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The 2020 FNAAs will include a show-stopping cast of honorees and presenters. This year’s lineup features big names from the fashion, sport and entertainment industries — such as Grammy award-winning artist John Legend, who will open the show, and rapper Cardi B, who will be presented with her Style Influencer of the Year award by famed heel designer Christian Louboutin.
The first-ever virtual awards are set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. ET, with a special pre-show kicking off at 5:45 p.m.
Some honorees are responsible for creating the hottest footwear styles of the moment (like Crocs and Birkenstocks), while other award recipients and presenters have collaborated with top brands to produce and showcase buzzy silhouettes (like Salehe Bembury and Jaden Smith). So we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to emulate their looks ASAP.
Ahead, shop top footwear styles inspired by this year’s show.
Earning the Shoe of the Year award, the Nike Dunk is a must-have style. Nearly every iteration of the shoe was an instant sellout, including popular collaborations with Travis Scott, The Grateful Dead and Ben & Jerry’s — all of which are now available on the resale market for upwards of $1,000. The Dunk is even a favorite of stars like Scott and Kylie Jenner, so you know it’s got major street cred.
Reebok x Cardi B Sneakers
Style Influencer of the Year Cardi B can now add fashion designer to her resume. The rapper, political activist and sartorial savant launched her first collection with Reebok in November, featuring bold sneakers and apparel for women and kids. Among the selection, you’ll find new takes on two classic Reebok silhouettes, the original Club C and Coated Club C Double, featuring lacquered finishes, thick platforms and pops of cherry red color. And for rounding out your look, the collection also includes T-shirts, hoodies and even a face mask inspired by the star. Prices start at just $45.
Amina Muaddi for Fenty Heels
When we got word that celebrity-favorite shoe designer Aminda Muaddi and multi-hyphenate Rihanna were collaborating, we knew it would be a match made in footwear heaven. This year, Muaddi co-designed two collections for Rihanna’s signature Fenty line, featuring a range of dreamy heel styles like glittering lace-up sandals and towering mesh mules. If you’re looking to dazzle guests while entertaining at home his holiday season, these pairs should be at the top of your wishlist.
Brother Vellies Shoes
Aurora James’ sustainable fashion brand Brother Vellies has earned a cult following since launching in 2013. Worn by stars like Beyonce and Zendaya, the brand’s shoes and handbags are handcrafted by artisans around the world using traditional African techniques. Signature details include raffia-style weaving, wooden accents and elegant springbok furs.
The designer isn’t only known for her standout creations, though. She’s been named FNAA’s Person of the Year for leading national conversations about racial justice and founding the 15 Percent Pledge, which challenges the fashion community to effectively support black businesses.
Salehe Bembury x New Balance Sneakers
Versace’s VP of sneakers and men’s footwear, Salehe Bembury, has created some of the Italian brand’s most popular silhouettes to date. But it’s Bembury independent collaboration with New Balance that really caught our eye this year. The burnt orange sneaker includes yellow, blue and fuscia detailing, with large mesh inserts, contrast suede accents and a speckled white outsole. After dropping in October, the style from our Designer of the Year quickly sold out, but you can buy it now on a few resale sites. Asks for the shoe start at $341 on Stockx.com.
Birkenstock’s comfortable sandals and clogs are back in style. Popular in the 70s, they’ve now gained a hold on runways and Instagram feeds. The supportive shoes have also become a go-to for many people quarantining at home. Even A-listers like actor Jason Momoa, who will be presenting Birkenstock with the Brand of the Year award, are fans of them.
Crocs has also earned the Brand of the Year award, thanks to its controversial clogs experiencing a resurgence. The brand teamed up with countless celebrities in 2020 on statement-making styles, including a glow-in-the-dark clog with Bad Bunny and a skull-printed pair with country music star Luke Combs that both sold out within hours.
And the clogs’ aesthetic appeal keeps growing. Chic A-list brand ambassadors like Priyanka Chopra Jonas can make even the firmest Crocs opposers soften towards the rubber slip-ons. While they can be hard to pull off, take a note from Priyanka’s style book and try matching them to your coat for a cool, streamlined look.
Jaden Smith x New Balance Sneakers
Athletic Brand of the Year New Balance churned out tons of hit collaborations this year. Alongside its work with major fashion players like Salehe Bembury, Staud and Aime Leon Dore, the brand also teamed up with actor and singer Jaden Smith, who is set to make an appearance at the 2020 virtual awards. Inspired by Smith’s favorite New Balance X-Racer and 1700 silhouettes, the collaborative Vision Racer sneaker features a thick plastic sole and mesh and suede accents on the upper.
Alfredo Pīferi Heels
Launch of the Year Recipient Alfredo Pīferi is a name worth having on your radar. The former head of design at Jimmy Choo debuted his own line of vegan, made-in-Italy footwear at Milan Fashion Week in February, and it definitely caught the attention of the fashion world. Featuring everything from sculptural heels to boots with bejeweled anklets, the elegant styles are made with materials like recycled water bottles and upcycled nylon and lurex. While the collection is currently only available in select retail stores — Browns in London, Level in Dubai and five Pedder Group locations in China — Pīferi is set to debut his own ecommerce site next month. Prices for the collection range from $465 to $1,095.
As if we didn’t already love Timberland’s lace-up boots enough, the outdoor brand has committed its products to have a “net positive impact” on nature by 2030. The label has historically been a leader in sustainability within the footwear industry, and continues to make huge strides towards climate action.
Hoka One One Running Shoes
In 2020, Hoka One One sales soared. Owned by Deckers, who will be awarded with Company of the Year, the brand has become beloved by celebrities and everyday consumers for its ultra-comfortable running shoes and performance gear (some of its pairs have even earned the American Podiatric Medical Association‘s seal of approval for promoting good foot health). To make you feel even better about supporting the brand with your wallet, Hoka One One has made a major commitment to diversity and inclusion, and donated $1 million to COVID relief efforts.
Andrea Wazen Shoes
Andrea Wazen’s “It” shoes have been worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner and Hailey Bieber. But the Lebanese designer’s upcoming spring ’21 collection has a particularly special meaning behind it. Featuring a range of ornate heel styles, the line is dedicated to Beirut and its architectural legacy, following the devastating bombings that occurred in the capital city earlier this year. While you wait for the spring ’21 collection to drop, you can shop styles from our Emerging Talent of the Year recipient at Andreawazen.com and select stockists worldwide.
John Legend Sperry Duck Boots
Duck boots haven’t always been considered the most attractive cold weather pairs, but John Legend is making a strong case for them. Posing in a cozy statement sweater and Sperry’s all-black Cold Bay Nylon duck boot on Sperry.com, the brand’s newly minted ambassador makes the silhouette look quite stylish. Of course, the pair is super-practical too, offering a waterproof rubber shell and warm Thinsulate lining to keep feet dry and cozy all winter long.