For just shy of 50 years, New York City Pride has drawn millions of people from all walks of life and every facet of the LGBTQIA+ community for a celebration of life, love, and acceptance. And for nearly 50 years, proud New Yorkers and visitors alike have been marching, dancing, and twirling the many miles down 5th Avenue in the late June heat.
Trust and believe, Pride in New York can be hell on your feet; from the March to PrideFest to Pride Island, you’ll likely be on your toes for hours/miles at a time. So we’ve put together our top picks for the best shoes for showing your pride while still remaining comfortable!
Nothing will say, “I am insert your name and I’m here to make it clear — I know you love me baby, that’s why you brought me here” than these rainbow tie-dye Pride 1460’s from Dr. Marten. With the Doc’s patented AirWair support, they’ll keep you on your feet all day — plus protect your feet from just about anything (like the hooves of those pesky NYPD horses). Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the Pride collection goes to the Trevor Project.
Designed by Miley Cyrus herself, these class Chucks with a twist give you some added height, which can really come in handy in the middle of huge Pride crowds. Plus, 100% of the proceeds go to Miley’s Happy Hippie Foundation.
These lighter-than-air running shoes are fantastic for extended dancing hours, and we love the color coding. All the proceeds from this pride collection go to Athlete Ally which is helping to make sports more inclusive.
inkkas shoes are handcrafted in Latin America and are created in partnership with Trees For The Future, which means every time you purchase a pair of shoes inkkas plants a tree. Pretty nice, right? Plus their designs are fantastic and the shoes are supportive and light, perfect for dancing on the streets all day.
If classic Vans slip-ons are more your style, try these proud shoes on! Just as comfortable today as they were when you were wearing them in junior high to be emo, the low profile canvas is breathable and elasticised, keeping your feet feeling free as the wind beneath your wings.
Kenneth Cole has a lengthy history of supporting LGBTQ+ folks, and these rainbow-accented Pride Kam sneakers are no exception. Made with Kenneth Cole’s Silver technology for lasting comfort, these clean and sexy kicks are a limited edition, so grab them while you can!