Kamala Harris, Lil Nas X, Squid Game + Plus – Footwear News

It may have been the second year of the ongoing pandemic, but 2021 has seen many bright spots. In-person events returned, celebrities locked in their homes hit the red carpet with a bang, and while many were happy to be outside again, we were still glued to our TVs with seemingly endless entertainment.

Here, take a look back at some of the defining pop culture moments of 2021 that rightly put shoes in the spotlight.

Kamala Harris made history in January when she became the first woman, the first black and the first vice president of Asian American origin. For this momentous occasion, she chose to wear Manolo Blahnik’s most iconic style, the BB pump, as she took the oath on the steps of the capital.

“Words cannot express how delighted I am that Vice President Kamala Harris wore Manolos on such a momentous day. It’s an honor and a privilege, ”the creator told FN at the time.

Vice President Kamala Harris with her husband Doug Emhoff and President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, before their swearing in. The vice president often preferred to wear shades of purple to honor Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president, in 1972.


Thanks to Netflix’s most popular series, “Squid Game,” sales of white sneakers have increased this year. The show recorded 1.65 billion viewing hours in the 28 days after its premiere on September 17, according to Netflix.

The South Korean drama centers on 456 desperate contestants as they face off in a mysterious and deadly survival game, involving multiple series of childhood games to win 45.6 billion won. Throughout the show, contestants are dressed in stunning teal tracksuits paired with white slip-ons.

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“Squid Game” is the inspiration for this year’s Halloween costumes.


As a result, searches for retro-inspired tracksuits were on the rise, with an increase of over 97%, according to global fashion shopping platform Lyst. Then, for shoes, searches for white slip-ons increased by 145%. Vans were the most popular style.

Season 2 of “Ted Lasso” made a comeback this summer and with it came Lasso’s incredible sneaker collection. The Apple TV + series follows Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, a former American football coach who is hired to coach a professional football team in England, having never played football.

In Season 2 alone, Lasso could be seen wearing Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG University Blue sneakers, Air Jordan 1 Low Light Smoke Grays, Air Jordan 5s, Nike Daybreak shoes, and Jordan Delta Breathe sneakers.

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Jason Sudeikis and Brendan Hunt in season 2 of “Ted Lasso”.

CREDIT: Colin Hutton

“Ted Lasso” also broke records as the most nominated freshman comedy in Emmy history this year as well, and won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor in Comedy Series, an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; and an Outstanding Supporting Actress. in a comic series.

In March, Lil Nas X received a backlash – in what some called “satanic panic” – for a pair of custom “Satan Shoes” he launched in collaboration with the MSCHF company. In response, Lil Nas X – who has come out publicly as gay – tweeted a parody version of his custom sneaker collaboration that would appease his enemies: a Nike Air Max 97 “Chick-Fil-A”. The photo showed a shoe in white with a nod to the Bible verse John 3:16 and “My pleasure,” which is quoted on the sneaker.

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Lil Nas X with his MSCHF personalized Nike Air Max 97 “Satan Shoes”.


Many believed that the “Satan” shoe was designed in collaboration with Nike. However, the Swoosh confirmed to FN that he was not a part of the launch and, as a result, Nike Inc. sued MSCHF Product Studio Inc., the creator of Lil Nas X’s controversial “Satan Shoes”.

Aptly titled “And just like that …” Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) are together again in HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” revival, which debuted this month. As women navigate the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s, one thing always comes to the fore and that’s the shoes. .

And what do you know? Carrie’s iconic blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi heels made an appearance in the show’s first episode.

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Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in “And Just Like That …”

CREDIT: Craig Blankenhorn / HBO Max

You remember those from the memorable scene from the 2008 movie “Sex and the City”. It was in Carrie’s pre-war apartment where Mr. Big stands in their empty dressing room with the Manolos in hand. , kneels down and proposes. Who would have guessed what happened next …

This was the revealer heard around the world. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Oprah Winfrey in March for a two-hour special discussing their lives in the public eye and what happened after they left the royal family.

Markle, who was expecting her second child with Prince Harry at the time, went for a daring shoe look, sporting Aquazzura’s classic pumps with a towering stiletto heel that appeared to stand almost 5 inches tall. She completed the look in a silky black Armani dress for $ 4,700 with a v-neck silhouette and a floral accent on the right shoulder.

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Meghan Markle (L) sits down for a special with Oprah Winfrey.

CREDIT: Harpo Productions / Joe Pugliese / CBS

Olivia Rodrigo has had an unforgettable year. The singer released her No. 1 single “Drivers License” in January, followed by her debut studio album, “Sour,” which also went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in May. Then, in July, Rodrigo met with President Joe Biden in an effort to encourage younger generations to get vaccinated against COVID-19. During the visit, Biden gave him a shoehorn.

“He gave me M & Ms and he gave me a shoehorn, which was weird,” Rodrigo told Jimmy Kimmel during a talk show appearance. “There was like the presidential emblem on it… I didn’t see it when he gave it to me. It was in a bag. When I pulled it out I was like ‘Wow, so cool’, ”she added.

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Olivia Rodrigo arrives at the White House to promote vaccinations, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Washington DC


Kimmel joked, “Well, if you’ve ever thought Joe Biden was too old to be president, now we know he is. He’s handing out shoe horns.

Serena Williams hit the court in June for the 2021 Roland Garros highlighter green Nike tennis shoes. Up close, the sneakers were customized to feature a mix of custom designs that paid homage to everything from the Roland Garros stadium itself. to his daughter Olympia Ohanian.

On the left foot it was written in English “Never Stop Fighting” with a similar message in French on the right heel: “I will never stop.

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Serena Williams will play the women’s singles first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu on Matchday 2 of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 1.


Stephen Curry made NBA history this month when he passed Hall of Famer Ray Allen for the most successful 3-pointers. The Golden State Warriors guard faced the New York Knicks on Dec. 14 and in just four minutes after the game he broke the record to complete 2,974 3-point baskets.

For the historic moment, the baller wore a bespoke “2974” iteration of his signature Under Armor Curry Flow 9 shoe, which was detailed in a blue upper accented with gold and a “2974” tag at the collar of the collar. ankle as a nod to the all-time record number for 3 points achieved. His mantra “I can do anything …” written on the midsole was also on display.

Golden State Warriors goalie Stephen Curry warms up before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

Golden State Warriors goalie Stephen Curry warms up before the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, December 14.


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