The plimsoll – daps, gutties or pumps – are underrated in the world of footwear, undercelebrated for the way they can effortlessly adapt to their surroundings. Cool in high temperatures yet tough and durable in the cold, a plimsoll’s distinctive canvas upper and vulcanised rubber-sole makes them the ultimate all-rounder. It’s a testament to any shoe that after nearly two hundred years - and in the current climate of ‘sneakers’ and garish fashion - it still holds its own.
Originally made for beachwear in the 1830s - and aptly then-named ‘sand shoe’ - the plimsoll’s base design has remained almost untouched since birth. While there have been subtle variations on the classic style, the beauty and attraction of the shoe has always been in its simplicity.