Vigil Abloh’s OFf-White x Air Jordan 1 wins Shoe of the Year
. . . even if it’s only been released for three days of said year.
The 31st Footwear News Achievement Awards has announced that Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Air Jordan 1 will win this year’s “Shoe of the Year” award, despite the fact it’s technically only been out for just three days.
Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Air Jordan 1 follows the footsteps of Rihanna (2016 Shoe of the Year / FENTY Puma Creeper) and Kanye West (2015 Shoe of the Year / adidas Yeezy Boost 350) – not that htese two are actual designers. Tennis icon Stan Smith — who received the 2014 Shoe of the Year Award — will be honored with this year’s Manolo Blahnik Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Every year, we work hard to select the brands, designers, and influencers who shape the shoe industry,” said Michael Atmore, FN’s editorial director. “Leading the pack is Virgil Abloh, one of the biggest fashion forces of 2017, who grabs the shoe of the year crown. Abloh’s Air Jordan 1 set off a feeding frenzy that saw sneaker aficionados and celebrities alike crave the limited-edition style. He joins an incredible list of talents at what promises to be a star-studded evening.”
Some other notable honors are Hailey Baldwin (Style Influencer of the Year), Alexa Chung (Launch of the Year), Stan Smith (Manolo Blahnik Lifetime Achievement Award), and Ronnie Fieg (Collaborator of the Year).
Awesome work, Virgil, It’s about time an actual designer took out this award.