New Balance’s 1906A is a Tech Explosion


The 1906 has been a popular silhouette for New Balance since its reintroduction in 2022 as the 1906R. Though it’s only been back on the market a couple of years, the mesh-based runner has seen a plethora of collabs, unique colorways, and remixes.

New members have joined the 1906 family tree since the launch of the 1906R — the 1906D, 1906F, 1906L, and 1906U — each with its own spin on the silhouette. The 1906D opts for a “deconstructed” aesthetic, a look first introduced with the fan-favorite “Refined Future” 2002R (aka the “Protection Pack”). The 1906F features canvas and tan leather construction instead of the usual mesh and suede. The highly anticipated 1906L turns the sneaker into a loafer hybrid, while the 1906U is a “Utility” version equipped with ripstop uppers.

Next up is the 1906A. New Balance designer Yue Wu has described this iteration as a “Tech Explosion” and was inspired by old tech sheets in the New Balance archives. Like an explosion scattering debris in random directions, the 1906A features elements that appear to have been haphazardly thrown together. Certain overlays are left hanging as flaps instead of neatly cut and sewn. The ribbons that attach the eyestays to the N logo are overgrown, extending towards the floor. The tongue labels skew toward the lateral, while the toe caps skew toward the medial, creating an asymmetrical look. Exposed stitching can be found throughout the upper.

While the design elements of the New Balance 1906A are wild, the launch colorway keeps things classic with white mesh, metallic silver overlays, and grey accents. However, this colorway does come with a hint of “burnt” distressing on the midsoles that adds a final touch to the Tech Explosion look.

Check out the New Balance 1906A below. Look for this white/grey colorway to drop in the coming weeks on and at select retailers, with more colorways to drop later this year. Stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for further updates.

New Balance 1906A
Color: White/Grey
Style Code: M1906AD
Release Date: Fall 2024


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