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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.