A New Balance basketball classic, the 790 returns this month with two iconic colorways: James Worthy White/Purple and Boston Celtics-themed White/Green. New Balance follows up these initial colorways with a White/Blue and a White/Navy colorway, both set for March.
The New Balance 790 holds a unique, if overlooked, place in sneakerdom. Bidding for its own slice of the mid-‘80s basketball market pie chart, New Balance signed L.A. Lakers forward James Worthy to a $1 million contract as the Lakers were making a run at the 1985 NBA title. That season, Worthy wore the New Balance 785, the shoe many still consider his quintessential ride. The 790 was the follow-up, replete with purple and gold color accents and high-top height. Though Worthy would eventually move on to adidas and Nike, his Lakers-inspired New Balances made a brief but bold impression on the sneaker landscape. Now, New Balance brings back the 790 for fans and shoeheads alike to get reacquainted with Golden Era history. Retail for all Men’s 790 colorways is $80. Continue reading for more images of James Worthy in the New Balance 790 along with photos of all 4 colorways.