Fenty just jumped over Yeezy. Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma creeper has been named Shoe of the Year by Footwear News, succeeding last year’s winner, Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost 350 sneaker. (The Adidas Stan Smith sneaker won the year before.) RiRi is also the first woman to receive the award, which counts as a major win with sneaker culture remaining fairly male-dominated.
The singer-turned-designer took to Instagram to celebrate the news ” To God be the Glory!!! What a blessing to be honored with this prestigious award, and to be the first woman receiving “SHOE OF THE YEAR” at #FNAA!! Never could I have imagined the amount of support and love we got from around the world for #THECREEPER !!! Thank you to everyone who represented and made the movement!!! One Love.”
Rihanna’s Fenty creeper, which brought an unexpected punk aesthetic to the sneaker world, proved to be a major success after the first iteration of the shoe sold out in three hours. The design soon permeated the style set (and soon enough, our Instagram feeds) as the likes of Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne were seen sporting a pair. According to FN, the creeper was the sole choice for the annual award.
The star presented her debut Fenty x Puma collection at NYFW in February and followed up with a second range during Paris Fashion Week in September. Rihanna will be accepting her accolade at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York on November 29.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US