In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, our city banded together in solidarity, its residents showing their support for those affected by figuratively and literally wearing our hearts on our sleeves. “Boston Strong” hoodies, t-shirts, hats and otherwise cropped up all over, a way for residents to donate to the cause and display their Hub pride all at once.
Now, North Andover-based Converse, purveyor of the ever popular Chuck Taylor All Stars, has released a limited-edition sneaker sold exclusively here in Boston to give props to the city and support to The One Fund, Mayor Tom Menino’s initiative to help the bombing victims and their families that’s now raised well over $31 million.
The hi-top shoes come in white canvas with a green Boston cityscape emblazoned on the outside, complete with “Boston” spelled out and the familiar Converse Star logo adorning the middle of the first “O”. They’re very tastefully done — everything they need, nothing they don’t. If you’re looking for a stylish way to support the cause that’s not another t-shirt, this, my friends, is it.
Each pair of shoes — which run a half-size big, it should be noted — cost $85, all of which will be donated to The One Fund. You can get yourself a pair online or at the company’s Newbury Street location.
In January, Converse announced it will be moving its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston’s Lovejoy Wharf, a complex that will reportedly house 400 employees, 100 high-end residences and retail and outdoor space, all in an effort to rejuvenate the currently dilapidated but otherwise prime waterfront real estate.
All images via Converse.com