New Balance and Joe Freshgoods give the Kawhi II a super clean makeover
As the dust seemed to settle around Joe Freshgoods’ successful “Conversations Among Us” collaboration with New Balance, the duo unveiled another chapter. Using Kawhi Leonard’s latest signature sneaker as its canvas, the buttery rendition hits hardwood.
Joe and the Klaw – Freshgoods and Leonard lit up a match about their partnership when the NBA athlete starred in the designer’s campaign visuals — wearing the Kawhi 2, of course. In the short titled “Nod,” Freshgoods and Leonard communicate silently to discuss black male dynamics, nonverbal communication, and nonchalant nodding.
“I wanted to address that, it’s always been funny to me. I hope people understand the video but if they don’t who cares lol it’s for my people anyway,” Joe Freshgoods said. on Twitter.
Let’s talk about it – The Chicago native ensures that the performance basketball shoe gets a heavy dose of style. Similar to the previous 2002R and 550 sneakers, the Kawhi 2 appears in a color scheme of various yellows and creams. Leonard’s signature shoes have yet to see such a low-key treatment, as previous renditions have included an RL Stine’s Goose bumps reasons for collaboration and money.
The tongue features “Joe and Kawhi (c. 2022)” and “A New Day” branding, along with the campaign’s “Conversations Among Us” logo on the insoles. The details are completed with a dark mustard colored rigged outsole, cracked heel and a ‘2’ and ‘II’ on each of the heels.
Because this is a performance shoe, the Kawhi 2 features a Fit Weave Lite upper equipped with New Balance’s Kinetic Stitch technology to increase flexibility and zonal strength. A FuelCell midsole provides high energy return, while a full-length performance plate designed specifically for Leonard provides the wearer with increased stability for jumps and cuts.
Streetwear retailer DTLR saw a pre-release of the sneakers earlier this week, but don’t worry if you missed it. A bigger drop is expected to hit New Balance and select retailers in the coming weeks. Aligning with the other Kawhi IIs, the kicks are priced at $160. With Joe Freshgoods stepping up its collaborative efforts with New Balance — and sneakerheads eager to grab a pair — it’s just the beginning of the designer’s legacy.