Sunday, June 14, 2009

What Do YOU Call These?


Yesterday, while gearing up to help shovel and move mulch, I said "Wait, I have to put on my tennis shoes..."

This, of course, got me the typical Oldtimer remark of "Why? Are you going to play tennis?" And the so-called discussion continued from there. (As an aside, why would you take a chance on irritating a woman who is going to help shovel mulch?)

I know some of this is regional, and I know I'm also getting to be a bit of a dinosaur, so I'm curious how everyone else refers to this type of footwear in casual conversation. I mean, you don't all say "don't depart without me - I need to locate my athletic shoes," do you?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

sneakers

Jennifer Rose said...

sneakers, shoes, tennis shoes, runners. I think thats it but there might be more names from this area, I will try to remember to ask hubby :)

JudiA said...

We say tennis shoes, "tennys", or "tenny-runners". Geez my family is weird.

BumbleVee said...

I've always called them "runners"...which was shortened from "running shoes"...which is what we called them as kids....

Kerry said...

I have to make myself "not" cal them tennis shoes, it sounds so dated. I try to refer to them as sneakers but I guess they will probably always be tennis shoes to me even though I don't play tennis either(: We do say tennys sometimes though

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I've always called them sneakers. :-)

Wendy Coyne said...

we call them trainers over here :)

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

I call them Sneakers!
I do have tennis shoes but I wear those when I play tennis. :)

Linda Fleming said...

I say sneakers.

HElen said...

I call - sneakers :)

Michelle Eaton said...

I'd call them sneakers or runners.

Carla said...

I'm from Illinois but have lived all over and I still call them tennis shoes. And I don't play tennis. :)

Sue said...

Well, I don't think JudiA's family is weird at all. We always called them tennis shoes, tennies, or tenny-runners, too. Oldtimer calls them "sneaks" and told me that "sneakers" is dated. I guess this is one of those regional things!

Anonymous said...

"sneakers" or "sneaks" for me too, since I moved down south, but they were always "tennis shoes" when I lived up north! ~Dawn