Verdict from 8.3 hours of research from the internet

127 users: 4.4 / 5

6 reasons to buy

  • The felt is a nice touch to the classic Keds silhouette, according to some reviewers.
  • Several reviewers stated that the Keds Champion Felt has a great price.
  • A few buyers appreciated that this Keds shoe comes with an extra set of white laces as a backup.
  • Some reviewers described the colors of this shoe as “adorable” and “great,” noting that they would buy another pair in a different color.
  • Some purchasers said that they received lots of compliments from other people whenever they wear their pairs of the Keds Champion Felt.
  • A handful of reviewers mentioned that this shoe is good quality for its price.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers reported that the Keds Champion Felt shoe was very stiff at first and rubbed on the heel.
  • Lots of purchasers commented that this low-top Keds shoe has little or no arch support.
  • Many reviewers were dismayed that the Champion Felt is narrow-fitting.
  • Some reviewers were disappointed that this Keds shoe is not as comfortable as they expected it would be.

Bottom line

The classic Keds shoe received an updated upper fit for the cold weather through the Keds Champion Felt. A fuzzy felt material upgrade replaced the signature canvas upper, which made a nice touch to the classic Keds silhouette. Although overall great looking and stylish enough to gather compliments from other people, the Champion Felt somehow disappointed some reviewers because it is not as comfortable as expected. It can be stiff until broken in and fits narrow in the toe box.

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These low-top sneakers from Keds come exclusively in women’s sizing from 5 to 11, half sizes included, in B Medium width. This modern edition retains the classic Champion silhouette and allows wearers a flexible yet comfortable and supportive fit. Securing the foot is a lace-up closure with four pairs of eyelets and round cotton tonal laces, which can be adjusted for a customizable fit. Cushioned Ortholite insoles are in place for added in-shoe comfort.

The all-time favorite classic Keds Champion has been re-engineered with modern-fitting upgrades to make your feet more comfortable and still stylish. This “Felt” rendition flaunts a fuzzy felt upper with metal eyelets and two sets of round cotton laces for a tonal or contrast look. Signature Keds aesthetic is still visible with classic brandings on the tongue, heel, and side collar. Like the original Champion, this edition is versatile and looks great with a wide range of outfits from short shorts to skirts, jeans, leggings, and dresses.

The Keds Champion Felt, as the name suggests, is a modern take on the Champion silhouette using felt as its primary material. The unique felt upper replaced the classic’s signature canvas material to suit cold weather conditions in style. This shoe also has its heel counter layered under liner and covered with terry cloth material.

Keds wouldn't be as successful as a shoe brand as it is today if not for its Keds Champion shoes. The Keds Champion Originals shoe was the first ever shoe created with a canvas upper and rubber sole. It debuted in 1916 or more than 100 years ago as the footwear that gave birth to the term "sneakers." Its proven success provided a foundation not only to Keds as a brand but also to the whole sneaker industry.

The Champion Felt is a modern upgrade to the classic and iconic Champion silhouette from Keds. It has been available as early as 2014 but re-released in August 2018 with several colorways including "Camel" (brown), "Oatmeal" (light brown), and "Charcoal" (dark gray). The Felt iteration replaced the signature canvas upper with a unique felt material (hence the name) while staying true to the brand's heritage. It also features a soft jersey tongue with added foam, soft fabric lining, heel counter, and rubber calendar outsole. Each pair of the Keds Champion Felt retails at $50.

  • The Keds Champion Felt also features a soft and cushioned jersey tongue for added comfort.
  • An extra set of white laces is provided.
  • The blown rubber midsole of this Keds shoe provides excellent support and shock absorption.
  • The gum rubber outsole allows superior traction.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.