Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • According to several users, the Keds Anchor Leather is better than its original canvas version.
  • Seen as expensive-looking by a few shoppers, this model is, in fact, budget-friendly.
  • A lifelong Keds customer was impressed with this release and joined the many customers who highly recommended the sneaker.
  • Its comfort remains outstanding even after wearing the sneaker for long hours, as confirmed by most testers.
  • Some reviewers noted its style to be “perfectly classic” as it “still looks on point” until today. 
  • More than a couple praised the leather upper’s high quality, remarking that it was sturdy but supple, as well as easy to clean.
  • A handful of ladies proudly shared about the compliments they got when wearing the sneaker.
  • This white sneaker looked smart with almost any type of outfit, some wearers noted.   
  • A few described this one of the “perfect white sneakers.”
  • A small group of Keds loyalists thanked the brand for introducing the Keds Anchor Leather.
  • The subtle Keds branding made the sneaker classier, according to one user. 
  • A longtime customer said that it was his first pair of Keds that didn’t need any breaking in.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few found the toe box to be too small when wearing thin socks but too roomy without.
  • One user cautioned that the leather upper stretches over after a few days of wear, which makes it fit loosely and go about a half size bigger.

Bottom line

Loved by generations of women, Keds reinvented one of their archived sneakers and made a leather version of it. The Keds Anchor Leather carries on a heritage silhouette and features the best things of the past—the vintage tailoring and foxing, the feminine last from which the sneaker was molded.

The elegant leather upper adds more class and glamour to the classic-inspired sneaker. As for comfort, this sneaker doesn’t slack off as it features a well-padded collar and an Ortholite-cushioned insole. For a budget-friendly price, a lady gets all that.

Facts

Base model: Keds Anchor Canvas
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Keds Anchor
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather
Price: $65
Colorways: White
Special editions: 4 special editions
Size
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The Keds women’s Anchor Leather is available in sizes 5 to 11, which are all in medium widths. This sneaker is molded from a vintage-inspired feminine last, which gives it a perfectly feminine fit. As a low-top with a padded collar, it allows the ankles full range of movement while providing sufficient comfort. Furthermore, a five-eyelet lace-up closure locks in the foot with a secure, custom fit.

Time has been kind to the Anchor’s heritage silhouette as it did not dare affect or touch it, or wasn't able to. Time has given us perspective on how such a silhouette is handed down to generations and fit the generation’s fashion taste or sense.

That said, with its timeless design, the Keds Anchor Leather easily fits in the 1960s or 1990s style as well as today’s style. From Audrey Hepburn’s to Taylor Swift’s fashion era. Mini dresses, tunic dresses, mom jeans, skinny jeans, high-waisted jeans, capri pants, sweaters, blouses, or a cardigan over a sleeveless shirt—feel free and don’t be afraid to mash it all up with the Keds Anchor Leather.

Coming from a heritage design, the Keds Anchor Leather has a classic slim silhouette. Its all clean-white all-leather upper tapers at the toe box area, which takes on the shape of an almond. It is notably sleek, detailed with precision—down to the linings, foxings, and flat shoelaces. All truly subtle, truly feminine, truly Keds.

With the release of the Champion, a laced-up canvas-based, rubber-soled sneaker, in 1916, Keds began their legacy. Since then, Keds churned out many models, which became staples to many women across the world.

“Ladies first since 1916,” Keds have overhauled some sneakers from their archive and successfully reintroduced each. One of which is the Keds Anchor Leather, which comes in a fresh all-white, all-leather upper, looking classy as it sits atop a vulcanized rubber sole.

  • The Ortholite-cushioned midsole does not only add comfort but also help manage moisture and provide bacterial protection.
  • This model’s eyelets are metallic and hence more durable. 

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Author
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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com