Fashionably Conscious: Shoes for the Cure

Luigi Tadini

Last year, Converse launched their ambitious 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Star series -- a year-long fund-raising partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in which 100 artists were commissioned to offer their takes on Converse's classic high-top. Though the line concluded earlier this year, a clean version of the Chuck Taylor high-top designed by United Bamboo's Thuy Pham is hitting stores now. Recognized for his distinctive take on American prep, Pham re-designed the shoe in a round-quilted pattern, with a simple, red stripe adding a little urban flair. The United Bamboo Converse model is available in white nylon, and leather versions retail for $100. A percentage of the net wholesale price of the shoe will help fight AIDS through programs that emphasize women and children's health in Swaziland, Rwanda, Ghana and Lesotho. Since its launch in 2006, (RED) partners, including Gap and Emporio Armani, and Global Fund worldwide have raised over $100 million. United Bamboo Converse are currently available exclusively at

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