New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio has partnered with Japanese label AURALEE for a striking take on the modern contemporary R_C2.
Blending luxury design language with utilitarian aesthetics, the partnership has — in short order — refined what it is that workwear and sneaker sophistication evokes.
Masterfully joining ripstop nylon, varying leather overlays, and waterproof GORE-TEX, reflective detailing gives visibility to this workwear-inspired look that is actually anything but. There’s a conscious straddling of the line, juxtaposing airy outdoor qualities with premium sentimentality. Shades of beige provide a concise nuance to the silhouette’s earthy glow which is matched by leather tongue branding and tonal midsole construction.
Quality craftsmanship leaps from this design that’s scheduled to release on March 9 at New Balance’s 19:06 concept shop. Take a closer look at the AURALEE x New Balance R_C2 and stay tuned for more details.