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Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collaboration: Sunnylife
Collection: Keds Kickstart
Price: $65
Colorways: Green
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Made for women, the Keds x Sunnylife Kickstart Banana Leaf is available in US sizes 5 to 11, including half and full sizes in between. Like most Keds sneakers, this is only available in B - Medium profile. Fit adjustment is managed by loosening or tightening the lace-up closure on the midfoot.

The fresh vibes of the Keds x Sunnylife Kickstart Banana Leaf complement summertime ensembles like cutoff denim jeans, cuffed slim-fit pants, cotton sundresses, shorts, skirts, and wide-leg culottes. A plain white shirt, fitted or cropped, or a light colored tank top complements the tropical aura of these low-top shoes.

Like the original Keds Kickstart, this iteration comes with a canvas upper but has been updated with the banana leaf print. A soft, breathable fabric lines the interior which enhances the in-shoe experience.

For comfort, the Keds x Sunnylife Kickstart Banana Leaf is equipped with an Ortholite insole. This component also has an open-cell construction that aids in moisture regulation. Underfoot protection is rendered by the flexible, textured rubber outsole that also provides multi-directional traction.

In the 1830s, the Liverpool Rubber Company launched the plimsolls, a shoe with a canvas top and rubber sole unit intended for beachwear. American tourists grew fond of these flexible and lightweight low-top shoes that soon US-based manufacturers took notice. Keds was among the first brands to sell these rubber-soled shoes in US soils.

Keds’ functional yet straightforward style was what made it appealing to many women as it paired well with many clothing styles. The Keds Kickstart is one of the most popular silhouettes because of its to-toe lacing system that allows for a better, customized fit.

In recent years, Keds have released various iterations like the Kickstart Leather with perforated leather upper, Kickstart Striped Mesh with a mesh fabric top and metallic accents, and the Kickstart Retro Court Pattern which is reminiscent of its days dominating tennis courts. Another model released under its collection is the Keds x Sunnylife Kickstart Banana Leaf.

Made in collaboration with Sunnylife, a brand known for their IG-worthy giant pool floats, these sneakers will surely add some oomph to your summer get-ups.

  • Every purchase of a Keds x Sunnylife Kickstart Banana Leaf comes with a Sunnylife cactus pin.
  • The footwear comes with two sets of laces in white and brown.
  • Gold accents are used on the aglets, eyelets, and the print on the tongue.


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