Size and fit

The velvety Kickstart from Keds is available in sizes 5 to 11 in medium width. It generally runs narrow because of its feminine last. But with the help of the central laces, users with semi-wide feet can adjust the width to accommodate their foot.

Keds Kickstart Velvet Style

This sneaker is one of the dressier iterations from the Keds Kickstart collection. Make heads turn when you wear this shoe with a long ankle-length chiffon dress paired with a denim jacket. For a casual yet chic look, this sneaker can be worn with denim shorts and a loose sweater or ripped jeans and a velvet top.

Notable Features

A soft velvet upper combined with the classic silhouette of Keds Kickstart creates a luxe sneaker with a retro vibe. A new addition to this shoe is the Dream Foam footbed that ensures excellent comfort. This sneaker is engineered with a feminine last to accommodate the unique shape of female feet.

Keds Kickstart Velvet History

Keds is a female shoe manufacturing company that is more than a century old. It started in 1916 and aimed to create simple yet chic canvas footwear. The brand was supposed to be named as Peds which is a Latin word for feet. Unfortunately, Peds was already trademarked, so it was named Keds instead.

Because their shoes had rubber soles, they allowed users to silently sneak around. Thus, the shoes were later called sneakers. By the 1920s, Keds shoes had a growing fan base from college athletes to tennis champions to Olympic soccer players.

Two decades after Keds launched their first shoe, it launched washable high-heeled shoes that have the same level of comfort as its sneakers. The company later released Pro-Keds, a line of sneakers with athletic performance. These shoes earned a cult status in the 1970s and were being worn by basketball players, musicians, and even the hip-hop community.

The popularity of Keds sneakers did not end there. It continued deep into the 90s. Well-known celebrities and style icons were also spotted wearing the uber comfortable white sneakers. Some of them include Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Even John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, was seen wearing the iconic white Keds sneaker on their wedding.

During the early 2000s, Keds decided to expand their sneaker line from the white and solid-colored kicks to colorful ones. They added eye-catching patterns and new styles to their collection of shoes. Today, it has a wide variety of silhouettes to choose from, including slip-ons, sandals, high-tops, cleats, platforms, and more.

An example of a classic shoe getting a makeover is the Keds Kickstart. The trusty canvas upper of this shoe was replaced with a luxurious velvet material for a more posh vibe.   

Additional Info

  • The Keds Kickstart Velvet utilizes a rubber outsole that provides excellent traction.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Keds Kickstart
Style: Minimalist, Dressy
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Memory Foam, Velvet / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin

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