5 best sneaker trends to look forward to in 2022
For sneakerheads, 2021 was the year of collaborations, Dunk Low and the return of avant-garde designs. The most notable sneaker drops of the past 12 months relied heavily on storytelling, high-end craftsmanship, and even customizable elements. Looking to 2022, shoe enthusiasts can expect a few of the emerging trends of 2021 to continue to grow.
Read on to discover five sneaker trends we’ll be watching out for in the New Year. While you’re here, we’ve rounded up the 15 best women’s sneakers of 2021.
Vintage inspired shoes
2021 has seen more than its fair share of vintage-inspired kicks. From distressed fabrics to yellowed soles, the worn look has inspired a Nike Dunk Low, adidas NMD_R1, and Air Force 1 Mid Sculpt, among other models. The aged aesthetic was most evident on Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE ™ x Air Jordan 2, which features a “crumbled” midsole.
From faux fur Air Force 1s to crushed velor Dunk Lows, sneaker brands look beyond the typical leather construction. Expect to see the needle pushed even further in 2022, with releases following in the footsteps of the Swarovski AF1 jewel and the cork-infused UNION LOS ANGELES x Nike Cortez.
Transparent manufactures have taken over 2021, taking center stage in the CLOT x sacai x Nike LD waffle, Supreme Nike Air Max 96 and Adidas Transparent Superstar. We expect this trend to continue in 2022, showing up on both lifestyle and retro models.
If versions like the Nike Dunk Rebel and Jordan LV8D are any indication, we can expect larger-than-life soles to be one of the biggest sneaker trends of 2022. Blurring the line between style and sport, these high tops are the perfect accompaniment to early fashion.
Shiny leather covered the Air Jordan 1 “Bred Patent”, Hajime Sorayama x BAPE silver metallic SK8 STA and the AJ1 “Bubblegum”. Judging by the popularity of the aforementioned models, luxury iterations of classic sneakers are almost certainly on the decline in 2022.