Rebecca Lee Funk, founder of activist network The Outrage, has announced the release of a limited-edition boot with Naturalizer meant to empower women everywhere to speak up and demand change In anticipation of the 2020 elections in November.
The limited-edition boots spell out “VOTE” in capital letters along the top of the toes with an exclusive, hand-painted design by artist Kiersten Essenpreis.
She Should Run, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, that works to increase the number of women considering a run for public office, is also a beneficiary of the initiative.
“These boots represent all the ways we’re marching in the footsteps of the women before us, with the women beside us and for the future rights of all women,” says Rebecca Lee Funk, chief executive officer and founder, The Outrage. “Now more than ever, our voices matter and need to be heard. Our marching orders are simple – vote.”
Partnering with Naturalizer is an organic extension of Funk’s role on the brand’s “Today We Will” platform last year. The VOTE boots are in step with the campaign and the community-minded, issue-driven fashion pieces synonymous with The Outrage.
“This collaboration is significant to both brands’ core values of female empowerment and equality; from The Outrage’s platform demanding industries move to resist oppression, to Naturalizer’s development of the first shoe formed specifically to a woman’s foot,” says Angelique Joseph, vice president, global design, Naturalizer. “We hope the VOTE boots will inspire action and a step toward change, literally and figuratively.”
To celebrate the launch, Naturalizer hosted a live virtual discussion led by Cece Olisa, a member of their N Voices community, on the importance of building a healthy and inclusive democracy and empowering all women to use their voices at the polls this November. Panelists include:
- Angelique Joseph, vice president, design, Naturalizer;
- Erin Loos Cutraro, founder and chief executive officer, She Should Run;
- Rebecca Lee Funk, founder, The Outrage; and
- Mo Ivory, attorney and co-chair, Fair Fight Action Creative Council.
The VOTE boots will retail for $150 and are available online at Naturalizer.com and TheOutrage.com.