With Chinese New Year coming up just around the corner (it’s on February 10, FYI), some of the sneaker game’s biggest names are already prepping for the big day with themed collections like the New Balance 1906U ‘Lunar New Year.’ It’s very clean and very cute, and while it might look like the ever-popular 1906R, if you squint your eyes, you’ll realise that it’s actually an all-new silhouette.
While most CNY-inspired trainers come in every single colour as long as it’s red and gold, New Balance has gone down a non-traditional route with the ‘Pink’ and ‘Off-White.’ Working on top of a ripstop nylon base, they’re overlaid by panels and panels of see-through TPU and leather throughout. The world-famous “N” logo features on the lateral and medial sidewalls, and this actually works with the eyelets to form the lacing system, which is pretty neat.
A dash of light grey suede hits the tongue (because it wouldn’t be NB without a bit of grey), and down below, both colourways sit on top of creamy Abzorb midsoles, which are then lined with N-Ergy rubber outsoles for additional comfort and grip. Basically, it’s like the 1906R that we mentioned earlier, but just… better.
Chinese New Year is a pretty big deal in the sneakerverse, and with 2024 being the Year of the Dragon, brands are really upping their game. Take Nike, for example. It’s already taken the wraps off of the Air Jordan 1 Low SE ‘Chinese New Year,’ which is en route to become one of the greatest Air Jordans, like, ever.
The New Balance 1906U ‘Lunar New Year’ collection is already available in Australia, and will release in other regions sometime in January or February at New Balance and select stockists for around £140 a pop.