Size and fit

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.

Keds Champion Animal Style

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.

Notable Features

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 Champion Animal History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Keds Champion
Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Champion
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole

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