The New Balance M998AWA returns in an Autumn-inspired aesthetic via this ‘Military Pack’
The shoe’s Made in the USA distinction is as important now as it has always been. With factories based in New England, NB holds a rare position. They are, to this day, the only major brand to move so much product in the USA that was locally made.
If you live in New England and were to cop yourself a Made in The USA iteration, look left and then look right. Chances are that your shoe was made just miles down the road in either direction.
The textile underlays here are a breathable and woven base. Meanwhile, thick cuts of premium suede adorn the upper as high-quality overlays.
Though somber choices, the combination of Army and Olive come with some added texture thanks to the suede. The forest-like calm of the Olive coordinates well with the earthy Army hue. The midsole’s execution of this scheme gives it a fairly weathered look.
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As usual with the 998, ABZORB cushioning sits underfoot. It’s among the plushest setups in any New Balance sneaker. Though specializing in impact protection, this particular tech provides a soft ride as well.
New Balance’s designs often come with low-key brilliance. However, to the more initiated, it’s no surprise that the 998 can take two drab colors and completely turn them out. As we continue to see this shoe – and other NB joints – evolve, the overall consistency is comforting.
They were designed as runners, but we’d hardly recommend them for some quick cardio. Instead, you can pair something this premium with a contrasting outfit. Let the on-feet heat stand out by rocking these 998s with bright denim and your favorite understated hoodie.