What’s in the Converse Pride 2019 collection?
Your first look at the LGBTQ Pride Converse line – with a pair inspired by the Transgender Pride flag.
Converse's LGBTQ Pride 2019 collection has just been announced and this is your first look at the entire capsule. For last year's collection, Miley Cyrus took the design lead and the collection was super impressive. This year, there's no celebrity backing the cause but we are pretty happy about one particular shoe in the collection. There are sneakers modelled after the Transgender Pride flag and we love the support from Converse. This is the first time Converse has ever had a trans-specific sneaker so this is a huge symbolic step forward. The reason why? There have been complaints from the trans community that gay and lesbian people dominate the LGBTQ movement. So we love the equal representation – it means more people can feel comfortable supporting Converse and the 2019 Pride collection.
The Converse Pride collection has been annually running since 2015. But this year is actually the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride. Specifically, the brand honours the date June 28 1969. This is when the Stonewall Riots occurred which was the mark of a complete turning point for gay and LGBTQ rights in New York City, which the rest of the world followed.
When can you get your hands on the collection? It's available right now in North America so we should expect to see the Pride Collection drop into Converse stores and select retailers later this month. You can shop Converse from THE ICONIC, Platypus Shoes and Glue Store.
What does the Converse Pride 2019 collection look like?
The collection includes both apparel and footwear decorated with glitter, ombre colourways and large lightning bolts. If you were after something a little more toned down, there is a white sneaker style that features a subtle rainbow star print that we are obsessed with. Each sneaker features lace tips inspired by the Trans flag and the date "1969-2019" is printed on the back of each tongue. The styles stealing the spotlight include the Chuck Taylor and Chuck 70 sneaker. There is a theme of "loud and proud" running throughout and the clothing is heavily inspired by the 70s.