KARATE KID APPROVED: New Balance x Jaden Smith
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of New Balance
Jaden Smith has been a New Balance ambassador since 2017
The 'Vision Racer' is inspired by the 'X-Racer' and 'Classic 1700' models
'Vision' references the name of Jaden Smith's 2018 tour
Jaden Smith's signature features in the in-sole

If you’ve not been updated on Jaden Smith news since The Karate Kid, well, you’re about to be in for quite a surprise to find out that in 2020 the 22-year-old has become quite a fashion maverick and a perpetual man crush for Bieber. Apart from his gender-bending fashion choices, it is perhaps a matter of time before he added a sneaker collab to his wide-ranging fashion CV that consists of starring in a womenswear campaign for Louis Vuitton, wearing colourful socks, and accessorising with bottled water. Enter New Balance with a collaborative sneaker op coined the Vision Racer. Expect this model to be as wavy as they come, down to the blue that has been dubbed as Wavy Baby Blue. Inspired by Smith’s fave X-Racer and Classic 1700 models, the new silhouette also fulfils the eco-friendly intentions that Smith values (he co-owns aforementioned conscious bottled water company Just Water since he was a teen). The chunky sneakers pack more than it looks with recycled materials such as polyester contributing to its make. As for the name Vision that is repeated on the piping of the shoe and on the soles, it references to the title of his 2018 tour rather than the timely tagline of Kanye West’s presidential run. Phew! The shoe is slated to drop on July 24 and retails for US$150.



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