When Walter Parry Haskett Smith climbed the Napes Needle in England, he birthed the sport of rock climbing and New Balance has decided to honor the landmark at the focal point of this historic moment. The New Balance Napes Pack is a breathtaking homage to the hair-raising sport that only a few souls are brave enough to try.

The New Balance 577 is chosen to represent the Napes Needle and in turn, the sneaker is given a serious materials upgrade to play up the feel of the sport. Ripstop replaces mesh to ramp up durability while a textured synthetic material and rubber do the same to bring along a very rugged vibe. Rope laces and triangular accents on the midsole really drive the point home as well, making this model a shoe-in for people trying to achieve the feel of mountaineering without risking their life.

These sneakers are not in stores yet but you’ll be able to rock them by the fall. Check in with your local New Balance retailer to find out if they’re dropping in your hood soon.

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