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Ever wanted some trainers that are named after some classic literature? No, neither have I. But here’s a pair from New Balance.

These particular NBs are named after Herman Melville’s 1851 epic (in the traditional sense of the word) novel, which explains the colourway – grey for the eponymous whale and (blue blue) electric blue for the sea.

The 998 is one of New Balance’s most-loved models, and it’s been manufactured in the USA since it was first introduced in the early 90s. The brand’s American-made stuff is put together in either Maine or Massachusetts, the latter of which, funnily enough, is where the whaling ship in Moby Dick sets sail from. Good, eh?

Word on the grapevine (read: internet) is that New Balance plans to pay homage to American literature with several upcoming releases. I quite like the idea, personally. Maybe they’ll do a pair of Catcher in the Ryes, which would surely be based on Holden Caulfield’s red hunting hat. That’d kill me.

Anyway, enough of the book-club chitchat – you’d best go and get yourself some of these whale shoes AHABASAP.

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