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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Sneak(er) Attack!

    Let's talk "sneakers"......or perhaps we call them "tennis shoes". Whatever we call them, let's discuss.....

    Back when I was a young'n (1950s) we called them "Keds", which was (if I remember correctly) a brand name. I can still hear my Mother saying, "Dont you be wearing your Keds to church!"

    Bear Sneaker Timeline
    1950s - Never wore sneakers to school or church or even those CBD shopping trips (via Toledo's olde Community Traction Company).
    1960s - Started playing basketball on a regular basis. First shoe of choice: Canvas hi-tops (for good ankle support).
    1970s - Wedding at NW Ohio's superb Oak Openings Preserve, to Wife Version 2.0 (Donna). I wore green canvas Chuck Taylor hi-tops.
    NOTE: Oak Openings is considered by the Nature Conservacy one of the "best natural areas in the USA".
    1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s - Changed basketball shoe to Reebok hi-tops. Better ankle support.
    1980s to present - Wearing sneakers almost all of the time. So damn comfortable.

    When I was running on a regular basis (1980s, about 30-40 miles a week), my running shoe of choice was a brand that "I just hadda to have" and today I cannot remember the brand name.

    Chances are that most of you put sneakers or tennis shoes or "Keds" on your feet. So.....what say you?

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    No nikes on these feet.
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    They were "tennis shoes" when I was growing up, in part because Mom only allowed us to wear them during actual tennis lessons. They were navy lace-up keds. We had to wear loafers or dressy shoes the rest of the time.

    Nowadays, I wear "cross-trainers" most days, although when we travel I take other comfy shoes for full days of walking. You know, shoes that don't make me look like a clueless middle-aged woman. In San Francisco, that might be boots or black flats. In Georgia or Orlando, maybe little white keds.

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    On the WTF.


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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    On the WTF.

    Nice floor.

    Keds were the only thing around. Converse were available, but only through school athletic programs. Bear, some merely called them gym shoes or gymmers...at least south of you.

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    I wore "tennis shoes" from K-6. They had rubber soles, canvas tops and if you were the cat's meow you got 'blue tips'. I recall wearing several pairs of Keds.
    Junior high - about this time "running shoes" first came into vogue and the cool brand to wear was Adidas. Not only did they have a spongy sole but usually had cool stripes on the side.
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    Excuse those goofy looking socks.


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    I don't wear traditional sneakers very much, but I love my Clarks Privo Tequini shoes. Super comfy and I've had my current pair nearly five years and they've traveled around the world with me.

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Excuse those goofy looking socks.

    Nice floor.

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Excuse those goofy looking socks.

    Great legs, RJ!

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    I wore tennis shoes or cross training shoes all through elementary and high school. Once I got out of high school, I stopped playing tennis though and began running quite frequently and I don't find the majority of running shoes to be particularly attractive so I generally only wear them while I am actually running (or to and from the gym). Other than that, I usually wear a pair of boat shoes or moccasins if the weather is nice or a good pair of heavy wingtips or leather boots the rest of the time.
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