Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 10

9 Footwear Options Perfect for Pride

Footwear brands are set for a month-long celebration of the LGTBQ+ community with shoes that celebrate Pride (just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York) and give back to the community. Scroll through for some of the best and brightest releases.

1) Adidas Ozweego Pride $110

The Three Stripes is going for the rainbow with a full collection of sportstyle looks for men and women. The six-style Pride pack is available at Adidas stores and at adidas.com as well as select retailers now. In addition, the brand will release a three-pack inspired by artist Keith Haring on the Rivalry Hi, Nizza Hi and Stan Smith styles on June 29. The brand is making a donation to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for youth in the LGTBQ+ community.

2) Brooks Pacesetter Knit In Crew Socks $16

These quick-drying, performance socks have arch compression and strategic cushioning in the heel and toe for comfort during long runs (or for a full month of celebration.) And they’re part of the Run Proud capsule collection released to mark the partnership between the Seattle-based running brand and LGTBQ+ running and walking club Front Runners International. Available now at brooksrunning.com and select retailers.

3) Converse Chuck Taylor Pride and Chuck 70 Pride, $60-$100

Longstanding supporters of the It Gets Better Project and OUT MetroWest in its hometown of Boston, Converse is offering Pride kicks for kids and adults. Inspired by both the rainbow Pride flag and the trans flag and available in custom options, styles are available at Converse.com and select retailers.

4) Nike AirMax 90

Nike’s 2019 BeTrue collection of Pride styles were created in conjunction with the estate of Gilbert Baker, the designer and activist who created the first Pride flag in 1978. Details include an embroidered version of Baker’s original 8-stripe design for the flag on the AirMax 90, a mesh upper on the Tailwind that pays homage to crop tops, and a glitter upper on the Vaporfly Next% in homage to Baker’s love of the sparkly stuff. The collection launched June 1 at select retailers; styles will launch June 8 on nike.com, the SNKRS app and at Nike retail locations. Organizations that Nike is benefitting this year include Campus Pride, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the National Gay Basketball Association and You Can Play, among others.

5) Reebok Club C 85 Pride $70, Classic Leather Pride $75, Freestyle Hi Pride $75

Reebok’s Pride pack brings summer whites to the party with versions of its retro Club C, Classic Leather and Freestyle Hi styles that flaunt rainbow stitching throughout the upper and a Pride flag replacing the usual Union Jack. A portion of sales from the collection between May 15 and June 30 (up to $50,000) will be donated to Fenway Health, an LGTBQ+ healthcare, research and advocacy group. Styles are available at Reebok.com now.

6) Teva Flatform Universal Pride $80

This $80 style is parade- and party-ready with a chunky rainbow-striped 2” sole — and $15 from each limited-edition sandal (up to $30,000) will be donated to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, political and economic equality for young girls and women within the LGTBQ+ community. Available now at teva.com and nordstrom.com.

7) Ugg Fluff Yeah Rainbow Pride slides $100

Ugg is getting cozy for Pride with three colorways of the redesigned Fluff Yeah slide. The Pride Rainbow Yellow and Pride Rainbow Purple colorways are available now; a third colorway, Pride Stripes, pays homage to the transgender flag, and will be available June 14 at ugg.com and selected other retailers. For each pair sold, Ugg will donate $25 to the Born This Way Foundation, which works to support the wellness of young people and supports them to create a kinder and better world.

8) Under Armour Hovr SLK EVO x Pride $120

This style for men and women puts the rainbow front and center, with a color splash midsole and outsole and a rainbow logo on the heel. It’s part of a broader collection including apparel that supports the brand’s partnership with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit that educates athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports. Under Armour is a sponsor of the Pride parades in Baltimore, Austin and NYC and a participant in San Francisco’s Pride.

9) Vans Rainbow Old Skool V Platform $80

There’s a rainbow for every Vans wearer, with rainbow details on the foxing and uppers of classic slip-on and high-top looks.