Sneakerheads have created their own language over the years. Are you up to date on the latest sneaker slang, acronyms and terms? Fear not! Check out our cheat sheet to keep up with the lingo so you can chat with the kids the next sneaker Expo.
Kicks in your collection that you allow to get beat up (just like an old car.)
The oh so satisfying color combo of black and red as seen on Jordans.
To purchase something, probably kicks.
Fashionable yet comfortable—think of Kanye.
Another term for shoes.
Very clean – as Pete Holmes says “Keep it crispy.”
Pristine kicks aka brand-new. Never tried on, factory-laced.
When a pair is so choice that you need to cop two pair.
When the kicks are totally untouched (aka Deadstock)
Really really good.
A kicks consignment store.
Fragment design is run by Hiroshi Fujiwara and often collaborates with Nike.
Friends and Family
Very rare kicks, as in only gifted out to friends and family.
Greatest Of All Time. Jordan, Gretzky, Tiger, Etc.
Highly collectible kicks, aka the holy grail
General Release, basic and easy to find.
Grade school. Kicks for kids.
A type of dark brown, durable sole
Hiroshi Fujiwara, one of the most influential cats in kicks design. He collabs on Nikes.
HTM is a team comprised of Mark Parker (Nike’s CEO), Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Tinker Hatfield sold in a few stores around the world.
Someone that only follows hype and buzz.
When the soles of the kicks are clear and kinda see-through.
A dope color Nike created.
When a thing is so rad, you cop it ASAP.
Jordan Brand, also referred to as Jumpman.
Really really good aka fire.
New In Box.
Limited line of Nike gear.
Originals. Old School.
Paypal Invoice. Direct message me for a better price.
A set of kicks released as a series.
Player Exclusive made by the brand for the athlete and not sold in stores.
Someone that cops as many of a limited release with no intention to own it, but rather sell them for dat coinage.
A sneaker that came out in the past and is being re-released.
Buying kicks for the therapy. Groovy.
The number of pairs a retailer or reseller has. Most stores stock men’s sizes 6 to 12.
Combination of style and ease.
Even more fire than fire.
Single colored kicks.
Fake shoes. Bogus.
Referring to the area above the sole.
Very Near Deadstock. Almost brand new.
Out of control like Regis Philbin.