What do you call your trainers?
It is said that Spanish is one of the richest languages in the world, as evidenced by the many synonyms they use to name, above all, the most everyday things.
For example, including the whole Spanish-speaking world, the word: "dinero" (money), which can also be said as: pasta, pela, guita, parné, panoja, cuartos, plata, pisto, mosca, lana, marmaja, biyuyo... And who knows how many more ways they say it in different parts of Spain.
But, from the study from Spain, we know that there are also differences in vocabulary between the autonomous communities, such as the way of calling those sneakers that cost us so much money.
In fact, accents aside, a keen eye could almost guess what community a person is from based on what they call a lifetime's worth of athletic footwear.
Shall we take a walk around the map? If we missed a name for the slippers, feel free to leave it in the comments. If we're wrong, hatters, welcome too. :)
New sneakers for the gym
Like the ones you've had lying around in the shoe rack since January 1.
The same Spanish scientists who invented the mop by putting a stick to a rag and the lollipop by putting a stick to a candy claim that the reason for calling sneakers "tennis" is because of tennis.
Tennis shoes (or tennis shoes, to each his own) are worn mainly in Galicia, the Canary Islands and some areas of Andalusia. The problem is that they are not suitable for paddle tennis.
'Las playeras' that are not for the beach
Leaving Galicia, on the right hand side and also going down towards Madrid, we come across the beach beaches. In Asturias, most of Cantabria and most of Castilla y León.
In spite of their name, don't be afraid to wear them to the beach, unless you have already had the experience of getting your instep burnt to a crisp.
The Santander they call them: "espais"
Well, in Santander, which has a beach to give and give away, they had the genius idea to call them "espáis".
Upon further research, typing "spikes" into Google and hitting "I'm going to get lucky", it seems that this word is an adaptation of the English term spikes, which are the spiked shoes typical of athletes.
It seems that the goats went to the Picos de Europa instead of to the beach.
The "maripís" of Zaragoza
All their lives, in the face of novelty, people have always taken the name of a brand and used it to name the product in general. Like when you order a fanta, they give you a kas and you expected a trina.
This is what happened to sneakers in the capital city of Maña: they come from the name of the wife of the businessman who, in 1911, manufactured rubber tennis shoes.
Being from Zaragoza, it is not surprising that the woman's name was María del Pilar.
The "keds", in Lleida
On the right hand side of Zaragoza, in Lleida, something similar happened. The "keds" come from the exact name of this American brand of t-shirt manufacturers.
With the number of mountains in the Pyrenees of Lleida, it would have made more sense to call them "espáis".
In Sevilla they call them "flama"
There are two things that the purebred Sevillian does: calling Cruzcampo a beer and leaving his "keli" (home) to go and get some "flama" boots.
But they are not the boots you are thinking of. They are sneakers to cover your feet from the sun at the beach, which they don't have, or for a walk in the mountains, which they don't have either.
They will always be able to show off their "to flama" booties by taking a trip down the Guadalquivir.
The "bambas" or "vambas" in catalan language
From Andalusia, we continue with the Northern Andalusia: Tarragona and especially Barcelona.
Digging deeper this time, "bamba" takes the cake in these two cities. The origin, like "keds", is the name of the Wamba brand.
It has all the meaning of the world, as this brand used to manufacture espadrilles or espardenyes in Catalan, a word that, although much less common, also serves to call the boots.
In fact, "bambas" is also widespread in other parts of the map, such as the Valencian Community and parts of Andalusia.
The "bambos" from Murcia
Similar to the previous form, the Murcianicos prefer to call the bambas "bambos", just because. Being all posh over there, bambos can be used to play paddle.
We are sorry to break the bad news, but it is not a Hispanic word.
With the several we have just seen, using "sneakers" makes as much sense as calling "break" a break, "meet" a meeting or "follower" a follower.
Anyway, it must be a marketing thing.
Many sneakers, few originals
Anyone needs a pair of shoes, because of their comfort and the number of uses they have.
But, beyond that, some brands have been working on customization and "flame" designs for a few years now , knowing that people today are looking for different things. We don't want sneakers anymore, we want OUR sneakers.
The bad thing is that such designs usually cost a lot more money than the basic models worn by everyone.
We at Sliwils we are very much into the whole slow fashion, we thought of a way to customize your sneakers to give them a second life. This way you save money and the planet saves you from buying new ones you don't need.
The solution, far from putting a stick on something, is to create the coolest shoelaces for sneakers, from shiny and phosphorescent designs to polka dot and vichy prints, fantasy... Whatever you want.
Whatever you call them, take our advice. You don't need to change your shoes:
Change your shoelaces here and show off your sneakers wherever you go.