New Balance x Danner “American Pioneer Project”

Boston-based New Balance Athletics, Inc. and premier heritage boot manufacturer, Danner, join forces for the Danner x New Balance “American Pioneer Project,” which includes the New Balance MiUSA 585 and the Danner Light Boot.

The collection is a celebration of two authentic American brands, on opposing coasts, creating two premium, domestically manufactured models that represent the spirit of American craftsmanship, heritage and quality.

The Danner x New Balance MiUSA 585 was crafted in New Balance’s Skowhegan, ME manufacturing facility with premium materials and traditional shoemaking expertise. The classic outdoor trail silhouette is done in Horween leather, often found on both Danner and New Balance MiUSA styles, and durable ballistic nylon that lends itself to outdoor adventures. The upper also includes veg tan leather lining and hits on the N logo. The style is finished off with a traditional boot lace, Danner lace lock and co-branded leather insert. A secondary burgundy boot lace is also included.



The Danner x New Balance Danner Light boot borrows the New Balance grey color palette to offer an upper done in grey suede, Horween® leather, and Cordura®. A classic hiking design, the Danner x New Balance Danner Light is manufactured in Danner’s Portland, OR factory and has been dubbed the standard for performance, rugged durability, waterproof protection and craftsmanship. Special additions inspired by New Balance silhouettes include a leather piece on the heel mimicking a CR Device and a reflective underlay on the collar. Additional details include a Vibram® outsole for comfort and durability; New Balance branded lace lock; co-branded embossing on the tongue; and a reflective flecked lace and traditional boot lace.

The Danner x New Balance Danner Light boot is waterproof and breathable with GORE- TEX® liner which is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable even in extreme conditions.


Chris Davis, Strategic Business Manager, NB Lifestyle said, “New Balance’s collaboration with Danner represents the epitome of authentic, outdoor American style. Our mutual goal was to build upon a shared history of domestic manufacturing and a vision of offering the most premium, quality-crafted footwear in the world. Both Danner and New Balance have a rich legacy in domestically manufacturing premium sports crafted product as well as balancing trend with innovation. Through sharing design visions, premium materials and high quality standards, we introduce two footwear masterpieces and bring a truly disruptive collection to the market. The Danner Light and New Balance 585 are rooted in global style and will show the world a different interpretation of two iconic, trail-inspired staples.”


“Whether you live in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest or Tokyo, you understand the need for rugged, high-quality, waterproof footwear,” said Will Pennartz, Senior Marketing Manager, Danner. “We are excited to partner with a legendary brand like New Balance to introduce a timeless collection ready for a multitude of winter conditions. Most importantly, we are proud the Danner x New Balance collection is made in the USA.”

The New Balance MiUSA 585 is being brought back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the New Balance 580, which is the New Balance Japan designed model inspired by the 585. The model has an unusual history. Like a few models in the mid-nineties, the 585 was introduced in the US and Europe in 1995 and in Japan a year later. The 585 was a Made in USA prestige model, distinguishing it from a Made in China version. In 1995, the M585 was touted as the most stable running shoe in the New Balance range offering exceptional cushion and stability with ROLLBAR technology. Today, the classic Made in USA Lifestyle model celebrates the authenticity of New Balance Made in USA footwear and highlights the premium craftsmanship, heritage and quality that Made in USA product represents.

The New Balance 585DR x Danner is available to buy online now via HANON.



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