Highlights From Rihanna’s Acceptance Speech for Shoe of the Year

Tonight at the 30th annual Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York, Rihanna was presented with the Shoe of the Year award for the Fenty Puma Creeper.

The shoe has had incredible success since its launch in September 2015, selling out in hours every time new pairs were released. Rihanna, of course, arrived to the FNAAs wearing a black and white pair of Creepers.

Rihanna is the first woman to win the Shoe of the Year award. Kanye West won the honor for the Yeezy Boost 350 in 2015, and Stan Smith won for the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker in 2014.

In her speech, Rihanna said that the award makes her “proud to be a woman and proud to be a young woman from Barbados, especially.”

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Rihanna arrives at the FNAAs wearing Fenty Puma Creepers.
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Rihanna’s Fenty Puma Creepers.
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The singer and designer said she never expected people to love the Creepers as much as she does.

“I didn’t expect people to love it the way I do, and the way they’ve supported it means so much to me,” Rihanna said.

She also gave a shoutout to her fans and inspiration: “All the Creeper fans and all the kids in the street who inspire me by doing things their own way.”


Click through the gallery to see more from the Footwear News Achievement Awards red carpet.

The FNAAs are sponsored by FFANY, Zappos Luxury, FDRA and Two Ten.

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