Rihanna’s collaborative “Fenty” line with Puma has provided some of the best sneakers and sandals in recent memory. Her “Creepers” were arguably the shoe of the year last year, and her furry Fenty slides were a big hit as well.
However, we’ve gotta say her newest Fenty releases (an R698 and a slide both featuring a large bow) are … well … not really up to snuff.
We understand it’s hard to follow up a release like the Creeper with something better, but these aren’t even close. The bow is a very cool concept, but it’s large and garish and doesn’t work well with the somewhat sleek silhouette of the R698, and it unfortunately doesn’t lend itself too terribly well to the sandal either, even though we will say that they’re marginally better.
Sometimes maximalism doesn’t work. It did on the large sole of the Creeper … but the large bow is just too loud, and doesn’t really work with the overall vibe of the collection in our opinion.
The sophomore slump is a very real thing in footwear, just like it is in music (even though Rihanna wouldn’t know anything about sophomore slumps of any sort), and this kind of a release every so often is to be expected. You can’t hit a home run every time … and we just gotta hope that Puma and Rihanna will bounce back stronger on their next collaborative effort.
What do you think of the Puma x Rihanna Fenty “Bow” sneakers and slides? Do you agree that they’re kind of a brick, or are you a fan? If so, what do you like about them? Hit us up and let us know in the comments or on Twitter, check our Facebook page for daily updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker pictures you can handle.