The Guide: Summer's Crackin' Photography by Liz Barclay

American Rebel

Celebrate summer with sneakers made in the USA.

James Dean didn’t wear New Balance in Rebel Without a Cause; that’s because the movie was filmed in 1955, and New Balance didn’t produce its first shoe, the Trackster, until 1960. But he would have rocked NBs if he had the chance. After all, like J.D., New Balance—which continues to make shoes in Maine and Massachusetts while competitors have moved all their production overseas—is an undeniable part of Americana.

Where else could something called the American Rebel Collection be produced than in the US of A?The 996 and 1300 shown here are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg (or the peak of the pompadour, if you will), with more styles set to hit in late summer and early fall. These one-time technical runners take inspiration from the culture of the ’50s and ’60s with cool red, blue, and silver color pops. Think Dean, Marlon Brando, and Elvis Presley. No, they didn’t actually wear them, but any aspiring American icon should keep a fresh pair.

1. New Balance M996ST
July 1, $150, newbalance.com
2. New Balance M1300GD
July 1, $160, newbalance.com

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