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The History of the New Balance 550

Photo of the New Balance 550, designed by the mercurial Steven Smith

"Designed by the mercurial Steven Smith ('86, BFA, Industrial Design), the New Balance 550 had an all-too-brief career in the late 80s before it flamed out and disappeared for three decades. Thanks to Teddy Santis – the all-conquering design don at Aimé Leon Dore who spied the model in a vintage catalogue – the recent retro resurrection encompasses everything that is great about NB in 2022." 
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