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Outdoor shoes sneakers Tennis Battle

Style / July 03, 2013

Tennis Shoes vs. Sneakers: The Battle Of The Outdoor Shoes It’s a battle for the ages, the classic dispute. Are they tennis shoes or are they sneakers? We dig deep to find out what it is you actually wear.

BY Kristi

 actually playing tennis. Their canvas and rubber material made them perfect for athletics

Some call them tennis shoes, some call them sneakers. Other people just call them outdoor shoes. So the question is: what is it that you actually own?

Come to find out, there is a difference between sneakers and tennis shoes.

I got into a discussion with a friend about this the other day. We were talking about some of my favorite shoes and he referred to them as sneakers while I contested that they were actually tennis shoes. I thought about this after our discussion and after some research, discovered that there is a difference between the two.

What’s A Sneaker?

The first full rubber-soled shoes were made in the 1880’s and were known as, “Keds.” Because they were so quiet, they earned the nickname, “sneakers,” because they allowed you to sneak around. Sneakers now refer to almost any type of “street” shoe that’s not a flip-flop.

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OK, Then What’s a Tennis Shoe?

On the other hand, tennis shoes were originally called “Plimsolls,” and have been around since the mid-to-late 1800’s. These were created for, among other things, actually playing tennis. Their canvas and rubber material made them perfect for athletics, as they were shoes with good support. And as athletics developed, so did the versatility of the tennis shoes.

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What Do They Look Like?

Tennis shoes have rubber wide soles that are placed lower on the shoe. This helps with agility and also helps to prevent rolled ankles, so athletes loved them.

All tennis shoes are called sneakers, but not all sneakers are tennis shoes.

Sneakers are pretty much the same thing as tennis shoes. They’re made of the same material and have many of the same attributes.

So What Is The Difference?

The main difference is that tennis shoes were created primarily for athletes, while sneakers were made for the general public. There was no intention in mind for sneakers other than general outdoor and street use. Having said that, if you have a pair of tennis shoes just sitting in your closet collecting dust, you are ok calling them sneakers.

Essentially, all tennis shoes can be called sneakers, but not all sneakers can be called tennis shoes. And if you’re looking for decent athletic shoe-wear for a specific sport, it is better to get shoes specifically designed for that sport.

Whether call them sneakers, tennis shoes, walking shoes, outdoor shoes or something else, one thing is for sure: you got those shoes for a reason, because you want walk, run, do whatever you want to outside, in shoes that love your feet as much as you do.

Looking for the perfect outdoor shoes, no matter what you call them? KURU Footwear has the most comfortable shoes for anything you do outdoors. And after you find the perfect pair, tell KURU nation how awesome your shoes really are!

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