Overshadowed by the MT version, the lesser known sibling of the New Balance 580 family turned plenty of heads in its day and helped usher New Balance into the ’90s running market. Featuring the team up of a chunky Rollbar system at the core and the more familiar choice of Encap cushioning below, the shoe further pushed the limits of NB running innovation from top to bottom.
The New Balance MT580 is a shoe that Westerners had gotten used to ogling from a distance. For years, the model had traditionally been exclusive to Japan, where countless Mita collab creations long since launched them into cult status. Thanks to the likes of Burn Rubber back in 2010, the shoe finally broke into the U.S., soon leading to more domestic collaborations and eventually even in-line colorway releases here in the States.