It’s important to champion new, well-executed design. Far too often, footwear brands get in the habit of relying too heavily on their past without looking forward. Retros are great, but wouldn’t it be even better if there were plenty of great new designs that could go on to become the coveted retros of the future?

Unfortunately, this year’s crop isn’t looking too promising. Supply chain disruptions may be partially to blame for the lackluster field, but truth be told, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of new exciting design going on thus far in 2022. 

Still, let’s look at the positives. We finally got Drake’s NOCTA shoe, Tom Sachs has a new NikeCraft release, and Nike SB team skater Ishod Wair got a much-deserved signature model. MSCHF was up to its usual tricks, Balenciaga fused a running shoe with a tire, and A-Cold-Wall* got a crack at a brand-new Converse model. All in all, it’s a mixed bag, but there’s still plenty of time to make things up over the rest of the year.