Original Story (03/26/22): Mule sneakers are a bit of a niche in today’s footwear space, though the trend appears to be growing as brands like Reebok, Vans, and adidas have all released their own version within the past year. New Balance is now gearing up to drop a mule version of their popular 2002R model.

The New Balance 2002R Mule is essentially the 2002R with the back of the heel chopped off. The sole unit is the same, equipped with N-ERGY shock absorption and ABZORB cushioning. The tongue area, however, has been tweaked, and the lacing system removed. The 2002R Mule has surfaced in two colorways, both opting for shades of grey suede across their uppers.

Grab a first look at the New Balance 2002R Mule below. Look for these to possible drop later this year on NewBalance.com and at select retailers. Stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for updates.

Update (04/02/22): The New Balance 2002R Mule has officially released in China. No word yet on a US release, but check out official images below in the meantime.

New Balance 2002R Mule
Color: Rain Cloud/Marblehead
Style Code: M2002RMA
Release Date: 2022

New Balance 2002R Mule
Color: Mindful Grey/Marblehead
Style Code: M2002RMD
Release Date: 2022

First look photos:

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