Some people may be confused about two terms, tennis shoes and sneakers. Sneakers are a generic term for athletic shoes; while tennis shoes are for playing tennis. Is it exactly the difference? Tennis shoes are adapted with a wide and low rubber sole for rapid lateral movements and changes of direction. You know tennis game needs lots of stops and starts, lateral movement and quick stops. So tennis shoes are designed to offer durability and flexibility to effectively prevent rolled ankles. They were lightweight and flexible.