Without a shadow of a doubt, 2022 was one of the hottest years for the sneaker industry. From coveted collaborations to remarkable remasters, as the year comes to a close, we're taking a minute to round up The Edit LDN's most hyped sneakers of 2022. Let us know how many of these you managed to secure, and if you're still looking for your size, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the bold "Buy Now" text and grab it now while you still have the chance!
Air Jordan 1 High OG "Lost & Found"
You can't talk about the hottest sneakers of the year without mentioning the legendary Air Jordan 1 High OG "Lost & Found." Inspired by the first Air Jordan 1 ever made - the "Chicago" - this remastered edition features the exact same shape but boasts a plethora of pre-distressed details throughout for that unmistakably vintage vibe. From the "worn" collar to the "aged" Air midsole underfoot, this looks almost identical to the 1985 pair. On top of that, it comes packed in a shoebox that looks like it's been swiped straight from the archives, complete with original-style paperwork. If you want to own a piece of Jumpman history then this is a shoe that you certainly do not want to miss. Buy now
Concepts x Nike SB Dunk Low "Orange Lobster"
After months and months of nothing but rumours, rumours, and even more rumours, the Concepts x Nike SB Dunk Low "Orange Lobster" finally released this year, and it definitely didn't disappoint. The latest colourway in the coveted Lobster Dunk series, it boasts a premium leather and suede construction with a unique texture that nods to the sea creature. All of this sits on top of a blacked out midsole and is complemented by a rubber band around the toebox, which nods to the elasticated straps you might find on a lobster's claws at your local seafood market. Buy now
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low OG "Reverse Mocha"
Regarded by many sneakerheads to be La Flame's hottest Swoosh sneaker yet, the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low OG "Reverse Mocha" takes the "Dark Mocha" from 2019 and completely inverts it. From the colourway itself to the materials used across the upper, everything has been completely flipped, hence the "Reverse Mocha" nickname. Of course, you can't talk about this shoe without mentioning the backwards Swoosh that shoots through the lateral panel. One of the Houston-born rapper's signature details, this is a grail if we've ever seen one. Buy now
A Ma Maniere x Air Jordan 4 "Violet Ore"
After taking on Michael Jordan's first three signature shoes, James Whitner and his talented Atlanta-based team set off for the Air Jordan 4 with the A Ma Maniere x Air Jordan 4 "Violet Ore," and we're not exaggerating when we say that this might just be one of the best AJ 4 collaborations in history. As premium as it gets, it's outfitted in deep purple leather and comes with plenty of cool details throughout. From the button detailing to the inspirational messages around the heel badges, you won't find a shoe quite like this one. Buy now
JJJJound x New Balance 990v3 "Khaki"
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Justin Saunders is one of the busiest people in the sneaker industry right now. This year, the Montreal-based fashion icon worked with some of the industry's biggest players, but out of all of his collaborations the JJJJound x New Balance 990v3 "Khaki" is definitely the best of the bunch. Taking on the legendary 990, which just so happens to be celebrating its 40th birthday this year, it's dressed in a lush green suede and fitted with premium leather detailing throughout. Buy now
sacai x Nike Cortez 4.0 "OG"
To celebrate the Cortez's 50th birthday, Nike entrusted Chitose Abe to rework the classic with the sacai x Nike Cortez 4.0 "OG," and she certainly didn't disappoint. Fully re-designing the '70s silhouette from the ground up, the Japanese fashion designer added her signature deconstructed spin to it. Not only did she add twice as many tongues, lacing systems, and Swooshes, she also equipped the midsole with a Air unit for unrivalled comfort with every step. To keep in line with the model's retro roots, Abe painted it in the same colour scheme as the legendary pair from 1994's Forrest Gump. Buy now
Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low "Brooklyn"
As if Off-White sneakers weren't already exclusive enough, the Milanese fashion house goes ahead and releases the Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low "Brooklyn." Celebrating the late and great Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, it's painted in a bold "Light Green Spark" colourway that's sure to turn heads wherever you go. Abloh's signature deconstructed elements also make a comeback here, complete with his iconic zip tie that wraps around the lacing system. Buy now
Air Jordan 4 "Military Black"
If you didn't manage to secure the "Military Blue" back in 1988, don't worry, as Jordan Brand has your back with the Air Jordan 4 "Military Black." Featuring the exact same design and material construction as the OG, all they've done is switched out the blue hues for slick black tones. While this might seem rather simple, we can argue that it's even more wearable than the original. This opinion might seem a little controversial, but sometimes the truth hurts. Buy now
Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Low "White"
One of the last projects that Virgil Abloh worked on with LV before his untimely passing in 2021, the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Low "White" totally changed the sneaker game for good. Part of a vast collection, it was the ultimate tribute to Bruce Kilgore's Air Force 1 which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. As clean as it gets, it's dipped in a "Triple White" scheme and crafted from some of the most luxurious leather that we've ever seen. It's also finely debossed with the Parisian fashion house's iconic monogram throughout, and infused with Abloh's deconstructed detailing for an Off-White-like vibe. All of this comes packed within a special edition shoebox that's definitely one for all of the collectors out there. Buy now
Tom Sachs x NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe "Light Cream"
And last but not least, we have the Tom Sachs x NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe "Light Cream." Certainly one of the most unexpected sneakers to be added on this list, it's here more for what is represents. Hoping to redefine the definition of sneakers, the New York City-based contemporary artist wants to remind you that, at the end of the day, what you have on your feet should be a tool rather than a piece of fashion, so wear them until they're completely done. Spotted here with a knit and suede construction, you'll also find bold blue pull tabs across the tongue and heel for a rugged look and feel. Buy now
And that's that! While hundreds of must-have sneakers dropped in 2022, these are ten of The Edit LDN's favourites. If there are any that you think should be added on this list, hit us up over on Instagram and don't forget to give us a follow while you're there!