Sneaker Freaker x New Balance NB997.5 “Tassie Tiger”

Australia-based Sneaker Freaker and New Balance teams up to deliver a wild rendition of the NB997.5 silhouette. Aptly dubbed “Tassie Tiger,” a name which was derived from an unique antipodean canine-like creature which has been extinct since the 1930s, the sneaker integrates characteristics of the Tiger and its environment.

The shoe is carved from a unique shade of ‘terracotta’ suede, which has been boldly embellished with salt and pepper speckle, apricot pops, 3M charcoal stripes and the blackest suede found in the animal kingdom. Triangular forefoot fangs add carnivorous bite, while padded tongues provides an elegant enhancement to the new model.

Considered a modern hybrid which blends the midsole of the NB998 along with the refined upper of the NB997, the Tassie Tiger also embraces the latest New Balance performance innovation, switching out the traditional Abzorb midsole foam in favour of lightweight REVlite impact cushioning.

The Sneaker Freaker x New Balance NB997.5 “Tassie Tiger” is slated for an online release on July 16. The wider release will go on sale from July 23 at select New Balance accounts as an Asia exclusive.