Pumping it up for the summer

Timothy Barber
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THE tricky question of what footwear a chap should sport with his shorts raises its head every summer, and never gets properly resolved (though there’s one iron rule – leave those socks in the drawer, daddio).

This year it’s all about the new breed of plimsolls, the sports shoe that’s been brought back from the dead. A pair of lightweight pumps were once suitable only for the school gym, but the sleek, modern plimsoll is bringing some streamlined panache to the white trainer tradition – and it’s the perfect look for hot days and short trousers.

White trainer

Puma Alexander McQueen
Scarred Street Low trainers

Paul Smith
Musa trainer

Ted Baker

Top Man
White Kooky cotton plimsoll