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/ January 2022
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor

Sneaker Trends You Need to Try in 2022

Coming in hot for the season ahead, these fresh takes on active footwear are headed for icon status.

With style becoming increasingly low-key casual and comfort-driven, sneakers are an unstoppable fashion force right now. No longer just functional footwear that gets you from A to B, sneaker styles that were once considered gym-only or reserved for the tracks and trails are now part of your everyday wardrobe, equally at ease with yoga pants as they are with jeans and maxi dresses. 
Those hype events previously the domain of sneakerheads have gone mainstream, too, with limited-edition collections, cool collabs and reissues capturing the imagination of every sneaker fan from newbies to veterans. With this much love for active footwear options, 2022 promises to be the best year yet for finding your perfect pair. Which trends will you be wearing? Take a look at what lies ahead.

Light Up the Brights 

The future looks bright for 2022 and with big colors serving up a major mood all year long. Think neon accents, vibrant splashes and full-blown color cacophonies: These joyfully juicy, ecstatic-energy hues will boost your mood and your workout. Start with the Nano X1 in a popping combination of acid yellow, pixel mint and neon red. This shoe has all the technology you need to beat your PB, plus high-impact color momentum. If it’s a two-tone effect you’re after, the NanoFlex TR in pursuit pink and black makes a stellar option, while the Zig Kinetica II will be the footwear flashpoint you need to hit all your goals.

Haute Hiking

Those clunky dad sneakers may have had their moment, but for the season ahead it’s all about evolving that vibe with hiking shoes made a little bit haute. Utilitarian in design, these kicks make a high-tech spec statement all their own with a smattering of street inspiration. Take, for example, the Zig Kinetic II Edge GORE-TEX. Hitting higher on the ankle than a regular sneaker, this style features a strappy design mixed with colorful accents that elevates it to a whole new mood, whether trekking through the wilderness or venturing out in the urban jungle. If you’re feeling like a more traditional hiking sneaker but still with that future-forward vibe, the Zig Kinetica II Edge combines major trail inspo with the spec of a running shoe.

Luxe Logo

The logo look is still going strong, with statement-making styles that blend runway vibes with street attitude. Try abstract graphics or vectors, like you’ll find on the Classic Leather Legacy, or spell it out to the world with the Victoria Beckham Rapide shoes. The Rapide pairs a classic Reebok logo with the fashion designer’s name on its heel—cool, modern and minimalist. 

Futuristic Kicks

Space exploration is a fashion theme for the year ahead, so it seems only right that it’s reflected in 2022 footwear trends. Look for future-forward detailing with a sporty edge—few demo this better than the Zig 3D Storm Hydro. Streamlined to space-ship perfection, the cutting-edge silhouette features the latest running technology paired with innovative details such as draw-string laces. If that’s a little too future for you, try the Legacy Lifter II. This weightlifting shoe features a striking shape and dynamic Reebok detailing for a look both practical and directional. 

Give It a Platform

A firm fixture on the fashion sneaker scene, platform soles are going nowhere, but this season feels a little neater and more refined than some of the earlier uber-chunked iterations. Keeping it thick but streamlined, the Club C Double Geo has a platform style in just about every color combination imaginable. If you’re after a color statement, you can’t go wrong with the deliciously vibrant iced soles of the MadWoman Club C Double Geo shoes in mouthwatering hydro blue or sunwash.  

Keep It Classic

Classics are classics for good reason: These trend-proof, everyday icons are shoes you’ll wear on repeat no matter the occasion. For retro vibes and playful punches of color, look to the Classic Leather Legacy. If you’re more of a sneaker purist, strip it back to the ultimate Classic Leather sneakers for a total power move. And if you’re really lusting after a style that will last for years to come, the Classic Leather Legacy AZ sneakers are the way to go.

Throwback Feels

The ’80s and ’90s are enjoying a major revival moment right now, and what better sneaker to serve up a hefty dose of legit ’90s vibes than the Pump Omni Zone II basketball shoes. Complete with OG B-ball design, these sneakers are true legends. 
For a different type of legend, check out the Freestyle Hi high-tops. Icons of the Jane Fonda workout era but oh-so-cool today, the instantly recognizable silhouette is all about confidence. And, if you want a true throwback with a cool collab edge, the Maison Margiela Tabi Instapump Fury Oxfords are the stuff of sneaker dreams. Reebok’s trailblazing ’90s hit, the Instapump Fury, meets the iconic fashion house’s signature Tabi to create this game-changing, one-of-a-kind, collector’s edition sneaker. 

Sustainable Sneaks

Sustainability has never been more relevant or vital than right now, making this the moment for a new crop of sustainable sneakers. Whether plant-based versions of your favorite kicks like the Classic Leather Legacy Grow or vegan styles like the Nano X1 (and don’t forget the Floatride Energy), these shoes are proof you can look good working out, while feeling good about your world. 
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/ January 2022
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor