Reebok sneakers The shoes have gone by a variety of names, depending on geography, and changing over the decades. The British English equivalent of "sneaker" in its modern form is "trainer". In some urban areas in the United States , the slang for sneakers is kicks. Other terms include training shoes or trainers Britain , sandshoes, gym boots or joggers Geordie English in the UK  and Australian English , running shoes, runners or gutties Canada , Australia and Scotland , daps in Wales , runners in Hiberno-English , sneakers North America , New Zealand and Australia , tennis shoes North American and Australia , gym shoes, tennies, sports shoes, sneaks, takkies South Africa  and Hiberno-English , rubber shoes Philippine English or canvas shoes Nigeria. Plimsolls British English are "low tech" athletic shoes, and are also called 'sneakers' in American English.