New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio is all about pushing the limits of traditional design, paying homage to the American label’s rich heritage while taking it well into the future. Nowhere is that clearer than with the Niobium, the model that, at first glance, looks like a regular hiking boot. But it’s not that. It’s far, far more. It’s a transformer that’s destined for a life on the trails, with a mixed-material upper that unzips to form a campsite mule and an inner sock that’s perfect for wearing inside the tent. There’s a load of tech, too, including the waterproof eVent® lining and ABZORB® cushioning through the sole.