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Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Champion
Price: $40
Colorways: Black
Special editions: 1 special editions
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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Keds sneaker
Top 1% most popular sneakers

The breathable material of the Keds Champion Chambray requires a short break-in period so you can enjoy its comfort advantages. The upper allows air to circulate, thereby preventing the feet from developing blisters while locked inside this cozy interior. Plus, the interior is complemented by a moisture-wicking OrthoLite inlay sole for added comfort.

This sneaker tends to run large in length while its slim profile offers a narrow fit. Those with broad feet settled for their usual size while narrow footed ones went a half size smaller. This sneaker is available in women’s sizes that extend from 5 to 11 US.

Giving the old a new spin is something inherent to Keds, a brand that’s crossed over vintage and retro styling and continues to be prevalent to this day with its use of contemporary designs and materials. Keds Champion Chambray offering is a testament to the brand’s longstanding appeal to its devoted followers and a new breed of sneaker lovers.

The Chambray is like wearing denim on your feet minus all the ruggedness. Its linen-finished gingham fabric that’s roughly like heathered textile instantly puts a warm tone to any summery clothes, from sheer dresses, light-colored leggings to cottony soft pants and jumper shorts. No need to get tangled with long laces since its upper structure made of only four pairs of metal eyelets is akin to slip-ons. Simply put, it’s a closed-toe shoe you can effortlessly fit out if you wish to park those sandals, wedges, and heels.

Keds, a brand that started the sneaker fever mainly for sports use around a century ago, embraces the relevance of today’s streetwear fashion as it continually revives its undying legend, the Keds Champion by draping it with sartorial stylishness. The modified version which gets a chambray finish is a marvel for its versatile casual styling and comfort paybacks. No wonder this iconic champ is still regaled by many women who go for classic sneakers that are not over the top and ultimately versatile.

The Keds Champion had transitioned from merely a chic pair of shoes when it was first catered to women consumers back in 1916 to a fashion icon that it is now.  Throughout its lifespan, this centenarian has been redressed with tons of prints, colors, and a variety of upper patterns that graced the feet of generation upon generation of women who are into sports and have active lifestyles.

Although Keds has long been a go-to brand for casual women's sneakers, its roots are pegged firmly in sports. Back in the early 1920s, Keds was so popular in different athletic interests even before the Converse All Star dominated the hardcourt or before tennis top seeders Robert Haillet and Stan Smith popularized the all-leather Adidas sneakers.

For a time Keds was labeled as the Shoe of Champions since top athletes were witnessed winning the games while sporting this sneaker until it was shortened to simply Champion for easier recall. Hall of Fame tennis player Helen Wills Moody, for instance, is one of those players who sported this shoe during her championship games. She wasn’t only famous as a power hitter who snagged 31 Grand Slam titles in the 1920s but for making the Keds Champion a winner among women.

In the succeeding decades, the Keds Champion began garnering massive appeal among style icons such as Jackie O, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and even Yoko Ono. It also sashayed into the big screen when Jennifer Grey wore this in the 1987 film, “Dirty Dancing.”

Today, Keds Champion remains as an active figure in the sneaker market, refashioned continuously to fit the varying tastes of women consumers who want something sporty and chic, and tired of donning their sky-high stilettos.

  • The Keds Champion Chambray comes with four pairs of metal eyelets.
  • Its shoelaces are made of round tonal cotton.
  • Inside the shoe is an OrthoLite inlay sole made of moisture-wicking, antibacterial properties.
  • The men’s version of this shoe is called Keds Champion CVO Seasonal which is made of five pairs of metal eyelets, each engraved with Keds inscription.

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