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The day I started wearing sneakers with dresses is the day my life changed forever. The first pair to win over my heart and soles were the massive, dad-inspired Triple S runners by Balenciaga (I’m cringing, I know). Though that particular shoe no longer fits my style, I still reach for a pair of sneakers as my go-to shoe choice with almost every outfit. Shoe trends change faster than I can run a mile (which is at a nice medium pace) so part of my fitness goal is to stay ahead of the biggest 2022 sneaker trends of the moment. With the standout styles I’ve rounded up, you’ll have no problem keeping pace.
If you aren’t sure where to start on your shopping journey, bring it back to basics. The classic white sneaker will never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little color. Adding a paneled accent color to a white shoe is the best way to make a subtle statement in 2022.
On the other hand, if subtle is the last kind of statement you want to make, don’t stop at just an accent color! Rather than go full-on saturated, turn to silhouettes to get creative instead. Between velcro straps, old-school shapes and treaded platforms, there are plenty of options to help you hit the ground running.
Ready for a refresh? Read on for the top picks to start shopping now.
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Full-on brights are cool, but everyone knows white sneakers reign supreme! That said, our beloved plain white kicks are getting a little update with just a hint of colorful accents. Pro Tip: Choosing one color instead of multiple helps the look feel minimal and fresh. I’m partial to Thousand Fell Court Sneakers in Kelly Green this season—not only are they sustainably made, but they’ll be a great addition to my wardrobe year-round.
Trends are cyclical, so it should come as no surprise that what’s old is new again. Retro-inspired styles that once felt cheesy are now chic—and no brand has reaped the benefit of this comeback more than Nike. Classics like the Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage are back in both traditional and more fashion-forward colorways, so you can take your pick.
I never thought I’d see the day, but velcro sneakers are in. Say goodbye to too-long laces once and for all! That said, these don’t exactly look like the light-up kicks you wore back in grade school—the new versions are just as cool and functional as any other sneakers. My go-tos this season will be the Forum 84 Low Sneaker by Adidas, which incorporate a large velcro strap and some classic lace-up action. Talk about the best of both worlds!
She’s a runner, she’s a track star—and she dresses like one, too. Classic athletic sneakers are back, so opt for silhouettes that feel less lifestyle, more just-came-from-cross-country-practice. Asics is a sold brand for exactly this niche aesthetic, and these Asics running sneakers certainly fit the bill.
The future is all about green sneakers. And no, I’m not talking about the color! Eco-friendly footwear will win out over trendier pieces in 2022 as our sartorial decisions continue to reflect a more sustainable mindset. CARIUMA makes some of my favorite options, whether you’re seeking high-tops, low-tops or slip-on styles. And speaking of color—the new Pantone Off-White/Very Peri Canvas kicks are a must for rocking the year’s most popular shade.
Platforms are back for all different kinds of shoes—high heels, boots and yes, sneakers. This year, though, they aren’t so sleek and smooth. These Chuck Taylor All Star Run Star Platform Sneakers have a treaded platform sole that gives them a slightly sporty look and makes them easy to walk in, so you won’t have to wobble on a too-high platform all day.