Despite the fact that sneakers are a bona fide fashion item, when it comes to future trainer trends, the runway isn’t always a good indicator of what’s coming up, as this item tends to get more of a back seat from most of the big designers. For that reason, I decided to speak to an insider about the biggest sneaker trends we can expect to see for 2022. Titi Finlay, the social media manager for Laced, a leading resale site for sneakers, spoke to me about what we can expect to wear on our feet next year.
Finlay told me about five of the biggest trends for the new year, but she also had a few other points that we should all consider in 2022 when shopping for the hottest trainers. Finlay says, “2021 was the year of the Dunk and the Jordan 1, and these silhouettes have now reached the mainstream. Although they are timeless, iconic designs, they have become a bit saturated. Once brands start slapping pastel colourways on a shoe, you know it’s on its way out. People are looking for something a bit different now.”
The first point then is to avoid the pastel trainers if you want to look fashion-forward. I also wanted to know if the chunky sneaker is finally, officially dead. While Finlay says it depends on which pair, she did point out that items such as the Fila Disruptor or Balenciaga Triple S are on the out. However, “brands like Yeezy, Reebok and Pyer Moss are making waves with the chunky sneaker, bringing it into a much more futuristic aesthetic and away from the retro ‘dad’ style,” Finlay says.
Finally, before we dive into the five trends below, I wanted to know: If we were to pick one shoe for the upcoming year, which one should it be? “Honestly, it’s a bit of a Wild West right now, as everyone likes different stuff,” says Finlay. “The one sneaker that never goes out of style is the classic white Air Force 1. It goes with every style and every outfit. Everyone needs a pair in their wardrobe.” For more vital sneaker trends info, keep scrolling.