New Balance’s immensely popular 2002R continues to shine in new colorways on a regular basis. For the upcoming Fall/Winter season, NB is switching things up, adding a waterproof Gore-Tex layer to the sleek runner, coming soon.

With dozens of iterations of the New Balance 2002R out on the market, from limited-edition collaborations to excellent in-line releases, NB is ready to shake things up with the popular runner. Rereleased in 2021, the sleek silhouette has largely kept its shape and materials the same since its return to the brand’s lineup, but this season, they are getting a new level of protection in the form of a Gore-Tex waterproof addition. The first colorways of the upcoming pairs have surfaced overseas, giving us a good look at two styles of the new design. The first is cast in dark grey tones, mixed with rust-colored mid layers and a blackened midsole, while the second is much lighter, featuring NB’s signature light grey tone with hints of blue scattered throughout. 


New Balance’s upcoming Gore-Tex edition of the 2002R has not yet been announced for a stateside release, though they are beginning to roll out to retailers in Japan this week. Coming in two colorways, light and dark shades of grey, pairs will likely be available from both New Balance’s website and select retailers as the rainy season approaches, with a price tag of approximately $170. Check out the early images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more NB release news. 

UPDATE 8/9/22: New Balance’s first official images of the 2002R Gore-Tex have surfaced online, likely indicating a release ahead of the rainy season this year. Dressed in the light washed grey color scheme, pairs will come with a $180 price tag, releasing from both New Balance and select retailers

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