Green’s Dictionary of Slang

takkie n.

also tackie
[SE tacky, sticky]

(S.Afr.) a rubber-soled, laced canvas shoe.

[SA]C. Pettman Africanderisms 491: Tackies is the name given to rubber-soled sand-shoes.
Ann. Mountain CM S. Afr. 27 46 : Ye who scale with ropes and ‘tackies’ Cliffs of awe-inspiring grandeur.
[SA] in L. Abrahams Cask of ]erepigo (1972) 236: And he looked quite all right, too, in his dinner-jacket and black trousers and carrying a tray. But his tackies, reinforced with string and newspapers, formed the subject of a good deal of ill-natured gossip in the dining saloon [DSAE].
[SA]D. Jacobson Trap 20: He wore canvas takkies on his feet, his toes poking through the ends [DSAE].
[SA]A. Fugard Blood Knot in New Eng. Dramatists 13 (1968) 130: And what about the takkies?
[SA]L.G. Berger Where’s the Madam? 73: They come along [...] scuffing their dirty, laceless tackies in the dust.
[SA]M. Matshoba ‘Glimpse of Slavery’ Call Me Not A Man 64: I skated down the stairs on the soles of my takkies.
[UK](con. 1968) P. Theroux My Secret Hist. (1990) 356: I wore a black suit [...] and tennis sneakers – takkies. It was the Kenyan word for them.
[SA]A. Dangor Z Town Trilogy 63: Dr Malik [...] entered eternity, dirty takkies first.
[SA]CyberBraai Lex. at www.matriots.com [Internet] Tackies: These are sneakers or running shoes. The word is also used to describe automobile or truck tires. ‘Fat tackies’ are big tires, as in: ‘Where did you get those lekker fat tackies on your Volksie (VW), hey?’.
[Ire]G. Coughlan Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Tackies (n): runners/trainers.
[SA]A. Lovejoy Acid Alex 138: I took a breath, grabbed my takkies and ran lightly to the graze hall.
www.theweebsite.com June 28 [Internet] Athletic shoes come in many types and many nicknames [...] Tackies, Takkies [...] whatever ye’ calls ’em, I like Sneakers!
[SA]IOL News Western Cape) 25 May [Internet] So how many hundreds of times have they made those gumboots, the ankle shakers, the pantsula takkies and the tapshoes do the talking?

In phrases

piece of (old) takkie (n.)

something easy.

[SA]‘Blossom’ in Darling 7 July 103: It’s a piece of ole takkie chatting up ou’s at pop festivals [DSAE].
[SA]C. Hope Ducktails in Gray Theatre Two (1981) 48: Zip zap and we’re in! Piece of old tackie, man. No grief.