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Aimé Leon Dore’s Teddy Santis Teases His Upcoming New Balance Projects

Applying his Midas touch to more NB silhouettes.


[Update 5 Apr 2023] It’s finally here. Official release news for the upcoming Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 860v2 collection has finally been announced. Pegged together with a campaign video on Instagram, official images of the three colorways have also been published. If you’ve been looking to grab a pair, you can now participate in Aimé Leon Dore‘s raffle via their website. The price is set at US$150.

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[Update 31 Mar 2023] Aimé Leon Dore’s founder Teddy Santis recently took to his Instagram to post another teaser for his upcoming New Balance 860v2 collection, specifically the green pair. Although we’ve seen images of the pair via the label’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection images, this is the first time we’re getting a detailed look at the at the upcoming sneaker. Stay tuned as we’ll bring you the latest regarding its release date and other information as soon as we can.

[Update 24 Feb 2023] Ahead of Aimé Leon Dore’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection on 25th February, we get to take another look at all three of their New Balance 860v2 collaboration as part of the label’s lookbook. While an official release date for these as well as the New Balance Rainier are still uncertain, take a gander at the collections’ images via the top slider above and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we can.


New Balance has been going through a renaissance in the better part of the last decade. Credit it to the evolving taste of the market, or to its plethora of collaborators. But one name’s more familiar than the rest, almost synonymous with the brand: Made in USA division leader Teddy Santis and his Aimé Leon Dore label.

 Anything he touches turns to gold. Reviving oft-forgotten silhouettes, bringing to the fore even the oldest of models like the 550, the 650, and the 993, etc. It’s a strong partnership that will continue well into 2023.

He offers a glimpse of what’s in the pipeline via his IG and one of which is the New Balance Rainier. He released three colorways of the boots apropos to the colder months last year and apparently, there’s another one making its way to the surface. It’s a palette he’s revisiting. The purple and grey scheme appearing in the first batch. The incoming one features the same blocking but with khaki being the base layer, grey the overlays, with a hint of purple for contrast on the midsole and laces.

Likewise, it’s integrated with a GORE-TEX membrane on the upper with a Vibram sole unit. Leather joins the fray on the ankle collar, with suede through the overlays.

Next, three colorways of the 860v2. As mentioned before, Santis has a proclivity for revivals. The 860v2 debuted in 2011 and has the make of a typical ‘dad shoe’. Call it an archetype with all the standard features like the double mesh base, the multi-colored synthetic panels, and its aggressive performance-driven sole unit; one which borrows from the beloved 2002R and 1906R.

Grey and pre-aged midsoles set the stage for the varying green, red, and blue accents on the upper. Said colors hitting on the laces, quarter and collar panels, as well as the footbed. There lies a dual-branded imprint with ALD’s taking the place of NB’s on the tongue.

Information is scant with the only Rosetta Stone being the images shared. With a long year ahead, expect them to arrive within the coming months, or at least the release date in the coming weeks.

Till then, have a look at the New Balance 9060 “White/Black”, another silhouette bearing the same vibe.