Naturally, the New Balance M1400 sneakers followed in the footsteps of the M1300s, the flagship runners from the mid-80s, equipped with their state-of-the-art ENCAP cushioning system. However, the M1400s would not see the light of day, since these shoes were too complex for the manufacturing technology of those days. Luckily, this elusive model was recreated in 1994, under the New Balance Japan project, gaining traction ever since from sneakerheads like mita sneakers and fashion brands like J. Crew. This beige reincarnation is the Fall/Winter 2012 version, clad in the premium suede uppers from Wolverine. Lastly, the tongue displays the "Made in U.S.A." woven label proudly, reinforcing its American heritage.