Today we're excited to present the release of a shoe that's been "to the top", Mt. Everest to be exact. Originally developed in the early 1980s with renowned mountaineer Lou Whittaker, the New Balance HL710 Rainier was launched in 1982. Whittaker's team had the shoe on their feet during the first American ascent of the world's highest mountain.
The Rainier was a groundbreaking success in the outdoor industry, which until then had known rather clunky and heavy boots. New Balance managed to combine stability, a non-slip sole, flexibility and surefootedness in a slim and lightweight silhouette! On top of that, the shoe simply looked fresh!