It’s no secret that 2022 has been one of the most dynamic sneaker years in recent memory. Although stalwarts like the Nike Dunk continue to take a huge bite from the market, a torrent of rival classics have blown up the sneaker sweepstakes – there’s life beyond the Dunk-opoly!
Curated by Teddy Santis’ deft touch, New Balance is carving their own – rather leviathan – piece of the pie, while ASICS are riding Y2K nostalgia and the GEL-Kayano 14 all the way to the bank. Salomon continue to impress with their influence over the Gorpcore aesthetic, while adi kick goals with their storied terrace-wear DNA.
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ASICS GEL-Kayano 14
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 was perfectly placed to cash in on the rampant Y2K aesthetic tearing through the sneaker industry in 2022. Emboldened by a mountain of shiny, metallic colourways, the teched-out GEL-Kayano 14 was recently tapped by mood-board maestros JJJJound, ICE STUDIOS and Field Trip.
It’s hard not to fall head over heels for the Kayano 14, the late-2000s style one of the more malleable canvases on shelves today.
New Balance 990v3
New Balance’s much mythologised 990 series has enjoyed an extraordinary streak this year, the legendary runners reinvigorated by Teddy Santis’ creative direction and several high-profile collaborations.
No model better illustrates the resurgence of the line than the 990v3, the silo perhaps the most loved of the storied six-part series. Rendered in a burst of colourways curated by Teddy, the 990v3 looks set to continue its momentum for the remainder of 2022.
Of course, you could close your eyes and point at any model in the New Balance catalogue and strike gold in the current epoch. The NB550, 99x series and the stomping NB2002R have all flexed their muscle this year as the Boston imprint reaches sartorial superstardom.
Air Jordan 2
Can you believe the much-maligned Air Jordan 2 has reared its head again? A comeback story for the ages, the AJ2 was initially brought back by Virgil Abloh’s Midas Touch last year and has leapt off the bench to become a starter in 2022.
Heavyweight collaborations with the likes of reggaeton superstar J. Balvin, Union and A Ma Maniére have joined OG colourways like the infallible ‘Chicago’ composition, altogether flipping the narrative on a sneaker unfairly exiled from the Jumpman hangar.
We have liftoff!
More scintillating goals for the adidas Samba! A classic of UK terrace-wear, the Samba is striking the ball beautifully in 2022, and team Trefoil is lining up some innovative ways to showcase the 1949 silhouette. The link-up with Wales Bonner was arguably the most impressive, the London-based label revisiting 1970s and 1980s football gear.
New Balance 2002R
The New Balance 2002R is enjoying a stunning victory lap in 2022. Fuelled by dozens of heritage colourways and creative collaborations, the crowd favourite ‘Protection Pack’ continues to provide some hefty durability for the 2010 model, while mutations like the mule and stash-pouch iteration show New Balance’s willingness to reinvent the ubiquitous model.
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