On Friday 22 November we took part in the trail experience organized by One Block Down and New Balance on the occasion of the launch of 850 e 850AT. The trail consisted of a one-and-a-half-hour hike to Mount Barro (also known as Mount Galbiate) and a climb to the summit, with an altitude of 922 meters.
30 guests were invited to the trail to test the potential of the 850AT shoe, a unisex trail-inspired model with a Vibram® sole that is durable for added grip, but which preserves a use primarily dedicated to urban life. Its design is inspired by the original 850 silhouette and features a breathable mesh upper with nylon fabric parts, the NB logo on the heel and unique lacing details.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, it was decided to stop the hike at half altitude where, in addition to enjoying a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view, was presented the 850, a “chunky” sneaker with a slimmer design and road, introduced for the first time in 1996 and also remembered as the shoeless homologated to previous models, perhaps because it was designed by the youngest New Balance designer of those years.
Today, the 850 remains true to its heritage with an upper that includes mesh, leather and straps, the “NB” logo on the heel and a shaped tongue. The perfect mix in a single shoe for those who love the comfort and don’t want to give up the retro 90’s style of the “daddy’s shoes”.
The 850 AT is available from New Balance, One Block Down and selected retailers, while the 850 AT is available exclusively from OBD.