I think I have discovered another interesting difference between American English and British English. Emma Cossey of Shoewawa refers to simple canvas sneakers as “pumps”. I have to admit, I’m not entirely sure of the exact definition of “pumps” and I think it’s a rather goofy name for a shoe. What, exactly, are we pumping? But I have always thought of it as a dressy daytime shoe with a moderately high heel.
When I select pumps at Endless.com I get high heels, including stilettos and wedges, which I do not think of as “pumps”. I haven’t looked at all 254 pages yet but so far I’ve seen only a few flats or low-heeled shoes but they are somewhat dressy. Most have heels over two inches. Two things they all have in common is that they are dressy, more or less, and they do not have laces so perhaps that’s the definition of “pumps,” at least in the U.S. What do you think?