When you think of Keds what do you picture? That chick in grade school who ate lunch with her Skip-It? As lonely and sad as that image may be that girl was most likely wearing cooler shoes than you. Keds is one of those iconic brands whose heritage is slept on by a lot of the people who care about that sorta thing. The Royal CVO was originally launched in the mid 1960's as a lifestyle version of the world class Royal basketball shoe - it was known as the Royal Edge back then. The low top canvas sneaker gained prominence over the next two decades serving as a popular shoe for all the alternative sport cats rocking on the east coast. After fading from memory the Royal CVO is back for 45 bones, most likely due to the current interest in similar shoes from Sperry and Vans. What can I say about canvas sneakers that I haven't already? Uh, they're the shit.
Monday, June 7, 2010
A while back I talked about the Mark McNairy for PRO-Keds CVO's and just stumbled across the Royal Flashes he did also did for them. I'm not really a sneakerhead, but these are pretty dope. I especially like the blue suede number, which I imagine would look extremely handsome with some slim chinos. In typically McNairy fashion there is a notable bit of humor thrown in the with the "right" and "wrong" labels on the back of the shoes. These aren't something I could see myself wearing on the reg, but are quite clever and classic when it comes down to it. I don't recall seeing these in Mark's showroom and like his CVO's for PRO-Keds I don't think anyone has picked them up yet so if you're trying to cop you are going to have to wait.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
[All pictures via High Snobiety.]
First off, shoutouts to my good friend and fellow blogger KJ for the assist on these. The guy knows his sneakers and is my personal go to when it comes to this kind of stuff. Make sure you head over to his spot to read his take on the sneaks.
Mark McNairy continues his blistering pace of collaborations with these new offerings from PRO-Keds. The canvas and suede shoes sit on gum soles and keep the traditional iconic red and blue stripe Keds is known for. These aren't anything mindblowing, but they do look pretty cool. I would have liked to see Mark so something a little more radical such as throw a red brick colored sole on these, but then again I'm not the one getting paid to design. The most interesting thing at work here is the distinct nod to Vans Authentic's in the body styling. Look for these next F/W although a price point has not yet been published.