JD Official | June 24, 2022

Raheem Sterling Wears the New Balance XC-72

Continuing the lineage of the 327, the New Balance XC-72 is all about retro-future design. The archive-inspired silhouette first dropped last year, combining the best of runners from the ‘70s to influence the future.

Fast forward to 2022 and the XC-72 is makin’ waves. It just dropped in a JD-exclusive Black and Grey colourway – as seen on football icon, Raheem Sterling.


Takin’ cues from iconic NB sneakers, get the lowdown on the fresh new silhouette and find out how you can cop Sterling’s look right here ⬇️ ⬇️


Inspired by the World of Racing

Over a year in the making, the New Balance XC-72 was designed by Charlotte Lee; the brain behind both the 327 and 237.


The design follows in its predecessor’s footsteps, looking to ‘70s runners but adding a fresh, modern edge. Finding a new angle to create the XC-72, Lee was inspired by the NB Gator. Less well known in the archives, the Gator reps a unique outsole design and the spiky elements of the 72 are taken directly from the look of the Gator.



Not stopping there, she also took inspo from concept cars. With a retro racing tongue and a square toe, these futuristic trainers aim to keep the heritage look, but switch it up to create something you’ve not seen before.


Up top, the XC-72 sports a suede and recycled mesh upper with a stability heel clip that nods to the 620’s herringbone outsole pattern. They’re sat on a vertically split outsole, which combines two hard ground traction designs: the XC15’s ‘gripper’ and the 375’s studded pattern. To finish up, Lee opted for an oversized ‘N’ logo to the sidewalls, a bold look just like on the 327.


Cop Sterling’s Style

On rest days, Sterling is gearing up in head-to-toe New Balance heat. Better yet, it’s all exclusive to JD.


He’s lacing up in an only-at-JD colourway of the XC-72, pairing ‘em with a Thunder Blue 1/4 Zip and Track Pants combo for laidback comfort. From tracksuits to jeans, these trainers are your go-to this season.


Feeling the retro-future vibes? Shop the New Balance XC-72 collection now.

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