Rihanna Shines Bright in Rhinestone-Encrusted Stilettos & Ballet Flats To Celebrate Son RZA’s Birthday in NYC

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Rihanna pulled all the stops to celebrate her eldest son RZA’s second birthday and enjoy a date night with A$AP Rocky this weekend in New York City. On Saturday, she showcased her trademark casual glam in Alaïa’s white studded Strass ballet flats. On Sunday, she went for maximum drama and glamor in Amina Muaddi’s Iman sandals, featuring a rhinestone-encrusted ankle strap and 4-inch stiletto heel.

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A close-up of Rihanna’s white Alaïa “Strass” ballet flats on May 11 in New York City.

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The “Diamond” singer has been a fan of trendy designer flats lately, donning Gucci‘s mesh GG Slingback ballet flats to dine at her favorite Los Angeles restaurant in April and Alaīa’s black leather Mary Jane-style ballet flats at the Mumbai Airport in March.

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Rihanna is seen on May 11 in New York City.

Her Alaïa ballet flats stand as the quintessential “It” girl footwear of the moment. This latest version is crafted from white lambskin, embellished with crystal studs throughout, including on the buckle strap. The Italian-made shoes take inspiration from traditional Japanese design, characterized by a round toe and a sleek rubber sole. The retail price is set at $1,290.

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna went all out to celebrate their firstborn’s second birthday. On Saturday, they invited their friends and family to Manhattan’s Color Factory, where guests enjoyed the signature baby blue ball pit and colorful confetti galore. RZA’s younger brother Riot was also in attendance, seen being held by his famous mother outside the venue.

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A close-up of Rihanna’s Amina Muaddi Iman sandals on May 12 in New York City.

Rihanna’s Amina Muaddi heels, distinguished by their on-trend designs, are conceived in Paris and meticulously crafted in Italy. Constructed from black goat suede, the heels boast a round toe and a slender strap across the toes. The ankle strap, generously adorned with crystals, functions as a decorative anklet. She was photographed wearing these for her date night with A$AP Rocky on Sunday, May 12.

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Rihanna on Mother’s Day on May 12 in New York City.

Despite their absence from the 2024 Met Gala due to illness, the couple made a public appearance on Sunday. They were seen using a vintage yellow taxi for transportation to a Mother’s Day dinner, where Rihanna signed a fan’s “ANTI” record.

Rihanna’s Shoe Style

Rihanna’s footwear choices reflect her versatile and bold fashion sense, featuring a wide range of styles from sky-high heels to chunky Puma sneakers. On the red carpet, she frequently chooses strappy sandals, platforms and pointed-toe pumps by designers such as Muaddi, Prada and Tom Ford. For her off-duty looks, Rihanna opts for equally expressive sandals and boots by brands like Celine, Givenchy and Saint Laurent.

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