Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: PRO-Keds Royal Hi
Price: $65
Colorways: Black, White, Blue
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The PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas is designed for men with shoe measurements ranging from 7.5 to 13. The sneakers have a high-cut profile which allows for better ankle support, and the shoes can be tightened using a traditional 8-hole lace-up closure system. The silhouette’s last has been remastered since its original release to provide for a more optimum fit now.

One thing to note is that these high-tops may run a bit longer than standard size although reviewers are conflicted on this.

High-tops don’t always have to mean sporty. For a hint of smart casual flair, wear the PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas by pairing it with a plaid long-sleeved button-up shirt, black jeans, and a lightweight down jacket.

Cool retro looks aside, the PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas also boast of supreme comfort as one of its most notable features. These lifestyle kicks feature an open cell foam footbed that molds to and cushions the feet. Foot fatigue and strain will not be a problem as well as the shoes give plenty of arch and forefoot support to keep your feet going all day.

PRO-Keds has been around since 1949 and the Royal was their first performance silhouette for the sport of basketball. Originally named the “Royal Tread,” it was another technically-minded model which challenged the Chuck Taylor’s domination of the sport. The shoes were made of canvas and were available in a high-cut profile.

The Royal sneakers were first noticed when George Mikan, basketball’s equivalent of Babe Ruth, wore them to his games. The 6’10” tall man is considered as one of the pioneers of professional basketball, and his endorsement of the shoes put the brand as well as the shoes on the map. The Royal ended up becoming one of the first signature basketball shoes ever as they were often identified with Mikan, the man who led his team to five NBA championships, invented the “Mikan rule,” and the reason the basketball league introduced the 24-second rule to the game.

The Royal would serve as the basis for many of the shoes that would later come out of the PRO-Keds collection such as the Royal Plus or Suede Super and the Royal CVO.

  • The PRO-Keds Royal silhouette has graced the feet of some of the biggest personalities in the world of basketball such as George Mikan, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
  • The PRO-Keds Royal Hi Canvas Classic features sturdy canvas uppers, reinforced rubber toes, gum rubber outsoles, chunky midsoles, and breathable fabric linings.
  • The high-top sneakers contain the brand’s iconic red and blue powerstripes at the midsoles.
  • The PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas weighs approximately 425 grams per shoe.