Salehe Bembury Teases New Water-Themed New Balance 2002R
Salehe Bembury’s debut collaboration with Boston-based New Balance certainly took the sneakersphere by surprise. But then again, Salehe has been surprising people since his days at Payless, working his way up to Cole Haan, to YEEZY, to Versace. Last October’s “Peace Be the Journey” 2002R was a consistent feature amongst annual top ten lists, and arguably pushing him over the edge to nab the Footwear News Designer of the Year. Though Bembury has now left Versace to establish his own footwear lineage, he still has a handful of projects with both ANTA and New Balance in the works, the next of which was teased by the man himself on social media this week.
Again Bembry finds himself tinkering with the New Balance 2002R, this time adding an ocean theme to the silhouette. Construction-wise, it appears that not much will change between his Antelope Canyon-colored “Peace Be The Journey” collaboration, instead opting for color and tone tweaks to fit his waterborne insporuation. What we can certain from the teaser is that uppers will arrive in a teal green hue, while accents of striking neon green work with aqua and teal throughout. Interestingly, the midsole’s orange fleck remains, where one would think a blue-green hue would reside.
While we don’t have much to go on, we’ve whipped up a ballpark mock-up of the colorway to give you a greater appreciation for the color palette, though you can expect the actual release to differ in ways. A release date has not yet been set, but we’ve been told from a handful of sources that it’s not expected for some time.
As always, keep your eyes glued to our official Twitter account for further updates, and until then, enjoy a quick look at both our mock-up and the teased image here below.
Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R
Release Date: 2021
Where to Buy:
New Balance Check Site