The New Balance 2002R is doing numbers for the Boston brand, selling out in nearly every style released so far. Now, the Boston brand has tapped artist Bryant Giles to deliver his take on the versatile runner, coming soon.

New Balance’s collaborative arm of the company has been firing on all cylinders for several years. Lighting up sneaker leak blogs, (ours included) with plenty of heat from both their in-line and special-edition releases. One of the leading styles in this foray into lifestyle has been the 2002R, a vintage runner that returned last year and quickly took over as the dominant ‘dad’ style shoe for sneakerheads and fashion fans alike.

Now, the Boston brand has tapped Los Angeles-based artist Bryant Giles to deliver his take on the retro style, applying his unique abstract work across the silhouette. Seen in leaked images, Giles’ edition begins with a frayed light olive canvas, uniform from heel to toe. Various faces and facial features are spread across the upper, embroidered onto various panels and sometimes overlapping across multiple. “What Now”, a reference to Giles’ latest exhibition, is embroidered across each heel, while removable New Balance ‘N’ patches are added to either side of the shoe.


The upcoming project from New Balance and artist Bryant Giles, featuring a roughed-up 2002R, has not yet been announced for release. However, we are expecting them to drop in the coming weeks. This green pair will likely release from Giles’ personal store as well as select NB retailers for $150+. Check out the early images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more New Balance release news.

UPDATE 7/8/22: The upcoming collaboration between Bryant Giles and New Balance has been scheduled to debut next week, on July 11th, 2022. The olive green 2002R will launch initially from the GoneHomme website, before seeing a wider release on July 21st. Retailing for $160, the shoes are accompanied by three extra lace options, removable ‘N’ logos, and a limited-edition box.

UPDATE 5/11/22: New images of the Bryant Giles x New Balance 2002r have emerged from Instagram account @prvt.selection, giving us a closer look at the embroidery and other details of this upcoming release.

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