Sneaker collaborations often find inspiration in different geographical locations, and this time, New Balance and Australian sneaker giant Hype DC have taken a deep dive into the scenic landscapes of Australia and New Zealand for their latest collaboration. The result is the exclusive New Balance 2002R Native Dynamics, a release that holds special significance as it marks Hype DC’s 25th Anniversary.
This collaboration follows in the footsteps of the New Balance 2002R’s previous rendezvous with Up There’s Backyard Legends and Backyard Legends II, both of which set high expectations for this exclusive drop. The upcoming New Balance 2002R Native Dynamics features a color palette inspired by Australian salt lakes and coastlines. The upper is a blend of tan shades on hairy suede, with a deeper tan on the midfoot. The white mesh allows subtle hues of grey and pink to peek through, while pink accents highlight the nubuck toebox overlays, the “N” logo on the midfoot, and other sections of the sneaker.
To celebrate Hype DC’s 25th anniversary, a specially designed lace dubrae bearing the “25” text is one of the standout features of the sneaker. Additionally, the New Balance 2002R Native Dynamics comes with three lace options for a customized look. The heel is adorned with blue suede and a blue patch, further emphasizing the 25th-anniversary theme. Completing the design is a tan foam midsole and a tri-colored outsole.
The Hype DC Exclusive New Balance 2002R Native Dynamics will be released exclusively through Hype DC online and in-store on October 20, 2023. It will be available in men’s sizing, with a retail price of 270 AUD, which is approximately $171 USD.
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