Creative agency Studio FY7 may be based in Paris, France, but it’s looking to Algeria for inspiration on its just-revealed New Balance collaboration: an eye-catching 992. With a palette inspired by the country’s sand dunes and ancient architecture, the Studio FY7 x New Balance 992 is a sneaker with a story.
Uppers are mostly coated in a tan mesh, inspired by the aforementioned sand dunes and soft in both tone and texture. Black mesh pokes through on the toebox, midfoot and heel for a salute to ancient Algerian architecture — structures so grand they even inspired seminal French architect Le Corbusier — with a middle ground provided by the midfoot’s hi-vis reflective silver N graphic.
Tongues boast a hybrid mixture of mesh and leather, with standard branding replaced by a FY7 hit. On the lower half, midsoles supply a yin and yang of black and white tones while loading springy silver ABZORB cushioning in the heel and forefoot alike. Black outsoles round off the look. According to Studio FY7, the shoe is “a reminder that no matter where you walk in the world, you can, and should, be proud to carry your history and heritage wherever you go.”
Look for the Studio FY7 x New Balance 992 to release exclusively on the Studio FY7 webstore come October 22. A retail price has yet to be announced.