The French version of Keds is now sold in the States at a not-unreasonable price. This was no doubt the quickest I'd ever gone from seeing a (PR-ish) post on a fashion blog to whipping out the credit card. But in my tepid defense, I'd been planning on getting the Keds version (navy slip-ons both), which are $40 to the Bensimons' $45, but I already know which size I take in the latter, and that they're comfortable, and really can go in the laundry. (Unlike the Converse I definitively ruined that way.) I hesitated on the Keds because they just weren't fabulous, whereas these are, as much as any canvas sneakers could be. It's less an impulse buy than an overly-researched one, which, now that I think of it, might be worse.