Tennis shoes? Really?

BDS

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I have never heard anyone outside the UK call them trainers. A trainer is someone who teaches you how to do something.
 

Seirith

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NY here and I call them sneakers. I never call any shoes tennis shoes and no one else I know does either.
 

GodofWine

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This definitely sounds like they did these surveys at the local country club or pickleball court.
 

Faiz

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Yes language is weird and varies on location. This is not new. It is not a revelation.
 

CHC

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It’s funny because my dad grew up in western New York, like literally ON the line, and he says tennis shoes. But no one else I know does.
 

Ciao

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Basket or Tennis in France haha! I say Sneaker myself because I'm not a savage.
 

DBT85

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I'm from just South of Edinburgh and I've never, ever heard of them being called baffies.
Honestly I've never heard anyone here call them anything other than trainers. In 35 years, from old folk or from young.

I have never heard anyone outside the UK call them trainers. A trainer is someone who teaches you how to do something.
Surely a tennis shoe is something yuo play tennis in, and a sneaker is something you sneak around in?

So they are all dumb.
 

EYEL1NER

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Born in Chitown. We indeed called them "Gym Shoes" growing up. Moved to Missouri and they say "Tennis shoes" and call pop "Soda".
I was going to say "Where in Missouri have you heard 'soda' instead of 'pop' but then I saw that heatmap-style map a few posts after yours and it's everything outside of the KC-area that uses 'soda,' so I guess that makes sense why I never heard it there. I was a 'pop' guy until I started living in the South and then switched to 'soda.'



And lol at people in here from different countries in Europe saying they get called 'tennis shoes' there as well. So this obviously isn't some "America, you use a dumb name" thing; it's more a case of "England, why do you keep creating silly words for stuff?"
Sneakers, running shoes, gym shoes, tennis shoes (which I use a lot, but I recognize them as being more of a low-cut shoe as opposed to basketball shoes/hi-tops)... I'm fine with any of those. Calling them "trainers" is hilarious though.
 

digit_zero

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While I am surprised to find out its a purely northeastern thing to use the term 'sneakers' - I am more fascinated that there are two separate pockets of people who call water fountains... bubblers?

 

BDS

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And trainers are what you wear on your feet when you're training. Do people do lots of sneaking in theirs?
The word "sneaker" is never used in any context besides shoes. Nobody says "A sneaker broke into my house last night."

The purpose of communication is to be understood, not to be accurate. "Tennis shoes" and "sneakers" are both words that have no contextual meaning at all besides referring to shoes.
 

Lexad

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literally a section at every shoe store i have been in that calls them tennis shoes
 

thewienke

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Grew up in Milwaukee and have lived in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Indiana, and Massachusetts.

I’ve heard people say tennis shoes and sneakers in every state. I honestly didn’t think that anyone would give either term a second thought?

I’ve also heard “basketball shoes” and “kicks” but not from a gym teacher or anything.
 

GC-

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Maybe. But it is noticeable that several people in this thread have disagreed with the map.
But I can also vouch that North West specifically Liverpool and Manchester are on point as is Yorkshire but London’s a bit dated. Things like creps and kicks are common all over.
 

King Alamat

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I must confuse the shit outta people because outside of saying "y'all", I don't line up with any of that map.
 

Saganator

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I thought sneakers was a general term for shoes that aren't formal. I've never really used the word myself.
 

DrewFu

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When I was younger I'd call them tennis shoes. Now I usually call them exactly what they are - running shoes, trainers, etc.. Or I'll just call them shoes.
 

FaceHugger

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Been sneakers, kicks, or gators here since I was 7 or 8. I am familiar with the term tennis shoes but never heard a person actually say it.
 

HammerOfThor

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Lol as someone from Chicago, it’s gym shoes.

Though I say sneakers too.

Ive never heard them called tennis shoes.
 

stan_marsh

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I call shoes by what they're used for. Walking shoes, running shoes, athletic shoes, dress shoes, etc. And "casual shoes" for any kind of shoes without a specific purpose.

When I hear "tennis shoes", I see all-white athletic shoes with a fairly flat sole and a low top, as in:



FWIW, I'm Canadian, though I don't think that has any bearing on my preferred terminology. I just like to be specific.
Exact same here, also Canadian.
 

kvetcha

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Yep, tennis shoes.

Sneakers are for something clearly not athletically oriented, like Chucks.
 

I KILL PXLS

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Weird. This checks out for me I guess. I'm a Floridian and I always call them sneakers, but most people around me in Florida interchanged that and tennis shoes pretty equally.