The “great American novels” have inspired everything from social justice movements to federal investigations. But shoes?
Shoe company New Balance recently announced the launch of their “ Made in USA Authors Collections,” drawing from American literature for inspiration.
“Our muse for the New Balance Made in USA collections has always been the storied history of the United States,” Ben Cuthbert, the associate product manager for New Balance’s lifestyle department, told Boston Magazine. “No one captures the essence, spirit and the American experience better than American authors and the stories they have told throughout history.”
The shoes won’t exactly feature quotes from The Great Gatsby or The Grapes of Wrath, but common themes in American literature, such as westward expansion and the gilded age, will inspire their design. New Balance also said the shoes will primarily feature earth tones and leathers to give them a “library-like look.”
The series will feature three collections: “Bespoke Authors,” “Distinct Authors” and “Connoisseur Authors.” The first of the series, “Bespoke Authors,” will go on sale in July for about $300.
Take a look at some of the designs in the gallery above.