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New Balance Debuts Its “Protection Pack” Series Featuring Four New Monochromatic Colorways

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.

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Aries and ROA Unveil Future-Facing Hiking Boot Collaboration

London-based imprint Aries has connected with ROA Hiking for a collaborative capsule, unveiling a new take on ROA’s original Italian Alp “Andreas” hiking boot.Recently, Aries has built a stellar reputation as a collaborator, connecting with only the finest of brands that align with its ethos and allow it to add its own spin on trademarked classics. For example, Aries’ collaboration with Juicy Couture reworked tracksuits in honor of Nudie Cohn — an American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits — whilst its link-up with Umbro presented Aries’ unapologetically British design process across rugby-inspired fits with a contemporary edge. Now, Aries x ROA Hiking combines the best features of both parities. Taking ROA’s classic hiking boot silhouette and reshaping it with an asymmetrical toe construction, it’s highlighted with reflective taping, 3MM accents, and Aries’ signature flecked climbing cord in two interchangeable colorways.Available in all-black and zebra “Pony” skin iterations, each pair of co-branded hikers is complemented with dual-branded Aries x ROA logos on the high-top collar and includes customary ROA features; such as quick-lacing external metal hooks, a pull tab heel, rubber toe cap, and a Vibram Megagrip toothed tread pattern sole. Taking its campaign to Newcastle, North East England, Aries x ROA  take a closer look at the British obsession with the great outdoors, while embracing inspiration from iconic British movies such as Mike Leigh’s 1976-released film, Nuts in May and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers.You can take a closer look at the new Aries x ROA collaboration above and it’s available to shop via the official Aries website now for £550 GBP.In other news, check out the new Nike Calm Slide in red.

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New Balance Introduces “Hi-Lite” and “Team Royal” Colorways to Its Cult-Favorite 1906R Series

New Balance is refreshing its iconic 1906R line with four retro-inspired colorways. Lauded for its versatile style and everyday comfort, the 1906R shoe is now available in “White,” “Team Royal,” “Black,” and “Hi-Lite,” four new color schemes adorned with punchy, neon accents and revamped aesthetics paying homage to the early ’00s.The 1906R launched in 2009 and was redistributed in 2022 when demand for nostalgic retro-style sneakers was at an all-time high. The 2023 colorways adopt a similar theme, harkening back to the running culture of the time while interpreting modern, utility-centric design accents. Considering the current Gorpcore trend in fashion — pairing practical (sometimes “polarising”) pieces with high-end labels — the 1906R’s popularity is even more apparent today. The intersection of high and low fashion in pop culture showcases a growing demand for lifestyle silhouettes that transition from sport to street, office to rooftop, and luckily, the 1906R’s sporty, functional construction boasts the best of both worlds.The crown jewel of the new collection is “Hi-Lite,” debuting an electric combination of black, silver and neon green. “N” panel logos in black, metallic silver overlays and textured, bright green mesh adorn its sidewalls. “Team Royal” showcases vibrant navy blue, gray and neon green accents, adding a pop of energy to any footwear collection. The shoe delivers optimal comfort underfoot thanks to its N-ergy shock absorbing technology. Equally exciting are the “White” and “Black” releases. The former opts for a crisp white mesh base, with hints of aqua blue and purple sprinkled throughout. “Black” lends itself to effortless styling, boasting a minimalist, all-black and gray color scheme. Across the range, the 1906R outsole features a Stability Web for added arch support. The ABZORB midsole and ABZORB SBS heel cushioning provide enhanced comfort and stability, making it an excellent choice for daily wear.Luxury collaborations with Aime Leon More and Auralee demonstrate the 1906R’s universal wearability and fashion-forward appeal, as the 1906R makes a heroic return to shelves (and feet) everywhere as this season’s must-have shoe.The new 1906R 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.

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