J.Crew‘s ongoing partnership with New Balance has yielded a stellar new sneaker collaboration in the form of the 996 “Neptune Blue.” The silhouette has long been a stalwart in the retro New Balance lineup, and this new colorway — inspired by the oceans, lakes, pools, and rivers where we cool off in the summer — is a terrific addition to the lineup. A neutral grey mesh base is complemented with a black suede quarter and varying shades of blue at the suede toe and heel. A bright blue leather “N” logo on the sides, along with grey reflective trim, round out the details. New Yorkers will have early access to the kicks through an exclusive presale at the J.Crew Liquor Store in NYC this Thursday (7/16) from 6-8pm. An online launch follows on July 21.