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The New Balance KAWHI II, made its debut on-court at the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game worn by Grammy nominated musician and newly-named New Balance ambassador Jack Harlow and the man himself, Kawhi, wearing it during the NBA All-Star 75th Anniversary Ceremony.
Designed and inspired by Kawhi, the third shoe of the New Money colorway series continues to draw inspiration from a design meeting where Kawhi certain felt details reminded him of stacks of money. Continuing the New Money series aims to evolve the original storyline and inspire the next generation of athletes to build their own legacies as entrepreneurs and strive for excellence beyond sport, just as New Balance and Kawhi have done together.
“To release a second version of a signature shoe together with New Balance is an honor and a privilege,” says Kawhi. “My goal was to be fully immersed in every aspect of the design process to create a shoe that truly reflects me as a person and as an athlete. From the new innovation in the KAWHI II to the inspiration behind “New Money” colorway, I hope the next generation of athletes strive for excellence on and off the court.”
The New Balance KAWHI II is a significantly lighter version of Kawhi’s original signature shoe, which was a request made from the athlete himself. This second version packs in new performance technologies in order to achieve Kawhi’s goal of a lighter, more explosive version. The KAWHI II features an updated performance plate that works in conjunction with the full-length FuelCell midsole providing the ultimate energy return. Another new performance feature, developed by the NB Hoops designed team, is FitWeave Lite, a light-weight woven textile meant to have a more lightweight, customizable fit; giving players adaptive stretch and support where they need it.
“Kawhi wanted to honour his gameplay and deliver a shoe that spoke to him as an individual,” explains Jonathan Grondin, New Balance Design Director. “Together with our Sports Research Lab we developed innovative technologies for today’s basketball athlete in the new KAWHI II. Working with an athlete of Kawhi’s caliber is so exciting, he comes to every meeting with ideas we can truly create together and is always willing to do something different.”
The New Balance KAWHI signature series continues to be all about Kawhi putting a personal stamp on his signature product. New Balance and Kawhi will deliver additional colorways in the coming months giving further insight into Kawhi the person, athlete and entrepreneur.
The New Balance KAWHI II: "NEW MONEY" will be available online at Solestop.com on March 19, 2022 at 12am EST.