Commemorating the Stonewall riots that occurred at the end of June 1969, this month will be dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all around the world on top of fighting for equal rights and promoting inclusion.
Looking for more ways to show your support? You can show your alliance in style with these rainbow-themed shoe drops!
Here, we’ve rounded up our top nine picks that will not only add some pizzazz to your everyday outfit – all of them will also be giving back to the queer community when you make a purchase! Let’s do some meaningful retail therapy this Pride Month, shall we?
We’re kicking off the list with Teva’s Flatform Universal Rainbow Pride Sandal that will get you “Pride celebration ready”.
Beyond showcasing an entire Pride flag on the midsole with a durable rubber outsole, this standout design also has the environment in mind too – each pair is sustainably made from four recycled plastic bottles that would’ve otherwise ended up in landfills.
In conjunction with its newest Pride collection launch, Teva will also make a donation of US$35,000 to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an organisation that works to end LGBTQ+ discrimination in the United States through policies and legislations.
Teva Flatform Universal Rainbow Pride Sandal retails for approx. S$92.97 (US$70) on the official Teva website.
Worried that you can’t rock the flatform? Don’t fret, Teva also has shorter silhouettes as part of its Pride collection as well – check them out here.
Converse released a five-piece 2021 collection on its sixth year of celebrating Pride Month. In the latest range, you can expect to see a brand new Pride graphic that includes floral detailing made to celebrate the path of embracing your true self.
The shoe that stands out for us is the Chuck 70 Find Your Pride High Top, which features an embroidered rainbow across its recycled PET canvas material and a translucent rainbow outsole. You’ll also like that it’s fitted with lightweight OrthoLite insoles that promise to deliver great comfort.
In line with its partnership with the It Gets Better Project, Converse will be donating part of its community funding to the non-profit organisation to uplift and empower LGBTQ+ youths on TikTok and Twitch. The rest of the funds will be going to longtime partners such as Ali Forney Center, BAGLY, and OUTMetroWest.
Converse Chuck 70 Find Your Pride High Top retails for S$139.90 on Lazada.
The rest of the collection is equally vibrant and stylish too – just check out the Chuck Taylor All Star in high top and low top, Run Star Hike sneakers, and slides.
3. New Balance
Featuring the work of Hong Kong visual artist Zoie Lam, New Balance celebrates Pride 2021 with a vibrant collection that expresses “warmth and empathy” and encapsulates the brand’s belief that “everybody is welcome, no matter how you identify.”
The Fresh Foam Tempo running shoe in this lineup caught our eye with its bold combination of red, orange, yellow, and blue, finished with a red heart-shaped NB logo on its tongue.
New Balance has committed to donating US$100,000 to GLSEN’s “Changing the Game” program that focuses on creating safe spaces in schools in the United States. GLSEN is a national education organisation that works to ensure that all LGBTQ+ students learn in a supportive environment.
New Balance “Everybody’s Welcome” Fresh Foam Tempo retails for S$169 on the official New Balance website.
The collection also includes the “Everybody’s Welcome” 574 sneaker – you can check out the collection here.
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4. Dr Martens
Known for its iconic heavy lace-up boots, Dr Martens has given its classic 1461 Oxford shoes a more subtle transformation with an embroidered Pride flag at the heel as well as an accompanying rainbow heel loop.
Even when it’s topped off with multi-coloured stitching and laces, this shoe still keeps its minimalist yet edgy look that’s perfect for everyday wear.
Dr Martens will be maintaining a year-long partnership with The Trevor Project, donating US$100,000 to the U.S organisation that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ+ youths.
Dr Martens 1461 Pride shoe retails for S$220.99 on ASOS.
Centred around a “spirit of creative self-expression,” Vans’ Pride 2021 collection drifts away from its classic black-and-white outfit to produce a funkier reinvention of its checkerboard print.
From a patchwork-style mixture of varying materials like suede and leather to a colourful medley of repeated patterns, each footwear from the collection is definitely a statement piece if you ask us.
The one that grabbed our attention is the Era Pride Sneakers that can almost pass off as a textile artwork with its mishmash of textures and colours. Compared to the usual Pride-themed footwear, this pair certainly has a more refreshing approach to incorporating the rainbow in its design.
In celebration of Pride Month, Vans is donating US$200,000 to four LGBTQ+ organisations: GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal, and Tokyo Rainbow Pride.
Vans Era Pride Sneakers retail for S$89 on Zalora.
You can also take a look at the rest of the lineup, which includes new iterations of the Slip-On, Old Skool, UltraRange, and Sk8-Mid styles.
6. Kenneth Cole
For Kenneth Cole’s Pride initiative, the brand updated its best-selling Kam shoe to roll out the Pride Kam sneaker. With just a rainbow stripe standing out on the back of the crisp white lace-up shoe, it still remains extremely versatile to match with any outfit.
For Pride Month, Kenneth Cole will be donating a portion of their sales to The Mental Health Coalition, which offers mental health support and resources to the queer community.
Kenneth Cole Kam Pride Sneakers retails for S$239 on ASOS, but it’s currently on sale for just S$97.27 at the time of writing.
7. Under Armour
Under Armour’s new Pride collection features a colourful take on one of the brand’s classic silhouettes, the UA Hovr Sonic 4.
With a rainbow-hued, high-abrasion midsole, these mesh running shoes will provide you with the comfort you need to run better while being a showstopper in its own right. Look closer and you’ll find special phrases like ‘Love All Athletes’ and ‘United We Win Divided We Fall’ surprising you on the insole.
Under Armour will be supporting the Pride Center of Maryland and its new Health & Wellness Centre, which is dedicated to serving Maryland’s sexual and gender minorities and being a safe space for them.
The Under Armour UA Hovr Sonic 4 retails for S$179 on Zalora.
The collection also features the UA Core Remix Pride Slides, which available at S$55 on Zalora.
For UGG’s fifth year of celebrating Pride, they have tapped famous LGBTQ+ stars like musician Lil Nas X and SAG Award-nominated actress Hari Nef for the campaign. UGG also collaborated with the Pacific Pride Foundation by looping in its member for the colourful campaign too.
What got our attention in this collection is definitely the multi-coloured Fluff You Cali Collage. This laidback slip-on not only dresses up your feet effortlessly but also gives you the ultimate UGG comfort with its faux shearling insole.
For Pride Month, UGG will be donating US$25 for each pair of Disco Stripe slides (pictured below) sold to GLAAD – a media advocacy organisation that works to accelerate LGBTQ+ acceptance and equality – up to a maximum donation of US$125,000.
UGG Fluff You Cali Collage retails for S$185.99 on ASOS.
The rest of the vibrant, OTT collection features rainbow versions of other Cali Collage styles, including the Disco Slide, Fluff Yeah Slide, and Fluff Yeah Slide Cali Collage.
Iconic French boot brand Palladium has dropped a special rainbow edition of its signature lace-up ankle boots to celebrate Pride 2021.
With an all-white exterior and a rainbow slogan that reads ‘Love United’, the Pampa Pride lace-up boots definitely embody the rebellious spirit of the LGTBQ+ community while remaining easy to style for everyday wear. Dress it down with your favourite top and jeans, or go edgy by pairing it with your flowy floral dress.
Palladium is donating 10% of all proceeds from its Pride collection to the Terence Higgins Trust, which is the leading HIV and sexual health charity organisation in the UK.
Palladium Pampa Pride lace-up ankle boots retail for S$148.99 on ASOS.
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