Size and fit

The Keds Kickstart Leather is exclusively offered in women's sizes. Its leather upper is constructed to provide ample room, but some have found it to be a bit bigger than expected. Hence, fitting the shoe in person is best recommended.

Keds Kickstart Leather Style

Simple and neutral-colored footwear will always be a mainstay in a sneaker fan's rotation. Aside from its enduring style, this type of shoe looks great with virtually any casual outfit. The Keds Kickstart Leather's timeless design offers precisely this with a few leather accents that add premium style to its overall look.

Kick-start your day by picking out a fuss-free outfit to match with this fuss-free sneaker. Pair this versatile sneaker with jeans and a t-shirt for a classic look or spruce it up with skirts and dresses for a more feminine ensemble.

Notable Features

As the name implies, this kick's upper is crafted from leather with glossy leather accents placed on the heel counter and lace eyestays that add a premium appeal to the shoe. Its Ortholite footbed provides excellent comfort and cushioning that makes it ideal for all-day wear. The shoe's lining is made of twill for added in-step comfort and breathability. Lastly, its midsole is thicker than traditional Keds shoe designs to keep up to date with modern footwear.

Keds Kickstart Leather History

Keds are the old-school version of all mass marketed sneakers in the world today. Keds first used the term sneakers on their canvas shoes that had soft rubber soles that allowed those wearing them to sneak around silently.

The brand started in the U.S. Rubber Company created in 1892 as a union of several rubber companies in Connecticut producing tires, gloves and later on shoes using other brand names. In 1916, the company decided to consolidate and come up with a single name for their plimsolls. Initially, they arrived at the name Peds or the Latin name of the foot but later changed it upon finding that the name has already been registered. They settled for Keds, a Native American term for moccasins.

Among its first and bestselling design is the rubber-soled, canvas plimsoll known today as the Champion original which was worn by champion Olympic soccer players, tennis stars and college athletes. In 1949, Pro-Keds was introduced as a line intended for athletic activities with several professional basketball players wearing the shoes.

In the 1950s, Keds enjoyed popularity because of its casual appeal and minimalist look that mixes well with a wide range of outfits. The next decades have been pretty steady regarding sales for Keds even if it changed ownership and controlled by the Stride Rite Corporation and its mother company Collective Brands Inc. The global firm also bought the Sperry Top-Sider brand in 1979. Keds is now owned by Wolverine World Wide which acquired the brand from its parent company Collective Brands for $1.32 billion in May 2012.

Over the years, Keds has remained as a forerunner in the female shoe market with the likes of Mischa Barton and Taylor Swift as its most famous endorsers. The brand also has successful TV ad runs and exposure in television shows and movies in Hollywood.

The casual sneaker design of most of Keds designs has remained unchanged through the years with its canvas upper and solid rubber soles. In 2016, the company started rolling out Keds Kickstart canvas sneakers which instantly became a success in the women’s footwear market. Other iterations of the silhouette include Keds Kickstart Leather, Keds Kickstart Perf Leather, Keds x Kate Spade New York Kickstart, Kickstart Perf Shimmer, Keds x Alaina Marie Kickstart Lobster, Keds x Alaina Marie Kickstart Mesh Lobster, Kickstart Mini Brights, Keds Kickstart Summer Stripe, and Keds Kickstart Pennant among others.

Additional Info

  • The Keds Kickstart Leather's insoles are not removable.
  • The Kickstart Leather range also comes in various designs including a baseball-inspired design, a perforated upper, and a gum sole version.


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