Pride Month: Our Top 8 Sneakers From Brands That Actually Care
Pride month is all about embracing and celebrating one's identity, boldness and choices. Here are our top picks for sneakers that were made to celebrate the same values of inclusivity and equality.
Every year in the month of June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride Month and several events are held all over the world to appreciate and recognise the community culture. The reason why the month of June was chosen for the same is because of the Stonewell Riots that took place in June 1969 and have been a significant marker of the LGBTQ+ community's fight for equal rights.
During this month a lot of companies and brands that stand for these values, show their support by releasing special edition Pride centric collections. While some companies just jump on the bandwagon for extra publicity, others do more than just releasing a collection. They give back to the community in more ways than one and stand by them in their fight for equality.
Check out our top picks from companies that do more!
8. HUNTER BOOTS (2019)
The UK based brand is one of the oldest boot manufacturing companies, founded all the way back in 1856, and is famous for its practical rain boots.
For Pride Month they redesigned their most loved PLAY boots. The limited edition Pride PLAY boot has two variations: platform and heeled. The boots are made from natural rubber and are 100% waterproof. The sleek black boots feature a very visible and fun rainbow-colored midsole. They also feature a rainbow pull tab and rainbow-coloured brand logo.
Hunter combines fashion with charity and has partnered with the LGBTQ+ human rights organisation OutRight Action International - a global organisation trying to make a change. Along with this, Hunter also donates 10% of the United Kingdom's net sales from the collection in June and July to the organisation's pandemic response funds. This fund provides medical aid to LGBTQ+ communities all over the world.
7. REEBOK CLASSIC LEATHER PRIDE (2019)
Last year, Reebok entered the Pride sneaker game with three shoes: Club C, Freestyle, and the Classic Leather. They kept things simple for all the three sneakers and did a great job while doing so. Out of the three silhouettes our favourite is the Classic Leather.
The first thing that you notice from afar is that the UK flag, a Reebok signature, has been replaced by the Pride flag. The beauty of this all-white silhouette lies in the details. The shoe features rainbow stitching across the entire upper.
Reebok also makes sure that a portion of their proceeds go to Fenway Health, an organization that works towards the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community through education, health care and other services.
6. NIKE AIR MAX 90 “BE TRUE” (2019)
Nike started their “Be True” collection, supporting the LGBTQ+ community, back in 2012. Ever since then, the hype around the collection has increased exponentially. Nike has released some of the most beautiful sneakers in their “Be True” collection and amongst all, our favourite are the Air Max 90.
The sneaker features OG colour blocking with the familiar combination of white mesh, grey suede, and black leather. On this backdrop, the sneaker is finished with multicolour swooshes that form a rainbow. Bright colored eyelets and an equally vibrant Air unit and heel prove to be an amazing combination.
Nike shows its support to the LGBTQ+ community by donating money to more than 20 organizations that work towards the advancement of the LGBTQ+ community via grants that are administered by the Charities Aid Foundation of America.
5. ADIDAS ORIGNALS OZWEEGO “PRIDE PACK” (2019)
Last year, we saw the return of Ozweego by Adidas Originals. Adidas has provided sneakerheads with several options to choose from within their Pride collections and with the Ozweego being such a huge hit by itself, it was only a matter of time before we got to see a Pride colorway for the sneaker.
With white mesh as the base, the Pride pack Ozweego has elements of suede, mesh, and leather. The rainbow-colored midsole is clearly the most eye-catching part about the shoe. Smaller elements of the shoes, however, are equally fascinating, such as the subtle accents of colour on the tongue, heels and ankle.
Adidas also helps the LGBTQ+ community greatly by donating to the Trevor Project, which is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for the LGBTQ+ community youth.
4. CONVERSE ALL STAR PRIDE PACK (2017)
Converse has been in the shoe business for more than a century and has witnessed some of the greatest movements that have shaped the course of history. In 2017 Converse decided to highlight the most remarkable moments of the LGBTQ+ revolution. They released eight sneakers as a part of this Pride pack. All the eight shoes were equally brilliant but this one really caught our eye!
The classic Chuck Taylor with the black base and white midsole was adorned with rainbow patches. The trim of the midsole was given a red outline and the lace aglets were given a rainbow make over. The back stripe of the shoe featured a furry rainbow as well.
Converse’s pride collection was born due to its large LGBTQ+ employee network and they have been doing this every year since 2014.
3. NIKE ZOOM FLY “BE TRUE” (2020)
As a part of their 2020 “Be True” collection Nike unveiled four sneakers: VapourMax Plus, Epic React Flyknit, Air Max 270 and the Zoom Fly. The Zoom Fly is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable running shoes in the world.
The “Be True” version of the shoe features an all-white upper with pink and blue “Nike Racing” tabs on the back left and back right heels respectively. The shoes feature a pride flag on the medial. The white upper’s wave pattern has been given lavender and pink highlights and the midsole sports a rainbow-gradient stripe as well.
2. ADIDAS SUPERSTAR “PRIDE PACK” (2015)
In 2015 the first-ever Pride parade celebrated its 50th anniversary. The parade was held in Philadelphia and to celebrate the anniversary, Adidas released a Pride pack that featured some of their most iconic silhouettes. The Superstar was our favourite of the lot!
The classic silhouette was seen in the classic white and black colour way with splashes of rainbow-coloured paint. The paint makes its way up from the midsole all the way to the upper, giving the sneaker a look of just splashing into a rainbow puddle. The insole of the shoe also featured a similar paint splash.
1. DR. MARTENS 1460 PRIDE (2020)
Dr. Martens' 2020 pride collection featured this gem. The classic, smooth leather body of the boots features rainbow stitching that highlights each panel of the shoe with a different coloured thread. Towards the heel the boots feature a pride flag and the heel tab is also done in a colour of the rainbow. The boot comes with an extra set of rainbow colored laces which look stunning.
Dr. Martens is also a staunch supporter of the Trevor Project and has put its weight behind the message "equality for all" numerous times.