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  Q: Why do people call athletics shoes sneakers?

  A: updated (08/02/2012)

The term "sneaker" is attributed to a police man, from London England, who developed a rubber soled shoe - the sole of shoes being predominately made from leather then - to patrol his beat silently and "sneak" up upon criminals. Whether this myth is true or not, the term "sneaker" is a reference to this silent attribute of a rubber sole, which all athletic shoes are comprised of. The term "sneaker" is most popularly used in North America (United States of America and Canada), in the United Kingdom the athletics shoe was first referred to as a "plimsoll" and latterly as a "trainer" (training shoe). The two most successful brands of sneakers are Nike and Adidas, followed by Puma and Reebok.

 
 

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