The way shoe companies have been drawing inspiration from Hawaii as of late really has me itching to take a trip, but New Balance just made it a little easier to get into the island mood no matter where you are with the New Balance 574 Luau Pack. The Boston based sneaker company gave their popular 574 runner a taste of Polynesia with two different colorways that both feature a tropical palette and floral designs on the lining. Unlike the releases from Nike and Reebok, the New Balance 574 Luau Pack is a lot more subtle.
The gray/navy/orange model upon first glance does not seem very Hawaiian, but the company was inspired by the vibrant colors of the Islands and the orange in particular definitely pops. There is also the intricate hibiscus pattern on the inner lining and insole, which on this model is navy blue and orange. The upper part of the shoe is a light grey hue and there are orange accents along the laces, midsole and around the New Balance logo, which is filled out with navy. This model is rounded out with a white midsole and the traditional contoured outsole that adorns all 574 silhouettes.
On the black/blue variant the Hawaii theme comes off as even less apparent, but in its defense it is probably the better looking colorway of the two. The black upper is bold and the light blue accents catch the eye nicely. The midsole, laces, branding and interior tropical pattern all share the same baby blue color or “tiffany” if you really want to stretch it. But what really rounds out the color scheme is the purple “N” logo and heel cap. This model also boasts a white midsole and the traditional contoured bottom. To put it simply, it’s clean!
Both pairs will cost you $85 a piece and they are currently available from select New Balance retailers like Feature right now.