As we dust off the confetti from New Year’s Eve and pack away our 2022 calendars, it’s the perfect time to look back on the year that was. From sports, sneakers, and pop culture to fashion and trends, let’s take a look at some of the highlights from 2022.
So what happened in 2022?
2022 was the year Nike launched its latest innovation in vintage-look sneakers, and, of course, who could forget the infamous Oscars slap? We take a look back on what went down in 2022 — from the shocking to the spectacular.
Nike Releases Revolutionary Air Jordan 1 “Lost & Found” Sneakers
Of course, no list of last year’s key moments would be complete without a quick look at some of the best sneaker releases in 2022. While there were plenty of new and cutting-edge styles from brands like adidas, New Balance, and Crocs, we think Nike’s Air Jordan Retro 1 “Lost and Found” sneakers take the cake.
Featuring the original 1985 release’s high-cut form, these beauties were back with a big difference: pre-yellowed accents and cracked leather uppers. This gives the sneakers a well-worn, vintage look straight out of the box.
Serena Williams & Roger Federer Hang Up Their Tennis Rackets
2022 was also the year two tennis greats vowed to put away their rackets for the last time. For Serena Williams, she felt the agonizing pressure to choose between tennis and growing her family, while Roger Federer revealed his late-career injury problems had made him stop believing he could continue in the sport.
The Infamous Oscars Slap Shocks the World
It would come as no surprise if 2022 went down in history as the “year of the slap.” Who can forget the awkward moment at the Oscars when Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock onstage after a teasing remark about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, prompting audiences around the world to ask: “Did that really just happen?”
Sweats Become the Unofficial Uniform of the Year
As many parts of the world slowly emerged from their COVID bubble, it seems we couldn’t shake one lockdown-style habit: matching sweats. From Nike Tech Fleece Joggers to the Sonneti London Hoodie, sweats have become a major staple in any fashion-forward wardrobe. With their relaxed fit, ease of wear, and off-duty vibe, their popularity is no surprise. You can also pair your matching sweatpants and sweatshirt with some adidas Essentials Adilette Comfort Slide Sandals for the ultimate in style and comfort. After all, this look is only set to become more popular over the coming year.
Looking Ahead to 2023
There’s no doubt that 2022 was a huge year for sports, style, and pop culture. Yet, we have a lot to look forward to in 2023 — especially when it comes to sneakers. Check out our 2023 Sneaker Release Calendar to see just how many awesome new styles are dropping in the coming weeks from top brands like Nike, adidas, Crocs, Jordan, and more. Shoes drop at 10 a.m. ET, so set your reminders early to ensure you don’t miss out!
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