Growing up, a pair of spotless white Keds were the ultimate first day of school accessory. Before I "grew up" and transitioned to Vans, Keds were the only acceptable shoe to pair with the two pairs of scrunched socks in coordinating colors to match our uniform plaid. Every now and again, my mom would get tired of constantly replacing my Keds and make me buy the Mervyn's off brand - Pacific Express. It was social and fashion suicide.
Now that I am all grown up and buying my own kicks, I can splurge for not only the beloved brand, but for one of the 4 adorable Madewell collaboration prints. At $62.00, I might even get 2, for when one pair gets a stain - gasp!