Entering the lifestyle category in 2010, New Balance’s 2002R was introduced as a continuation of the hugely popular “Protection Pack” concept. In 2020, an updated version of the sneaker was redistributed as a Made in Asia model, becoming one of New Balance’s most coveted silhouettes. The brand now debuts four highly anticipated colorways of the revered 2002R model, a modern, utility-centric revival of the cult-classic lifestyle shoe.The 2002R shoe draws inspiration from the MR2002, offering traits of the running style prevalent in the early 2000s. It pays homage to this era through its contemporary design and modified mule silhouette. First looks at the new collection unveil a mix of earthy tones with a utilitarian twist. The four new colorways include “Dark Moss,” a layering of deep green and black; “Eclipse,” a timeless black and navy blue; “High Desert,” a warm, sandy tan with black accents; and “Sandstone,” a classic cream and white combination.Across all four colorways, the 2002R features uppers crafted from durable suede, lightweight mesh and ripstop materials alongside toggle laces that combine style and functionality. The sporty design and unfinished edges embellish its street style appeal. Fans of the shoe are seen styling the 2002R in various ways, paired with simple relaxed denim and a vintage tee or styled with maximalist fashion pieces featuring layered, colorblocked accents.But what sets this shoe apart is its commitment to comfort. Impact-absorbing midsoles, cushioned heels, and Stability Web technology provide quality arch support for daily wear. The New Balance 2002R holds significance beyond its aesthetic and functional appeal. Although it had its share of high-profile collaborations during its 2020 launch, the shoe soared to prominence in 2021 with a string of successful releases. New Balance’s recent drop presents minimalist colorways that cement the cult status of the 2002R collection.The new 2002R colorways are available now in all flagship stores and on New Balance’s website at 10 AM AEDT on October 1st, with a recommended retail price of $230 AUD.