source Rotten Fresh
When I was little, my mom would buy my sisters and I Keds to wear because they were super cheap. She'd find them at Payless and we pretty much went through a pair every three months. As disposable of a shoe as they were, they were a blank canvas for a young girls imagination. My mom definitely knew how to dazzle a Ked. Puffy fabric paint, glittery clear coat, she could transform the drab tenni into the most fab footwear in all of the 2nd grade. I went through a phase of oft opting for mine to be dyed red and painted with red sparkles to emulate ruby slippers. I would wear them and answer only to Dorothy.
This new line of Keds for Opening Ceremony, are far from a blank canvas but oddly enough, they are still some shoes that I would totally wear. Fifteen years later, I still want a pair of Keds, though I highly doubt they are as cheap as they used to be.