Titans of the footwear industry mingled alongside shoe-obsessed celebs like Victor Cruz, Fergie, Miranda Kerr, and more at last night’s 26th annual Footwear News Achievement Awards held at MoMa.
Cruz, fashion’s latest NFL crush (his end-zone salsa seals the deal), was on hand to present the award for Athletic Retailer of the Year to Foot Locker CEO Ken Hicks. For a man who loves his sneakers–he bragged on stage that he owns more than 300–he also loves a good heel. “I’m a heels guy,” he shared, “I like a girl who is comfortable in her dress, her heels; I think that’s when a woman is at her best.”
Another star who knows a bit about shoes is Fergie, who said that she’s taking advantage of her time off from touring to get more hands-on with her line, Fergie Footwear. “I’ve been able to sit down and really put my stamp on it even more with the hardware and the details and the materials and the colors and all of that. It’s been wonderful.” And what input does hottie husband Josh Duhamel have? “I just kind of wear them and I’ll see if he comments,” she said, laughing. “If he comments, I notice what he notices and I make a mental note of that.”
But the real star of the night was shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I am not so naive as to not know that there are thousands of people in this industry who work as hard as I do,” said Weitzman of the honor. “Not everybody gets noticed, so it’s pretty humbling to be noticed.” Well, Weitzman has been noticed by everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Beyonce, who recorded a special video congratulating him (“I’ve danced literally 1,000 miles in his amazing shoes,” she shared). So is there anyone Weitzman wishes he could see in his designs?
“The one [celebrity] that I regret never getting into their closet was Marilyn Monroe,” he confided. “I would have loved to make shoes for her. There was never a scene in her life that the shoe didn’t play a dominant role. She knew how to wear ‘em.”
Click through to see all the stars and their stilettos from last night’s awards.