New Balance 1906R

New Balance 1906R

New Balance is probably the epitome of the dad shoe trend and stands for professional sneakers with a genuine retro look. The label has had a lasting impact on the market and many of its models have made it into the ranks of sneaker icons. With the New Balance 1906R silhouette, the label has gone one step further and added a used look to the vintage style. Like the New Balance 2002R, this model was an instant success when it was released in 2022. We would like to introduce you to the model's special features and hyped colorways in this article.

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Refined for future

The nineties and two-thousands were groundbreaking for the sneaker industry: the running boom of the eighties turned sneakers into a fashion accessory and paved the way for them in the lifestyle sector. Elegant heels and old-fashioned dress shoes were out - denim skirts and baggy pants with sneakers were the must-haves! It wasn't just about ultra-modern silhouettes, but also about retro kicks. No wonder that the 2002R already caused a mega hype. The OG version of the 1906 served the New Balance designers as inspiration for the model. To build on this success, New Balance decided to create another Refined model: the 1906R.

The idea behind the OG model goes back to the youth of footwear designer Yue Wu, who hardly dared to wear his sneakers himself for fear that they would eventually look worn out. With the used look, he wanted to encourage wearers to actually use the shoes. This idea and the subsequent outdoor trend led to further models and brands such as Salomon entered the lifestyle sector.

Hyped variants

Each 1906R contains a lot of New Balance technology, which is of course state-of-the-art. As with the 2002R, the original sole has been replaced with the modern version from the 860v2. The outer N-ergy sole and Abzorb heel cushioning absorb shocks, while the Acteva Lite midsole provides comfort and stable support. The upper material offers comfortable support and ensures a regular fit, true to size.

In addition to the performance, the design of the shoe is also appreciated by sneakerheads - not least because of the dad shoe hype. The success of this silhouette naturally led directly to blatant collabs - starting with the hyped collabo with thisisneverthat. But of course there are already some hyped colorways of their own. We'll show you which styles you should definitely know here.

New Balance 1906R Cordura

This is what many outdoor fans have been waiting for! These sneakers not only come in natural tones, but are also equipped with the robust Cordura fabric. The dirt- and water-repellent material protects your feet and ensures a high level of comfort and durability. The Cordura version of the shoe is available in beige, olive and black. Unlike the New Balance 1906R Green, for example, these versions are plain-coloured - including the sole - and therefore emphasize the outdoor style.

New Balance 1906R thisisneverthat

This collabo is already a real icon! The version comes with a light gray mesh upper with yellowed elements and a yellowed sole for a retro finish. Leather overlays in silver and dark gray accents give the kick the absolute dad shoe look. A 1906R that should definitely not be missing from your wardrobe!

New Balance 1906R Protection Pack

As with the 2002R, the Protection Pack is probably the most popular variant by far. As with its predecessor, there is a white, gray and black version. The fourth sneaker is a Reflection version in beige with a black reinforcement in the heel area. All in all, colorways that suit every style - whether on the street or in the office. The kicks are authentic and come without a major makeover, but with fine details. The suede layers that are so typical of the silhouette also make up the used look here and the fine details provide the vintage finish - dad shoes par excellence!

These colorways were just a foretaste of what we can expect from the New Balance 1906R this year. And yet the success is already crazy - even though the model has only just been launched. Get ready for great collabs and crazy colorways, because there's certainly a lot more to come. We are ready!

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