ICYMI, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the 2020 US presidential election, which means that the latter has made history as the first female, first Black, and first South Asian-American Vice President-elect. Kamala took the stage to deliver her victory speech earlier today, and her white pantsuit—seen as a nod to the suffragette movement—has been setting the internet abuzz. But when it comes to her political fashion choices, her most talked-about looks so far has one item in common—the all-American Converse Chuck Taylors.
During her months-long campaign trail, the VP-elect can be spotted wearing the classic footwear—in different colours and designs—throughout. A video of Kamala stepping off a jet in Milwaukee (where she did her first solo campaign) wearing a pair of black Converse Chuck Taylors garnered over 5.6 million views on Twitter. In an interview with The Cut back in 2018, she says, “I have a whole collection of Chuck Taylors: a black leather pair, a white pair, I have the kind that don’t lace, the kind that do lace, the kind I wear in the hot weather, the kind I wear in the cold weather, and the platform kind for when I’m wearing a pantsuit.”
While opting for sneakers instead of the classic pumps may not seem like a groundbreaking move in this day and age, it does, however, give us a clearer idea about who she is and her approach to politics, and she acknowledged that. In a video interview with Complex last month, Kamala said, “I love my Chucks… You know, I think it’s maybe people don’t expect it, but also it’s a statement about who we really are.” “Chucks—whatever your background is, whatever language your grandmother spoke—you know, we all at some point or another had our Chucks,” she added.
As the first woman of colour to be elected as America’s Vice President, Kalama Harris is undoubtedly sending a message that being sensible and relatable is the way to go, and we look forward to seeing her making more style statements in the next four years.
If you’re thinking to add a new pair to your collection, here are all the Converse collabs that are worth the splurge:
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