Mark: Bryant Giles x New Balance
Model: M2002R M1
Main characteristics: 2002R, but make it a mule
Release date: July 14, July 21
Editor’s notes: “With or without bone” is an all-too-familiar question for us chicken lovers (sorry to our vegan readers). In the case of Bryant Giles, the Los Angeles-based artist offers fans a similar choice with his new New Balance 2002R collaboration: heel or no heel?
Like the rest of the fashion industry, Bryant Giles is also enjoying the endless mule, joining in the heelless fun with his New Balance 2002R M1 code, NB for the 2002R in mule form.
With no heels and no laces in sight, the Bryant Giles x New Balance 2002R mule features printed artwork courtesy of Giles, from its creamy canvas exterior to its plush insoles.
Other details like the removable Velcro “N” on the upper and “What Now?” on the heel embody the essence of Giles’ touch, drawing inspiration from the artist’s artistic approach and referencing his works, such as And now film.
Giles’ New Balance 2002R mule manifests as the artist’s idea of the perfect studio shoe, hence its nickname “the artist’s shoe.”
With New Balance shoes being his footwear of choice for long days at college, Giles has grown to truly appreciate the functionality and stylish sensibility of the Boston-based brand’s shoes. And now he wants other artists to experience the same comfort and style in their creative sessions.
With its 2002R, Giles preserves the model’s signature design cues, like its ABZORB cushioning technologies. The shoe’s focus on effortless practicality further expresses its relevance to artists like him, who tug on their feet all day in their workspaces.
Indeed, it is a good year to be part of the mule stable. From hybrid iterations provided by Martine Rose and Balenciaga to seamless offerings from names like Birkenstock and Marni, beloved mule boyz shoes are indeed all the rage.
So, artists, what about the Bryant Giles x New Balance 2002R shoes: with or without a heel? Or maybe you’ll take the road to Mia Agraviadorknown for the famous Old El Paso commercial quote, “why not both?”