The New Balance 1906A “Refined Future” Prolongs The Unfinished, Late Stage Aesthetic

New Balance continues its chokehold on the tech runner game.

The New Balance 1906A “Refined Future” Prolongs The Unfinished, Late Stage Aesthetic

The New Balance 2002R “Protection Pack” aka “Refined Future” series marked a significant moment in New Balance’s uprise in the 2020s. It immediately caught the eyes of retro-running enthusiasts due to an aesthetic that can only be described as “unfinished”. The extended edges on the upper made the shoes appear as if it there were a few stages left in manufacturing, a look championed by Virgil Abloh back in 2016 with the Off-White x Nike “The 10”.

New Balance aims to continue the late-stage appeaerance with the New Balance 1906A, the latest variation of the popular 1906 tech runner series. Similar un-cut overlays appear on the upper as they extend downwards over the midsole; the same build strategy appears at the lowermost eyelets, covering the base of the tongue. The thick ribbons that make up the slanted-N logo also need trimming as the flat cords spill downwards to the ground.

The “thrown together” look persists via the label that has gone askew on a diagonal and un-fixed to the mesh. Finally, a touch of aged yellowing adds the finishing touch to achieve that lost-in-the-vault presence.

Currently, the New Balance 1906A is beginning to appear at retailers overseas, but should release on newbalance.com stateside on July 24th for $170.


New Balance 1906A

SKU: M1906AD
RELEASE DATE: Jul 24, 2024

US 07/24/2024 Wednesday

Retailer Release type Status
New Balance US Standard Coming Soon

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