Kick Off Pride with These Rainbow Sneakers and Shoes
Every June, LGBTQ+ folks gather to celebrate Pride month. Pride is commemorated during June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City that thrust he Gay Liberation Movement into the mainstream consciousness.
Many things have changed in the 50 years since Stonewall. The freedom to be proudly and authentic yourself is a privilege that those who came before us didn't have. From head to toe, you can wear your Pride. One of the ways to do that is through rainbow kicks!
Leave the stilettos to the drag queens. Get you some comfy sneaks to last you from brunch and the parade all the way to the dance floor at the club.
1. Pride Chuck 70
Converse released their sixth Pride collection and this year, they teamed up with five LGBTQ+ community members from across the world to design the collection. Their designs show the duality of struggle and joy that comes from self love and acceptance. The Chuck 70 Pride is designed by Rocio from Santiago, Chile. This style features a free -flowing rainbow embroidery swirl and a rainbow outsole. The inside tongue says "Find Your Pride."
Sales from the Converse Pride collection benefit It Gets Better Project, Ali Forney Center, BAGLY and OUT MetroWest.
2. PUMA Clyde Pride NYC Sneakers
The PUMA Clyde Pride NYC Sneakers bring the brand's signature Cali style east to New York City. Featuring the city's signature subway lettering, these Pride sneakers are sure to be a hit in the Big Apple. The showstopper is definitely the colorful tie-dye translucent rubber sole.
Named after New York Knicks legend and PUMA Hoops Ambassador, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, these kicks benefit The Trevor Project.
3. Vans I Am Proud Sneaker
Take a classic skate shoe and sprinkle in some Pride and you've got these Vans I Am Proud Ward Shoes. The sneaker laces up with Vans signature checkerboard done rainbow. One side of the sneaker carries that rainbow checkerboard over while the other says "I Am Proud." The colors of the Progress pride flag which incorporate black, brown, light blue and pink make this inclusive for more LGBTQ+ folks.
When you shop this sneaker from Kohl's, you support the brand's $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project.
4. Adidas Forum Low Pride Shoes
Go back to 1969 where it all began with these Adidas Forum Low Pride shoes. Colorful embroidery burst details lets the sunshine in while interchangeable velcro straps proclaim "LOVE UNITES" in throwback fonts. This same messaging can be found in a few different areas from the tongue to the side sole showing that being proud of who you are never goes out of style.
5. Reebok Club C Revenge Shoes
The Reebok Club C Revenge Pride Shoes are a classic style with a very 2021 message of inclusion. The classic minimalist white leather contrasts with a prismatic rainbow stripe on the side. You can find a Progress Pride flag on the windowbox but it's really the tongue that says it all.
To stand in solidarity with the TGNCI communities, Reebok is donating to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
6. New Balance
New Balance's Pride collection is full of bright colors and the brand tapped Hong Kong-based visual artist Zoie Lam. According to Sneaker News, Lam describes the message of capsule collection as "warmth and empathy and underline our belief that everybody is welcome, no matter how you identify."
New Balance will be donating $100,000 over two years in support GLSEN's “Changing the Game” program.
7. UGG Trans Pride
This year, UGG went all out on their Pride campaign enlisting LGBTQ+ superstars Lil Nas X and Hari Nef as models. All of the fluff slides are cute but seeing the Pride Fluff Yeah in the trans colors of pink, blue and white was refreshing. Part slipper and part slide, these shoes are comfy to lounge at home and cute enough to wear out.
8. Vans Pride Anaheim Factory Lamp 86 DX
Available in both black and white, the Vans Pride Anaheim Factory Lamp 86 DX have a classic rainbow embroidery on the side. These skate shoes feature a 90s silhouette with an upgraded Ortholite® sockliners providing modern-day comfort for all day wear.
Vans will be making a $200,000 donation to LGBTQ+ causes split between GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride.
No matter how you celebrate your pride this June and all year long - there's a sneaker to fit your style. Whether you want to wear a rainbow on your feet or go full sheepskin trans flag colors, you can wear your identity proudly!
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