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Verdict from 9 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • Keds Kickstart Pennant sneakers are comfortable right out of the box, many users claimed.
  • The shoes have a fun and sporty style that several purchasers liked. 
  • Some reviewers stated that the fit (width) of the shoes are just right.
  • Plenty of customers remarked that they loved taking their Keds Kickstart Pennant fashion sneakers to baseball games, and they earn a lot of compliments there.
  • The shoes are very well-made, a couple of consumers noted.
  • These lifestyle kicks are well worth the money, some individuals reported.
  • One buyer was pleased with how it easy it was to clean these sneakers from the Ked’s low-top range.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Pennant variation of the Keds Kickstart shoes run big, according to several testers.

Bottom line

Keds sure knows how to launch a winning design, and it’s no wonder since it’s one of the oldest brands out there. The baseball-themed design of Keds Kickstart Pennants is eye-catching and something new, and many users agree. 

The shoes also boast of a comfy construction, a high-quality make, and a perfect fit width-wise. Add a very low price point into the mix, and you’ve got one heck of a deal.

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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. 

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. 

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 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.

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

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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.