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dannydibbert

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Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« on: November 22, 2021, 07:31:41 AM »
I've been skating for about 16 years now and as far back as I can remember, "skate shoe" has always been what everybody says and I've always sort of blindly followed along but I've never really understood it. Other than maybe dylan's latest model, the majority of "skate shoes"are clearly sneakers. so what gives? is it just that "skate shoe" rolls off the tongue better? am I thinking about this way too much?

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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2021, 10:30:27 AM »
Sneakers? That's a silly name. I call them chazwazers

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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2021, 12:42:59 PM »


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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2021, 01:02:22 PM »
More efficient to say shoes
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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2021, 03:37:28 PM »
Wouldn't sneakers also include running, basketball, tennis shoes etc

Why are soccer shoes called boots tho. Sure they used to actually be boots but that was a hundred years ago

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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2021, 04:16:18 PM »
So I'm figuring any sneaker is the [blank] shoe for its intended activity. Hence tennis shoes, or deck shoes (I guess Vans Authentics were originally for sailing?) Eventually, maybe a 1980s basketball shoe explosion overwhelmed common understanding. For casual sneaker wear, people really only wear basketball shoes, skate shoes or runners. Why mark that your Jordan 1s as "basketball shoes" and your Stan Smiths as "tennis shoes" in your language when "sneaker" is much simpler, and acknowledges that both shoes coexist in a casual wear category.

Anyway, skate shoe has stuck around. Probably the influence of Vans brand identity paired with the power of skater-facing marketing. Half of "skate shoes" out today function exactly the same as anything on a marshall's rack, beyond maybe a foam insole and also, all that awful but useful rubber paneling under the uppers. A skate shoe is coveted, argued about - it is not in the rhetorical section a baseball cleat or squash shoe might be. A skate shoe is attached to a professional athlete and comes in a variety of colors and styles. It is both a casual sneaker and a functional one. But nobody says "basketball shoe," which exists in the same realm. NBA pros still play in the Jordan 1 sometimes (well, in Off-White colorways.) This is weird.
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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2021, 04:33:06 PM »
Fuck an extra syllable.
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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2021, 06:40:14 PM »
Why are they even named sneakers anyways?  Were they originally only for assassins?
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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2021, 07:01:56 PM »
The fuck is this all about, I just call em hoof wraps and move on.

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Re: Why do we call them "shoes" and not "sneakers"?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2021, 04:01:01 PM »
hawaii has it right