Training Shoes

Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, gym shoes, runners, takkies, or trainers are all shoes primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise, but which are now also often used for everyday wear. The term generally describes a type of footwear with a flexible sole made of rubber or synthetic material and an upper part made of leather or synthetic materials. Examples of such shoes include athletic footwear such as basketball shoes, tennis shoes, cross trainers and other shoes worn for specific sports.

Origins of the various names given to “training shoes”

The term “sneakers” is most commonly used in the Northeastern United States and Southern Florida. It is also used in North Carolina, Australia and Canada. The British English equivalent of “sneaker” in its modern form is “trainer”. In some urban areas in the United States, the slang for sneakers is kicks. Other terms include training shoes or trainers (British English), sandshoes, gym boots or joggers (Geordie English in the UK), running shoes, runners or gutties (Canadian English, Australian English and Scottish English), runners in Hiberno-English, sneakers (North American English) and (Australian English), tennis shoes (North American English and Australian English), gym shoes, tennies, sports shoes, sneaks, takkies (South African English and Hiberno-English), rubber shoes (Philippine English) or canvas shoes (Nigerian English).

Regardless of what you call them, it is important to get the right one for your needs.

Running shoes come in a range of shapes suited to different running styles/abilities. Generally, they are divided by running style: the majority are for heel-toe joggers/runners which are further subdivided into ‘neutral’, ‘overpronation’ and ‘underpronation’. These are constructed with a complex structure of “rubber” with plastic/metal stiffeners to restrict foot movement. More advanced runners tend to wear flatter and flexible shoes, which allow them to run more quickly with greater comfort.

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