Keds – Champion I Love Keds White Canvas

I’ll bet you didn’t know that sneakers got their name because their rubber soles allow you to sneak around silently. And I’ll bet you also didn’t know that Keds were originally called Peds (Latin for foot) but Peds was already trademarked. I’m even willing to be that you didn’t know that Keds were first mass-marketed as canvas-top sneakers in 1917. Yes these shoes have a long history behind them.

In fact, you might find it interesting to learn that Grandma Gatewood, a long-distance hiker and pioneer of ultra-light hiking wore Keds while setting a record on the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail in 1955. She was 67 years old and she completed the track with only a pair of Keds and basic equipment. She completed the same track years later, at the age of 75. She has her trusty Keds to thank for her man successes, obviously.

What about these Keds, though – they’re not your traditional all-white ones. I can’t decide if I like them or not (I know that’s sort of a cop-out and I’m sorry). They’re a little kitschy – they almost look as if they are an imitation of the way in which certain people draw on their Converse sneakers, except these doodles are mass-produced. But the colors are nice and they seem to match a lot of things, so my eyes are happy.

Sorry that these aren’t heels.

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