Converse has just released their first LGBTQIA+ inspired pro-model skate shoe. The shoe has been designed in collaboration with barrier-breaking CONS rider and multi-talented creative, Alexis Sablone.
Sablone is a professional Skateboarder and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. The goal for the shoe is to meld performance with design subtleties to craft a wearable homage to the queer community. The sneakers rubber-backed leather is embossed with an all-over Lambda pattern. The reference to Lambda is a direct nod to the 1970s, when the LGBTQIA+ community used the symbol to signal their queerness.
Contrasting the white upper is a woven heel tab with the “More Color, More Pride” flag, first conceived by social justice advocate Amber Hikes, to include black and brown stripes. These pops of colour continue on the tongue and sockliner. A transgender symbol is embroidered on the tongue against a yellow edge glow as a reminder from Sablone that Pride is inclusive of gender identity as much as it is about sexuality while the sockliner reads “Proud” printed on a light blue lining.