This Valentine's Day, the new "I Heart" Vans sneakers can basically scream out that you're bisexual for you, without actually having to say a single word. Available now, Vans is offering a selection of three silhouettes bearing text imagery that boasts "heart"-ing boys and girls, in classic red, black, and white colors.
The styles are not explicitly bisexual sneakers — nowhere in the product description, nor press blast is there any mention of queer identities — but with text that reads "I [Heart] Girls I [Heart] Boys" printed across the canvas upper, sole, and even laces, the shoes are exuding major bi-energy. That, or they're just elaborate Panic! At The Disco merch à la the Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! era (but only because of a huge bi-anthem).
The internet will assuredly have Big Opinions as to whether or not these sneakers are pandering to the queer community, or are simply cute. As a bi person, will I be adding the slip-ons to my cart and posting annoying pics on Instagram as soon as they arrive at my door? Yes, probably. But, do I also wish that the collection benefitted queer youth via a charity like The Trevor Project? Definitely. We shouldn't have to wait around for Pride month for Good Gay Things.
Take a closer look at the three styles below.
Vans, I Heart Slip On, $55, available at Vans.
Vans, I Heart Sk8-Hi, $65, available at Vans.
Vans, I Heart Era, $55, available at Vans.