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The New Balance 327 "Made in Japan" is as Luxurious as It Gets


Adam Cheung
October 11, 2022

Handmade in Japan by M. Lab from the finest Tochigi leather.

The 327 is, without a doubt, one of the most popular silhouettes to come from the Boston-based sportswear giant. Designed by Charlotte Lee, the past-meets-future aesthetic won the hearts of many when it was first revealed two years ago, and it continues to be ultra hyped even today. With all that said, the model is about to gets its most premium rendition to date with the New Balance 327 "Made in Japan" - and here's everything that you need to know.

New Balance 327 "Made in Japan"
Image credits: New Balance

Just like the "Made in UK" and "Made in USA" lines, this particular colorway places an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. As its name states, this 327 has been handmade in Japan by M. Lab from the finest Tochigi leather. Offered in an earthy brown palette, while other sneakers tend to wear and tear over time, this one develops a one-of-a-kind patina just like what you'd find on a pair of high-end dress shoes.

New Balance 327 "Made in Japan"
Image credits: New Balance

The "White" midsole underfoot is lined with a gum rubber outsole, and the legendary New Balance "N" logo is stitched onto the side panels. Of course, you can't talk about this 327 without mentioning the tongue tag that proudly showcases the "Made in Japan" moniker for all to see.

The New Balance 327 "Made in Japan" is expected to launch via raffle on October 15th. Expected to be available in extremely limited numbers, if you manage to take a L then don't worry, as it'll be available on Ox Street's dedicated New Balance page very soon!

New Balance 327 "Made in Japan"
Image credits: New Balance
Adam is a writer and editor specializing in sneakers and streetwear. Over the past few years, he's curated features and guides for fashion publications across the globe, winning multiple awards along the way. Often travelling between the UK and Hong Kong, don't be too surprised if you find Adam anywhere else around the world taking street photography or feasting on the local delicacies.