Women’s sneaker trends 2022: How to wear them to elevate your outfits

January 26, 2022

Sneakers have long left the realms of gym clubs to become one of the most essential day-to-day footwear in our wardrobes. Additionally, luxury fashion houses and classic sportswear brands have revamped the comfortable shoes to create sneakers that are the must-have complement to both polished and smart-casual looks. This year, designers brought us several women’s sneakers trends, from colourful and fashionable models to retro-inspired and classic designs. But of course, there’s no such thing as a one-fits-all model, and all trends are not for everybody. So, what are the best women’s sneaker trends and how to wear them in 2022 to elevate your outfits? Knowing the answer to these questions will certainly help you buy less and buy better.

Finally, here are the sneaker trends our fashion editors, women of all ages, are wearing in 2022, and why. Our editors choose independently all products featured on Notorious-mag. However, we may get a commission when you buy through our links.

Futuristic sneakers

Blame it on Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, if you will; futuristic sneakers in the best space travel style are among the hottest women’s sneaker trends in 2022. In fact, the Lyst Report predicted that shoes like the Yeezy Foam RunnerNike Flyease, and the Converse Run Star Hike, made in high-performance materials and with space-inspired designs, will be the rage this year.  

Our Tip: Wear these super modern sneakers with polished looks, for example, tailored trousers and a blazer.

Platforms are still here

The shorter editors at Notorious were unanimous in electing the chunky sneakers with platform soles as the best footwear trend for petite women in 2022. They will literally – elevate your look. Comfortable and modern, platform sneakers bring a bit of edge to power suits hence they make fantastic office outfit shoes, especially for women who walk or take public transport to work. The options are endless, from Chloé and Miu Miu to Balenciaga and Stella McCartney, not forgetting the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor revisited by  JW Anderson.

Our Tip: Style your platform sneakers with those garments that you’d love to wear but, as a petite women, can’t. For example, cropped or turned-up jeans and maxi dresses that usually make you look shorter, work very well with platform shoes thanks to the extra height.

Fashionable sneakers; a splash of multi colours

One of our favourite women’s trends in 2022 are the multi-colour sneakers Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Chanel presented on the runway. As pretty and colourful as the rainbow, these sneakers add a splash of colour and nowness to monochrome outfits and basic staples.

Our Tip: Dress down your LBD pairing it with these colourful sneakers. This is a clever styling tip if you are wondering how to wear evening looks in the daytime, making your wardrobe more versatile and wearable by adding sneakers.

Polished sneaker trend

Many fashion houses have reimagined the sporty running shoes for 2022, and this athletic footwear trend is so chic, it can elevate any outfit. Dior, for example, brings the couture spirit of the house to trainers, creating the über polished Dior Vibe Sneaker. Similarly, Chanel’s luxurious gold, orange and tweed sneakers add chicness to your footwear collection.

Our Tip: Wear these polished sneakers with relaxed jeand or fashionable tracksuits to elevate and balance the athleisure look you want to wear to the office.

Classic women’s sneakers

If you are the classic type, 2022 brings you plenty of timeless and understated models to ace the sports-luxe trend. Sneakers from luxury brands like The Row, Isabel Marant and Givenchy, among others, add a laid-back elegance to your paired-down and minimalist style.

Our Tip: Classic sneakers look fantastic with midi skirts and tailored trousers, and they will complement beautifully the polished Bermuda short trend this spring and summer.

Running and basketball sneakers

Dad running shoes and retro basketball sneakers are trends that add a bit of edge to elevated outfits in 2022. Trust us; running shoes can also look chic, if you wear them with tailored outfits. And the big and chunky sneaker trend gives you a modern look.

Our Tip: Wear these chunky sneakers with romantic florals and feminine maxi dresses to tune down the outfits’ girliness.

Retro sneaker trend

If you’d like to travel back in time, the retro sneaker trend is perfect for you in 2022. These nostalgic old-school sneakers are inspired in the ’70s, and they look great with polished outfits. Loewe’s Flow sneakers, for instance, have quickly become a big favourite among vintage fashion lovers.

Our Tip: Wear classic retro sneakers with wide-leg trousers or pleated skirts with an oversized blazer for a cool and elegant office look.

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