For the past 116 years, New Balance has been crafting some of the industry's most favored, iconic, and universally adopted athletic and lifestyle sneaker silhouettes. Thanks to its long history, it possesses a style archive that's hard to match; paired with an extensive list of collaborators, it's developed a winning formula.

Between Teddy Santis' continued work with the 99x series under the Made In USA banner and the excellence of the 2002R's "Protection Pack," New Balance's sneakers have sharply risen to the top, leaving industry giants like Nike and adidas scrambling for pole positions.

While Highsnobiety's 2021 sneaker of the year, the 2002R, maintained a dominant run throughout 2022, it's time for a returning favorite to take the lead. Championed by size?, alongside collaborations from atmos, thisisneverthat, and a slick CORDURA pack, the 1906R is poised for glory in 2023.

It's no secret that the sneaker industry has maintained an obsession with the 90s and early 2000s. For many, these were the golden eras of the craft, delivering the likes of the Air Max 90, Air Jordan 4, Air Max Plus (TNs), Foamposites, and many more. This was a time of great risk-taking when designers shared an optimistic, retro-futurist perception of the future driven by new technologies.

Many of the sneaker silhouettes developed between the 90s and early 2000s possess a timelessness that many contemporary counterparts lack; because of this, brands often lean on their archives to deliver their next big seller, as opposed to pumping resources into developing new silhouettes.

The success of this strategy varies greatly, yet when coupled with retailer or regional exclusives and collaborations, high demand tends to follow.

Although New Balance is experiencing a renaissance of its own thanks to a conscious blend of collaboration with an extensive roster, as well as an influx of modern silhouettes, it's failed to neglect the bangers of the past.

Towards the close of summer, the brand's focus on the 2002R began to shift towards the reintroduction of a beloved 2010 sneaker, the 1906.

Effortlessly on trend, the retro-inspired runner boasted comfort, old school leather-on-mesh paneling, and possessed the huge potential for beautiful palette work. As the months passed, this came to fruition, thanks to the Japanese and Korean finesse of atmos and thisisneverthat.

As is standard, soon came a sprinkling of general releases that offered more muted takes, easing consumers into the style.

With the year's end in sight, size? has stepped forward to champion the silhouette as it prepares for a sprint finish in 2023. Serving up a broad selection of new colorways, the final stretch of the year will serve as a staging ground for a two-piece pack of size? exclusives.

First things first, two vintage-inspired colorways have landed online. Both arrive on a base of white leather and mesh, with sole units comprising a combination of off-white and gum for an old-school finish. For the underlays, branding, and detailing, collegiate-like treatments of red and green have been applied to each.

Although undemanding of attention due to the simplistic blocking of these palettes, they're both statement makers in their own right. With each release of the 1906R that reaches the market, the layers are peeled back, highlighting just how much untapped potential the style possesses.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

While 2022 is certainly due to end on a high, 2023 has so much more to give. All eyes on size? and the New Balance 1906R as we stride into another year of sneakers.

We Recommend
  • Footpatrol Made New Balance's Waviest Sneaker Even More, Well, Wavy
    • Sneakers
  • New Balance's Star Sneaker Just Got a Gorgeous Tonal Makeover
    • Sneakers
  • New Balance's Thriving Techy Sneakers Are Now Perfectly Polka Dotted
    • Sneakers
  • New Balance's Techiest Sneaker Looks Pretty In Pink
    • Sneakers
  • Thought New Balance's 1906 Couldn't Get Better? Enter This Sweet Take
    • Sneakers
What To Read Next
  • The Jordan 4's Skate Shoe Era Only Gets Better
    • Sneakers
  • A Low-Rise Jordan Icon Is Back After a Decade
    • Sneakers
  • Nike's Beloved Court Shoe Just Got a Incredibly Stylish Upgrade
    • Sneakers
  • Dreaming Big With JW Anderson
    • Style
  • At Martine Rose, Nike's Hybrid Air Max Sneaker Suddenly Appeared
    • Sneakers
  • Prada Gets Real (& Unreal, Too)
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.