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Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Keds Tournament
Price: $60
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The sneaker uses a lace-up system of an enclosure which goes through five eyelets. Cushioning is top notch with the Keds Tournament Leather provided by the OrthoLite® insole. It is exclusively made for women with sizes from 5 to 11 constructed in B medium sizes.

Nothing can get classier than the Keds Tournament Leather. Its sleek leather upper coincides with the smooth cotton lacing and the T-toe patch which are all tinted in the same shade. The low top collar deems necessary with the low profile look of the white sole. Partnering this with any outfit, may it be a sundress for summer or jeans for winter, is always a game-winning event.

A T-Toe overlay hugs the front part of the foot which almost reaches the woven Keds flag branding along the lace bed. The eyelets are also metallic to allow the laces to move freely without hindrance. It also contains a heel counter made of the same material made of leather that goes tangent with the collar at the back.

The ever so popular history of Keds may have owed their fame and fortune to the man who started the spark of the rubber industry during the 19th century. Charles Goodyear, from his unfortunate events in life, created something revolutionary that can be remembered for centuries to come. His son, Charles Jr., would soon carry on his footsteps and combine several rubber producers in along Connecticut and established the U.S Rubber Company which is now known to be Uniroyal.

U.S. Rubber Co. ventured into different rubber-focused industries like tire-making which eventually led to shoe manufacturing. After almost two decades of constant failure, they suddenly came up with a revolutionary shoe called the Champion in 1916. The Champion's fame can be mostly accounted for its general name called the "sneaker" which was coined by a brilliant marketer named Henry Nelson McKinney. Since then, everybody on the latter part of their years came to appreciate the sneaker.

As the years passed, the brand successfully remained relevant though not as famous as Nike and Adidas during the 70s to 80s era. The company has its ups and downs within its timeline but eventually ended up with Wolverine World Wide, a prolific lifestyle company that is also the owner of several brands like Hush Puppies and Sperry.

As the growing niche for vintage apparel swept the world by storm, the classic appeal of Keds became apparent again. Introduction of different designs manifested with every new iteration the company released recently. Tennis sneaker silhouettes would escape the eyes of Keds designers and sooner would be used in one of their editions. Take the Keds Tournament Leather for example, which shines in a leather upper complete with an iconic T-toe overlay.

  • The lining is composed of a twill material for breathability and comfort.
  • The sneaker maintains the traditionally textured rubber outsole for grip that is not only durable but flexible as well.

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