When I was a kid, I referred to sneakers as "tennis shoes." All my friends did, as well. It didn't matter whether or not the shoes were designed specifically for playing tennis (they never were), or whether any of us even liked tennis (most of us didn't). In our part of the world, it was just the generic name for athletic shoes.
We knew about the term "sneakers," but it seemed like such an old-fashioned word. In our minds, it was what our parents used to call their tennis shoes. You know, before they were cool.
Funny that now things have reversed again. I use the word "sneakers" for general-purpose athletic shoes that are worn more for fashion's sake than for any real sport, per se; and I save the term "tennis shoes" for footwear that's actually designed for, well, tennis. And, I'm pretty sure I'd feel like someone's parent if I were to call my sneakers "tennis shoes," and, we can't have that. But, then again, I'd feel like a fool, if I were to try to come off as hip enough to use a word like "kicks."
I'd love to know what you guys call sneakers, and also, what you called them when you were younger. In the meantime, have a look at some of my all-time favorite (once more for old time's sake) sneakers, as this week's 5 for Friday collection. When you'd done, you can hop on over to About.com's sneakers site, where guide Suzy Martin (aka " Blue Panther 777") is cool enough to call them whatever she wants.
Above: Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Mexico 66, Image: 6pm.com (Buy Direct)
Above: adidas Originals 'Gazelle 2.0 - Suede', Image: Zappos.com (Buy Direct)
Above: Nike 'Classic Cortez Nylon', Image: Zappos.com (Buy Direct)
Above: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 'Dainty Ox', Image: Zappos.com (Buy Direct)
Pictured at Top: adidas Originals 'Dragon', Image: Zappos.com (Buy Direct)