New Balance is Launching the WRPD Runner

New Balance always threads the needle perfectly between performance and lifestyle products. Today the Boston-based brand announced the release of its latest silhouette, the New Balance WRPD Runner, with the launch of the “Sea Salt” colorway.

The WRPD Runner pushes the boundaries of what a traditional New Balance lifestyle silhouette embodies with an innovative design that distorts and warps the familiar. Where lifestyle meets tech-utility, the shoe is blended with nontraditional lines that are sculpted and exaggerated to give it a modern look and feel.

“The WRPD Runner is a new concept driven by the unique space where style and performance meet,” says Charlotte Lee, senior footwear designer at New Balance. “The upper has a refined focus on simplicity and quality whilst the sole is a warped expression of our pinnacle running technology, FuelCell. The fluid lines of the foam are blended with the abstract nature of futuristic design, evoking a strong sense of movement.”

New Balance WRPD Runner

A detailed look at the New Balance WRPD Runner.<p>New Balance</p>
A detailed look at the New Balance WRPD Runner.

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The New Balance WRPD Runner “Sea Salt” colorway will be available on and at select global retailers beginning August 16, 2023, with suggested retail pricing at $140.

The shoes feature an upper that nods to the iconic New Balance running design with an oval shape as a futuristic interpretation of retro running models. The midsole features soft sculpted FuelCell technology with a medial stability post and forefoot cushioning, as well as an exaggerated crash pad design in the heel.

Lastly, the warped outsole design undercuts and wraps up the midsole and includes a unique, wavy tread pattern. Fans of the new model can expect additional colorways to launch in the coming months. Stay tuned to Men's Journal Sneakers for daily footwear news.

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