nonnative has included New Balance footwear in a number of past seasons’ releases, including the H710 hiker in FW2009, and last fall’s CM1500, both done in rich, earthy-toned suede. For this fall, nonnative – the Japanese label that has carved out a niche with elegant interpretations and re-cuts of classic pieces – has turned to the CM997. The CM997 is arguably the pefect example of “classic” NB: the early 1980’s running bloodline shows through well, but it doesn’t come off as a contrived retro shoe. And the colorway has been executed admirably: starting with the earth tone palette of it’s past New Balance collaborations, nonnative has riffed on a “Dune” theme – with desert-sand inspired upper colors, and the ABZORB midsole done in a Persian blue. Overall, a beautiful mesh/suede/full grain upper that will appeal to any fan of New Balance classics, and quite a grab given the exclusive respect nonnative is building. The shoe releases for Spring 2012; look for it early next year at select accounts including Colette, SOLEBOX, and Dover Street Market. Check out the preview images after the jump, via: Eyescream.