New Balance taps its strong running heritage with the reissue of the New Balance 205 the racing shoe, named in honor of US Marathoner Khalid Khannouchi’s then world record of 2:05:42 set in the Chicago Marathon in 1999. Khalid later wore the RC205WR when he bettered his time to 2:05:38 during the 2002 London Marathon. This time still stands as an American Record for the 26.2 mile distance.
At 7.8 ounces, the 205 provides comfort and exceptional fit in a sleek, contoured design. Originally designed as the most premium racing sneaker of the era, the 205 featured New Balance’s most advanced running technology including: Abzorb cushioning in the heel for comfort on the heel strike, Acteva Midsole (12% lighter weight midsole than a traditional EVA midsole), utilization of a synthetic leather/mesh upper for an ultra light weight, breathable upper that hugs the foot, and low profile dimensions to keep this responsive running shoe as close to the ground as possible.
The reissued New Balance 205 will feature a Masai tribal shield in honor of the Kenyan athletes representing New Balance to victory in the 2003 and 2004 Boston, Chicago, and London marathons. The 205 is available red/black and white/red/green beginning in May 2010 at Conveyor at Fred Segal among other top retailers worldwide. MSRP: $65.00.