Style: Converse Introduces 2019 Pride Line
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Pride is still a couple of months away, but sneaker brand Converse is already coming out with a collection celebrating it. The new collection is really delivering on the inclusivity as it even has trans-themed shoes included.
The inclusion of trans-themed sneakers sets this apart from other Pride collections, which often only go with rainbows to acknowledge the LGBTQ community. Perhaps the only other brand to go beyond rainbow-themed branding was Spanish shoe company Pride Shoes, which put out a limited edition sneaker for bears — big, burly, and hirsute men — and the men who love them.
Converse’s Pride-themed shoes are selling for $60 to $80, including free shipping.
Other brands that have come out with Pride-themed merchandise include adidas and Disney. For their 2018 Pride Collection, adidas had four sneakers with the rainbow colors discreetly incorporated into the design.
Disney also launched a full line of Pride merchandise last year, after slowly introducing Pride Mickey hats in their parks.
The Disney merchandise includes a Rainbow Mickey Collection Pin Set, caps, water bottles, and even a fitted tank tops. Even better, 10 percent of their profits go to GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), which advocates on behalf of LGBTQ students in schools.
Burberry also incorporated the rainbow into its design during the last show of its chief creative office and president Christopher Bailey. Rather than using Burberry’s iconic brown and black checked pattern, Bailey swapped it for rainbow hues. Additionally, Bailey also dedicated the line to LGBTQ people all over the world.
That Burberry line was released in partnership with three LGBTQ charities: the Albert Kennedy Project, the Trevor Project, and ILGA (The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association).
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