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8 reasons to buy

  • The comfort of the Keds IWD Champion Ladies First made several buyers pleased with their purchases.
  • Some reviewers couldn't help but express amusement with how pretty this shoe looks.
  • Like the other versions of the Keds Champion shoe, this particular rendition offers versatility style-wise.
  • Many loved the classic appeal and International Women’s Day theme of this low-top Keds shoe.
  • This International Women’s Day edition of the classic Keds Champion shoes carry a budget-friendly price tag 
  • Several wearers commented that these denim Keds sneakers fit well on foot.
  • The durability of this shoe is highlighted by at least one reviewer.
  • Some purchasers also commended the quality of this shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  •  Unlike the original Champion, the colorway options for the Keds IWD Champion Ladies First sneakers are minimal.
  • Some commenters stated that this low-top Keds shoe lacks arch support.

Bottom line

In celebration of the International Women’s Day, the American footwear brand and female empowerment advocate company Keds dropped a special edition of its legendary Keds Champion silhouette.

For most buyers, the IWD Champion Ladies First hits the bullseye as to comfort, style, quality, and price. The IWD design theme adds a nice touch to the classic silhouette while retaining a retro look that still looks good with a variety of outfit. If minimal or lack of arch support is the least of your concern, then this Champion version could be your next favorite casual sneakers.


Base model: Keds Champion
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Champion
Price: $60
Colorways: Grey
Special editions: 9 special editions
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Similar to the legendary Keds Champion sneakers, this Ladies First IWD (International Women’s Day) iteration exhibits a low top profile which offers flexible foot movement and a 4-eyelet lace-up closure for adjustability. Sizes available for this women-only shoe are from US 5 to 11 in B Standard or Medium width. The lightweight and low profile construction give minimal foot support but flexible foot movement. Arch support is minimal, as well.

The Keds IWD Champion Ladies First sneakers exhibit a low profile completed with a light denim upper, contrasting black laces, and '90s-inspired patchwork at the heel area. Like the original Champion from 1916, this shoe screams versatility and feminine vibe. Wear it with flowy summer dresses, skirts, linen shorts, or even leggings, and you're good to go.  

Although this IWD (International Women’s Day) Ladies First rendition shares the same profile as the original Champion and its numerous other versions, one distinctive feature truly set it apart from the rest. It veered away from the typical canvas upper and opted for light blue denim instead for a new yet still familiar look. Sealing off the fresh makeover are '90s-inspired patchwork visible at the heel.

American footwear brand Keds started its 'Ladies First' tagline when it celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2016. As part of its objective to empower women across the globe, Keds released an International Women's Day Collection or otherwise referred to as the Keds IWD Collection in March 2019.

Part of the said collection is a limited edition, online-exclusive version of the renowned Keds Champion shoe called officially as the Keds IWD Champion Ladies First sneakers. The IWD stands for International Women’s Day. The shoe shadows the profile of the original Champion but with upgraded denim upper with patchwork design accent at the heel, black laces, and the brand's new Dream Foam footbed.

The Keds Champion is one of the brands most iconic and influential shoe models. It debuted in 1916 as the first-ever rubber-soled canvas shoe.

  • This version of the Keds Champion sneakers features the brand’s new Dream Foam footbed for extra cushioned comfort.


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