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Sneakers are footwear of flexible material, typically featuring a sole made of rubber. The upper part is made of leather or canvas. Sneakers were originally sporting apparel, but are today worn much more widely as casual footwear. They are now widely popular.

The British English equivalent of "sneaker" is "trainer" in its modern meaning; however, the traditional "sneaker" (pictured) is closer to the British "plimsoll". In some urban areas in the United States, the slang for sneakers is kicks. In Hiberno-English and Australian English the term is runners. In South African English the term used is takkies.

Sneakers have become an important part of hip hop culture since the 70s. Presently, numerous rappers sign million dollar deals with major brands such as Nike, Adidas or Puma to promote their shoes. Sneaker collectors, called "Sneakerheads", use sneakers as fashionable items. Artistically-modified sneakers can sell for upwards of $500.

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Etymology

The name derives from the fact that the rubber soles made the shoes noiseless.[1] The term "sneaker" itself was first used in 1887 by Boston Journal of Education:[2]

β€œIt is only the harassed schoolmaster who can fully appreciate the pertinency of the name boys give to tennis shoes β€” sneakers.”

The British English term "trainer" derives from "training shoe."

Popular Brands

Popular brands include Nike, Adidas, Reebok, New Balance, Converse, PUMA, Shaq, Asics, C1rca, Etnies, Skechers, Vans, Clicks Fashion etc.

Types

  • High-tops cover the ankle.
  • Low-tops do not cover the ankle.
  • Mid-cut are in-between high-tops and low-tops.
  • Sneaker boots extend to the calf.

Sneaker boots

Sneaker boots are a type of shoe that mimics the visual appearance of a traditional sneaker, but is equipped with a high heel. The heel makes it impossible to use them as anything but dress shoes.

Examples

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  • In 1995 Cyd Jouny made a crossover between a basketball sneaker and a stiletto mule.
  • Nobox, by Reebok an unsuccessful design in the mid-90's. [1]
  • Moxy, by Cherry avenue [2]
  • Converse Chucks

References

  1. ^ Harper, Douglas. "sneaker". Online Etymology Dictionary. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=sneaker. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  2. ^ Andrew Adam Newman (March 21, 2010). "Keds Campaign Claims a First, Then Revises". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/business/media/22adco.html?ref=media. 
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