Unfortunately, you still can’t really talk about sneaker releases—how they come and go—without talking about the supply chain issues still interrupting them. The global footwear industry remains unsettled. The sneakers you’re expecting may not show up when they’re supposed to, or they may not show up at all. Through those obstacles, though, there have been plenty of exciting shoes in the first half of the year. These are the sneaker releases that you have to talk about when you talk about 2022, or at least the first six months of it. We reserve the right to completely and totally pivot on these choices come our more definitive rankings at the end of the year, casting some aside and elevating others. But until then, these are the best sneakers of 2022 so far.