New Balance and premier heritage boot manufacturer, Danner, join forces for the second edition of the American Pioneer Project, featuring the Danner x New Balance Made 995 and Danner x New Balance Mountain Light Pioneer Boot. The latest collaboration celebrates both brands’ rich American heritage and commitment to producing premium-quality goods in the United States.
Both footwear styles are designed for today’s modern, style-conscious consumer and pay tribute to the brands’ respective hometowns. More than a century ago, New England natives Asa Lovejoy, a lawyer from Boston, MA, and Francis Pettygrove, of Portland, Maine, flipped a copper one-cent coin to decide who would name the land that is now Portland, OR. Pettygrove won the famous toss, and the name “Portland Penny” was subsequently given to the coin. The historical exchange inspired the project, with both brands choosing colors and design elements to pay homage to the copper coin.
The Danner x New Balance Made US 995 features a premium nubuck leather upper, branded embossing and oxidized copper finished eyelets. The copper color is inspired by the Portland Penny, further enhancing the rich story behind the latest 995 collaboration. The style’s ENCAP midsole technology provides support and superior durability for whatever adventure awaits. The Danner x New Balance Made US 995 was crafted in Skowhegan, Maine, one of New Balance’s five New England manufacturing facilities.
Borrowing the same design cues, the Danner x New Balance Mountain Light Pioneer boot also features a premium nubuck upper and oxidized copper hardware. Inspired by a classic Danner hiking boot, the Danner x New Balance Mountain Light Pioneer boot is manufactured in the brand’s Portland, OR factory and has been dubbed the standard for performance, rugged durability, waterproof protection and craftsmanship. Featuring GORE-TEX® lining and a Vibram® Kletterlift outsole, the boot is engineered to help keep your feet dry.
The 2017 American Pioneer Project is available now at at Danner, NewBalance.com, and at select retailers globally. The Danner x New Balance Made 995 retails at $280 while the Danner x New Balance Mountain Light Pioneer boot retail price is set at $400.