(The Wimbledon tennis scene was reflected in the sunglasses of this fan. Sarah Miles, 18, was attending the All England lawn tennis championships at the famed courts in London on June 22, 1960. )
Can you hear that? The tops of Pimms being twisted off, the spoons sinking into vats of cream (or the plastic lids being popped off cans of squirty cream for the less snooty among you) and the thunderous applause of British fans as Andy Murray sets to defend his title (COME ON MURRAY!) - Wimbledon has well and truly started! While our eyes are firmly fixed on the courts, when it comes to match breaks and that pesky British summertime rain interfering during games , we love nothing more than sussing out classic Wimbledon style.
While the crème de la crème of British society are more likely to be wearing their LK Bennetts and Vivienne Westwood in their box seats, British fans on Henman hill aren’t hard to miss thanks to their inventive use of flags as capes/ponchos/dresses, union jack shoes and errr…tennis balls?!
While us Brits take any opportunity to don a costume and prove our eccentric/barmy credentials via an event televised worldwide, those on court have to abide by the strict all white rules enforced by the Wimbledon committee. Breaching these rules is a no-no, but that won’t stop us bending them a little bit when it comes to tennis shoes…
The Lacey One
Sweet and discrete, these tennis shoes with ribbon laces and broderie detail are cute enough to get away with breaking any dress codes.
The Wedge One
Stan Smith was a famous tennis player, so we’re sure he’d agree that this wedge update of the Adidas Classic Stan Smith tennis shoe is merely an advantageous improvement to make sure you reach high and perfect your serve!
The Ironic One
While umpires aren’t known for their sense of humour, we’re sure that even the grumpiest of umps’ couldn’t resist cracking a smile at this tongue in cheek shoe. Tennis balls on a tennis shoe. We see what you did there Lacoste…
The Patriotic One
All white everything? Psssh, where’s the patriotism in that? We’d rather get chucked out of centre court for being patriotic in these Startas Union Jack appropriate plimsolls than conform to the rules.
These break all the rules, like only a pair of Jeffrey Campbells could…but we doubt anyone would dare to challenge a tennis fan in a pair of studded platform sneakers!