It seems that the big footwear fashion this year (I say this year but thinking about it loads of people were wearing last year too) is boat shoes! ''Often made of canvas or featuring a white sole. They have soft soles/heels to avoid marring or scratching a boat deck. The first boat shoe was invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry.'' What was originally worn by your dad or grandad is now all over catwalks and the highstreet. Last summer I bought a pair of Vans Zapto Del Barcos (Vans take on the boatshoe) but they fell apart on the first wear, same thing aparently happened to everyone else that had bought a pair. Luckily I picked up a pair of supermarket brand ones in France for about 10 euros when I was on holiday and they've lasted well!