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Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?

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Question: What do you call 'em?
Sneakers - 7 (29.2%)
Tennis Shoes - 13 (54.2%)
Tennie Runners - 0 (0%)
Athletic Shoes - 2 (8.3%)
Trainers/ Traning shoes - 1 (4.2%)
Other (Explain) - 1 (4.2%)
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Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« on: March 15, 2007, 12:43:14 PM »

I'm talking about your generic term for athletic type shoes, not specific kinds of shoes (e.g. basketball shoes, running shoes, etc).

I grew up calling them tennis shoes, but somewhere along the way I've switched to athletic shoes. I've been known on occasion to call them sneakers as well. What do you call them? Have you noticed regional differences?

(Someone in the hall at my work just referred to them as "tennie runners," a term I haven't heard since my grandfather died, which got me wondering.)
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 12:47:18 PM »

Weird, I also grew up calling them tennis shoes exclusively, but now switch around a lot, but mainly call them athletic shoes.

I had thought it was a regional thing, but maybe it's just changed over time.
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 12:47:52 PM »

I call them tennis shoes, but I notice as I'm getting older(and maybe it's because I live with all girls)  I usually just say shoes.

I think it is regional.  Growing up in FL we called them sneakers, and my mom called them tennie runners.

FWIW, I think of athletic shoes, as the 3 metal equivalent.
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007, 12:48:29 PM »

Grew up calling them trainers.  Slowly Americanized (Utahnized??) to tennis shoes / tennies.  Been known to go with Chuckies now and again.

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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007, 12:50:27 PM »

I'm going with tennis shoes because that's what I called them growing up. However the last few years I've found myself calling them sneakers more often.
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007, 12:52:21 PM »

You dudes are all OLD!  You called them "tennis shoes" because there weren't any other kinds of athletic shoes back then except leather track spikes.
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 12:52:34 PM »

Tennis shoes and tennie runners
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007, 12:54:15 PM »

You dudes are all OLD!  You called them "tennis shoes" because there weren't any other kinds of athletic shoes back then except leather track spikes.

Who you callin' old!?!  Angry Wink Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2007, 12:59:05 PM »

tennis shoes
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2007, 12:59:20 PM »

FWIW, I think of athletic shoes, as the 3 metal equivalent.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2007, 01:00:02 PM »

You dudes are all OLD!  You called them "tennis shoes" because there weren't any other kinds of athletic shoes back then except leather track spikes.

*reality setting in*

I just didn't want to face the real reason. Tennis shoes and cleats (football/baseball) were it.

I'm getting old.
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2007, 02:20:31 PM »

Don't forget your PF Flyers.  Or your Geritol.



(PS -- I grew up calling them tennis shoes, too.  But now that I have tennis shoes, running shoes, golf shoes, hiking shoes, ...   Things change.  Cool)
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2007, 05:05:20 PM »

Running shoes.  Or runners for short.
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2007, 05:18:39 PM »

Tennis shoes.......... and getting older beats the hell out of the alternative  Shocked  Devil
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Re: Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Athletic Shoes?
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2007, 06:13:58 PM »

Sneakers (Keds and PF Flyers).  Tennis shoes were what the rich kids wore. Shocked

But, I am old. Cool
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