At an initial glance, the WTAPS 990v6 presents itself as a design predominantly shaded in gray tones, seamlessly blending suede, nubuck, and mesh across its upper composition. What stands out as a unique identifier is the presence of the “USA” graphic subtly incorporated onto the rear of the lateral side. This distinct touch is accompanied by understated branding elements from WTAPS that cleverly replace the representation of the American flag on the heel, extending further to embellish the insoles discreetly. Additional refined details encompass the NB branding gracing the tongue, while the ENCAP midsole, distinguished by its tri-color arrangement, integrates innovative FuelCell cushioning technology for enhanced comfort.
In the lineage of 990v6 reinterpretations, WTAPS emerges as the second collaborative partner, trailing behind Action Bronson’s creative takes in the forms of the “Baklava” and “Lapis Lazuli” renditions. Noteworthy to mention, the majority of exclusive releases for this sneaker lineage stem from Teddy Santis’ MADE in USA collection.
Scheduled for release in Japan on the forthcoming Friday, August 25, the WTAPS x New Balance 990v6 will carry a price tag of approximately $301 USD, inclusive of applicable taxes. As of now, a global release date has yet to be unveiled.