While there may have been a few pretenders to the throne over the course of the last few years, when it comes to the so-called dad sneaker, there’s one label that reigns supreme: New Balance. The American footwear brand first launched its 990 series in 1982, and since then, it’s become the de facto kick for everyone from dads in Ohio to supermodels in London, according to its latest campaign for the new 990v5 silhouette.   The sneaker didn’t just happen by accident though – in fact, it was 76 years in the making. The first 990 featured a thick moulded midsole for support, a grey suede upper paralleled with mesh and 3M accents – all initially created for performance. However, as it evolved, the sneaker drew interest from dads everywhere. The shoe was also the first to break the triple-figure $ mark (priced at $100); really, the first high fashion shoe to pave the way for the masses that later followed.  “The New Balance 990 is probably the most recognised dad shoe, and more specifically the 990v4 which stole the limelight over the last couple of years,” says Robert Stewart, who co-started Instagram account @newbalance_gallery with Thomas Lindie; the biggest online community for ...