I've been paying more and more attention to New Balance lately as it's been interesting to see some of the collaborations and models from both the UK and the USA. This pair however isn't made in the USA, the UK nor is an exciting collaboration - it's just ta classic 420 in a great colour combination. I really love the olive green with grey and the touch of the subdued red on the tongue and heel. I think if these were to get a gum sole transplanted onto them I would make a point of hunting them down from one of the WP Lavori shops in Italy - where this pair is currently available. I think this color use is very sharp and I would love to implement it onto a 1500 or a version of the 998 coming this spring.