The New Balance 2002R is a remastered version of the 2002, and was relaunched in 2020 to celebrate the silhouette’s 10-year anniversary. The sneaker combines the original’s multi-material upper with the sole unit from New Balance’s 860v2, for a slightly updated look. Originally launched as a hyper-premium, $250 running shoe that drew inspiration from luxury automobiles and watches, the 2002 was designed with then-New Balance CEO Rob DeMartini in mind. ABZORB cushioning in the midsole — a key part of any New Balance sneaker — is paired with an N-ergy outsole. That means that the 2002R — technically a lifestyle shoe — packs a performance punch under its hood. For Spring 2021, New Balance has released several tonal colorways that offer more muted, versatile options than Salehe Bembury’s award-winning collaborative take last year.
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The suede and mesh combination upper means you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort. The ABZORB midsole absorbs impact and the heel cushioning delivers additional stability, while an N-ergy outsole provides shock absorption.