At a glance you might mistake these as just another New Balance 2002 colourway, back around for another drop at the end of the year. If you know what to look for though, you might notice a few things...
For starters the mesh is a bit coarser – reminiscent of the mesh on the second Backyard Legends actually. It might just be us, but don't you think these look quite a lot like a black 993? The uppers are almost entirely made from soft black pigskin suede, accented with Castlerock grey hit atop the stark white sole. Pretty simple, standard stuff really. Except for that weird tag near the heel, what's it say?
Yep that's the recognisable tag known around the world – GORE-TEX®. The company whose slogan is "guaranteed to keep you dry" has provided their signature waterproof membrane to this 2002R. How is that useful on a pair of shoes that are made from a fabric famous for hating water? Stop overthinking, it's GORE-TEX!
- GORE-TEX® lining [waterproof]
- Pigskin suede overlays
- Reflective accents
- Re-tooled N-Ergy sole
- SKU: M2002RXD