New Balance 950v2
The New Balance 950v2

New Balance is looking to bring a new training sneak prototype to bootcamp.

The manufacturer has pitched its 950v2 sneaker to the Defense Department for training purposes, according to Army Times.

The sneaker’s aesthetic design is derived from the company’s ultra marathon shoe, the Leadville 1210 but made entirely from U.S.-sourced materials. The original shoe was made with the 100-mile Leadville Trail Marathon in mind.

… Recruits today in the Army, Air Force and Navy can use a one-time $80 allowance to buy foreign-made shoes as an exception to the “Berry Amendment,” a federal law that that requires DoD to buy American-made goods when possible. The Marine Corps only offers a general clothing allowance that does not specifically apply to shoes.

“We wanted to make a shoe with the highest technical performance, but also light, and it’s going to be durable enough to withstand any conditions or terrain,” New Balance spokeswoman Caitlin Campbell told Army Times.

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