2021 is drawing to a close and leaks have started to hint at Nike’s plans for the New Year. Here is our prediction of the Nike 2022 sneaker trends.
Sneaker’s Instagram pages have started leaking kicking leaks that are expected to drop over the coming year. With this information, we can kind of see what Nike has planned for the next 12 months and the silhouettes that the brand plans to create a hype around. Here is our 2022 prediction for Nike sneaker releases.
Air Force 1 Medium fever
This isn’t the first time Nike has hinted at the return of the Air Force 1 Mid. We first explored this idea when the Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Mid surfaced in September 2021. Then we saw the release of the Air Force 1 Mid Jewel to a warm welcome, especially from from Jay-Z fans. Since then, official images of a future Stussy x Nike Air Force 1 Mid have leaked.
Nike’s constant efforts to roll out the Nike Air Force 1 Mids could be a sign of their attempt to create some hype around the figure, which leads us to believe that there could be more Air Force 1 Mid collaborations to come. come in 2022.
Nike Cortez joins the cycle of collaborations
The sneaker that launched Nike, the Cortez, is finally back on the front of the stage. 2022 marks the 50e silhouette’s anniversary and we can expect Nike to do everything in its power to celebrate this milestone. Recent leaks have confirmed this prediction.
Leaks from an insider’s Instagram page @solebyjc revealed a sneaker shop, Union LA’s version of the Cortez. Two weeks later, Sole Collector received inside information that Sacai is working on a collaboration with Cortez.
If you’ve always loved this sleek retro runner, the good news is that you can expect more high-profile versions of this silhouette over the coming year.
Blazers the new Dunk?
The Blazer has seen a resurgence, even in 2021. From their highly anticipated collaboration with Readymade and countless renditions of Sacai and Kaws, the Blazer is no stranger to the SNKRS app.
Looking ahead, new leaks have unveiled variants of Off-White and Acronym and a new colourway for the Sacai x Kaws Blazer Low. If that momentum continues, the Blazer could come out as frequently as the Nike Dunk Low. But only time can tell if Nike can create the same level of hype with notable collaborations and celebrity backers.
Nike Dunks becomes Air Jordan 1
It looks like the Dunk will follow in the footsteps of the Air Jordan 1, which will see Nike milking the popularity of the silhouette by releasing a new colourway and collaboration every two weeks. People are bound to be jaded by the multiple versions if they aren’t already. Images of renderings by Union LA Dunk, Cactus Plant Flea Market, and Polaroid have appeared on social media. At the same time, an SB Dunk “Blueberry” is in the works alongside a St Patrick’s Day inspired colourway. @Py_rates also mocked a “Fossil” Dunk slated for release in 2022. As we move into the new year, we can certainly expect plenty of more colorways and collaborations to be unveiled in the months to come. future.
Change much needed
We’re happy to see that the first leaks point to a potential change in Nike’s roster for 2022. The entry of the Air Force 1 Mid, Blazer and Cortez offers more variety beyond the endless Dunk and Jordan drops that fill the SNKRS application schedule. Depending on the brand’s efforts to push, these sneakers could become just as popular as the Air Jordan 1s and Nike Dunk.