Recently I purchased over 30 types of New Balance shoes, including the New Balance 2002r, so I could compare them on many things, including weight. How much do New Balance 2002r shoes weigh?
New Balance 2002r shoes weigh 13.12 ounces (0.82 pounds) per shoe for a size 12 men’s shoe.
When I weighed over 30 New Balance shoes, I found the average weight to be 0.89 pounds for a size 12 men’s shoe. This means the New Balance 2002r does weigh less than the average weight based on the shoes that I tried.
In this article let’s take a closer look at New Balance 2002r weight and how it compares to other popular New Balance shoes.
New Balance 2002r Weight
My size 12 men’s New Balance 2002r shoes weigh 0.82 pounds per shoe (13.12 ounces):
The New Balance 2002r is a comfortable, casual athletic shoe that is inspired by early 2000’s athletic shoes.
2002r Weight Compared to Other Shoes
After trying over 30 different types of New Balance shoes, below is a weight chart comparing the New Balance 2002r weight to all the other New Balance shoes that I tried:
*Weights below are based off of one size 12 men’s shoe.
To read more about each of these shoes, visit my article that lists the weights of different types of New Balance shoes.
Why is the New Balance 2002r lightweight?
The 2002r is made with a partial leather upper combined with breathable mesh panels which helps keep the weight down. It is designed to mimic a retro running shoe, but is mainly used as a casual shoe.
Because it is designed like a retro athletic shoe, even though it isn’t as lightweight as some of the more-modern types of athletic shoes, it still has a lightweight design.
It is also very breathable. When I hold mine up to the window, you can actually see light passing through the material:
This material, in combination with the foam midsole, allows the shoe to also be flexible. In the video below, I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:
And to give you a better idea how the New Balance 2002r shoe fits and responds on a foot, here I am wearing my shoes:
Shoes Similar to the New Balance 2002r
If you are interested in the New Balance 2002r because you like retro running shoes, New Balance actually has several options you should consider. Here’s what you need to know:
- New Balance 237 – This New Balance shoe is inspired by 1970’s running shoes and has an overall design that is very similar to retro running shoes. The 237 weighs less than the 2002r.
- New Balance 327 – The 327 has a retro running design, but it has a unique outsole that wraps up the back heel of the shoe, which makes it unique compared to other options.
- New Balance 720 – The 720 is very similar to the 237 above, but with a lower profile. It weighs 11.04 ounces per shoe for a size 12 men’s shoe, which brings it in under the New Balance 2002r weight.