This picture shows a pair of Pro-Keds sneakers of unknown (but early) vintage.
Pro-Keds were a canvas basketball sneaker that competed for market share with the Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star shoe. At least in the Midwest, Chucks were much more prevalent when I was a kid.
There are a large number of detail styling differences between Pro-Keds and Chucks:
|Upper design at heel||Peg-topped (upward fabric projection)||Flat across|
|Rubber wrap trim||Contrast strip across the middle of the rubber wrap||Red and blue diagonal rubber decoration (close to little toe area)|
|Toe cap trim||None||Across back of toe cap|
|Heel stitching||Matches predominant color||White|
|Toe area reinforcement||NO||YES|
|Sourced from (2003)||China; Vietnam||China|
Pro-Keds, like Chucks, had many and varied uses for Baby Boom Boy athletes.
Does the real Pro-Keds logo look like choice #1?
Or, does the real Pro-Keds logo look like choice #2?
Or, does the real Pro-Keds logo look like choice #3?
Or, does the real Pro-Keds logo look like choice #4?
Hey! This isn't a fair question!
That's because EVERY ONE of these logos have been used on Pro-Keds over the years!
Pro-Keds have returned to the market in 2002. Distribution was very limited at first. This picture shows one of their 2002 models: a white low-top version of their "Royal Canvas" basketball shoe.
"Royal Canvas" low-top was also made in various colors not shown here, including
black and red.
2002/2003 models also included high-tops in multiple colors.
colors introduced for 2004 but not shown include pink and Carolina blue.
Pro-Keds also introduced the Royal Storm, a water-resistant style featuring rubberized construction, no Buick Ventiports, and a tongue gusset. Other men's colors include green/yellow and black/white. Other women's colors included all black, pink/maroon, orange/white, and red/white.
This is a view of the outer inside, showing some of the construction details.
This is the similar pull-on Royal Lightning style.
This is the limited-edition Pro-Keds high-top that features the art of Derrick Hodgson.
Other artist designs include:
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