ARTICLE BY Ross Dwyer, Minh Vuong
New Balance 2002R M2002RDG
New Balance 2002R M2002RDG
New Balance 2002R M2002RDG
,New Balance 2002R M2002RDG
New Balance 2002R M2002RDG

This New Balance 2002R 'Protection Pack' Pair Comes Pre-Distressed
Release: 29 August 2022

Style Code: M2002RDG

Colourway: Distressed

News of this release was first published on March 12, 2022.

Update August 29, 2022: After releasing in Asia earlier this year, the New Balance 2002R 'Protection Pack' in pre-distressed styling has quietly released on the NB USA web store. Hit the button below to cop.

Update July 8, 2022: The New Balance 2002R in this distressed finish is starting to trickle to select retailers. One is Hong Kong store Holy Club, who have stipulated a raffle release that requires following particular accounts, tagging friends, and reposting stories. And... it's pick-up only. Hit the link below if you can meet the criteria.

New Balance had one of 2021's biggest surprise hits with the 2002R 'Protection Pack,' and they're planning to vastly expand the pack in 2022. This week alone, we've seen five new colourways that range from an M1300JP-inspired style to a berry-coloured pair, and now a sixth makeup has surfaced: a white and gum style with pre-distressed detailing.

In what seems to be a playful jab at New Balance's former reputation as a 'dad shoe' brand and an acknowledgement of their current status as a lifestyle innovator, this 2002R combines familiar frayed 'Protection Pack' embellishments on its white upper with heavily-scuffed black detailing on the upper, midsole and gum outsole alike. Essentially, it looks like a shoe that your dad has mowed the lawn in it dozens of times – but with an undeniably fashionable twist. An unsullied finishing touch is supplied by a pristine cork insole.

A release date for this dad-tested, streetwear kid-approved iteration of the New Balance 2002R 'Protection Pack' has yet to be announced, but it'll likely hit shelves in the next few months. Expect to plunk down $150 if you'd like to add a pair to your collection.

Want to learn more about the 2002R? See how it went from being a high-performance runner in the 2000s to a lifestyle favourite in the 2020s by clicking here.

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