Leather upper. Suede overlays. Nylon vamp. Leather lining. Single-layer microfiber tongue. Vertically-split rubber outsole with two hard ground traction designs. Stability heel clip with herringbone outsole pattern. Square toe shape inspired by 1970s concept car designs. Synthetic N logo. Falling in line with her stellar work on the 237 and 327, Charlotte Lee has once again been called on by New Balance to design yet another industry-shaking silhouette, the XC-72. Much like the 237 and 327, the XC-72 heavily references ‘70s running footwear, featuring a leather upper with suede overlays and a nylon vamp. The standout design detail, however, emerges by way of the sole unit where a vertically-split outsole showcases two hard ground traction patterns that give the shoe an aggressive, experimental edge. As New Balance puts it, the XC-72 is the future that the past dreamed about, come to life, and we couldn’t agree more.