This year, expect to see a bit of old and new — Adidas sneakers that have street culture legacy, that also push the boundaries of design. Scroll on down to view our forecast of Adidas 2022 sneaker drops.
First launched in 1984, the Adidas Forum was such a staple on the basketball court that it was Michael Jordan’s footwear of choice when he participated in the USA Olympic basketball trials.
In 2021, we saw the resurgence of the Adidas Forum, marked by the drops of the neo-vintage Bodega Forum High and striking Jeremy Scott Forum Lows. The trend will carry on in 2022, as there are many more Forum releases lined up for this year.
Jeremy Scott is back with three Adidas Forum High Wings 4.0 – one in a green/blue “Gradient” colorway, and another two which are fully white or black with the iconic wings at the ankle collar. Fashion label Eric Emanuel is also set to drop another McDonald’s inspired Forum Hi.
You can also expect the Forum in more collegiate colorways, including the “Collegiate Green” and “NBA Pack” which come in the signature colors of four NBA teams – Lakers, Bulls, Knicks and Celtics.
The coveted Crazy 97 EQT was worn by Kobe Bryant back in 1997, during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In commemoration of its 25th anniversary, Adidas is set to retro it for the first time in its OG colorway. The shoe is covered in Lakers’ signature purple zig-zag overlay and a golden Adidas logo near the heel — possibly a sign that Adidas is planning to release more of Kobe’s signature sneakers to celebrate his time with the Three Stripes.
After six years, the NMD finally got redesigned in 2021. Renamed the NMD S1, the sneaker sports a chunkier midsole with transparent outsole with trefoil lugs for added traction. It came in an all white colorway that highlighted the paneling and foam blocks in the midsole. Rumors also suggest that the NMD S1 will arrive in two more colorways, “Green Glow” and “Core Black”, in March 2022.
If you’ve been in the sneaker game for a while now, Sean Wotherspoon should be familiar name. Having collaborated with leading brands like Nike, Asics and Adidas, he has created a slew of attention grabbing, retro-inspired sneakers. Specifically with Adidas, Sean focuses on creating sustainably-made, vegan sneakers all under the series called “Superearth”.
This year, Sean will be dropping a shoe called the EQT Support 93 Superearth. According to one of his Instagram posts, the heels are embroidered with flowers as seen on other Superearth creations. The shoe sees a black mesh base with bright yellow and purple overlay. We will likely see these in more colorways throughout 2022.
The Bad Bunny and Adidas partnership solidifies in 2022. The Puerto Rican rapper is said to have two more Adidas sneaker collabs on two new silhouettes up his sleeves. Following the success of his Forum Lows, Bad Bunny has started designing his very own sneaker silhouette, fusing elements from the Forum and Powerphase. Leaked images show that the side panels have his birth name, Benito, written on them, which begs the question: could this be the name of the new silhouette?
It’s also rumored that Bad Bunny will be releasing an OG 2000s Response CL. His take on this shoe is a mesh base with a cream sole and white leather overlays, creating the illusion that the shoe is melting. There may be more Bad Bunny x Adidas collaborations in the works, but for now, only time will tell.