The boom of hype-worthy hiking sneakers shows no signs of slowing down. It might even be speeding up. Just look at this triple collaboration between New Balance, Snow Peak, and Tokyo Design Studio. It sounds like an unlikely team on the surface—a sneaker label, an outdoor equipment company, and a small design shop?—but the three brands have produced a knockout pair of kicks that is sure to woo sneakerheads and outdoors folks in equal measure.
This particular style is an entirely new concept. It features the sole from one of New Balance’s most popular trail-running shoes (the MT801), but that’s where the normal stuff stops. With a little tweaking, the shoe can be transformed into three different footwear options. Think of it as the Optimus Prime of high-performance sneakers. First, a lightweight mule bootie is made for indoor use, with a cozy and flexible upper with a pull tab, so