Teddy Santis Teases Aimé Leon Dore’s Black Patent Leather New Balance 1000 Sneaker

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Aimé Leon Dore founder Teddy Santis has teased a second iteration of his label’s New Balance 1000.

In addition to a white and silver iteration, the Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 1000 will release an all-black colorway featuring patent leather overlays. The premium leather gives the sneaker an unmissable sheen, while “Aimé” branding pops out in white near the lateral toe. A mesh base sits beneath the patent leather, while to toe cap appears to be made of a glossless leather.

New Balance just revived its 1000 model this year, beginning with a collaboration with frequent partner Joe Freshgoods. The sneaker debuted in 1999 and is emblematic of the Y2K-era running shoe trend dominating sneakers the landscape at the moment. But unlike many other New Balance models trending right now, the 1000 didn’t make much noise the first time around. It quietly receded into the brand’s archives until this year but with ALD and Joe Freshgoods as early collaborators, it’s clear New Balance has higher hopes for the 1000 today.

Santis previewed ALD’s 1000 earlier in May in the white and silver makeup. That version features a translucent “N” logo at midfoot, and the same “Aimé” text near the toe can also be seen on the tongue tag. Sneaker leakers have also suggested two more colorways will join the release, including one that makes use of green and pink.

In his Instagram story showing the other 1000 sneaker, Santis said, “It’s summer of ’98 in Astoria Queens and I just discovered Steinway St.”

The Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 1000 has not yet been given a release date but will likely arrive soon now that two colorways have been shown. Footwear News will keep you abreast of any updates.

About the Author:

Ian Servantes is a Senior Trending News Editor for Footwear News specializing in sneaker coverage. He’s previously reported on streetwear and sneakers at Input and Highsnobiety after beginning his career on the pop culture beat. He subscribes to the idea that “ball is life” and doesn’t fuss over his kicks getting dirty.

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