Ok, let’s start with the basics; what material are canvas shoes made from? The answer is…canvas! Yep, that’s right, the name says it all; however, you may also find canvas shoes referred to as pumps or plimsolls. The first modern form of the canvas shoe was invented in the late 1800s by the U.S. rubber company, who created a rubber ‘sneaker’ with a canvas top (fun fact: did you know they got the name sneakers as they were so quiet that you could sneak up on someone while wearing them) This popular style only entered into mass production around 1917, and has since gained popularity worldwide as a multi-purpose shoe. When mass produced, canvas footwear is made by using a laser cutting machine for the canvas material, and either glue or stitching is used to attach the material to the base.
So, what are considered canvas shoes? Well, this encompasses any shoe made from canvas material, with a rubber, leather, or fibre sole. Although the term ‘canvas shoe’ often conjures the image of a shoe you’d pick to match your summer outfit, there are a variety of different styles used for a whole host of different purposes. There are lace ups, slip ons, ballet pumps, and more in a whole range of colours and patterns.