04.11.22Features1906Sponsored
ARTICLE BY Gabe Filippa

The New Balance 1906R: Your Next Archival Frontrunner

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New Balance are still setting the pace when it comes to resurrecting long-forgotten archival runners.

Given a burst of speed thanks to the blistering success of models like the 2002R, New Balance are now ready for another throwback sneaker to take the lead: the New Balance 1906R. Originally debuting as the 1906 in 2009, the top-of-the-line performance model arrives this year powered by the very same sleek Y2K visuals and tech that made the 2002R reboot so successful.

One of the more enigmatic members of New Balance’s 2000s run club, the vintage silhouette is perfectly positioned to sprint laps around the sneaker competition in the coming months.

So let’s lift the hood on the New Balance 1906R: your next archival obsession.

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Under the Hood

It may be the first time we’ve seen the sneaker in more than a decade, but the updated 1906R boasts an impressive engine in 2022.

Simultaneously lightweight and durable, the model features the signature ABZORB midsoles, which soak up impact through a combination of cushioning and compression resistance. Unique N-ergy thermoplastic gel outsoles provide further shock absorption, and Stability Web technology ensures arch support.

Interestingly, the N-ergy is a compound that contains no air cells (unlike other cushioning systems), ensuring that it adapts to other components in the system and returns to form quickly after compression.

Most commonly manufactured in New Balance’s superior mix of buttery nubuck leather and mesh for breathability, the 2022 remake also lifts the midsole unit straight from the 860v2, the exact cushioning utilised for the modern 2002R.

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Lapping the Competition

The modernised New Balance 1906R is now perfectly positioned to tailgate the 2000s running nostalgia that’s swept the sneakersphere in recent years.

In August 2022, Korean streetwear brand thisisneverthat kicked off the revival as part of a capsule collection, while a collaboration curated by Japanese stylist and fashion director Akio Hasegawa followed shortly after.

Now, it looks like the delirium will continue well into the new year, with New Balance’s latest tonal trio ready to spark heat. Coming in a subtle blend of earthy hues, the versatile threesome no doubt extols the ‘less is more’ virtue, with the new colourways celebrating the original design DNA of its OG 2009 predecessor in style.

Ready to blow the dust off the 1906?

You can lace up the latest trio of New Balance 1906Rs right now. Look for plenty more colourways to arrive over the coming months.

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