The retro New Balance 2002R has been massively popular Prince its resurgence late in 2020, and now, the stylish silhouette is landing in new colorways on a regular basis. Check out these two new leather-clad colorways that just released in Japan.

Last year New Balance introduced the 327, a sleek lifestyle model heavily inspired by some of the brand’s most successful models from across decades. This year, New Balance has cooked up something else sneakerheads will love, reviving the early aughts’ 2002R running shoe for a second wind as a lifestyle model. Since its return late last year, the 2002 initially made the rounds through special-edition collaborations before hitting retail shelves in standard-issue color schemes. Now, New Balance is beginning to experiment with the vintage model, starting with a premium leather construction in monotone colorways. Debuted in Japan earlier this week, the new leather two-pack features contrasting black and white colorways, each built entirely from luxurious tumbled leathers.


New Balance’s latest iteration of the retro 2002R runner, now constructed entirely from leather, launched overseas earlier this week, debuting exclusively via New Balance’s Japanese website. The premium materials used have raised the price of these monotone pairs to 17,600 Yen, or approximately $166. There is currently no word of a stateside release. so in the meantime check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more New Balance release news.

New Balance 2002R “Leather” Pack 
Release Date: Friday, February 20th, 2021 (Japan)
Price: $166