While overshadowed in popularity by the New Balance 550, the brand’s 2002R silhouette has steadily garnered attention among savvy sneaker enthusiasts for its clean colorways and strategic collaborations. For its latest ensemble, the reworked performance-running offering has dressed up in a predominantly “Black” ensemble courtesy of JD Sports.
Akin to several J.Crew-exclusives and a recently-surfaced “Suede Pack,” New Balance‘s retro style indulges in premium pig suede, high quality leather and breathable mesh throughout its upper. All three components opt for varying shades of “Black,” creating one of the sneaker’s most versatile looks yet. Branding all throughout the shoe and reflective strips across the forefoot and spine indulge in a contrasting silver finish that breaks up the “uniform” arrangement. The New Balance 2002R’s sole unit – it’s biggest update from its original release in the 2000s – delivers further contrast to the European retailer’s exclusive take via its white and off-white detailing.