New Balance Creates Sneakers Based on the Best American Literature

There’s no Henry David Thoreau shoe, unfortunately.

Image via New Balance

Image via New Balance

They say to never judge a book by its cover. But what if you judged it by its shoe style instead?

Boston-based New Balance recently announced that they’re debuting a series of sneakers for their “Made in USA” collection that opens the book and pays tribute to some of the greatest American novels ever written. To do that, they’re relying on specific color combinations and choice materials to tell the story behind each shoe.

“Our muse for the New Balance Made in USA collections has always been the storied history of the United States,” said Ben Cuthbert, the associate product manager for New Balance’s lifestyle department. “No one captures the essence, spirit, and the American experience better than American authors and the stories they have told throughout history. For the Made in USA Authors Collections, we pay homage to great American authors by building a collection inspired by their stories and moments.”

Available in July, the shoes will be released on a tiered basis, leaving sneaker heads eager for the next roll out once the first few pairs hit store shelves. While the shoes aren’t specifically tied to an author’s name, the color combinations, key touches of detail, and fabrics picked to build the sneakers were based on literature that drew inspiration from “distinct and pivotal times in American history,” and the essence of events like the westward expansion, building New York City, and happenings on the battlefield. “Themes for many iconic authors,” said Cuthbert.

The first in the series, called the Bespoke Authors Collection, will retail at around $300, and will be available at select locations starting July 1. From there, the Distinct Authors Collection, coming in at $240, will be released in August, followed by the Connoisseur Authors Collection, with each pair costing around $150, coming out in September. According to Sneaker News, all of the styles rely on earth-tone colors and leathers that give them a library-like look.

This is the first time that New Balance is releasing a tiered collection for Made in USA, where there are three distinct categories of styles. “The idea behind introducing tiers was to have the opportunity to add collections where we are able to showcase high-end materials and treatments in a unique way, as well as offer a range of Made in USA footwear for various consumer segments,” said Cuthbert.

  • KellyWalderfuu

    like Jacqueline implied I’m
    taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month on the computer . see
    post F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • Parabola_Din

    $300 dollars? So I guess most writers today won’t be buying them.

  • Heather Parker Photography

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of them! 🙂

  • Daniel Farnkoff

    Is this a joke?

  • AngelinaRidleyctk

    Jacqueline implied I’m taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month
    on the computer . see post F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • Angelas Anxious Life

    Why sooo expensive!

  • Ann Hedonia

    I guess the shoe pictured celebrates “The Scarlet Letter”?

  • Kelly

    I believe the shoe pictured is The Catcher in the Rye, as its cover is those colors.

  • Lois McNulty

    How about a Howard Zinn shoe or a James Baldwin shoe or a Zora Neal Hurston shoe in Jim Davis’ collection of overpriced footwear for arrogant politically clueless hipsters. Oh, right…that would be hypocritical and absurd.

    • D. Schmoopie Foley

      wooden Boat Shoes Lois?

  • D. Schmoopie Foley

    I won’t be buying Jim Davis’ shoes, but maybe I’d think about it if he makes the wooden dory shoes.

    • D. Schmoopie Foley

      Or the ones make of fish skin.

  • Ben Shane

    Beautiful! I especially love the shot of the NB poised beside a sampling of works by three great American authors: Jane Austin, Sir Walter Raleigh and Plato. And how about having the things made in the USA instead of, I believe, Indonesia or Vietnam? Come on folks- is one to take this seriously? BTW: great shoes. I have been buying them for years

    • CustardShark

      You don’t really think that any of those are American authors do you? Please?

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