Summary

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6 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the purchasers stated that the shoe's design is appealing.
  • The low-top Keds Champion Animal is budget-friendly as stated by most.
  • Some users commented that the shoe looks well with summer clothing.
  • A few mentioned that it looks more expensive than its actual price.
  • The Keds Champion Animal can be worn casually and at work as per a satisfied purchaser.
  • It is lightweight and comfortable, as confirmed by a few.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The sneaker’s color blended too much with a customer's skin tone and had to be returned.
  • The Keds Champion Animal is slightly narrower than expected, as per some people.
  • A buyer mentioned that it rubs the heels when wearing the shoe without socks.

Bottom line

As an addition to the collection of the classic Keds Champion shoe line, the low-top Keds Champion Animal exhibits a distinct approach on the austere Champion silhouette. Most are in agreement about the shoe's stylish look, but also pleasantly surprised about the price tag. Same as with the original model, the low-top sneaker garnered widespread acclaim from the loyal consumer base and casuals alike due to its posh appeal, comfort, and versatility.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Champion
Price: $45
Colorways: Beige, Brown, Grey
Size
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Identical to the Keds Champion, this shoe's upper is made of textile which contributes to its breathability and comfort while the textured rubber outsole helps prevent the feet from slipping. Keds also added extra cushioning under the heels which gives support when having long walks. It is available in US women sizes only from 5 to 12.

The classic design that defined the Keds Champion has already been engraved in women's fashion since its inception, and the Keds Champion Animal is set to sustain it with a mix of distinct aesthetics.

Similar to the original model, the Keds Champion, this low-top is perceived as a go-to sneaker. This model features a lace-up closure and animal skin pattern on the canvas which looks great with jeans for various casual occasions. The low-top Keds Champion Animal is available in two colorways, the brown leopard and elmwood zebra.

Initially a popular sportswear more than fifty years ago, Keds Champion made a seamless transition into lifestyle fashion, eventually making itself a timeless product. After numerous renditions over the decades, the Keds Champion Animal continues the tradition of prime women's lifestyle sneakers. By draping the Champion silhouette with animal prints, it gives an opulent appeal to the beloved classic. It also has crepe outsole for flexibility and its vulcanized rubber midsole adds to the shoe's durability.

Keds was founded in 1916 by the United States Rubber Company. The company initially wanted to use the name “Peds,” which is the Latin word for foot, but it was already registered to a different company. Then it settled for “Keds,” which is the Native American word for moccasins. The company saw the market potential and proceeded to produce rubber-soled shoes for casual use.

The brand offers shoes for men, but it is more popular with women.  Majority of its advertisements are targeted at the female consumers, even the endorsers throughout its history are composed of famous women.  Keds Champion, possibly the company’s most popular shoe is described as being a staple in any woman’s closet.

As one of the latest versions of Champion, the Keds Champion Animal is a low-top that continues the tradition of affordable, stylish and functional sneakers for women.

  • One of its colorways, the brown leopard, is almost identical to Keds Champion Leopard except for the color of the lace and the vividness of the latter.
  • The shoe was initially released in 2011.

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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.

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