One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nountrademark in UK
A casual shoe, typically made of leather or canvas with a rubber sole, designed to be worn on boats.
- ‘He wore chinos, a polo shirt, and Topsiders with no socks to work - and he had little regard for rank or status.’
- ‘I was wearing my usual: Topsiders, no socks, 501s, and a button-down shirt - the same thing I'd been wearing since, approximately, 1981.’
- ‘Then he drops into an extended riff about shoes, explaining how, for the American leg of the current book tour, he bought a pair of Topsiders, the loafers of choice of the Kennedys.’
- ‘And while solid numbers are scarce, almost everyone in the industry will tell you that, worldwide, the vast majority of young sailors inevitably retire their Topsiders as they move from clubs to the real world.’
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