Ball and Buck has teamed up with fellow Boston-based company New Balance to create the perfect pair of sneakers for classy gents. Starting Saturday, the Newbury Street retailer will sell the Sporting Gentleman, a shoe built off of the New Balance 585 silhouette.
The global release is set for Sept. 17.
“It’s a pinnacle collaboration of two ‘Made in USA’ brands coming together to project a common theme of outdoor lifestyle,” said Chris Davis, strategic business manager of New Balance Lifestyle.
The retro product meshes with Ball and Buck’s visual identity, as it features leather, plaid, and a full spectrum of earth tones. The print is inspired by “heritage hunting estates,” according to a press release, and caters to a modern man with traditional sporting interests. Think of a 21st-century version of Matthew Crawley from “Downton Abbey.”
“The ideal customer for this product is an individual who loves ‘Made in USA’ craft quality and style,” Davis said. “New Balance is known across the world for its Americana style, and partnering with Ball and Buck really brings this to life in an authentic manner.”
The two companies worked together four years ago on a camo-print fall sneaker, but this is the first time with the 585 model. The 585 was initially manufactured and introduced in the United States in 1995, and the new design sticks to New Balance’s emphasis on locally made products. Crafted in Maine, the Sporting Gentleman is a New England creation through and through.
“With collaborations, we always try to partner with like-minded brands,” Davis said. “The collaboration with Ball and Buck, in my view, is a reflection of both of our brands’ values. Ball and Buck has an entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep, and New Balance was founded on taking risks and being nimble, two important things in entrepreneurship.”
At $238 a pair, the sneakers come with a rather hefty price tag. Quality craftsmanship isn’t cheap, folks. But according to these two Boston brands, it’s worth it.
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