Red Keds

Tennis shoes. Sneakers. Athletic shoes. Keds.

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 (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

Tennis shoes. Sneakers. Athletic shoes. Keds.

Red Keds, stripe shirt, denim skirt

Red Keds

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.


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?

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29 Responses to Red Keds

  1. nofearoffashion March 20, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    You have combined the sneakers very well. Red, white and blue. Makes you look so young!! (Which, of course, you still are..)
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    • Heather Fonseca March 20, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Aw thanks Greetje! I’m glad you like the outfit.

  2. Shanti March 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    these photos make me want spring!!! great casual look and awesome photos!! love the interesting angle and the green painted background.

    • Heather Fonseca March 20, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks Shanti. My husband took the shots with a wide angled lens. He loves it, but the distortion kind of freaks me out! Glad you like the shots though. It’s been pretty warm here recently. Spring is in the air!

  3. SACRAMENTO March 20, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Great legs, Heather, great and confy sneakers.
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  4. Trendy Mondays
    March 20, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    We love Keds – remember ours from younger days well! Cute outfit!!

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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you like the look.

  5. anne the SpyGirl
    March 20, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Love your Keds!
    I had either red or orange ones when I was a kid — or maybe both. I think the orange ones had those 60’s pointy toes! I might give them a try again — I like the look of Converse, but they hurt my feet.
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      These Keds definitely feel good on my feet. They’re very bouncy. I like Converse too, but I don’t have any. My kids do though!

  6. Pam
    March 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Just thinking about KEDS makes me smile! The red ones are so cute!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Pam! I know. They make me smile too.

  7. Jeannie
    March 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Yes! Great legs!!
    Cute cute outfit, too!
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  8. see you monday March 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi Heather,
    It’s very fashionable post. In this portrait, the lady is looking nice with the fashion. I like it so much. Thanks for the post.
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  9. NET-A-DRESSER March 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi, your website blog is beautiful, you are so lucky to have a hubby as your photographer!! Any tips welcome please??xx

    • Heather Fonseca March 23, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Hi Net-a-dresser. I’m so glad you like my blog. My only advice is to keep working on your blog and honing your writing and photography skills. It takes time! Good luck.

  10. Alexis Grace March 23, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    I really do love the classics, and keds definitely fall into classic sportswear!

    The red is fun! Perfect for a look that speaks to Americana!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 23, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks Alexis! I’m glad you like the look.

  11. Rosario March 23, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I own a few pair of the classic white keds and they so fun to wear. You look very sporty in the demin mini and those red keds.

    • Heather Fonseca March 23, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      Thanks Rosario! I’m glad you like the outfit.

  12. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud
    March 25, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I love Keds, and Converse! They are classic and anti-designer brand. You are rocking yours, and now I want to walk around town dressed in a cute striped top, short skirt and some red shoes.
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  13. Spashionista (Alicia)
    March 25, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    You look ageless and fun in your outfit! I had to giggle because you could be three or thirty-three and get away with the entire look just fine. Very cute, very chic – and I had those red Keds 😉

    Spashionista (Alicia)
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  14. Charlotte Issyvoo March 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I spent a lot of my summers on an island in the Adirondacks with my grandparents. In their generation, Keds were a staple. I still count my grandmother’s friend Louis as one of my fashion inspirations: she always ordered her Keds by mail, in many lovely shades, lavender being my favourite. Before she died, I had tea with her. She was wearing Keds and I was able to tell her how she’d inspired me.

    I grew up to be a high heel wearing, fashion gal, but, several years ago, I injured my back, leaving me disabled and unable to wear heels. Since then, I’ve been working to find ways to be fashionable in flat shoes. Keds are a part of that for sure and it makes me smile to think of Louis.

    Here’s a photo of me, a cute dress, my cane, and Keds. I think it works. Do you?

    • Heather Fonseca March 29, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Charlotte you look great in your keds! I love your story about them too. Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m considering buying another pair – maybe lavender!

  15. Stacey - Total City Girl
    March 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Keds are always fun. I especially think of them for the summer. I normally don’t like sneakers but for casual warm weather wear these are always good. Funny that you say sneakers and jeans go together. I personally HATE that combo! Always makes me feel like such of doof! 🙂

    I like the red ones. I used to have red sketchers that I loved!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 29, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Honestly, jeans and sneakers look really doofy, but I think the simplicity of the keds makes the look work for an athletic sort of outing. I’m spending the weekend biking with the kids and I’m living in these keds!


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