Who should buy Keds Champion

Keds Champion is a sneaker with a simple character and seamless toe box, ideal to pair with everyday slouch capris to more extravagant shirtwaist dresses and maxi skirts.

Keds Champion logo

OrthoLite technology 

The OrthoLite insole wicks away moisture and prevents odor build-up.

Keds Champion toebox

Protection and traction of Keds Champion

The sneaker is produced in a vulcanized construction with a rubber outsole for protection and traction. The heel outsole is slightly thicker than the rest of the outsole.

Keds Champion sole

History of Keds Champion

From 1892 to 1913, U.S. Rubber Co. introduced 30 different kinds of rubber-soled footwear but with no success. Several company tweaks and consolidations after, the company launched an American canvas shoe with a rubber sole in 1916.

Keds Champion heel cage

Due to its sneaky nature and soundless character, the newly found plimsolls were coined "sneakers" as it allowed the wearer to creep around silently. The term was brilliantly marketed by Henry Nelson McKinney almost after its release and from then on, the word sneakers became a staple term for casual footwear.

Keds Champion laces

Peds (Latin for foot) was the initial option for branding the first "sneakers," but unfortunately, the name was already taken at the time. The company opted to replace "P" with "K" resulting in Keds, which was also the Native American word for moccasins.

Keds Champion collar

Aside from hailing it sneakers, Keds thought of a catchy name for their breakthrough shoe. The first marketing act to take shape was to name their sneaker the "feel-like-everyday's-a-Saturday-shoe," but after realizing it was a mouthful, the company branded it as the Champion. After surpassing a century, the Keds Champion would look down on all other brands utilizing its sneaker term and let them bow to its ingenious legacy.

Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Champion
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Author
Sheena
Sheena

Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.