Who can keep track of all of these different New Balance numbers? There’s the 574s, the 990s, the 1400s, the 996s, and seemingly an infinite number more. Alas, this week we’re bringing you the 696, which is actually quite similar to the 996, but is constructed of an unlined, one piece leather upper. This is the perfect sneaker to break out once the temperature starts to warm up, but when we’re still worlds away from the heat of summer. The perforation will keep your feet cool this spring while the suede upper and laces shows the world you’re not quite ready for slip-ons. Plus those laces remind us of baseball gloves, which in turn reminds us that spring training is right around the corner.