Cherry Blossom Hues Hit The New Balance WRPD Runner “Licorice”

A bold look for one of NB's newest additions.

Cherry Blossom Hues Hit The New Balance WRPD Runner “Licorice”

Updated May 3rd, 2024: The New Balance WRPD Runner “Licorice” is available now via NewBalance.com.


New Balance WRPD Runner

RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2024

US 05/01/2024 Wednesday

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The New Balance WRPD Runner first emerged in the middle of 2023 and has continued its steady introduction to begin this year. Combining an oversized, chunky sole with a classic mesh & suede NB upper, the shoe represents the brand embracing a different side of past-decade style. To this point, they’ve chiefly lived gray and black, classic New Balance lane, but recent releases have showcased a new lane for the Warped Runner- a trend that continues with this pair in Licorice and Rosewood.

The pink shades that give this pair its name are pretty all-encompassing, dressing most parts of the sneakers from top to bottom. Employed in a couple adjacent colors, that warmer side of the color wheel hits the mesh, suede backtab and entirely takes over the midsole. Providing an unexpectedly complementary partner is the beige that adorns suede overlays. Finally, the sole divergence from those couple of primary tones is on the twisting, radial design on the outsole, where black does the heavy lifting.

Importantly, this combination of raspberry and tan was first unveiled on a pair of women’s New Balance 327, possibly hinting that the colorway will grace more New Balance models as they roll out their full Spring ’24 slate.

No release date is currently set for the New Balance WRPD Runner “Licorice/Rosewood,” but a drop on NewBalance.com and at retailers in the short-term is likely. Expect the $150 price point the WRPD Runner has commanded in the past.

For more retro-inspired NBs, take a look at the New Balance 550 “Patent Leather” pack.

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