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Rihanna Is the First Woman to Receive the Shoe of the Year Award

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. #FENTYxPUMA

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Finally, a vote we can all agree upon. For the first time since its 2014 inception, a woman has won Footwear News’ award for Shoe of the Year. Naturally, that woman is streetwear sultan Rihanna, whose Fenty x Puma creepers are as hard to get one’s hands on as a pair of Yeezy Boost 350s, Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes and other such urban shoe legends. Drop after drop, Rih’s creepers repeatedly sell out in minutes (usually around 35, to be exact).

The creepers’ streamlined, height-boosting, punk-inspired design has made them shoe closet staples among the fashion set. Ultimately, the buzz caught the attention of those over at Footwear News.

“In my wildest dreams, I never would have imagined an honor like ‘shoe of the year,’” Rihanna said in a press release. Here, we’d like to quote The Cut’s Veronique Hyland in saying, “Dream bigger, Rih!”

“It means so much to me to make a mark like this in the shoe and sneaker industry and to have so many people share my love for the creeper,” Puma’s creative director continued.

Apart from the girl power points, the best part of RiRi taking home this award is that she’ll undoubtedly show up to accept it in some incredible, show-stopping ensemble that, much like her creepers, we’ll be clamoring to buy.

The FNAAs will take place on November 29 at New York City’s IAC building. Other honorees include Mark King, president of Adidas Group North America, who will take home the award for Person of the Year, as well as Paul Andrew, design director of women’s footwear at Salvatore Ferragamo and Footwear News‘ Designer of the Year. Iris Apfel, recipient of the organization’s Icon Award, will also be in attendance. Whether the room will be able to accommodate her and Rihanna’s combined sartorial forces remains to be seen.

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