Almost a Full Year Later and These Leather Keds Are Magically Still White


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I practically live in sneakers—especially living in a place like New York City where you have to walk in and out of subway stations, go up and down stairs, avoid weird liquids on the sidewalks, and just protect your feet from the general trash and dirt and rats on the streets. (NYC is SO glamorous.) So naturally, with all this information, it’s very hard to keep any shoes—let alone white ones—clean, shiny, and new. That is, until I got these Keds. Not just any Keds, mind you, but LEATHER Keds.

Yes, the brand’s iconic Champion sneaker does come in canvas, but the leather material really holds up, and more than a year later, they look pretty darn close to brand-new—i.e., they’re still bright white like some very clean teeth right after a dentist appointment.

Champion Original Leather Lace-Up Sneaker

More about that leather:

Since the material is smooth, getting any marks off is relatively easy. Canvas is a woven fabric so there’s more opportunity for tiny particles to really get stuck in there, but with these babies, all you have to do is take a damp cloth and wipe off any marks...and that’s it. Really. For more stubborn stains and scuffs, a Magic Eraser will do the trick. Seriously, the upkeep is very minimal.

Also important to note is that the leather isn’t stiff. Quite the opposite, in fact—it is soft and flexible and won’t give you blisters. With more wear, it will crease a bit by the toe area (c’mon, they won’t stay in perfect condition forever!), but they’re durable and I know my current pair will last me a long time.

They’re also super comfy.

Lauren Adhav

This style is the brand’s most iconic for many reasons: They have cushion, breathable lining, and a flexible sole—i.e., they’re ideal if you’re going to be on your feet all day, but they are also super cute and go with everything because of their minimal silhouette.

I’ve been wearing mine recently with a bunch of fun socks (like these polka-dot Ganni ones), and this pairing has become my go-to. And if you’re not crazy about the white hue, they’re also available in navy and black leather. They come in narrow, regular, wide, AND double-wide sizes.

Don’t believe me? Take these reviewers’ word for it.

They have almost 2,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.4-star rating out of 5 if that means anything to you. Here, some notable comments from real customers:

“I have terrible feet and need decent support after having four knee surgeries. I have worn these for eight nine-hour clinical rotations for nursing school, and they are amazing. How such a basic, low-profile shoe can provide so much support and comfort, I don’t understand, but I’m not going to question it.”
“It’s so hard to find cute, comfortable shoes in wide or double-wide sizes! I decided to try these in white leather since they come in WW, and from the moment I put them on, I was in love. Not only do they look fabulous, but they just feel great. I wanted a flat shoe with no drop, no extra cushy support, and preferably no arch support. I am now using these as my regular walking shoe. I have already bought three more pairs!”

The verdict:

If you’re looking for an everyday shoe that holds up, is easy to clean, and looks super cute, then just do yourself a favor and buy these already, k?

Keds Women’s Champion Original Leather Lace-Up Sneaker


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