Original Story (09/29/21): New Balance is keeping the collaborations coming with two colorways of the 2002R created in collaboration with AURALEE. The Tokyo-based label unveiled the project as part of their Spring/Summer 2022 collection presentation.

AURALEE adds a minimal aesthetic to the 2002R silhouette in the same vein as their New Balance 550 FW21 project. Dressed in neutral tones, the uppers come in off-white and muted yellow iterations. Tonal paneling gives way to a mostly mesh toe and “N” branding. AURALEE’s signature high-quality ideas elevate New Balance’s signature style, translating in a shoe that blends both brands’ design process. Typical New Balance branding is found throughout the shoe, while AURALEE branding is only found on the insoles.

The New Balance x AURALEE 2002R will be available next spring on the AURALEE website and select retailers such as END. and SSENSE. Stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for further release info.

AURALEE x New Balance 2002R
Style Code: M2002RA1 / M2002RE1
Release Date: July 15, 2022 (Japan)
Release Date: August 2022 (Global)
Price: ¥19,800 JPY

Update (07/07/22): AURALEE has announced the launch of its New Balance 2002R collab. These will be somewhat Japan exclusive, dropping via New Balance T-HOUSE and the AURALEE webstore on July 15th. Four retailers outside of Japan will also be releasing the shoe in August: END., SSENSE, BEAKER in Seoul, and Dover Street Market Beijing. Check out the lookbook photos below. For other upcoming AURALEE x NB collabs, check out the FW22 XC-72 and SS23 RC30.

Spring/Summer 2022 presentation photos:


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