Nicholette Jones writes that the term came from the motif of a colored band running along the seam of the sole being compared to the coloring of a ship hulls in the 1870s. In other words, just like the rainwater line on a ship, water gets in the way if it gets above the tread.
Later on, Plimso's shoes began to be worn by people taking vacations and by sportsmen on the croquet and lawns for their ease of movement. Grooves were laser-etched into the soles to improve the shoe's gripping power, and the entire batch was provided for the British army. For most people, the late 19th and early 20th centuries, footwear that was rugged and durable was also worn for sport and outdoor activities. Tee-shirts were commonly worn by pupils in Britain from the 1950s until the early 1970s in physical education classes in secondary schools.
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