Known as "sneakers" on the East Coast and "tennis shoes" in the south and western United States, gym shoes are used for exercising and oftentimes are worn in normal, informal settings. The term "gym shoes" is limited mostly to Chicago and the immediate area, even though it is the correct term and the rest of the country is incorrect.
Person 1: "I have my sneakers!"
Person 2: "We aren't from New York. They're called GYM SHOES."
by Subway142 January 24, 2013
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Any type of athletic shoe that you didn't just walk into the gym wearing them. They arnt worn on the streets, so are void of gum, loose dirt, car oil, or any other material that might make the gym floor have loose or gooey stuff on it after you use it.
Gym shoes- change from street shoes to gym shoes. If you forgot your gym shoes, be courteous by checking that your street shoes don’t have gum or loose dirt
by mops and muscles September 11, 2018
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A sandwich created in the far south side of Chicago, Ill. It constructed identically to the ubiquitous Italian beef sandwich, but substitutes tender roast beef for gyro meat. Giardiniera is used on both sandwiches
Aye jo; lemme get a gym shoe wit cheese, some fries and a red pop.
by gravity5 February 15, 2007
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a shoe that you buy from footlocker, finish line, famous foot wear etc. that serves the purpose of playing ,running, fashion, and what ever else u want to wear them with. used in Detroit what!!!!! lol ;)
I got them new air1's or jordan's (gym shoes) to match my new outfit
by dime dizzle March 28, 2008
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a group of blue collar workers of polish decent, usually in the business of brick laying or pouring concrete. Distinguishing marks included; sweat pants and flannel shirts pair with untied high tops.
The gym shoe mafia was remolding the house next door, they did a fine job.
by timmyj May 10, 2006
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A name for a disliked person or person who is doing or saying something that one does not like.
Hold up gym shoe, who are you talking to like that?”

Gym shoe, talking out the side of his neck.”
by P14mama February 15, 2023
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