Archive for November 3, 2018

On the Naming of the Plimsoll

Posted in Biographical on November 3, 2018 by telescoper

The items of footwear depicted photographically above are usually named ‘plimsolls’, ‘plimsoles’, or ‘pumps’. They were originally developed for use as beachwear way back in the 1830s which is no doubt why, when I was a lad growing up on Tyneside, they were invariably known as ‘sandshoes’.

Recently, however, I have discovered that in Wales (at least in Cardiff) these canvas and rubber shoes are called ‘daps’ and, in parts of Scotland, ‘gutties’. Does anyone out there in the interwebs know any other names for them?

Please let me know through the comments box below..