Keds Shoes produced the very first sneakers ever made. In fact, the history of the sneaker, quite literally, begins with Keds. When choosing a name, the initial choice was Peds, from the Latin meaning foot, but that name was already a trademark. The term sneaker was coined as a nickname for Keds because their rubber soles made them so quiet that one could “sneak around” without being heard. Since forming in 1916, Keds sneakers have been known for their simple, minimalist designs.– Suzy Martin for About.com (Source)
“Tennis shoes”. “Sneakers”. “Athletic shoes”. “Keds”. Whatever you call these classic canvas flats they are really cute. I have wanted a pair of simple lace up sneakers for the longest time, and have no idea why I didn’t just go out and buy a pair. When Keds offered to send me a pair of their classic sneakers to style I was very excited. Finally, I have a pair of colorful run-around-town shoes! In my fantasies I jump on my bike and head to the local farmers market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables in this outfit, my bright red Keds looking as happy as I feel with the wind in my hair. The reality isn’t nearly as exciting as my fantasy, but I COULD bike or walk anywhere comfortably. The padded soles make my feet happy.
As much as I like sneakers in classic colors like red or navy, Keds now offers all sorts of fun prints too. You can see the stripes, polka dots and floral print sneakers at Keds.com.
Sneakers and jeans go together like peanut butter and jelly, but these red Keds look just as good with a skirt. The day I took these photos I wore them with a denim mini, stripe hoodie and a big canvas bag.
- Stripe knit hoodie from The Gap
- Denim mini skirt from The Gap
- Keds sneakers (a gift from the brand)
- Skinny Vinny Sal Convertible bag (a gift from the brand)
Disclosure: I received the sneakers as a gift, but my thoughts and outfit are my own.
What do you think of Keds sneakers? Do you wear them? What do you think of the new colors and prints? Would you wear printed canvas sneakers?