TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO x New Balance RC Elite V2: Release Information

Mark: TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO x New Balance

Model: FuelCell RC Elite v2

Release date: Available now, new release via New Balance on September 3

Price: £240 (about $290)

To buy: Online on New Balance and Slam Jam

Editor’s notes: While the strong minority might lead you to believe Stone Island’s New Balance FuelCell RC Elite V2 was a flop, its success, subsequent restocks, and additional colorways prove otherwise.

If you’ve followed SI’s shoe collaborations throughout its history, you’ll know it’s generally played it safe. His early New Balance teams certainly catered to the tastes of his laid-back, terrace-style tribes; football fans, clobber lovers.

As Stone Island has matured over the years, its experimental nature has only intensified, leading it to push beyond its boundaries and test the waters with exciting new products, fabrications and collaborations. With that, the conflicting nature of its New Balance FuelCell RC Elite V2 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. It took a risk, and apparently it paid off.

Thanks to this punt, the silhouette is here to stay, and the first to put it back in the spotlight is TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO.

TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO has played a vital role in creating some of New Balance’s most exciting contemporary silhouettes. It’s no stranger to the weirder and more wonderful side of the design, making it a natural choice for keeping the FuelCell RC Elite V2 under control.

Without the Stone Island hand involved, the graphic toebox is devoid of compass branding, instead both sneakers are matched to the new NB wings. A balanced combination of gray and blue accented with blocks of white makes this collaborative effort a great addition to seasonal rotations.

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Joseph E. Golightly