Although I'm melting away in high summer (and enjoying it), seeing the 580 x New Balance Snowboarding Boot at the Agenda apparel trade show in Huntington Beach last week made me long for the flurries to start falling. The result of a collaboration between snowboarding apparel company 686 and New Balance, the boot intertwines the hallmarks of a New Balance sneaker (its Rollbar stability and cushioning) and 686's lacing system. What's more, they've added in the Recco avalanche rescue system, which helps rescuers find boarders in the event they get buried.
The boots look like a pair of kicks and they're meant to feel like wearing sneakers, likely winning fans who already enjoy New Balance on dry terrain. They'll hit shelves in August, with price and retail locations info to come closer to the launch date.