Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 02:18:38 -0500
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: sneakers
I up in NC with "tennis shoes" in ref to athletic shoes--60s and 70s.
But I now tend to refer to specific types of footwear when I'm being
specific, especially when I'm talking running shoes. But when I'm
speaking very off the cuff, I still fall into using tennis shoes to refer
to any type of athletic shoe. BTW, I also used to use "Keds"
interchangeably with "tennis shoes", but not so with "P.F. Flyers" which
were worn by Jonny Quest. Sigh, nostalgia.
On Wed, 29 Nov 1995, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
I'm from Seattle, and "sneaker" was a word used fifteen years or more ago
and sounds old-fashioned to me. With the big boom in super designed
athletic shoes to everyday people, "tennis" tends to now mean shoes for
tennis and I don't think I would feel comfortable using that term anymore