Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • Several people who bought the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh have said that it has become their new favorite shoe.
  • One person pointed out that the shoe does not rub against the heels when worn which, for her, is a significant plus point.
  • The shoes are very stylish and “all-around” in terms of style, one buyer said.
  • Some reviewers used the words “comfortable” and “lightweight” to describe the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh.
  • Another buyer raved about how the shoe maintained a classy and sporty look.
  • The mesh fabric incorporated into the low top makes the shoe airy and refreshing.
  • One person liked how the subtle colorways were still perfect for summer.
  • Almost all reviewers generally agreed that the shoe’s price is very pocket-friendly.

1 reasons not to buy

  • At least two people have noticed that the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh runs half a size too big.

Bottom line

The Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh is touted to have excellent quality, with the striped mesh fabric construction making the shoe very breathable and adds to the appeal of the shoe, design wise. It matches with a slew of outfits and is very versatile. It is comfortable too.

Although the kick has been observed to run on the larger size, so buying a half size smaller than one’s original size is recommended to get a good fit at least.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Kickstart
Price: $55
Colorways: Black, Blue, Pink, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Keds sneaker
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The sneaker can be easily slipped on with its soft upper construction that remains limber when worn. With a lace-up closure system, the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh low top lets the wearer customize the shoe’s fit to exactly what they want.

A shoe for women, the kicks come in a US size range of 5 to 11 with half sizes available. The sneaker runs in a medium width.

Choose the style that fits and relish in it as the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh Style comes in three different colorways,  primarily black, indigo, and white. These colors may be subdued but are still enough to make an impact once worn. Women can easily partner the kicks with summer clothes, especially summer dresses. Shorts and skirts can also be considered, along with a pair of denim jeans that are either tapered or skinny.

The first thing that is noticeable with the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh is the airy mesh construction incorporated into the side panels of the shoe. The mesh fabric allows the shoe to be more breathable. It also adds to the stylish design factor of the low top, matching easily with the athletic silhouette.

Back in the day, the American industry was revolutionized by the invention of rubber, changing and affecting many sectors while at it, including the fashion industry. 1916 saw the rise of rubber sneakers and the shoe company, Keds. The first shoe that Keds came out with became an icon, a shoe still majorly famous, the rubber-soled canvas plimsoll known as the Champion Original.

Keds has always been, primarily, a brand that marketed shoes for women and because of this, the demand for it soared through the 1940s all the way to the 1960s. It didn’t stop there, however. Well into the 21st century, Keds managed to gain further significance with its marketing strategy and exceptional shoe releases.

Tweaking a classic, the Keds Kickstart Striped Mesh is a sneaker that commands attention with its sleek yet sporty design, and its comfortable fit. Those who own a pair have been very happy with the low top and cannot wait for the rest of the sneaker world to discover another great creation from the powerhouse brand, Keds.

  • The low top is a six eyelet lace up sneaker.
  • A cushioned Ortholite footbed gives a cushiony feel.
  • When cleaning the shoe, merely spot wash and air dry it after.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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