Gucci Introduces Queercore Shoes Honoring The 1980s Gay Punk Movement
Alessandro Michele’s revolution is still going on strong and proud season after season and may have now actually reached its (literally) proudest peek with the Gucci Queercore shoe collection, recently introduced by Gucci and available on Gucci.com, which honors the eponymous 1980s gay punk movement.
“Queercore, the gay punk movement of the mid-1980s lends its name to a new collection of shoes. Reflecting the spirit of the subculture, the styles are fitted with multiple straps, studs and metal embellishments, including the Dionysus buckle,” explains the Italian brand on its website, whose cruise 2017 collection will surely increase its sales also thanks to this creative and visionary shoe line.
Born as a subcultural movement in the mid-1980s, the Queercore scene forever changed the world and the society through literature, art, music, cinema and, of course, fashion too. Derived from the punk movement, Queercore called the bourgeois society into question, bringing many gay men and women, as well as queer individuals, to fight what many referred as the society’s “oppressive agenda”.
They urged many to explore, study and educate others on issues such as gender identity, social rights and prejudices, helping our world become more inclusive and less intolerant. As it often happens whenever it comes to Punk subcultures and other cultures in general, the Queecore scene sought to fight this agenda through clothes too, expressing its fashion sense also through DIY iconic zines that are still extremely inspiring.
Alessandro Michele, a punk rock enthusiast at heart, often explores subcultures through his creations, and couldn’t exempt himself from honoring such an intricate, inspiring and life-changing movement too.
Titled the “Queercore collection”, Gucci’s brand new footwear line sees buckles, leather, studs, and straps as its main focal point, around which Alessandro Michele built an iconic collection that we bet will make many it-girls and boys literally run amok. Although brogue pumps and knee-length boots are the collection’s key elements, Gucci’s Queercore footwear line features brogue monk shoes as well.
Mainly dark-colored and with a particularly appealing focus placed on the earth tones, such as dark brown and brown-ish burgundy, the Gucci Queercore shoe collection may be regarded as a sort of haute couture-meets-punk line, primarily because of its intense mixture of high fashion details, such as the red crystal encrusted heels, and punk elements, including metal embellishments and studded tiger head buckles (which in return reference to the Greek god Dionysus as well).
Gold embroidered bees on the back of the heels, snake symbols (which are very dear to both Gucci and Alessandro Michele), eye motifs sewn directly into the leather at the insole, and knee-length cut-out effects are just few of the intricate adornments that make all of the Gucci Queercore collection’s shoes covetable and unique.
Gucci’s Queercore It-shoes are all made in Italy and are already available for purchase at gucci.com, retailing between circa $1400 and $2000.
Photos courtesy of Gucci