Size and fit

The PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede generally runs a half size larger and available in men’s sizes that range from 3 to 14 US in M width. Female consumers may obtain this model by grabbing a men’s size that’s equivalent to two full sizes smaller than their typical women’s shoe size. The modified last enhances the fit of this shoe while the feet are kept comfortable with its molded footbed that promotes breathability.

PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede Style

The low-top PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede exudes a retro spin with its throwback clean and classic vibe. The supple suede cover is enhanced by leather accent on the heel and contrasting strips of fabric on the side panels. Its round toe is reinforced by a rubber cap and its midsole accentuated by a striking PRO-Keds power stripes pattern in red and blue. Reverberating the sporty fever of the original PRO-Keds Royal is its remastered last and grippy rubber sole. The Royal Plus richly vintage look blends well with jeans and leather jacket in contrasting shade, straight pants with a Henley shirt, chinos with V-neck shirt. Its timeless façade is enough to amp up your outfit that keeping the hem of your pants above the ankle would give this Royal model a plus charm.

Notable Features

One should not be fooled by the simple vintage styling of the PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede as it boasts of cushioning features that enhance its comfort appeal. The collar is padded while the interior walls are lined with soft fabric that stimulates breathability. Its open-cell foam footbed offers flexibility as it is cushy and conforms to the shape of the foot. Plus it has supportive features in the arch and forefoot.

PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede History

From the ball courts of yesteryears, way back in the 1940s, the PRO-Keds turns up today on the high-streets as one of the favored sneaker brands with the compelling vintage appeal. Its low-top PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede creates a strong bond with those who advocate simple silhouettes, classic aesthetics, and tasty tonal selections which are not difficult to fuse with any casual wear. 

The original version of this shoe was merely called the PRO-Keds Royal that debuted in 1949 with a simple blue canvas and tacky rubber sole. It was PRO-Keds’ first performance shoe dedicated to basketball which arrived on the hardwood a little later than the Chuck Taylor All Star.

As avid followers of the Chucks would know, this high-top Converse sneaker with protective ankle patch was a celebrated ball shoe during that time that bears a resemblance to the PRO-Keds Royal high cut profile.

The PRO-Keds Royal was popularized by one of the early legendary icons in the NBA games George Mikan. He was a towering figure that guided the Minneapolis Lakers (now known as the Los Angeles Lakers) to five coveted titles during his time. Mikan’s popularity led him to become PRO-Keds endorser with the Royal canvas as the first shoe he campaigned under the utilitarian sneaker label.

The original model beamed with double heel cushion, plus added reinforcement inside to prevent the feet from getting easily bruised, heel-to-toe muffled insole, and pivot pads that guided the feet during lateral movements.

It didn’t take long before the PRO-Keds turned out as a reputable brand of professional basketball shoe. Specifically, in 1972, the Royal Plus turned out to be a favored sneaker by top athletes. And while maintaining its appeal in the NBA, its style gradually migrated into streetwear fashion as its simple, low profile silhouette became a coveted choice among b-boys in Harlem and Bronx. 

It may have exited from the ball court in the succeeding years, but it managed to stay active as a streetwear style staple which has gone through several retro fittings using leather and suede in place of the original canvas cover. The PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede is one of the modern updates of this basketball shoe heritage that radiates with its clean and retro-sporty aesthetics, highlighted by a combination of suede and leather trim.

Additional Info

  • PRO-Keds Royal Plus Suede comes with a lace-up closure, a pair of flat cotton laces, and seven pairs of aluminum eyelets.
  • This sneaker is covered with a Wolverine suede, a soft and supple kind of leather that promotes comfort with the ability to last for a long time.
  • Its classic white midsole wrapped with textured foxing tape is paired with a timeless gummy outsole.
  • There are no screaming branding on the exterior sides of the shoe. The PRO-Keds labeling is displayed on the rubber edge of the heel and in the footbed.

Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.