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when did shoes become "kicks"?

And how?

 

And why?

 

At least the British term...trainers...makes sense.  But kicks?  Will we start calling gloves punches?

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

I remember hearing shoes referred to as kicks since the 1980's.

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

Kicks was the term used for shoes at my Chicago high school in the early 1970s by "hip" students.

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

According to urban dictoonary it started about 1897

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?


@esme wrote:

And how?

 

And why?

 

At least the British term...trainers...makes sense.  But kicks?  Will we start calling gloves punches?


@esme 

 

Where did you see this?  Who called them kicks?

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

As other have stated some time in the 1970's, its just slang, no big deal.

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

I was born in the 60's.  They have been kicks since forever. Just slang, no big deal. 

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

19th century hobo slang. Wear shoes to kick things...you wouldn't do that with bare feet.

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

No one over 30 should ever use the term in place of "shoes".  

 

So I think everyone here is safe.

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Re: when did shoes become "kicks"?

@JohnnyEager   LOL  Don't put Baby in a corner! 

 

I use slang anytime -- especially to embarrass my millennial son.