New Balance turns its best-selling 2002R sneaker into a mule
No matter what you think of mules and clogs, they’re not going anywhere. Casual slip-ons continue to have a major moment and one to which New Balance is looking to contribute with a sliced and diced version of its 2002R sneaker.
Based on a first look at Modern notoriety, the mule’s wobbly shape retains much of the original sneaker’s genetic makeup. An N-ERGY shock-absorbing sole still forms the chassis of the shoe with ABZORB cushioning for added comfort. The laces and tongue are gone, and in their place is a larger perforated panel with the usual branding.
Two neutral color options are the 2002R mule would be on the way, consisting mainly of light gray or light beige.
Comfort first — Several brands have joined the trend of backless shoes, whether clog or mule, which has been driven in part by the pandemic and in part because they are ideal for a run. quick. Crocs and Birkenstock have earned their place at the top of the pyramid, although BEAMS x Reebok, Vans, Adidas and Converse have all contributed valuable opponents as well.
New Balance has gotten pretty experimental with mule silhouettes in the past, many of which are scattered throughout the secondary market. He also dabbled in other types of rebuilds that combined his American sneaker heritage with modernized outlooks. Two of NB’s most notable presentations came out of its semi-regular Snow Peak collab, consisting of the three-in-one sneaker-boot/mule/slipper and a simpler sandal and mule hybrid.
If you’re looking for a 2002R in its full form, New Balance has several versions for the sneaker on the way. A collaboration with Joe Freshgoods and an expansion to the beloved “Protection Pack” are coming soon, the latter of which has been confirmed for release on April 1st. It is not yet known when the mules will come, but stay tuned for more information.