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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $65
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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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