Sneaker Freaker's "Tassie Devil" New Balance 998s from 2013 were one of the magazine's biggest collabs, and many 'heads have been trying to hunt down a pair ever since. Although there aren't currently any plans to bring back the black-and-purple 998s, we're learning that the Australian mag has another "Tassie" themed New Balance in the chamber.
Previewed by @ylt_r3 is the Sneaker Freaker x New Balance 997.5 "Tassie Tiger." Shifting its attention to the thylacine — better known as the Tasmanian tiger — Sneaker Freaker has chosen the New Balance 997.5 as the canvas.
Built around a tan nubuck upper, these 997.5s are accented with a red toebox, pink tongue liner, and orange heel clip. Shades of black and grey add balance to the upper, while the midsole brings back the "Tassie" tooth print. It's all capped off with a gum outsole.
It's worth noting that these are actually different than the New Balance 997.5 model United Arrows used for its Kanye-approved collab back in 2009. Those mixed the 997's upper with the midsole of the 998, while this new version opts for completely different RevLite tooling.
Keep in mind that this sneaker is currently in sample form and could undergo a number of changes before it actually hits shelves. Take another look below and check back for more on these soon.