“First steps of freedom!!” the 29-year-old captioned an image of her Converse high-top sneakers, which she followed up with a look at her pepperoni pizza lunch.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star features a canvas upper on a vulcanized rubber sole. Iconic design elements incorporate a star-centered patch and striping. They’re available for $55 in unisex sizes on Nike.com.
Manning is a former United States Army soldier who was sentenced to a 35-year prison term after she was convicted of charges related to disclosing classified military documents to WikiLeaks. President Obama commuted her term 28 years earlier than her original sentence while he was in office, and her release date was scheduled for today, May 17.
Born Bradley Edward Manning, she announced in 2013 that she was a transgender woman and changed her name to Chelsea.
Manning might be trading in her Chuck Taylors for a pair of shoes fit for the pages of Vogue. According to WWD, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour “is asking designers to submit looks for the fashion spread,” a source revealed.
She added: “A spokeswoman for Vogue would not confirm or deny the news, instead offering: ‘We do not comment on rumors of future editorial.'”