The New Balance 2002R is one of the most highly praised lifestyle silhouettes in 2021. The Basement, a UK-based outfit, is now taking on New Balance’s once-promising performance runner. They’ve done a pair of collaborative makeovers that feature sharp colorblocking and an alternate material composition. The second style is a grayscale mixture of white, cream, and gray tones.
The 2002R’s mesh construction was replaced by a suede structure. For a more tonal contrast, the forefoot and midfoot overlays are toned a bit darker than the base. The toe caps, heels, and lower midfoot overlays are also made of black nubuck. On the heels and tongues, both Basement logos are visible. A 2002R tag is also pinned below the lateral collar. The shoes have black N-Ergy rubber midsoles and outsoles.
The Basement’s 2002Rs are their first ever New Balance collaboration. However, the brand is not unfamiliar with co-creating footwear. In 2017, they collaborated with Nike to create a Dunk Low multi-material shoe and an Air Max 90 “London” shoe in 2019. As of the writing date, there is no pricing information or official release date. Both styles are expected to drop before 2021.