Virgil Abloh Nabs Coveted Shoe of the Year Award + More 2017 FNAA Winners

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The 31st annual 2017 FN Achievement Awards, set for next month in New York, will honor the boldest and the brightest stars of the year.
“In the increasingly challenging and complicated times we live in, these trailblazers are thriving,” said Michael Atmore, editorial director of Footwear News. “Many have shaped the industry for decades. Others will help define our future.”
One of the most recognized names in sneakers will be honored with the Manolo Blahnik Lifetime Achievement Award. Tennis icon Stan Smith had a celebrated career on the court, but little did he know that a partnership with Adidas would extend his legacy around the globe and across generations. He returns to the FN stage after winning the very first Shoe of the Year award, in 2014.
Stan Smith wearing his eponymous shoe
This year, designer Virgil Abloh has scored the coveted Shoe of the Year honors, following in the footsteps of the Adidas Stan Smith, Kanye West’s Adidas Yeezy Boost and Rihanna’s Fenty Puma Creeper. Abloh’s Air Jordan 1 sneaker from his “The Ten” collection with Nike truly set off a feeding frenzy in the market. The extremely limited-edition style is coveted

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