These Are 2022’s Biggest Trainer Trends

Are chunky trainers still on trend?

Chunky trainers are possibly the most practical shoe trend to emerge in the past few years, allowing fashion lovers the chance to enjoy feeling comfortable in their footwear for once.

Some of the biggest styles of the past five years include Ye and Adidas’ Yeezy Boosts, Fila’s Disruptor, Veja’s sustainable sneakers and Balenciaga’s Triple S trainers.

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Of course at Wear Next, we encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident. Fashion should be about embracing what you love and dressing for yourself!

Woman wears Chanel trainers

As someone who spends nearly every waking hour looking at trends however, I do understand you might want to learn more about what’s trending for 2022 and how you can get involved.

Here, I’m dissecting the trainer trends for 2022 – and we’re in luck, because chunky soles are going no where.

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Are chunky trainers still in style in 2022?

You’ll be glad to know that the chunky soles we’ve grown to adore are going no where this year.

Chunky soles are in fact one of the biggest trends of the year in a variety of footwear styles, including boots and loafers, so it’s not just trainers that will keep your feet comfortable this season.

However Fila’s Disruptor and Ye’s Yeezy sneakers are drifting out of the trending lists for 2022, so it looks like it’s time for some new styles to take over.

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Are white sneakers in?

White sneakers never date, so you can trust that they’ll make for a sound investment now and for a long time to come.

Opt for a simple plimsole with a white sole to keep the look clean.

What shoes are in style in 2022?

Retro sneakers

You might have noticed brands like Nike, New Balance and adidas dropping retro-inspired trainers recently, and it’s no coincidence.

Like all old trends do eventually, these are coming back.

Nike Air Force 1 Shadow Women's

Air Force 1 Shadow Women’s, £110, Nike at JD Sports – buy now

New Balance
x Aimé Leon Dore 550 sneakers

550 sneakers, £431, New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore at Farfetch – buy now

Reebok Classic Club C Vintage trainers in chalk with green asos

Classic Club C Vintage trainers in chalk with green, £75, Reebok at ASOS – buy now

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Sustainable styles

Sustainability isn’t (and shouldn’t be) a trend, but eco-friendly trainers are on the rise.

Brands like Veja, Saye and Stella McCartney have some of the best options that are ultra chic but don’t break the bank.

Veja Campo

Campo trainers, £120, Veja at Arket – buy now

Loop lace-up sneakers, £360, Stella McCartney

Loop lace-up sneakers, £360, Stella McCartney at Farfetch – buy now

SAYE Modelo 89 Green Vegan Trainers

Modelo 89 Green Vegan Trainers, £129, SAYE at Atterley – buy now

Modern and futuristic kicks

We’ve all seen Yeezy’s Foam Runner sneakers. They might be a little too “out there” for some people, but there’s no denying that they’re innovative and unique, which is where sneakers are heading.

Bolzter W sneakers, £410, Acne Studios at Farfetch

Bolzter W sneakers, £410, Acne Studios at Farfetch – buy now

Reclypse low-top sneakers, £494, Stella McCartney

Reclypse low-top sneakers, £494, Stella McCartney – buy now

Odsy-1000 low-top sneakers Off-White

Odsy-1000 low-top sneakers, £560, Off-White – buy now


Chunky soles have been one of footwear’s most defining features so far this year, and this trend is set to last throughout 2022. Pick up a pair below.

Originals low-top platform trainers

Originals low-top platform trainers, £191, adidas – buy now

New Standard Edition
Noise platform leather trainers

Noise platform leather trainers, £455, New Standard Edition – buy now

Japan S platform trainers

Japan S platform trainers, £75, ASICS – buy now

platform lace up trainers

Platform lace up trainers, £195, ASH – buy now