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
£70 www.paulsmith.co.uk

Ted Baker

Top Man
White Kooky cotton plimsoll