Size and fit

Keds Kickstart Pennant shoes are a women’s exclusive. The measurements offered for these athleisure kicks range from 5 to 11 with some half sizes until 9.5. The sizing for the kicks run big although the fit is spot on. Some users recommend going down a half size to a full size for a more accurate measurement. 

There is usually a 1.5 size difference between men’s and women’s shoe sizes. However, since these kicks run large, men who wish to sport them may opt to only go up by one size or just a half from their regular shoe measurement.

The fit can be adjusted using the round laces in the shoes’ six-eyelet lacing system. 

Keds Kickstart Pennant Style

Never strike out again with these on your feet. The clean sporty styling of these kicks makes it easy to style them with just about everything in your everyday wardrobe. 

Take the shoes to the games by pairing them with tattered jeans and a short-sleeved sweatshirt. They’d also look good with a t-shirt dress for going out with friends. You can also do denim shorts and a blouse. The list is endless.

Kickstart Pennant sneakers are offered in two colorways: off-white canvas with red stitching on the side or blue denim ticking with white stitches. 

Notable Features

Fans of America’s favorite pastime will agree that these baseball-inspired kicks are indeed striking. And no, we meant striking as in ”impressive,” not the other baseball meaning. The curved baseball-stitching on the side immediately attracts attention, particularly in the white colorway with its red stitch accents. 

But shoes should not rely on excellent styling alone. We’re happy to say that in this case, Keds does not. Kickstart Pennant shoes feature Ortholite footbeds that are treated with odor-blocking and anti-microbial tech to keep your feet comfy and smelling fresh.

Keds Kickstart Pennant History

Keds was founded in 1916 by the U.S. Rubber Company. Initially, the company wanted to use Peds, which means feet in Latin, but someone else was already using it, so the business decided to go with Keds, a Native American word that means moccasins. 

The brand’s first design is the Champion, which is considered to be the first mass-marketed sneaker with a canvas upper. By the early 1920s, these were being worn by amateur to pro athletes, from college-level ones to Olympians. 

Keds decided to diversify in 1949 by introducing a line of sneakers designed solely for athletes. The company called this Pro-Keds and kept the Keds line as a women’s only range. 

From the 1950s up, Keds enjoyed immense popularity with the female shoe market for its clean and minimalistic footwear that you can style with anything. It also helped that Keds had brand endorsers such as Taylor Swift and Mischa Barton pushing its products.

In 2016, Keds rolled out the Kickstart silhouette. This canvas model was so successful that they soon released other iterations such as the Kickstart Pennant and a few collabs.

Additional Info

  • Keds Kickstart Pennant shoes feature durable canvas uppers, textile linings, and textured rubber outsoles. 
  • Each shoe (not pair) weighs about 283 grams.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Keds Kickstart
Style: Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.