Aimé Leon Dore’s relationship with the New Balance 550 helped to make it the most popular sneakers among social media’s hottest celebrities. A most recent edition of the silhouette is does not bear any ALD branding, but it does share Teddy Santis’ penchant for midsoles that really are cream in color.
The future shoes have an upper constructed of premium perforated leather and mesh, similar to the four designs with which Santis assisted in resurrecting the long-forgotten New Balance design. The lateral profile’s “550” and “N” branding forgoes a solid “Black” finish in favor of the contrasting shade as a border. However, the smooth leather overlays hugging the collar, “NB” emblems at the spine, and a portion of the stability clip around the heel recall Aimé Leon Dore’s “White/Black” 550. Most of the remaining parts of the shoe are covered in shades of off-white, with the midsole bearing the brunt of this coloration. The design decision gives the pair a retro look while emphasizing the greyscale pattern that dominates the made-for-basketball tread below.