The 12 Coolest Shoe Collaborations of 2016

The past 12 months saw a bevy of collaborations. With returning partnerships, unlikely combos and more, designers and brands teamed up to create new, memorable styles throughout the year.

While the Vetements x Manolo Blahnik runway wader boots won our 2016 Footwear News Achievement Award for Collaboration of the Year, we’re highlighting more of our favorites here. Standouts ranged included Gosha Rubchinskiy’s Fila shoes — talk about making an old-school sneaker cool again — and Valentina Carrano’s boots that were hand-painted by artist Donald Robertson.

See our top 12 picks below:

1. Manolo Blahnik x Vetements

Vetements x Manolo Blahnik Boots
Vetements x Manolo Blahnik boots.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

2. Gosha Rubchinskiy x Fila

Gosha Rubchinskiy Spring 2017
Gosha Rubchinskiy spring 2017
CREDIT: Giovanni Giannoni

3. George Esquivel x Brock Collection

George Esquivel Brock Shoes
George Esquivel x Brock Collection spring ’17 runway shoes.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image.

4. Creatures of the Wind x Newbark

Creatures of the Wind Spring 2017
Creatures of the Wind x Newbark spring ’17 striped boots.
CREDIT: Carmen Chan/Fairchild.

5. Paul Andrew x Rosie Assoulin

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Rosie Assoulin spring ’17 shoes, in collaboration with Paul Andrew and Swarovski.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image.

6. Manolo Blahnik x Rihanna

Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik Alexis
Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik Alexis

7. Giuseppe Zanotti x Zayn Malik

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Zayn Malik, shot for GQ, wearing his Giuseppe Zanotti x Zayn sneakers.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

8. Ruthie Davis x Minions

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Ruthie Davis <3 Minions stilettos.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Ruthie Davis.

9. Chatelles Paris x Elizabeth von Thurn und Taxis

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Chatelles x Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis collaboration slippers.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image.

10. Vans x Nintendo

Vans Nitendo Sneaker
Vans x Nitendo Sk8-Hi.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

11. Gucci x Disney

Gucci Disney Loafers
Gucci’s spring ’17 men’s loafers.
CREDIT: George Chinsee.

12. Valentina Carrano x Donald Robertson

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Valentina Carrano’s Fleur nappa booties, handpainted by artist Donald Robertson.
CREDIT: Claire Benoist.

For a closer look at the collabos, click through the gallery.

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