One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soft shoe worn for sports or casual occasions.
training shoe, running shoe, sports shoe, tennis shoe, plimsollView synonyms
- ‘Dress them down with sneakers or flip-flops or take them out on the town with heels.’
- ‘She put on the sneakers she had worn home from the hospital and went outside, shutting the front door behind her.’
- ‘One of the trendiest looks to hit the scene this year is wearing sneakers with a suit.’
- ‘If the shoe is sturdy, like a sneaker, toss it in the wash on the gentle cycle and let it air dry.’
- ‘We are a casual footwear brand for the sneaker wearing generation.’
- ‘She was amused to see he wore old sneakers instead of the boots favoured by the others.’
- ‘One of the shoelaces on her sneaker had come untied and was blowing vulnerably in the wind.’
- ‘The seemingly unending silence was broken by the soft treading of sneakers on soil.’
- ‘These types of socks are as low as they come and are made to be invisible in any kind of sneakers.’
- ‘He wore a pair of worn out old sneakers that matched his worn out old jean trousers.’
- ‘There's no point in buying a pair of sneakers that will break after two weeks of use.’
- ‘It's kind of wet outside, so you put on your waterproof boots instead of your sneakers.’
- ‘Shoving my feet into a worn down pair of sneakers, I went out of my way to leave early.’
- ‘Complete the look with a pair of dark brown biker boots or a stylish pair of vintage sneakers.’
- ‘Do you think sneakers are just another part of fashion or do they mean more than that?’
- ‘For some reason I looked down as well and started to watch as he dug the tip of his sneaker into the carpet.’
- ‘I began to lace up my sneakers, hiding my face behind my hair as I took a deep breath.’
- ‘Turns out the kids are wearing roller shoes - normal sneakers with a handy wheel underneath.’
- ‘Evan had those shoes that were sneakers but made more for show then for anything else.’
- ‘He'd tied his sneaker laces together, and now had his shoes strung about his neck.’
Late 16th century: (in sense ‘person or animal that sneaks’): the current sense dates from the late 19th century.
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