J. Crew’s Latest New Balance Collab Is Inspired by North America’s Deadliest Animals

Longstanding collaborators J.Crew and New Balance team up once again to drop new styles of the popular 997 with their latest inspiration stemming from two of the fiercest and deadliest animals in North America — the grizzly bear and the rattlesnake.

Since 2010, the two brands have created a handful of exclusive styles that were only available from J.Crew. The first iteration of the latest Wild Nature pack, “Grizzly Bear,” adopts the look of a wild grizzly with the use of premium suede and mesh on the upper that’s dressed in a bevy of dark brown hues.

Meanwhile, the “Rattlesnake” blends tonal suede and mesh paired with hits of yellow on the tongue and sole. Additional details include distinctive camouflage linings to match each of their natural habitats. Further adding to the theme, the kicks come with their own animal-inspired collectible dust bag featuring the look of the respective animal printed on the exterior.

J. Crew x New Balance 997 'Rattlesnake'
The J. Crew x New Balance 997 “Rattlesnake.”
CREDIT: J. Crew

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J. Crew x New Balance 997, Grizzly Bear
The lateral side of the J. Crew x New Balance 997 “Grizzly Bear.”
CREDIT: J. Crew
J. Crew x New Balance 997, Grizzly Bear
The J. Crew x New Balance 997 “Grizzly Bear.”
CREDIT: J. Crew

The J. Crew x New Balance Wild Nature collection is available right now exclusively on J.Crew’s website and at select J. Crew locations. They retail for $220 each.

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