Maintaining the silhouette and style of the company's normal 574, the New Balance 574 Clips Sneakers ($75) are a limited-edition run made from leftover "clips" of materials salvaged from the construction of NB's 993 and 996 lines. Upgrades in the clips collection include more durable grey pig suede uppers — taken from the 993 — four different color meshes taken from the 996, and features of the re-engineered 2010 574, including reduced unnecessary foam in the tongue and collar, microdenier lining from the 993, a PU insert for added comfort, and more.
King James will return to his court October 27, and he'll be wearing these. Designed specifically for LeBron James, the Nike Air Max LeBron VII ($160; October 24) is the company's most advanced hoops shoe yet. It features a new custom Max 360 Air sole with 80 percent more air than the previous full-length unit, strategically contoured with a thinner forefoot and deeper heel to put the cushioning where it's needed most. For even more comfort and stability, it features Nike Flywire tensile fiber technology, a seamless integrated bootie, various visual hints to LeBron all over, and a full-grain leather upper with patent leather detailing throughout.
Based on company founder G.A. Krause's original, 125-year-old design, the Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot ($TBA; August 2009) is a modern remake on an ageless piece of apparel. Made in America, the 1,000 Mile was meticulously designed to replicate the look and feel of the original. Pros: Soft, supple, leather, a stacked leather midsole, welt construction, and classic looks that will never go out of style. Cons: May cause "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers to get stuck in your head. For hours.