Tennis shoes, sneakers, or trainers?

16 thoughts on “Tennis shoes, sneakers, or trainers?”

  1. Well as you know I’m from Arkansas and I’m certainly not speaking for all the hillbillies but they all fit one genre for me… Tennis shoes. 🙂

      1. I should add that in my case as far as the ‘running shoe’ genre goes, I refer to that type of shoe as any shoe I am wearing from wingtips to sandals if or when the Boogie Man gets after me…. 😀

    1. I’ve heard “trainers” enough to consider it a US term, but it’s obvious from the images that it’s more common in the UK. Admittedly they are so common here in Colo. that one could almost just call them shoes. Then the only distinction you need to make might be “boots” or “dress shoes.”

  2. Well, I used to play tennis, so to me that’s something specific; sneakers are the canvas items, what we wore in the 50s but it sounds out of date now; trainers is a British usage. So… I use ’em mainly to walk, these days, not to run, and I call ’em walking shoes – that could mean those more blucher-looking things (like Clarks) but to me, it’s also my New Balances or (currently) Brooks.

    1. Precisely why “tennies” doesn’t roll easily off my tongue. I don’t play tennis and I know there are shoes designed specifically for tennis. My problem, obviously, is becoming too conscious of what I’m saying (still editing myself, even though I’m retired!) and then starting to overthink it. And having started this discussion, I’ve probably just made the problem worse!

    1. Derived from the shoes’ “tacky” soles? As for adopting the word, I’m trying to find a word that would best fit in local use, ie, be least conspicuous.

      1. Interesting! Well, my four years of Latin also came in the ’50s, so I’m not holding myself accountable for remembering all my vocabulary.

... and that's my two cents