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This summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes

By Stefano on June 21st, 2013

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

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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


Vans OTW Pritchard

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

This season Vans is on a roll as they knock out yet another great pair of shoes.The Pritchard shoe, much like the previous Vault Derby release, combines both elements of a classy dress shoe, yet at is essentially still a skate shoe. The first release comes in this Incense colorway, featuring a full suede upper and contrasting midsoles and will retail for $70 USD (£42)

Footwear, News

Vans California Washed Pack

By Laura on February 23rd, 2011

The Vans California Washed Pack, were released this month as a part of their spring collection. Produced with a unique washed effect, they have that worn-in vintage look that usually only get after wearing your shoes into the ground. They are available in various styles including the Authentic Deacon CA and Slip-on Deacon CA in four colorways of stone washed canvas with desaturated tones and soft, comfortable uppers. While I realise not everyone likes the distressed look – these are going to look great as soon as the warmer weather hits.

Brand Spotlight, Footwear

White Vans Man: Pete Sparrow shows what makes Vans special

By cchapman on July 20th, 2009

Pete_Sparrow_White_VANS.jpgMaybe its something to do with the fact that shoes for the last few years have been low profile (read: thin soled) but there’s something about the chunky soles on a pair of classic Vans canvas boat shoes that is looking very right now. Gorgeous photo blog Backyard Bill captures the essential cool of white Vans in the latest update, featuring the charmingly named Pete Sparrow. This UK-born-Manhattan-living adonis pairs his Vans with everything, from swimming shorts and rolled up indigo denim to, my favourite, these pale, loose jogging pants.

Of course photogenic Mr Sparrow could make pretty much anything look cool, but I stand by my assertion that thick-soled Vans are looking pretty hot right now, making them anything but just another pair of white plimsolls. Also seen recently in my Unis shorts post, Office have Vans in stock in a range of tempting colours besides white, the navy ones being notable for their nautical air.

Heroes and Celebrities

Vans ICONoclast: Henry Rollins

By Jonathan Smith on December 8th, 2008

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Henry Rollins
the man, the legend, the buzz cut has been named as one of Vans ICONOclasts along with other (but less awesome) icons; Lemmy Klimister, Stacy Peratta, Robert Williams, John Cardiel, Wes Humpston, Joel Tudor and Colette. This campaign from Vans is an insight into each of the ICONoclasts believes, who their icons are and what they think ICONoclast means. I’m not so fussed about what any of the other ‘Icons’ have to say, perhaps with the exception of Lemmy but I freaking love Henry Rollins, he’s smart, funny, build like a brick shit house and in this of climate quiffs and 1920′s heavy knit jerseys he is a man with a pair of clippers and a plain black t-shirt who can out cool you all, proving once again that cool doesn’t and isn’t try hard.

Though my enthusiasm wanes over certain ICONoclasts I have to say all these people have in some small way influenced popular culture and fashion so it’s well worth a read, even if you have no interest in any of these peeps or don’t even know who they are. Check the site out here, treat it as a reference point on how to think cool as well as look cool.


Try this at home: Spray-painted Vans

By admin on November 6th, 2008

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For his catwalk collection for Victorinox Pierre-Henri Mattout spent the morning spray-painting white Era Vans and they look HOT.
It’s not difficult to get the look, and it’s the perfect craft project for beginners. To try this out get your hands on some fabric spray paints and mask off the rubber sole with tape. You’re trying to get a shaded effect so try to spray from one angle and if you’ve chosen a couple of shades different colours spray each colour from separate angles. Make sure to spray very lightly and don’t be afraid to go over areas to get the desired effect.

Are there any crafters out there? Join up to our Facebook Blog Network and let me know!


Entertainment, Footwear, Top Five

Fashion Vs. Sport

By Jonathan Smith on August 7th, 2008


The link between fashion and sport is undeniable, even the fashion heavyweights such as Ralph Lauren and Fred Perry have history in sporting activities of various types. Assuming you’re not head to toe in bespoke suit and a pair of wingtips it’s an almost certainty that you’re wearing some kind of sportswear, unless of course you’re reading this naked. In which case kudos.The link is even more noticeable in the street fashion scene with uber-weight sport’s companies like Adidas and Nike pretty much owning the game with vintage re-releases and limited editions.

The Fashion Vs. Sport exhibition at the V&A started this week and is running through to the 4th of January. The exhibition explores in depth the link between sport and fashion and looks to be a bloody fun and educational afternoon out. For more info get over to the V&A’s website here.

To celebrate the exhibition I have knocked together my top 5 sport fashion items, check them out after the jump!

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Footwear, News

Vans x Number (N)ine

By admin on April 24th, 2008


Vans, who already have collections with APC and Supreme, have now added Number (N)ine to their extensive list of collaborators. With Number (N)ine’s status on the rise, it looks like a beneficial partnership for both brands rather than piggybacking. But none of that would matter if the trainers were ugly.

Although the collaboration is an exciting one, the trainers themselves are decidedly less so. They look good, but the colours look a little dull. The design on the side looks like a carpet in the 70′s, in a good way. If these tickle your fancy then you can get these from selected retailers from May 10th.


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