6 Times Keds Shoes Had A Starring Role On The Big Screen

The Aviator Leonardo DiCaprio Keds Sneakers
Leonardo DiCaprio seen in Keds sneakers while portraying Howard Hughes.
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Keds has enjoyed a number of appearances on the big screen and on television, cementing the brand’s popular-culture status. The shoes have been on the feet of Hollywood darlings such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe and more recently Leonardo DiCaprio, proving that a classic sneaker never goes out of style.

Here are some major Keds moments in film and TV.

Clash by Night
Marilyn Monroe defined glamour in the 1950s, but her style for this 1952 film was decidedly casual. She eschewed her fitted dresses and high heels for cuffed jeans and Keds Champion sneakers.

Clash by Night Marilyn Monroe Keds Marilyn Monroe in Clash by Night wearing Keds Champion sneakers. Getty Images.

Two for the Road
Audrey Hepburn was already one of Hollywood’s top stars and enduring style icons when this film was released in 1967. In the movie, set across Europe, Hepburn’s Wallace often turned to black Keds Champion sneakers for her adventures.

Two for the Road Audrey Hepburn Keds Sneakers Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road wearing Keds Champion sneakers. REX Shutterstock.

Now and Then
In this 1995 flick, four friends reunite in their hometown after years apart. In the scenes covering their teen years in the 1970s, Roberta (Christina Ricci) and Teeny (Thora Birch) often have Keds Champion sneakers on their feet.

Now and Then Movie Keds Roberta and Teeny in Now and Then were often seen in Keds Champion sneakers. YouTube.

The Aviator
For this 2004 film, Leonardo DiCaprio transformed into famed 20th-century millionaire aviator and movie director Howard Hughes. In a nod to Hughes’ affinity for sneakers, DiCaprio wore the Keds Triumph silhouette, which was introduced in the 1920s.

The Aviator Leonardo DiCaprio Keds Sneakers Leonardo DiCaprio seen in Keds sneakers while portraying Howard Hughes. PMC Archives.

Dirty Dancing
Keds enjoyed one if its biggest starring roles in this 1987 classic dance-driven movie. Jennifer Grey, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman, almost always had white Keds Champion sneakers on her feet while dancing her way into the heart of Patrick Swayze’s character, Johnny Castle.

Dirty Dancing Baby Wearing Keds The famous bridge scene in Dirty Dancing with Baby wearing classic white Keds. PMC Archives

Saved by the Bell
Granted this one did not hit the big screen, but was still very much worth including. Kelly Kapowski (played by Tiffani Thiessen) made getting dressed for school fun again with her signature brightly hued leggings, printed skirts and high-waisted denim. She also made Keds a must-have for teen girls in the 1990s, effortlessly pairing her Keds Champion sneakers with her cheery outfits.

Saved by the Bell Tiffani Thiessen Keds Sneakers Kelly Kapowski loved her Keds Champion sneakers in Saved by the Bell. PMC Archives.

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