Pro-Keds Sneakers

Continually innovating and adding new products to their product lines, Keds became by the 1940’s the most important manufacturer of canvas sneakers in the world.

In 1949 they created the Pro-Keds brand, which went on to compete directly with Converse Chuck Taylor on the professional sports apparel market, particularly basketball. Nate Archibald, Kareem Abdul Jabar and Pete Maravich are just a few of the big names in basketball that chose Pro-Keds sneakers during their games.

Pro-Keds became the first stylish sneakers to be adopted by the New York hip-hop community, as one of the means to create an icon that would identify it as an emerging culture.

Of athletic performance, one of the most remarkable adventures was Grandma Emma Gatewood’s 1955 hike on the Appalachian Trail, at the age of 67! She completed the track of 2,168 miles wearing only a pair of Keds and basic equipment.

PRO-Keds Royal Sneaker

Pro Keds Royal Sneakers

Pro Keds Royal Sneakers

The RPO-Keds Royal is the most iconic sneaker released under this brand name. It’s been worn by remarkable player during many NBA championships for many years.

It was first released under the Keds brand in 1926 as the “Royal Thread” and reintroduced in 1949, together with birth of the PRO-Keds brand name.

It is one of the original styles and it is the most recognizable shoe the brand has ever launched.

The Royal has seen lots of controversy regarding it’s similar look to its main competitor, the Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker.

At first sight, they look identical. On closer inspection, there are plenty of differences.

However, it’s obvious they tried to take advantage of the already well established Chucks.

It was worn by star center George Mikan and the 6 time champion Minneapolis Lakers in the early 50’s.

PRO-Keds Court King Nubuck Sneaker

The Court King was designed during the 1960s as a performance tennis sneaker. What happened took everyone by surprise. The court king became a global lifestyle phenomena.

Pro Keds Court King Sneaker

Pro Keds Court King Sneaker

In the 1990’s, is popularity grew ten fold when PRO-Keds Japan added luminous bright toe caps to the original shoe.

It was an instant hit and stores from way over in UK started pirating Japanese stock into UK pair by pair.

Court King is a favorite of artists, stylists, celebrities and sneaker fans all over the world.

Continually innovating and adding new products to their product lines, Keds became by the 1940’s the most important manufacturer of canvas sneakers in the world.

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In 1949 they created the Pro-Keds brand, which went on to compete directly with Converse Chuck Taylor on the professional sports apparel market, particularly basketball. Nate Archibald, Kareem Abdul Jabar and Pete Maravich are just a few of the big names in basketball that chose Pro-Keds sneakers during their games.

Pro-Keds became the first stylish sneakers to be adopted by the New York hip-hop community, as one of the means to create an icon that would identify it as an emerging culture.

Of athletic performance, one of the most remarkable adventures was Grandma Emma Gatewood’s 1955 hike on the Appalachian Trail, at the age of 67! She completed the track of 2,168 miles wearing only a pair of Keds and basic equipment.

PRO-Keds Royal Sneaker

The RPO-Keds Royal is the most iconic sneaker released under this brand name. It’s been worn by remarkable player during many NBA championships for many years.

It was first released under the Keds brand in 1926 as the “Royal Thread” and reintroduced in 1949, together with birth of the PRO-Keds brand name. It is one of the original styles and it is the most recognizable shoe the brand has ever launched.

The Royal has seen lots of controversy regarding it’s similar look to its main competitor, the Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker. At first sight, they look identical. On closer inspection, there are plenty of differences. However, it’s obvious they tried to take advantage of the already well established Chucks.

It was worn by star center George Mikan and the 6 time champion Minneapolis Lakers in the early 50’s.

PRO-Keds Court King Nubuck Sneaker

The Court King was designed during the 1960s as a performance tennis sneaker. What happened took everyone by surprise. The court king became a global lifestyle phenomena.

In the 1990’s, is popularity grew ten fold when PRO-Keds Japan added luminous bright toe caps to the original shoe. It was an instant hit and stores from way over in UK started pirating Japanese stock into UK pair by pair.

Court King is a favorite of artists, stylists, celebrities and sneaker fans all over the world.

erica July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

How can I order these, and do they come in women’s sizes ???

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Eugen July 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

You could check out Zappos. They do have plenty of Pro-Keds, but only one model for women.

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