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Why we love trainers

 

Call them what you want – trainers, sneakers, tennis shoes – but why does everybody love them so much? Sophie and Neil discuss the ubiquity of sport shoes and why they were invented.

This week’s question

What’s a popular US slang term for trainers? Is it…

a) kicks?

b) wedges?

c) flats?

You’ll hear the answer at the end of the programme.

Vocabulary

ubiquitous
found everywhere

tatty
old and in bad condition

apparel
clothing

dressed down
informal

limited edition
something produced in very small numbers

sneakerhead
somebody who collects limited edition sneakers

prosperity
(in this context) economic success

usher in
mark the beginning of something

sartorial
connected with clothing

craze
enthusiasm

know your onions
know a lot about something

November 17, 2016

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