Two-time NBA champion and longtime New Balance partner Kawhi Leonard has once again teamed up with the shoe brand for their new take on the beloved KAWHI 2. The coveted duo will be offering their new shoes in black and white. overlays.
The Kawhi Leonard x New Balance KAWHI 2 Black and White Shoe Edition is set to release on July 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM (US/Eastern). Sneakerheads can enjoy these chic designs through New Balance’s e-commerce stores, alongside other select outlets. Each of these pairs will set you back $160.
New Balance gave Kawhi Leonard’s KAWHI 2 shoe a black and white makeover
Over the past few months, the Clippers superstar has given his second signature sneaker design a stylish makeover. Colorways including Goosebumps and New Money, and a collaborative version with Conversations Amongst Us by Joe Freshgoods were added to the KAWHI 2 catalog in 2022. And now, New Balance and Leonard will launch their new interpretation with the timeless black and white makeup .
The description of the sneakers on the official New Balance webpage says,
“Designed with Kawhi Leonard, two-time NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP, the KAWHI v2 is designed for a positionless style of play and combines the best of New Balance performance technologies. The KAWHI v2 features a FuelCell midsole, providing ultimate energy return and support to stay explosive throughout the game.
The brand added,
“Our new full-length performance plate is designed specifically for Kawhi with cutting, jumping and stability in mind. The upper is engineered with Kinetic Stitch, a data-driven threading application that helps control movement there where you need them most.Kawhi-inspired design details like braid-inspired stitching, a pick-up tongue and eyelets based on the taillights of her favorite classic rides complete the signature feel.
The synthetic black upper construction has white detailing throughout. The tips are black and highlighted in white on the forefoot. Then the tabs are fashioned half and half again with black and white elements and topped with white lace closures.
New Balance Basketball Division Design Director Jonathan Grondin explained the clean design of these pairs as follows:
“The handprint on the shoe is like putting your childhood hand in the void of a professional basketball player’s footprint. If you hold the shoe to your shoe size and try to fill in the footprint of hand, it won’t come close to fitting.People have been buying iconic basketball sneakers for decades to visualize walking in their shoes.The KAWHI II is a reminder that your future is unknown, but your destiny is in your hands.
On the lace dubrae, New Balance branding is added, while the tabs are adorned with KAWHI lettering towards the collars. Additionally, the collars of these shoes are also made with contrasting black on the exterior and white on the interior linings. These white insoles are additionally combined with black printed soles.
The heel areas of these units are done with black and white elements with New Balance lettering underneath. Finally, the eye-catching soles are done with FuelCell foam midsoles that promise a propulsive feel and enhanced energy returns. Full outsole shank helps grip and bounce.
This Black Out rendition of the KAWHI 2 shoe pays homage to the player’s life journey, which is referred to on the webpage as,
“Simple yet stealthy, this timeless colorway pays homage to all the memorable ‘light out’ moments of Kawhi’s career.”
Set your reminders for these upcoming Kawhi Leonard x New Balance KAWHI 2 Black Out sneakers. The new player design can be purchased from July 14, 2022. Pick up these classic colorways for $160 each on the official NB e-commerce site, alongside other select sellers.