Ever wondered why the plimsoll is called that? According to Nicholette Jones’ book The Plimsoll Sensation in the 1870s it got the name because the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull. So just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole the wearer would get wet.
So now we’re officially in summer, we can safely get out our plimsolls! (and hopefully avoid trench foot following a British summer…)
So much cooler than trainers, here’s our top ten plimsolls to step out in this summer.
Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Vulc Low Washed Red Imperial £65
Heritage sports inspired suede shoes, designed as part of the Bradley Wiggins Collection for Fred Perry. The soft, washed suede upper features a six eyelet fastening and a two colour stripe detail on the tongue. The low vulcanised rubber sole has decorative webbing around the side wall and a table tennis bat inspired tread pattern. Finished with a specially designed stripe tape and Fred Perry badge at the back of the heel.Office