It’s easy to see who is the favorite at New Balance. The Boston-based brand is gearing up to release a new iteration of its beloved 2002R sneaker, this time playing on function. If you’re always on the go but hate carrying a bag, or maybe always picking up lucky pennies with no place to put them, New Balance has you covered with a version of the sneaker that comes with extra cargo pockets.

Lots of gray area — Set on a familiar grayscale color scheme not unfamiliar to the brand, the trainers opt for varying shades of gray across the mesh upper with suede overlays. The texture appears on the heel and toe, with a hint of red on the latter through a mini “N” logo. The traditional “N” logo appears in a dusty blue, and the color repeats again on the outsole beneath a faux distressed midsole.

What sets this pair apart from many other gray New Balances is the lacing system. Hiker-style rope laces tie it all together, and a removable ripstop nylon storage pouch allows the wearer to store all the little gems they find on their next hike or trip to run errands. The brand previously toyed with the concept in 2019 on a rare 990 sneaker with help from ULTRAOLIVE, but this time around it might be easier to find.

From their pocket — Other brands have also ventured into the world of sneaker storage. Nike added cargo pockets to a militaristic Air Max 97 in 2021, and Crocs tapped Beams to create one of the most functional clogs ever, complete with pockets, carabiners, and mesh. New Balance even merged sneakers and beer storage with a Miller Lite “shoozie” released last year for Father’s Day.

The vintage aesthetic of this particular pair is on par with New Balance, considering they’ve added ketchup stains and distress to some pairs before. As for its use of the 2002R, the pocket sneaker will be added to the silhouette’s long list of upcoming releases, including ones with Joe Freshgoods, Ganni and that odd mule release.

For a touch of retro nostalgia, the brand houses the pair in the old school black shoebox. Shop the pocket-sized 2002R sneakers when they release April 22 through Up There and other select New Balance retailers for $195.