With the year almost over, we’ve spent the last week or so reviewing all that 2015 had to offer. It was mid-December 2014 when we launched FootwearNews.com — so in addition to reliving the highs and lows of the shoe world over the past 12 months, we are also celebrating our one-year anniversary.
And what a year it has been! We’ve had robust international Fashion Week and red carpet coverage, emerging designers to introduce, industry veterans to celebrate and, of course, celebrity exclusives to break.
From Zendaya launching her first shoe line to Kendall and Kylie Jenner revealing their new brand and Pusha T launching his King Push EQT sneaker with Adidas, Footwear News was there, front and center, to report on every detail we knew our readers wanted to know.
Just like asking us to choose between our favorite shoes, picking our favorite stories would be a near-impossible task. So we took the easy way out and let the numbers do the talking.
Below are the 7 most-viewed stories on FootwearNews.com during 2015.
Dare you attempt to forget Redfoo in metallic chaps and slip-on sneakers or suppress the memory of Helena Bonham Carter’s color miss-matched shoes. Throw in Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress and platform wedges and Björk’s swan dress and t-bar sandals and there you have it — the celebrity fashion story that drove the most traffic in 2015.
2015 was the Year of Yeezy. Numerous phenomenally successful shoe releases with Adidas, a coveted Shoe of the Year win at FN’s annual Achievement Awards and unveiling of Season 2 apparel, made 2015 a year that Kanye West dominated. With such high demand for all the Adidas Yeezy Boost kicks came a seemingly nonstop slew of celebrities taking to the streets (and social) to show off their pairs.
The teen actress and singer jetted into New York City to unveil her debut collection of spring ’16 styles, called Daya after her family nickname. From cutout details to fringe touches on a variety of slides, wedges, block heels and pointed-toe flats, the looks also embraced bold colors, from fuschia to cobalt. FN sat down with the star to find out all about her inspirations, go-to designers and what she was up to next.
One of our most popular franchises, FN’s celebrity statement-shoe galleries are updated daily, ensuring that there isn’t a standout shoe moment that we miss. As it turns out, what the stars were donning on their feet for summer was what grabbed readers’ attention the most.
There’s just something about a wedding. Throw in the celebrity factor and a good measure of well-shod feet and you have yourself one highly popular story. From iconic royal nuptials to modern vows, we focused on one thing — the shoes.
Perhaps it was the comprehensive gallery that resulted in this story’s popularity. Of all the seasons, only fall ’15 made the top 7. The season brought some major shoe moments — from Dior’s thigh-high latex boots to Giambattista Valli’s racy over-the-knee laceup boots.
There’s certainly no shortage of red carpet events. The Grammys, Oscars, VMAs, CFDAs — you name it, we cover it. But of all the year’s star-studded gatherings, it was the Met Gala that drew the most attention from our readers. However, beating the 2015 Met Gala red carpet coverage was our roundup of memorable moments from years past.