This article was published on June 1 and updated on July 11
Model: 2002R & 2002R Mule
Release Date: July 14 & July 21
Price: 25,300 yen (approx. $185) & 22,000 yen (approx. $161)
Editor's Notes: There's no better time than now to be a fan of New Balance. With Teddy Santis at the helm of Made in USA, the brand is undergoing a renaissance of sorts, with release after release flying off (virtual) shelves and touching down on the secondary market in the blink of an eye.
For its latest release, artist Bryant Giles steps into the light, taking the 2002R as a canvas for a full-bodied makeover. Comprising an olive green canvas upper, the sneaker features embroidered drawings in a variety of colors, including yellow and pink.
Stitched on the heel, "What Now?" typography nods to Giles' What Now film, which debuted in December 2021 during Miami's Art Basel events. Meanwhile, frayed edges and velcro patch branding complete the look of Giles' art-infused 2002Rs.
Note that Giles has more 2002Rs in the works, unveiling a mule-ish take on New Balance's retro runner slated to release alongside its heel-equipped counterpart.
Although 990s are more than deserving of all of the attention and credit they receive, over the past year or two, the 2002R has risen the ranks to become one of the brand's most popular silhouettes.
Clearly, the model's layered construction is extremely desirable, not only to sneaker enthusiasts but artists like Giles too.
Giles never backs down from the challenge of exploring new creative modes, and the Bryant Giles x New Balance 2002R collaboration proves that.
Simply put, the collaborative New Balance footwear manifests as a fresh medium of expression for Giles that just so happens to be an A1 addition to your rotation.
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