Vans: Tennis Shoes or Trainers?

I'll admit, I was a little late to the game on this one. It wasn't until last year that I realized that not everyone refers to sneakers as "tennis shoes." In fact, most people seem to call them "trainers." Here in the US, we tend to stick with "tennis shoes" or, more colloquially, "sneakers."

But while I was doing some research for this blog post (i.e. Googling "are vans tennis shoes"), I realized that there's a bit of a debate on the matter. So, which is it? Are Vans tennis shoes or trainers? Let's take a look.

The answer

It seems, is a little bit of both. In the UK—which is where Vans is headquartered—the vast majority of people refer to sneakers as "trainers." However, in the US, we are more likely to call them "tennis shoes."

It's worth noting that Vans did originally start out as a tennis shoe company. In fact, the name "Vans" is derived from the founders' name, Paul Van Doren. However, the company has since expanded beyond just tennis shoes and now offers a wide range of footwear, including skateboarding shoes and casual shoes.


So, there you have it! The answer to the age-old question: are Vans tennis shoes or trainers? Well, they're both! Depending on where you're from, you might call them either one. Personally, I think I'll stick with "tennis shoes." But whatever you call them, one thing's for sure: Vans makes some pretty great shoes.

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