New Balance 550 Dark Grey EU 45.5 | New Balance 2002R

The New Balance 2002R is a remastered version of the original 2002. To say the New Balance 2002 didn’t launch to public acclaim would be an understatement. Between a $250 price tag necessitated by high-tech hardware and an unpopular design, the sneakers left shelves shortly after hitting them. However, the influx of attention that “dad shoes” as a whole received as they neared their 10 year anniversary prompted creatives at New Balance to re-evaluate the forgotten design.

Enter the New Balance 2002R. Revamped with a sole unit borrowed from the New Balance 860, the “refurbished” take on the silhouette brought its price tag down to a much more palatable $130, allowing its 2020 emergence to go over much more smoothly than its initial launch. While collaborations with the likes of BAPE, Salehe Bembury and KITH highlight some of the defining colorways, a history of the 2002R wouldn’t be complete without mention of the “Protection Pack.” Planting frayed suede on the lifestyle silhouette towards the end of 2021 for over a dozen colorways, pairs from that collection are arguably the most impactful ever seen on the 2002R.

In 2024, the 2002R continues to factor heavily into New Balance’s seasonal offerings, with recent collaborations with the likes of JJJJound New Balance 574 WL574AM2.

New Balance 2002R

More Monochromatic Suedes Flood The New Balance 2002R

The New Balance 1906R has probably ousted the 2002R as the most sought-after New Balance tech-runner of the moment, but neither are falling off sneakerhead’s...

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Gold Accents Energize A Classic Monochrome New Balance 2002R

The New Balance 2002R continues its march as one of the more dominant styles you’ll catch on the street. While it’s certainly ceded some of...

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Close Out Your Ballpark Fit With The New Balance 2002R “Infield Clay”

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Jamal Murray’s New Balance Collection Releases Days After Elimination

It was a tough end for Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets, faltering in their hopes of a title defense in Game 7 against the...

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The DTLR x New Balance 2002R “Purple Noir” Glows In The Dark

Building on a series of successful collaborations in recent years, New Balance and DTLR are back at it again with a retailer-exclusive New Balance 2002R....

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Shoe Palace Takes On Lava Themes With The New Balance 2002R “Volcanic Rocks Pack”

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The New Balance 2002R Lightens Up For Spring In “Sandstone”

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The New Balance 2002R “Protection Pack” Is Back, But As A Mule

One of the most popular New Balance 2002R Protection Pack colorways is coming back, only in mule form. Official retailer images reveal a “Rain Cloud”...

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The New Balance 2002R Joins The Upcoming “Festivals” Pack

With in-line pack drops, New Balance has established a track record of ringing in new seasons and acknowledging major events on the calendar. Accomplishing both...

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