Every season, New Balance UK gets all conceptual and brings us a set of 576s themed on something very, very British — we’ve had pubs, racecourses and we wait for the Gregg’s pack, here’s The Three Peaks Challenge pack based on the charity event which involves walking up three different mountains in three different countries (Scotland, Wales and England) in 24 hours. This makes a lot of sense as a theme because it’s a pretty damned British kind of event, it involves a fair degree of athletic ability and they’re located in the north of England, which is where New Balance‘s factory resides. All those ideas connect with the silhouette in one way or another. Reflecting our inclement weather conditions the nation endures, the premium oily suede on these colourways — with each shoe based on a mountain —and rubberised waterproof panels and branding, plus some interesting blocking on the midsole. Purple and blue (M576ENP) represents Ben Nevis, burgundy and yellow (M576EKG) represents Scafell Pike and the orange accented makeup (M576EBO) represents Snowden but we’re guessing that there’s a spot of outdoor wear influence in the colours too. We’ve seen similar colours on this 1988 silhouette before, but we’re feeling the execution even if those UK prices seem to be undergoing the same heart stopping level of inflation that the US-made pieces did a couple of years ago. Visit the New Balance section @ Crooked Tongues to view or purchase M576’s or related styles.