AURALEE x New Balance R_C2 w/ GORTEX

Quick Take:

Japan’s AURALEE is quietly becoming another player in the streetwear game, with a strong offering of minimalist, ultra-premium garments. This time, the Japanese brand collaborates with New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio, to bring the R_C2 to life.

The shoe will drop alongside a clothing assortment that includes a range of woven layers utilizing the “WHOLEGARMENT” weaving style. This technique imbues sturdy yarns with water resistant properties, yielding dry weaves ideal for muggy summer weather. The assortment will include long- and short-sleeved knit tops, shorts, pants and a vest.

Design:

The focus on minimal, functional production provides the basis for design behind the New Balance R_C2. GORE-TEX lining gives the sneaker a waterproof, yet breathable, edge, while reflective accents make it extra visible even in low light. The shoe boasts an earthy, sepia-hued colorway, with the running sneaker’s beige midsole complemented by similar tones on the ripstop nylon upper, encompassing the cage, laces and sockliner. Finally, New Balance’s preferred EVA Encap outsole maximizes all-day comfort.

Analysis:

This collaboration is the epitome of New Balance and AURALEE excellence. Both brands focus on function over flash, which ultimately leads to a better product in the end. Rather than chase fads, the brands focus on their core principles to bring a technically sound and subtly beautiful shoe.

The New Balance R_C2 reminds of the New Balance 997S via Ronnie Fieg’s most recent NB collaboration.

Release Info:

The collaborative capsule and kicks both arrive on New Balance Japan’s site and at select Japanese AURALEE stockists on March 9.

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