New Balance is on a roll and I’m not just talkin’ about the Rollbar! Ha ha ha. Sigh. But, really, the fact of the matter is that the Boston-based footwear company is killing it and its latest 2002R sneakers are proof.
The latest of which is this handsome 2002R fitted with GORE-TEX lining and a grey suede upper that’s delicately faded to perfection.
As a fan of lived-in fabrications, I do so enjoy me a well-worn-looking shoe, even though this thing is literally brand new. Plus, the suede’s light hue goes a long way towards reiterating the 2002R’s old-school ethos.
It does, however, camouflage the sneaker’s key feature, which is embroidered on the toe: this thing is fitted with GORE-TEX and thus entirely protected against water. All-terrain footwear!
Except, perhaps for a rumored collaborative colorway coming from N.HOOLYWOOD and INVINCIBLE. The former, a longstanding Japanese clothing brand, and the latter, a stalwart Taiwanese retailer, already came together for a pretty crazy 2002R that crazily fused the throwback silhouette with a 990 .
The new 2002R isn’t quite as nutty but the shoe does come in a handsome blue suede and the requisite GORE-TEX so who could complain? The perfect daily driver in a perfect colorway.