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New Balance Unveils the 1906R in Two Modern Constructions

As a nod to the running fashion of the 2000’s, New Balance developed the 1906 tech running shoe in 2009. The sportswear giant is reintroducing the shoe in two iterations, the M1906RA and M1906RB, to extend the silhouette’s shelf life in the new decade.


The 1906R takes the DNA of the original format and injects it with the brand’s most cutting-edge contemporary technology combined with an everyday utilitarian style. Following a construction of white mesh for the base, lined with a combination of silver, gold, and black overlays, the M1906RA adopts the original colorway.

A rubber outsole with a stack of three colors below the heel to match the upper colors is visible underneath the clean white midsole. The M1906RB chooses a build made primarily of nubuck over mesh and artificial panels that were inspired by the original 2002 colorway. Both shoes are finished with N-Lock lacing systems, ABZORB technology, and N-ergy cushioning for maximum comfort.


To commemorate the launch, New Balance commissioned Japanese Fashion Director and Stylist Akio Hasegawa to create a visual representation of both sneakers based on the themes “Past” and “Future.”


“The late 90s and early 2000s was a time when many pursued expectations for the future and longed for the latest technology,” Hasegawa explained on his conceptualization for the shoot. “It was an era of technological shifts juxtaposed with the physical state of its surroundings, like buildings, and the bricks and materials that it was constructed from.”

The New Balance M1906RA and M1906RB are set to hit the brand’s official website on August 12 in Asia and August 19 in China.