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The Stonewall riots of 1969 are considered the start in a long fight towards equality. This rebellious protest was a catalyst. As that first domino fell, an unstoppable movement brought change that would affect generations to come. Celebrating this historic event – along with the 50th anniversary of PRIDEConverse unveil a 6-part footwear collection along with a range of apparel. It’s every bit as bold as you’d expect!


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Converse, never one to shy away from the support of positive social change, are responsible for some of the most popular PRIDE collections of the past. Only last year, a colorful homage to the PRIDE flag was quick to sellout. Now, for the first time ever, this pack gets inspired by the Transgender Flag.


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A glitter theme features across all of the Converse icons from the leather-crafted Chuck Taylor Ox to the ever-timeless Chuck Taylor Hi. A lightning bolt features throughout as a nod to the glam of late 60s fashion. Each of these parade-worthy sneakers is just as striking as the last.


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Of course, the glitter drenched uppers are the first to grab attention. Several in the collection are dressed in pink and blue – the colours of the Transgender Flag – whilst others still opt for that rainbow theme.

Look closer and there’s far more than meets the eye. This is a loud and proud expression of individuality with an attention to detail only found on limited-edition footwear. From the rainbow-tipped laces to the embroidered print of “1969–2019”, this pack is far from ordinary.


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This Converse PRIDE 2019 Collection not only celebrates the past but looks to influential figures of today within the LGBTQ+ movement. It’s a homage to six individuals that continue to inspire and encourage the expression of one’s true self.

These are the heroes in the modern fight for equality: Desmond, a drag kid and long-time LGBTQ+ advocate; Kristen Beck, trans activist and retired US Navy SEAL, Alexis Sablone, pro-skateboarder; Felix, a student advocate and nature enthusiast; Ayishat Akanbi, a UK-based fashion stylist and culture commentator; and Fran Tirado, an NYC writer and editor.


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The full collection including the apparel seen below launches at Converse UK on Tuesday, 21st May. Contributions support Converse’s global partner, It Gets Better Project – a non-profit that works to support and empower LGBTQ+ youth everywhere


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