Launched as a solo-effort and led by designer Yue Wu, the “Refined Future” lineup has gone on to top wish-lists among countless sneaker collectors. The three-pair collection demonstrated that high-quality craftsmanship and a well-thought-out execution trumps any limited stock quantity or high-profile collaboration, as the shoes immediately sold out. What’s been proven more impressive, however, is the 2002R trio’s winning over of first-time New Balance consumers. The premium pig suede, ultra-comfortable NERGY cushioning and “vintage” aesthetic worked in-tandem to create a present-day “relic,” which was Wu’s goal with the capsule. In addition to upcoming heritage-inspired “Steel Blue” and “Dark Navy” colorways, the “Refined Future” options prepped for 2022 include a bold “Vintage Orange” pair reminiscent of Salehe Bembury‘s own 2002R from October 2020. Underfoot, sole units indulge in a simple arrangement that allows the upper to steal the spotlight.
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