Just like music, sneaker trends can be defined in terms of eras. The late 2000s bring back memories of the ridiculous Adidas x Jeremy Scott collabs, the Kanye x Louis Vuitton Dons, and Nike Flywire… so much Flywire. Fast forward to the mid-2010s and now everyone is flocking to Finish Line, Foot Locker, and Champs to snag the latest colorway of the Roshe Run all while saving up enough to buy a pair of Jordans from the Bin 23 collection on Flight Club’s website. If you’ve been in the game a while, you probably read those sentences and chuckled to yourself. If you haven’t, you’re opening a new tab to Google what a Roshe Run is. No matter when you got into sneaker collecting, you will always be able to look back at a certain era and recall a pair of shoes you wish you had. We recently had those same exact thoughts – and that’s why we’re writing this blog post. Here are five pairs of sneakers we would love to see a retro of in 2022.
Air Jordan 4 Retro – Doernbecher
If you were collecting sneakers in 2011 or 2012 and didn’t want the Doernbecher Jordan 4s, you’re lying. The blue accent stitching with the pops of green on top of the matte black upper are iconic to this day. None of those details stack up to the bold Superman logo on the tongue, however. Isaiah Scott, the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patient who designed the shoe, wanted the shoe to represent his ‘Superman’ persona, and I’d say he did an amazing job. I’m sure that if these released today, they’d be just as popular as they were in 2011 when they were debuted. Would you line up for a pair?
Adidas Yeezy Boost 750
Buried beneath a sea of Yeezy 350s and slides lies the Adidas Yeezy Boost 750- the first sneaker to surface following Kanye’s official partnership with Adidas. Ever since Kanye laced these up for the 2015 Grammys, this shoe has become one of the must-have pairs for any Yeezy collector. Although the 750 was the first Yeezy released under the Three Stripes, it has only been launched in a few colorways and hasn’t seen a retail release since 2016. If these were to retro, which colorway would you want to see Adidas bring back?
Nike Hyperdunk (2008)
How many of you had a pair of OG Hyperdunks in your rotation? If you were anything like me, you wore yours on and off the court. Dawning all-over Flywire, this silhouette rocketed itself into new heights of sneaker popularity after Nike released an ad featuring Kobe Bryant famously jumping over a speeding sports car while dawning a pair of Hyperdunks, emphasizing just how lightweight this performance silhouette was. The Nike Hyperdunk achieved international fame after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where the United States Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams rocked the United We Rise colorway of the shoe in the podium after winning gold.
Nike Air Yeezy 2
I’m sure that there are very few sneakerheads who wouldn’t want this shoe to retro. The Nike Air Yeezy 2 was Kanye’s highly anticipated encore to his already-popular Air Yeezy 1. The shoe features a sole unit borrowed from the Nike Air Tech Challenge II, which was designed for Tennis athletes, as well as numerous references to Egyptian culture and history such as a depiction of the god Horus on the tongue and insole. Arguably the most popular colorway of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 is the Red October which released via a shock drop on Nike’s website in early 2014.
Nike Foamposite One “Galaxy”
If you were able to buy a pair of these on release day, you probably still have scars from the chaos the erupted in most lines across the United States. The Galaxy Foamposites are one of the first shoes to achieve pandemonium levels of hype. Sneakerheads literally rioted outside of stores fighting to get their hands on a pair. The pair features a glow-in-the-dark midsole and an Alpha Industries-esque “Remove Before Flight” pull tab that many opted to leave on the shoes, leaving them completely unable to fly…
Artwork by John Jankowski