Sure, it’s been a huge year for the 99x series as Teddy Santis keeps his foot on the gas with month-to-month rollouts of new Made in USA colorways, but the 1906R is having a serious moment, and we can’t help ourselves but stop and stare at the 2002R. Thanks to the “Protection Pack,” which dominated the tail-end of last year before making a huge comeback with several new colorways this year, the 2002R has become a mainstay for New Balance. By all accounts, a winner, its simplistic profile, and layered aesthetic is everything good about a 990v2, but, dare I say it, better. With the seasonal transition just ahead of us, it’s only right that NB sees to it that the silhouette gets right for the occasion.

The first, “Rain Cloud,” has already arrived at Chinese stores, making a huge splash with its subtle purple suede and grey contrasts. While we hope it makes it west, its “Mocha” counterpart is a worthy consolation prize. Dressed in chocolate brown suede, it’s hard to say no to this pair when considering a Fall/Winter rotation.

Brand: New Balance

Model: 2002R “Rain Cloud” and “Mocha”

Release Date: TBC

Price: TBC

Buy: TBC