Following the 2020s hyped collaboration, Salehe Bembury joins forces with New Balance yet again, introduced by a campaign starring Jesse Williams for a second time. The Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R Water release date is on June 25th for $150. Stay tuned for a detailed look!

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Before we take a detailed look at the Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R Water Be The Guide. Let me walk you through some history!

Salehe Bembury x New Balance | History

Salehe Bembury New Balance History
New Balance

New Balance has a bit of history with luxury footwear, often delving into making a few models for “The Bosses”.

In 2002, the New Balance 2002R was one of them. Designed and marketed as a luxury performance sneaker built with premium materials and targeted at those that desired the finer things in life.

That’s likely why the silhouette fits perfectly with the ethos of Salehe Bembury’s own business model.

Built around luxury footwear, Salehe Bemubury is an American brand and designer born in 1986. Bembury built his reputation by designing high-end sneakers while also working with the likes of Versace, GAP, Yeezy, and Cole Haan.

New Balance and Salehe collaborated for the first time in 2020. On a sneaker that many argue is one of the best that dropped during the year.

The latest Salehe Bembury New Balance 2002R Water Be The Guide is once again introduced by ex Greys Anatomy star Jessie Williams.

To estimate its resale, let’s head over to StockX.

Salehe Bembury New Balance 2002R Peace Be The Journey

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Retail Price: $150

Peak Resell: $900

Release Date: 10/23/2020

Colorway: Burnt Orange/Yellow-White

2020s Salehe Bembury New Balance 2002R features a myriad of colors and textures. Drawing inspiration from Southwest America’s Antelope Canyon.

The hues reminiscent of this canyon are reflected onto the suede and mesh uppers. Giving off orange and yellow tints, a tribute to the dry landscape of Antelope Canyon.

Furry blue “N” logos and multi-colored soles complete the design.

The average selling price of these sneakers is over $350 per pair. That’s a gross profit of over $200! The “Water Be the Guide” will likely have a similar resale value.

Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R Water | A Closer Look

New Balance

Retail Price: $150

Estimated Resell: $300

Release Date: June 25th/2021


Salehe Bembury draws inspiration from his various journeys and destinations. Implementing hues of his surrounding onto his projects.

“Peace Be the Journey” 2002R was inspired by the dry and sandy climate of Antelope Canyon. His latest collaboration, however, borrows hues from a place that’s the antithesis of the dry canyon.

Inspired by Bembury’s trip to Havasu Falls, this 2002R features cool color tones. Starting with the blue hairy suede upper, it’s inspired by the movement and energy of the waterfall.

Meanwhile, the mesh paneling with pale backgrounds represents sand meeting the fresh waters of the fall. Green “N” logos on the lateral sides, speckled white midsoles, and multi-colored outsoles complete the design.

New Balance
New Balance
New Balance

How To Buy For Retail

You can buy these kicks at select retailers and on June 25th. The retail price is set at $150 per pair.

Estimated Resale Value

The last sneakers were incredibly popular and sold out instantly. Expect the same for this 2002R.

Using my estimated resale value, expect gross profits of around $150 per pair. That’s “Good” according to our Hype Meter.


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Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R Water

Retail Price: $150

Estimated Resell: $300

Release Date: June 25th/2021

Where to Buy: (Retail)

                       (Resale) StockX


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Mohammad Yousaf

Mohammad Yousaf

As a business student, Mohammad was thoroughly impressed with where the secondary market was heading for sneakers. He quickly realized that what used to be considered as a side hustle, was now the main income stream for many. He has studied the game ever since.


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