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Step into Spring with the Keds for Kate Spade New York Collection

Talk about a special “K”! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Kate Spade, a brand that has worked its way into the heart of a global clientele thanks to its exuberant aesthetic, one that relies on vibrant colors, playful geometric prints, and the perfect marriage of quirkiness and  sophistication. In a show of  camaraderie, 97-year-old brand Keds, best known for its laid-back, lightweight, minimalist canvas sneakers, has launched the Keds for Kate Spade New York Spring 2013 Collection.  The eight-style collaboration pays homage to Spade’s penchant for whimsy with an array of prints including polka dots, gingham, chevron, nautical stripes, and special motifs like paint-dipped toes in vibrant hues. 

 The legendary Keds Champion sneaker, with its flexible rubber outsole and four eyelet lacing system, functions as the canvas for many of the styles in the collection — including the  white sneaker with oversize black polka dots shown above, which is given an added dose of metropolitan bravado via a neon pink stripe on the outsole; the country chic, blue-and-white gingham print style pictured here, which is also given a bolt of electricity via a tangerine stripe along the outsole; and the chevron print sneaker featuring a white backdrop and orange stripes.

A modified version of the Champion also appears in the collection, this time boasting a rope-textured outsole, a two eyelet lacing system, and a slightly pointier almond toe as opposed to the standard round toe. Nautical navy-and-white stripes  adorn the uppers of this style, while the plastic wrapped around the tips of the white laces  is dyed in a red color to complete the seafaring motif.

And, as a nod to the metallic tope caps we’ve been seeing on so many heels, pumps, and Mary Janes, the collection includes several styles featuring white canvas uppers with almond-shaped toes dyed in bold hues like neon pink and vibrant turquoise.

The limited-edition collection launches in February, with styles  available for purchase at Keds.com and Nordstrom.com and prices ranging  from $75 to $85 .

 

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