New Balance is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 580 silhouette. HYPEBEAST is set to link up with New Balance to release two distinct designs of the 580 models, ‘Earth’ and ‘Space’.
HYPEBEAST chose the Deconstructed 580 model as the canvas for the ‘Space’ concept and incorporated a unique black nubuck material with splatters of white throughout to enforce the theme. A white Revlite midsole provides comfort in the functionality and weight factors, while a black outsole finishes off the lower portion. Touches of black leather on the heel, matching black laces and an embossed black leather tongue patch were then added to complement the shoe. The shoe is then rounded out with a special graphic insole that features dual-branding, which is also found on the unique shoe box and a black sock liner for added comfort.
By utilizing the classic 580 silhouette as the base, the uppers incorporate a hairy suede while the underlays use mesh that is reminiscent of nature’s continuously growing tendencies over man-made structures. The midsole is in a tonal green color, which sits atop a green outsole and finishing touches on the exterior include matching green laces, as well as an embossed suede tongue tag. Finally, a special insole with dual-branding and a unique shoe box rounds out the ‘Earth’ portion of this ‘Exploration’ Pack.
The Japanese word ‘haikyo,’ which translates to ‘abandoned place,’ is also synonymous with exploration. In Japan, many of these abandoned areas have been taken over by the force of nature and formed breath-taking sights that tap the human nature of curiosity for further exploration. The New Balance 580 has a strong influence to the Japanese sneaker landscape. The combination of inner beauty of abandoned areas and the strong culture of exploration is the centre of the design blending beautiful palettes.