New Balance Blow Some ‘Lemon Haze’ Onto the 2002RRelease: 30 April 2021
The New Balance 2002R can be considered the current golden child of the brand’s lifestyle range for a number of reasons. It’s among the ‘younger’ designs from NB, having only debuted in 2010, versus more stately designs like the 992 and 1500. And it’s been the collaborator’s choice for a high calibre of brand partners including Salehe Bembury and Invincible. However, the 2002R’s general release colourways are nothing to be sneezed at, as evidenced by this new ‘Lemon Haze’ release.
The original 2002 (sans R suffix) was a bit of a cult hit back in the day because of its exorbitant $250 price tag, top tier materials, and under-the-radar presence. New Balance have given the once out-of-reach model a bit of a facelift with a new midsole (borrowed from the 860v2) and a chameleon upper that’s receptive to most colours and materials. Even with these opportunities on hand, this colourway takes a restrained direction and portrays a palette that easily slides into the assortment. After all, it’s a straightforward mix of white leather and mesh set against ‘Lemon Haze’ (think creamy faux vintage patina) midsoles and accent strips. Some bits of black edging on the N branding, lining, and midsole add some extra contrast.
The New Balance 2002R ‘Lemon Haze’ is available now from Warsaw Sneaker Store.