Casablanca continues to churn out elegant renditions of New Balance sneakers, and the new XC-72 model is no exception. Inspired by luxury sports cars often seen decorating Monaco’s winding roads, the co-branded shoe evokes a feeling of wonder with details taken from vintage archives and modern design.
The XC-72 sports a unique split-sole unit, boasting three separate outsole tread patterns reminiscent of heritage New Balance models and sports care tires. Charlotte Lee, New Balance’s footwear designer, told Input the XC-72 was the only time she’d ever seen a three outsole design on a shoe get to production.
Casablanca and New Balance have masterfully crafted a sneaker that manages to be chunky and sleek, balancing both dad shoe trends and polished ‘70s design. Charaf Tajer, Casablanca’s creative director, told Input this density embodies the “intellectuality” of the New Balance brand. Certainly, the XC-72 was a smart move on both labels’ behalfs.