Update: In June, Paris Fashion Week treated the footwear industry to a handful of exciting reveals. With AURALEE, this included another collaboration with New Balance — revealing work on the previously-unseen WRPD Runner. Now, as the silhouette has popped up several times since, New Balance has officially revealed the sneaker. Arriving first in the brand’s signature “Sea Salt” presentation, it’s packed with FuelCell technology and a “lifestyle meets tech-utility” design. Its sculpted finish emphasizes modernity while familiar elements such as the traditional “N” branding make a return at each side. Release for the WRPD Runner begins on August 16 via New Balance and select global retailers at a price of $140 USD for the “Sea Salt” pair.
Original Story: New Balance is earning plenty of success with its current lineup of lifestyle models such as the 550, 990v3, 610 and more, but this year it’s ready to kick things up a notch and expand its output with new energy. The New Balance Warped Runner is expected to make its debut later this year, and after cat-walking down the runway during AURALEE‘s most recent Paris Fashion Week Men’s SS24 show, it’s resurfaced onto our radar in a neutral-dominant colorway.
The most eye-catching component of this forthcoming model is the bottom. The dual-layered midsole piece is chunky in stature and features sleek design lines that spruce up the kicks with a futuristic aesthetic and feel. Down below, the treading is fashioned with curvy ridges that are reminiscent of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% running model, only it’s pronounced in all-over fashion here. Base layers are styled with a standard lifestyle-centered blend of mesh foundations and shaggy suede overlays. This leaked pair boats a clean and versatile blend of white, beige and black color-blocking that would work well in your wardrobe all year long.
Catch a first glimpse at the pair in the gallery below and note that we’ll keep you posted when an official launch is in order.
For other news, peep a look at the forthcoming Rich Paul x New Balance “Forever Yours” capsule.