172: Acclaimed Swedish band Opeth are making their Indian debut at Saarang 2009. The band name was derived from the word “Opet”, taken from the Wilbur Smith novel Sunbird, which meant “city of the moon”.

These shoes are named after those lines. Why?


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  1. Plimsoll shoe.. got its name from Plimsoll lines, cos the band on the side looked like a Plimsoll line and if the water gets above that line, the wearer will “feel” it :)

  2. Plimsoll shoes named after Plimsoll lines

  3. Plimsoll shoe from Plimsoll line on a ship – theres a line around the shoe sole and if it gets wet , the person wearing will get his feet wet . Plimsoll is named after a book called Plimsoll Sensation

  4. Plimsoll shoes and Plimsoll lines

  5. Karthik Ramgopal

    1. Plimsoll Shoe – Rubber sole, canvas top
    2. Load Line/Plimsoll Line

    The Plimsoll Line on a ship’s hull is used to determine how much the ship can be submerged so it can remain buoyant.

    In the case of the shoes the rubber sole is similar to a ship’s hull and if water rises above the rubber sole the person wearing the shoe is going to have wet feet

  6. The Plimsoll, named so because the stripe along the side of the shoe looks like the Plimsoll lines on the side of ships.

  7. Plimsoll shoes. If the water rises above that line you see on the side of the shoe, you can get wet.

  8. Plimsoll line, Plimsolls.

    The Plimsoll lines on a ship show how far the ship can be safely loaded, i.e. You load until the ship sinks far enough for the Plimsoll line to touch the water surface. Any further and you risk sinking.

    Similarly, on the Plimsolls you have a line between the rubber and the canvas. Get into water deeper than the line and you get your feet wet. QED.

  9. Er. The first para of explanation above has some horrible re-use of the word “sink”. Please get what I’m trying to drive at and ignore your Wren and Martin for now.

  10. Plimsoll Shoes and the Plimsoll line markings on ships hull

  11. The shoes are called Plimsoll shoes because the colored horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resemble the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull, or because, just like the Plimsoll line (the pic on right)on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole, the wearer would get wet

  12. The colored horizontal line on these ‘sand shoes’ resempbled the regulatory safeloading markings on the side of the ships – Plimsoll Lines

  13. plimsoll line/plimsoll shoe
    the borderline of sole resemble a plimsoll line

    anil raghavan