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?