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    What are PE pumps? What kind of footwear are they?

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    Could you please provide the full context for where you saw this?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: PE pumps

    Barb is right, I'm assuming they are shoes (I could be very wrong but you haven't given us any help) and even making that assumption they could be anything from this:



    to this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Could you please provide the full context for where you saw this?
    Not much context as it was overheard but I did some more research and I think these are soft shoes worn by children for Physical Education.

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    Default Re: PE pumps

    That's right.

    They are also called plimsolls.

    Here they are:

    Plimsolls

    PE means physical education.

    Rover

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    Default Re: PE pumps

    Maybe something like these then? Results for pumps - chiarafashion

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    Default Re: PE pumps

    Interesting, they all look different. So what makes a shoe not be a plimsoll or a pump?

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    Default Re: PE pumps

    Fascinating. I know pumps only as the high-heeled, closed-toe shoes for ladies in the first picture. And I'd never even heard of a plimsoll before!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Interesting, they all look different. So what makes a shoe not be a plimsoll or a pump?
    "Shoe" is the superordinate, or all-embracing word, which includes all types of footwear. The hyponyms of "shoe" include "sandal", "pump", "brogue". "trainer", etc. "Pump" itself can mean several things, one of which Rover_KE illustrated.

    In the 1960s and 1970s it was a common word in Britsh schools for those flexible shoes worn during Physical Education lessons.

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