Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A good many reviewers were pleased with the clean look and old-school style of the PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas sneakers. They said the shoes were a little bit different and were a great alternative to the Chuck Taylors.
  • Several people lauded the good fit of the casual high-top sneakers.
  • A number of people reported receiving compliments on their choice of lifestyle kicks. They added that the high-tops were great for casual wear, from errand shopping to just kicking around.
  • Some users were impressed with how comfortable the PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas shoes are.
  • A few reviewers called the high-top sneakers as “reliable shoes that remind you of your youth.” They said that the shoes are sturdy, have a firm feel, and feature tough soles.
  • A couple of testers commented that the lifestyle shoes are light and feel like part of the feet when you move.
  • One individual was extremely pleased with the affordable price of the PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas sneakers.

1 reason not to buy

  • The PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas sneakers run a little long, a few consumers stated.

Bottom line

The PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas will make sure you’re kicking it right—old-school style. These high-tops have a unique design that sets it apart from the classic high sneakers most everyone sports.

They’re great for all around leisure wear and are light and comfortable enough to be worn all day. But don’t let the sneakers stylish good looks fool you. They belie a tough exterior that will last you a good long while. Their only drawback is that they run long.

Tip: see the best sneakers.

Good to know

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.


How PRO-Keds Royal Hi Classic Canvas ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 6% sneakers
All sneakers
Top 34% PRO-Keds sneakers
All PRO-Keds sneakers
Top 11% high sneakers
All high sneakers


No popularity data available for this shoe at the moment.
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.