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YouTube – Rihanna – Pon De Replay

YouTube – Rihanna – Pon De Replay


Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988) is a Bajan singer with musical influences from R&B, pop, reggae and dancehall. Rihanna became worldwide known with chart hits such as “Pon de Replay“, “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want“, “SOS“, “Unfaithful“, and “Break It Off“.

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A user asked me on another blog post way back in July about what sneakers is she wearing in this video. Well, I can’t tell which style name it is, but the brand name is Converse.. or maybe Keds… probably Keds since its a Rocawear thing.

Going on the hunch that the Roc is behind this (even though they really look like Converses), I look on Rocawear’s site for current stuff (yes the video is mad old). Nope. Rocawear only showing ProKeds Roc style not the canvas ones.

Went to ProKeds site (totally taken over by Hip Hop with background music by Dame Dash? LOL) . I went to the vintage are (womens first and then men) and no.

Since it can’t be Pro Keds, I am CONVINCED that it must have been Converse. That helps a little cause I can look at the hard to find womens sneakers on Zappos andConverse’s website and I think I see the color…

I think I’m getting close… but I don’t think that is it.

I look again… On I believe the sneaker in question is called All Star Tapestry (61.99). It has the gold look that it seems like she is wearing.

I think, unless someone has another idea, that it is the All Star Tapestry.

All Star Tapestry by Converse

(I think you can see the price)

Now I really, REALLY thought it was these. But I kept replaying (get it? HA) the video and it seems like the sneaker is more gold than anything.

Rihanna’s Sneakers from Pon De Replay

Rihannas sneaks… another shot from Pon De Replay

OK.. lets look for something with gold. I think the Chuck Taylor All Star Metallic is the closest I have gotten to finding out what the heck Rihanna is wearing.

Chuck Talor All Star Metallic

On of course. I guess Zappos got it too somewhere.

The only problem I have with this is that it seems that the gold is on the toe and the soul of the sneakers, not the main body area. I have not found anything like that yet. It could be just the light hitting it making it look like one of the sneakers I posted up there… but in my opinion the best looking one is the Tapestry. If she wasn’t wearing that, she should have been.

Oh and as my final add… maybe it could have been these:

Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Slip Hemp
Chuck Taylor® All Star® Slip Hemp
SKU #7304160



If anyone can get a better look and help a poor person out who just wants to find a pair of classic Converse sneaks, just post something up in the comments.


4 responses

  1. rani

    I’m glad I randomly checked back! I followed the same train of thought as you, I think, though I’m not sure – Jay Z wears the same pair for men in the Umbrella video – its the gold converse but high top I’m sure

    do you agree? lol I’m not spending $90 on a pair that aren’t even them. Only flaw, Rihanna’s pair have a red lining on the tongue…these are white…

    September 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm

  2. LOL

    Ment to get back to this when I saw it a month ago. he link you gave didn’t really take me to the site of the specific sneaker. That is what’s wrong with Converse’s current website; there is no way to directly link to any of there sneakers.

    I never noticed that Jay-Z wears the same thing in the Umbrella vid. I’ll try to check this out if I have time.

    September 18, 2007 at 1:35 am

  3. Francis

    I like those shoes too! But can’t find them anywhere!


    August 27, 2008 at 9:13 am

  4. Francis

    These look a lot like those she’s wearing 😉

    August 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

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