If you still don't have a pair of 2002Rs in your personal collection, perhaps the upcoming New Balance 2002R "Toast" will persuade you. Baked fresh from the Boston-based oven, this has got to be one of the most premium-looking 2002Rs that we've seen in quite some time. Bearing a striking resemblance to early Hender Scheme creations, you only can't go wrong with this luxurious release.
Featuring a toast and tawny birch color combination, the early-'00s silhouette is crafted from a combination of leather and suede with contrast stitching across the board for a sartorially-inspired aesthetic. The legendary "N" logo adorns the lateral and medial sidewalls, while "2002R" and "NB" branding is finely debossed around the heel region, giving us serious "Made in Japan" vibes. Underfoot, the ABZORB midsole has been dipped in a creamy apricot illusion tone for a retro look, and this is finished off with a gum rubber N-ERGY outsole for unparalleled traction with every step.
Let's make a toast to the New Balance 2002R Toast. Set to pop up in men's sizes sometime in 2022, it'll be available at New Balance and select retailers online and in-store for $150. Make sure you keep it locked for your best chance to cop, and hit us up on Twitter and ourMobile App to be kept up to date with the hottest sneaker and streetwear releases and news!
New Balance 2002R "Toast"
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Toast/Tawny Birch-Apricot Illusion