New Balance's 990 series have been known for their functionality and good design and the 996 released in the 80's had a good following since its debut. Here is the updated version, CM996M using modern materials to give it a fresh aesthetic. Launching in two colors, in silver and blue uppers on top of white midsole with grey outsole. Synthetic leather covers the rear portion of the shoes while the toe panel uses suede with perforated panels. There are no additional technological improvements and the Encap system in the heel helps to absorb shock increasing comfort. Just above the Encap on the heel section is a tone on tone subtle emboridery of New Balance logo.