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New Balance Dives Back in the Archives with BB480

While the limelight has been shining bright on the New Balance 550, smaller models in the brand’s lineup haven’t been given the same star-studded treatment. Backed by a highly-touted first collaboration with Aime Leon Dore, the road to success for the 550 couldn’t have been easier. Vintage basketball sneakers are all the rage in the fashion scene, and we’ve never seen so many pairs of cargo pants and double knee Carharrts, but getting your hands on pair of the 550s has been next to impossible. Enter the BB480.

New Balance BB480 Information

Release date: Available now
Style #: BB480
Price: AU$140

The BB480 reintroduces itself as the first New Balance basketball shoe, ever. First debuting in 1983 the BB480 is a retro silhouette that features a soft leather upper, New Balance logo on the lateral and medial sides, and detailing on the tongue that’s both minimalist and clean – a key feature of vintage retro models. The outsole is most commonly matched to the colourway of the shoe or presented in a clean ‘gum’ finish.

We first saw the retro model hit retailers in Japan, but they’re widely available today. Junya Watanabe also put its touch on the lowcut model, however, none is cleaner than the general release BB480 that retails at a very reasonable AU$140. If you’re looking for some style inspiration, you can check out our article on the best white sneakers and co-ordinate your outfit appropriately, alternatively, do what the Instagrammer’s do and wear for BB480’s with a pair of pleated trousers, chinos, or even some cargo pants for a clean workwear/plumber vibe – it’s all the rage. Don’t believe us? Check this video out.

Available online now in a variety of colourways, the New Balance BB480 is the perfect shoe for Summer. Check it out via the New Balance website linked below and on the shelves of all good sneaker retails.

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.