Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 10:21:41 -0800 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: sneakers During my childhood in southern California, the distinction was quite clear. "Tennis shoes," at least for boys, were the ubiquitous high-topped, black-and-white Keds. Maybe another company made similar shoes, but I don't remember any other brand. At some point, brown ones were introduced (brown and white instead of black and white). "Sneakers," on the other hand, were low-topped canvas street shoes, came in colors, and were not connected with any kind of athletic activity. Later I learned, to my surprise, that there was also something called a "tennis shoe" that looked like a sneaker. I think it was worn only by girls or by actual tennis players. When I moved to Oregon, I was as surprised (and vaguely irritated) to hear the old high tops called "gym shoes" as I was to learn of something called a "gym," an unnatural place for activities that belonged outdoors. They still make sneakers. The new-fangled things are "Nikes" or maybe "running shoes," unless you need to be precise. Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR