For his latest collaboration with New Balance, Todd Snyder the “Stony Beach” sneaker, which blends vachetta and ivory leather with three different types of suede to evoke the sand, surf, rocks, and overall feeling of an overcast fall day at the coast. Rounding out the brown and white design scheme is a clay-colored sole reminiscent of the red cobblestone paths one encounters in a beach town.
The silhouette of the sneaker is the 57/40, New Balance’s recent homage to its classic 574. Originally designed in 1988 as an experiment combining a road and trail running shoe, the 574 started as a go-anywhere runner and went on to become the brand’s first true, go-anywhere sneaker, comfortable enough for hanging out yet technologically-sound enough for a run. The light brown and off-white palette is a mash-up of vegetable-tanned, natural-looking leather plus hairy suede, clean suede, and perforated suede. These are materials that will be familiar to collectors of Snyder’s earlier collaborations with New Balance.
“We had seen great success with both our New Balance ‘Pale Ale’ and ‘Dark Ale’ sneaker collaborations, and when we started thinking about a third installment in this hoppy trilogy, my mind wandered to that special feeling of being out on Eastern Long Island after the summer season has long passed,” said Snyder.
Fans of pairing a gentleman’s running shoe with a proper pint will not go thirsty when the Stony Beach launches. The Greenport Harbor Brewing Company on Long Island’s North Fork has created a special Stony Beach Hazy IPA that will be available at the Madison Park flagship and East Hampton stores on the day of launch. The beer has a crisp, pilsner-like finish with exotic fruit notes and a low ABV (Alcohol by Volume).
Only 750 units of the sneaker, which retail for $160 each, were produced. They are now available at Todd Snyder’s Madison Park flagship, East Hampton store, or on toddsnyder.com.