About Sneakers


Sneakers or as they are called across the Atlantic plimsolls, can come in many different designs and generally the only requirement to really qualify a shoe as a 'sneaker' is having a rubber sole (although frequently designs use a synthetic rubber and still call the end product a sneaker).

Sneakers for athletic purposes are usually design for a specific application tennis shoes, running shoes and cross-trainers all will have different soles and properties developed by the manufactures to help the specific role they are being asked to perform.

It is typically accepted that sneakers got their name because they replaced/competed with the existing hard soled shoes - and the difference in the noise generated by these 'new rubber soled shoes' was significantly less than the hard soled shoes allowing the wearer to 'sneak about quietly'.

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