New Balance brings the heat with the 574 “Dragon Pack”. Designed in collaboration with some of the most respected retailers in Asia as a way to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, the pack contains five pairs of the 574 silhoeutte, each displaying a highly-detailed dragon illustration in a unique colorway that ties into the Five Phases of ancient Chinese philosophy – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Mita Sneakers (Japan) created a brown pair with a wood-grain like effect to represent wood, Whiz (Japan) created a red and black pair to resemble fire, Invincible (Taiwan) created a green and orange pair to represent mother earth, NPC (China) created a silver pair for metal, and Limited Edt (Japan) created a blue pair to resemble water. Each sneaker also includes specially designed insoles branded with the signature markings of the retailer that designed them. According to reports, the sneakers were created for show and won’t be the exact models available in the retail version of the “Dragon Pack”, which is scheduled to release later this month in Asia.