Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A good number of users of the Keds Craze II have felt comfortable the moment they first stepped into the Ortholite sole as the comfy feeling last all day.
  • Numerous buyers say the $45 price is very pocket-friendly for an everyday wear sneaker.
  • An overwhelming number of reviewers say the Keds Craze II is a stylish and classy option that it becomes versatile footwear that suits with plenty of casual clothing.
  • Several customers are pleased with their purchase and consider this shoe as value for money.
  • Some wearers say the casual sneaker is very rigid, durable, and long-lasting.
  • A few users with wide feet say the canvas sneaker is roomy even for those with wide feet.
  • A lot of customers say that the footwear has been an excellent option for activities that involve plenty of walking around the city because of the lightweight material.
  • Several users say the removable insoles of the Keds Craze II make it an excellent buy for those who want to replace them with orthotic inserts.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users disclose having difficulty in keeping the Keds Craze II clean specifically the white canvas sneakers because spot cleaning does not work and placing them in the washer results to unwanted stains on the soiled canvas material.
  • Some loyal customers of Keds notice that the Keds Craze II is a bit heavier compared to other Keds shoes released by the company.
  • A couple of commenters complain that it bothers them that the canvas material rubs into the back heel because of the shoe’s tight fit.

Bottom line

The Keds Craze II exemplifies best the laidback style of the pioneering American footwear brand. The clean tone, simple stitching accents, and durable outsole of the Keds Craze II is reason enough for many women to cop a pair.

This low-top sneaker takes pride in comfortable Ortholite insoles and soft fabric lining that pampers the feet with plush cushioning for hours. It retails at an affordable $45 making this a suitable option for budget-savvy sneakerheads who want to look for classy shoes with a timeless style.

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Good to know

The narrow fitting Keds Craze II comes with a smaller profile for a timeless look. The low-top sneaker is easy to slip-on with regular flat laces secured by ten metal eyelets for a secure lockdown. It is available in sizes for women.

Classy and elegant, the Keds Craze II helps you achieve a timeless fashion style without breaking the bank. The sturdy canvas upper is breathable, lightweight, and supportive for those long walks and extended work hours when you have to do several errands in a day. Take these ultra-light sneakers while you travel as it is easy to store in the luggage without those unnecessary chunky soles and overlays as the uncluttered style offers a more compact profile.

Aimed for those who want no complications in their footwear, classic-styled low-top Keds sneakers including this allows maximum styling without wasting any time to achieve a particular look. It goes well with skinny jeans, skin-tight leggings, skimpy walk shorts, and knee-length skirts for that mix of casual lifestyle and sporty garb for those daytime trips and explorations in big cities and new destinations. The Keds Craze II is an excellent sneaker option for on-the-go women is its wide variety of colorways like the classic white, navy, grey jersey, and charcoal jersey to suit every fashion taste and mood for the day.

Grabbing the spotlight in the vast array of features of the Keds Craze II is the Ortholite technology in the insoles. Ortholite technology enables air to flow and keep the feet cool all day. It also wicks moisture in the interior leaving an odor-free cushioning that lasts for hours. The Memory Foam footbed adapts well to the curves of the feet and provides extra cushioning

Released in late 2016, the Keds Craze II gives an updated look to the classic Keds sneaker. The American brand has been at the forefront of the US footwear industry since 1916. More than a hundred years since the company was established it has continued to serve many female customers with its stylish casual sneakers.

Keds introduced the word sneakers to the entire world. As the first shoe brand to produce mass-marketed sneakers, its low-key designs have been incorporated by the modern woman who sought more freedom in what they place on their feet. The American brand first used the term sneakers on their canvas footwear that had soft rubber outsoles that permitted those wearing them to sneak inside the house quietly.

Keds started out as the U.S. Rubber Company in 1892, but the company was formally formed by a union of other rubber companies in Connecticut that manufactures tires and gloves. Later on, the company ventured into producing footwear using different brand names. In 1916, the U.S. Rubber Company decided to combine all their footwear designs with a single name for their plimsolls. At the onset, the company arrived at Peds or the Latin name for the foot. The name was later on changed when the company found out that Peds has already been registered. The firm eventually settled for the name Keds which is a Native American term for moccasins.

Among the first bestselling designs are rubber-soled, canvas plimsolls currently called the Champion Original. Worn by champion Olympians,  soccer players, tennis stars and college athletes in the early 20th century, the Champion became one of the most sought-after sneaker designs for many years up to this day. Several decades later, Pro-Keds was introduced in 1949 as a line intended for athletic activities with several professional basketball players wearing the brand’s sneakers.

In the 1950s, Keds enjoyed popularity because of its casual appeal and minimalist look for women that mix with a vast range of clothing styles. The next decades in its history have been pretty stable regarding sales for Keds even if it transferred ownership with Stride Rite Corporation and its mother company Collective Brands Inc. which also owns the Sperry Top-Sider brand in 1979. The American sneaker brand is now owned by Wolverine World Wide which acquired the Keds from its parent company Collective Brands for $1.32 billion in May 2012.

Through the years, Keds has persisted as a forerunner in the female sneaker market with the likes of Taylor Swift as its most famous endorsers. The brand also had successful TV advertisement runs,  exposure in television shows and movies in Hollywood.

The casual sneaker design of almost all of Keds designs has remained untouched through the years most especially the canvas upper and solid rubber soles. The timeless models of the American footwear brand have been sustained to make women ready for their daily adventures with a classic sporty look.

  • The Keds Craze II has ten metal eyelets secured by regular flat shoelaces for tight
  • Keds signature branding detail is placed on the tongue, side, and heel.
  • The removable Ortholite insole helps keep the entire feet well-cushioned for hours while also controlling odor and moisture with its anti-microbial feature.
  • The rubber outsole is durable and flexible to adjust to your every step.
  • Soft and breathable jersey lining assures a relaxed feel inside the sneaker.


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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.