Given the current revivalist fervor for all things millennial, you may think that that New Balance 2002 silhouette is named for its introductory year. But, as anyone who has ever worn a pair of New Balance knows, when you buy one of their runners, it’s not a trendy, seasonal thing; you are going to have that shoe until either you or the shoe can’t go anymore.
The 2002 model was actually introduced in 2010, as part of the 1000 series of running shoes. That makes the 2002 designation much more significant than what year it was, as a numerical leap forward meant a performance leap forward. Naturally, the 2002’s technical qualities made it one of the most coveted shoes of its era, one that is ripe for a timely reintroduction. Thanks to a renewed appreciation for stylish tech, the 2002 returns as the 2002R, which outfits the retro styling with modernized performance tweaks.
The latest 2002R offering opts for focused simplicity. A tonal colorway and suede/leather upper make for a look that can best be described as functional futurist. The modern technological features of stability web, ABZORB midsole, ABZORB SBS heel cushioning, and N-ergy outsole means that while the style is millennial chic, the performance is state of the art.