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The New Balance 2002R Continues its Glow-Up

New Balance 2002R
New Balance 2002R

Recently exhumed by NYC designer Salehe Bembury, the New Balance retro-futurist 2002R has stormed back onto the market in a variety of eye-catching colourways. The New Balance 2002 originally appeared in 2010, but was recently rebranded as the NB2002R thanks to some technical upgrades.

The latest designs to join the fray are two summer-ready renditions already sitting patiently on shelves, the ‘Yellow Lime’ and White/Orange iterations appearing online via New Balance Japan.

Manufactured with breathable mesh and leather overlays, the NB 2002R looks as good as ever in its latest duo of colourways, the silhouette offering plenty of complexity for material and compositional depth.

For its part, the ‘Yellow Lime’ colourway goes hard on the titular hues, offering contrast by way of grey trim and reflective detailing. The White/Orange opts for a more classic 1990s dad-shoe colour palette, the neutral white, grey and blue uppers blasted by orange on the midsole (again reinforced by ABZORB and N-ergy tech).

Both New Balance 2002R colourways are available right now via New Balance Japan. Keep it locked to Sneaker Freaker for details on a Stateside release.

Curious as to how New Balance managed to erupt in the collaborative space? Check out our interview with their head of collaborations, Joe Grondin.

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