Miu reissue of NB’s signature 574 silhouette.
Characterized by its thick, hassle-free, suede and rubber design, the 574 first surfaced in 1988 and has since become the sneaker of choice for Tom Holland and Harry Styles, while Salehe Bembury, Junya Watanabe, Kith and Tokyo Design Studio have all recently reworked the shoe.
Miu Miu’s point of view comes with jagged and frayed exteriors (a first for the 574) and a beige rubber sole. The design features both New Balance and the Prada brand logo on the tongue, while the instantly recognizable ‘N’ of NB is found on the outside of each shoe. The sneaks, which don’t yet have an official release date, have been teased in a trio of colorways: gray, white, and taupe.
The Miu Miu NB is just another example of the haute couture and sneaker industries coming together. Dior, Nike and Air Jordan are rumored to release a second joint shoe in the coming months. Prada and Adidas are set to release a new pair of kicks, which were apparently teased by A $ AP Rocky last month. Meanwhile, Jeremy Scott has just unveiled a new pair of punchy sneakers made in partnership with Adidas Originals and Maison Margiela’s Reebok partnership is still going strong.
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