New Balance XC-72 “Chinese New Year” UXC72CNY

As the change in the Chinese zodiac calendar draws closer, several of the top sneaker brands have revealed official release dates for shoes celebrating the “Year of the Tiger.” Recently, a New Balance XC-72 was shared by the New England institution.

Coming mostly in ‘Black’ and ‘Poppy’, the upcoming pair makes its boldest statement with the visible tiger stripe pattern on the toe and heel. Although far more subtle than other competitors’ Lunar New Year offerings, New Balance’s latest themed styling mixes heritage and modern design in its high-quality, sports car-inspired design. The predominantly dark color combination applied to much of the upper unit and sole unit further allows the aforementioned tiger stripes – which sport a hint of red – to revel in the spotlight. Oddly enough, no overt nod to the ‘Year of the Tiger’ lands on the pair, as it did with last year’s ‘Year of the Ox’ options, but the shoes’ style code includes the acronym “CNY” for Chinese New Year.

Enjoy official product photos of the pair below, and head over to on January 28 for your chance at $130 USD.

Other than the Boston-based brand, the New Balance 550 should get another year.

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New Balance XC72 “CNY”
Release date: January 28, 2022 (Friday)
Colour: Black/Poppy

Men: $130
Style code: UXC72CNY

North AmericaJanuary 28, 2022 (Friday)

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