Size and fit

The Pro-Keds Royal Lo returns on the shelves with a low-top frame in men’s sizing. The front part of the shoe is a bit spacious, preventing the sturdy rubber toe cap from pressing down on your toes. Considering its somewhat elongated form, this sneaker may be purchased by women buyers by going two sizes lower than their typical shoe measurement to obtain an equivalent men’s size.

PRO-Keds Royal Lo Style

Once called an American icon of sport, the well-loved Pro-Keds classic Royal silhouette comes back with a stylish flair in low-top built. The remastered figure with a strong retro character is the Pro-Keds Royal Lo. This classic reinterpretation is a testament that the old-school spirit remains strong to this day and age and suitable for a broad spectrum of clothing.

Just like its equally adored low-top Chuck Taylors, this Pro-Keds variety ties naturally well with denim, cropped shorts, and minis for an utterly laidback look or tailored pants and suits for an informal shabby chic flavor. If you want to get a bit bold and voguish, you may turn such footwear royalty into a conversation piece by slipping on it with your long dress or gown.

Notable Features

The comeback retro Pro-Keds model that opens up a strong sense of nostalgia was rebranded as the Pro-Keds Royal Lo. This remastered edition comes with enhanced comfort features, reinforcements on the arch and toes, and maintains its durable fabric covering and abrasion-resistant rubber sole.

PRO-Keds Royal Lo History

Keds is known for its comfy rubber-soled footwear selections from the time it was founded by the American tire enterprise, the US Rubber Company in 1916. With the objective of offering sports footwear intended for on-court games and track and field pursuits, Keds came up with the Pro-Keds athletic shoe collection in 1949.

The Pro-Keds challenged the far prominent Converse All Star basketball shoe when it came out with its high-top version, the Royal. It immediately became a choice of footwear for backyard games to the professional leagues such as the NBA during the early 1950s for its light and breathable upper, non-slip sole, and cushioned insole.

Soon the Pro-Keds sneakers were seen gracing the feet of some of the NBA league’s exceptional players such as George Mikan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, and Pete Maravich. After its stint on the court, the distinctive Pro-Keds Powerstripe or the two diagonal stripes on midsole became a familiar sight on the streets as it became well-sought footwear for everyday use. It gained street credibility through hip-hop icons until it found its new home among the B-boy communities.

For a time the Pro-Keds went on a hiatus and was revived later in the 1990s as a tennis shoe, designed with colorful toes. It regained its solid footing in the market at the turn of another century as a wardrobe staple for urban streetwear. Beefing up its popularity were collaborations with top-tier lifestyle retailers, boutiques, and artists.

The contemporary trends pushed the brand to refashion some of the iconic Pro-Keds models such as the classic Royal. One of the reinterpreted versions is the Pro-Keds Royal Lo which entirely slashed off the collar height of the original masterpiece.

Additional Info

  • The Pro-Keds Royal Lo strapping is made of flat cotton laces and six pairs of aluminum eyelets.
  • It displays the distinctive red and blue Pro-Keds Powerstripe on the sides of the midsole.
  • This retro model comes in various upper materials such as canvas, chambray or Ventile.
  • Robert Pattinson is one of the celebrity A-listers displaying the iconic Pro-Keds sneakers for casual and dressy occasions. He was seen wearing it to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.


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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.