It’s been a year of predictable unpredictability. But also a year where the sneaker and streetwear scene didn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Whether was eBay bringing sneaker authentication to Canada or adidas finally making their CONFIRMED app available above the border, it seemed pre-omicron post-pandemic comeback was just getting started.

To see how things really are out there, we asked nine Canadian style influencers to share their thoughts on how the sneaker world bounced back from COVID, the year’s best sneaker drops, and what they’re looking forward to seeing in 2022. Expect talk of collaboration, Gorpcore, and lots of love for New Balance.