Sweet looking.Jack Purcell’s will always be my #1 go-to weekend sneaker. But I’ve never had a pair of Pro Keds... that is until now.
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Like the iconic smile that adorns the front of the Jacks, the red-blue stripe on the outsole of the Pro Keds will be recognized by many who grew up with this sneaker during the 60’s & 70’s.
These won’t get a good workout until the weather breaks but after trying them on for a quick walk around the house, they feel like they will be a nice addition to the retro sneaker collection.
IIRC, Keds were historically worn by females (Keds.com only lists sneakers for women) but have since been considered unisex and ProKeds were worn predominantly by the male-market.Thanks for the photos and write-up, JohnnieGold.
I hate to admit that I was completely unaware of Pro Keds. Were Pro Keds sort of the Lexus to regular Keds Toyota?
Looks like what you have is the Royal. Unlike Jack Purcell's, it looks like Pro Keds came in various styles, such as high tops as well as low tops.
A modern version of PF Flyers? I did not know they even existed. I can only imagine what the quality level would be at this point. Even back in the day I think they were sort of the lower cost spread of sneakers. I do not think they had the cache of Keds, much less, Converse.I have a pair of PF Flyers and I'm not particularly pleased. They don't have the structure and support of the old Jacks.