When New Balance decided to bring back the 2002R two years ago, they probably didn’t realize that they were about to change the sneaker game for good. Unbeknownst to many, the New Balance 2002R initially debuted back in 2002 and was met with pretty lackluster feedback, resulting in it being discontinued from production very soon after. With that said, the market is very different 20 years later. Nowadays, sneakerheads absolutely adore the retro aesthetic, so when the Boston-based footwear company reintroduced the model, everyone copped without even thinking. Whether you’re a hardcore 2002R collector or you’re trying to find your first pair, the New Balance 2002R "Rain Cloud" is a definite must-own.
From the outset, this New Balance 2002R really reminds us of Teddy Santis’ more premium “Made In USA” offerings. Working on top of a clean angora-hued mesh base, shaggy rain cloud suede wraps around the rest of the upper for a luxe look and feel. The signature italicized “N” logo graces the laterals and medials, and this all sits on top of a highly-sculpted ABZORB midsole. Of course, you can’t talk about this sneaker without mentioning the dash of sweet caramel around the heel, finalizing the design.
The New Balance 2002R Rain Cloud is available now in Asian and European New Balance markets. It is set for a wider drop stateside, later in 2022 via New Balance and select retailers online and in-store. Coming in men’s sizes, retail is set at $140. Keep it locked to our Twitter andMobile App to stay up to date on future releases.
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