Brands sometimes go too hard during Pride season. Every once in a while, however, they get it right. This is the first time Converse has ever had a trans-specific sneaker. Customers can also customize their own rainbow Pride shoes and add Trans Pride flair. Regardless of how you feel about corporate participation during gay Pride, this is a huge symbolic step forward. Advocates for the trans community have long complained that gay and lesbian people dominate the LGBTQ movement.
As the exhibition shows, over the last years, sneakers have signified everything from national identity, race, and class to masculinity and criminality; put simply, they are magnets for social and political meaning, intended or otherwise, in a way that sets them apart from other types of footwear. Performance-enhancing, rubber-soled athletic shoes date back to the early 19th century, when they were primarily worn for tennis. It was not until the s that industrialization made sneakers widely available and affordable. Once an emblem of privileged leisure on the tennis court, the canvas-and-rubber high-top adapted to the new, egalitarian team sport of basketball. The Converse Rubber Shoe Company—founded in as a producer of galoshes—introduced its first basketball shoe, the All Star, in
The only shoes you want to wear these days are Converse sneakers. You're getting a kick out of the fact that you hardly reach for your chunky boots or slides anymore. The captions you have stored in a note on your phone for fashionable snaps are cute, but they might not be tailored to this totally rad shoe trend. On the contrary, these captions for Converse sneakers are a loving tribute to your true sole -mates.