The New Balance Protection Pack is coming back. Originally released last Fall, the in-line colors drew so much excitement New Balance is running it back in their classic color schemes. Check out the “Steel Blue” and “Navy” versions, coming soon.

Last year, New Balance launched a unique take on their retro 2002R sneaker. Featuring three colorways, the shoe’s upper had been altered to feature jagged, uneven edges across the suede overlays. Leaked online ahead of their release, fans of the shoe dubbed the collection the “Protection Pack“. However, this name has drawn ire from the silhouette’s designer, whose original vision for the collection called them the “Refined Future”. The anticipation for the shoes practically exploded overnight, driving up massive hype for what was originalyl slated as a simple in-line release, which are now canonically known by their ‘Protection’ name. However, it appears NB is doubling down on the release, as the jagged 2002R has now surfaced in fresh colorways pulled from New Balance’s classics line. Cast in ‘Steel Blue’ and ‘Navy’, the new pairs are likely to draw just as much attention as their predecessors when they arrive later this Spring.


New Balance’s release of the 2002R “Refined Future” collection hasn’t been announced, though they are expected to drop in Spring 2022. Featuring classic NB color schemes, pairs will be available from both New Balance and select retailers for $160. Check out the early images of the “Steel Blue” and “Navy” colors below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more New Balance release news.

UPDATE 5/13/22: New Balance’s fresh colorways of the fan-favorite “Protection Pack” have quietly surfaced from several overseas retailers, indicating a stateside release is on the horizon. Currently, the “Dark Navy” and “Mirage Grey” are up for raffle from the U.K’s END. Clothing, with price tags of $175 each. However, these raffles close in just 5 hours so get your entries in now, and stay tuned for further release news.

New Balance 2002R “Refined Future”
Release Date: 2022
Price: $160

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