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All images by Erin Kelly (@erinkelly_)

By now, Kanye West signing a sneaker deal to adidas is old news, and people are already awaiting the first collection. But let's switch gears for a minute. What if Kanye hadn't left Nike for adidas, but had signed with New Balance instead?

in 2009, Kanye loved the United Arrows x New Balance 997.5, and while that sneaker is almost impossible to track down, the OG New Balance 997 recently released and it's the perfect opportunity to see what a Kanye x New Balance collection would look like.

We've mocked up more than a handful of Yeezy-inspired color schemes on the 997. It's always fun to think of what could have been. And unless there's a major announcement, these are all pipe dreams. But for fans of Kanye and those who love dope runners, here's Imagining a Kanye West x New Balance Collection

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