Aimé Leon Dore Opens Raffle For Its New Balance Rainier Collection12/12/2022
Nearly 40 years ago, New Balance sent its HL710 Rainier, designed with assistance from mountain climber Lou Whittaker, up the North Wall of Mt. Everest. Now, the famous hiking boot has been renamed the Rainier and is opening another door (or Dore, if you’d prefer) as it’s been revived in three colorways by Aimé Leon Dore — all of which are now available via raffle. In classic ALD fashion, the remastered boot pays homage to its summit-scaling predecessor but adds a few luxurious lifestyle tweaks to ensure its transition from the peaks to the streets is a seamless one.
Produced in a thoroughly NYC-appropriate brown and green, a foggy slate grey and navy and a desert-ready tan and burgundy, ALD’s Rainier boasts a combination of supple nubuck and sturdy nylon on its upper, plus a full GORE-TEX liner that ensures water has no place in or on the Rainier besides its name. All three pairs are completed with black Vibram rubber outsoles, original “flying NB” logos debossed on their quarter panels in place of the new-jack N logo that was used on the model’s 2016 retro, original metal eyestays and co-branded tongues.
A raffle for all three colorways of the Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance Rainier is open on the Aimé Leon webstoré now, running until 11:59 PM ET on December 14. The MSRP for each pair is set at $200 USD, and each has an expected shipping date of January 6.
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