Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - F
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- F-Word, The
- In the portion of the athletic shoe industry that
takes its products seriously, particularly at Nike: "fashion."
- Failure, Miserable
- Michael Moore's
Fahrenheit 9/11 was a
if he thought it was going to throw the 2004 election!
- Normally, "frequently asked questions." On here, if I (Charlie)
hear the same question more than once or twice, it usually ends out here.
- Feet, Differently Sized
- The National Odd Shoe Exchange is a non-profit organization that arranges for unique footwear problems, like one foot that is a different size than the other.
- Felony Flyers
- A term in New York or New Jersey for Chucks
- Felony Shoes (Fast definition)
- A term for sneakers. Called so because
sneakers increase ones ability to get away from a crime
scene before the police arrive. Many types are well-suited for criminal activity,
including (but not limited to) sneakerjacking.
However, in one case, the police were able to nab a hapless suspect in
LA Gear. His sneakers
flashed every time he moved, so the police were able to track him with ease across an open
field in the dark.
- Felony Shoes (Slow definition)
- An alternative definition for felony shoes comes from jail
practice. If the prisoner is deemed a risk of suicide, standard practice is
to take their
shoe strings to prevent them from making a crude (but effective) noose. Therefore, shoes
without strings are sometimes called "felony shoes."
- Felony Shoes (Recursive definition)
- Cons in CONS.
- Fidget Spinner
- An inexpensive but trendy toy, sold almost everywhere during Summer 2017, that young teenagers can sit and poke for hours. When they get enough money to buy an iPad, they will do the same thing with the iPad.
The Italian founding
family of a knitwear company that branched out into
- Fireman, Paul
- Former chairman of Reebok International Limited,
a United States based company with a name that sounds
like it belongs in the United Kingdom.
- First Law of Sneaker Obsolescence
- See "Laws of Sneaker Obsolescence (First)".
- First Sneakers
- The first sneakers (then called "sandshoes") were made in the 1830's by Dunlop Rubber
of the United Kingdom.
- Baltimore, in the late 1960's and early 1970s: Cheap generic
tennis shoes. As George reported
from Baltimore about his old school
days: "Jacks ([Converse
Jack] Purcell [tennis shoes]) were the
ONLY shoe you could wear to school without being accused of wearing
- Pittsburgh: As in Baltimore, a derogatory term used for cheap generic
Also see "Cat Heads."
A term used by those
who would market aerobic shoes to Real Men. Real
Men think they wouldn't be caught dead doing aerobics.
On the other hand, Real Men would probably either pass out from exhaustion or sprain an
ankle if they tried...
after all, women are not necessarily wimps!
term used by Nike for their lighter
basketball shoes that are intended for
speedier players. If it was not for the Air
Jordan product line, Michael Jordan
would have been the prototypical player for the Flight product line.
Also see "Force" and "Uptempo"
for other Nike basketball shoe lines.
For a hardware weenie or software weenie:
a bistable multivibrator (a fancy name for one bit of memory, the smallest possible quantity of storage). (b) Footwear
with a slab sole and a thong
upper... about the minimum you can get away
with. I (Charlie) think flip-flops do too much flipping and flopping.
Charlie does a pair of Teva
sandals as his go-to footwear when he doesn't want to wear sneakers.
Depends where you are
located. In the United States, a
game played with a pointy ball, lots of padding, and a lot of the players in
high-tops. In the
Kingdom and many other countries, a game played with a round ball, no padding, and no high-tops. In the United
States, the game with the round ball is called "soccer."
is a distributed computing program at
Charlie thinks it's a worthwhile project to
support with your spare CPU cycles.
- I (Charlie) have always had a love of decorative calligraphy and such. I used appropriate typography in this Web site for various brands of sneakers. This Website uses Web Open Font Format (WOFF) font embedding technology; supported in recent versions of the most popular Web browsers. If you do not have a Web browser that supports WOFF, to see the Web site the way I see this Web site, you need the following fonts:
But never fear: If you don't have a Web browser that supports WOFF technology, and you don't have these fonts, your Web browser will select a font from the ones you do have with similar characteristics.
- adidas articles - Century Gothic (Monotype)
- Converse articles - Rockwell (Monotype and Microsoft)
- Other articles - IBM Plex Sans (IBM open source font)
- Prehistoric (before Charlie) articles - CloisterBlack BT (Bitstream 500 Font CD)
- Reebok articles - Motter Tektura (fonts101.com freeware font)
- Football Boots
- In the United Kingdom, a term used to refer to
- Footbag Shoes
For a large number of footbag players,
the ideal shoe is the adidas
Laver tennis shoe. However, a minority
prefer the free and open feeling of a Teva
term used by Nike for their heavier and tougher
basketball shoes that are intended for
heavy, aggressive basketball players. Charles Barkley is a prime example of a prototypical player for the
Force line. Also see "Flight" and "Uptempo"
for other Nike basketball shoe lines.
- The stripe down the side of a Puma
rubber sidewall around the bottom of many canvas
sneakers. In this example, the foxing has red
and blue stripes. During the typical canvas sneaker manufacturing process
(known as vulcanization),
heat and pressure applied to the foxing bonds the
sole to the upper.
- Foxing, Blowout
a pair of Chucks have their foxing blow out, they're shot!
- Something you'll find on Internet Web
sites that are long on style and short on content. I (Charlie)
prefer to waste
bandwidth on useful things like hyperlinks to cute
sneakers, graphics, and even text in decorative fonts.
- Frazier, Walt
Basketball player and
endorser of the 1970's. Nicknamed "Clyde."
Prospective Puma purchasers got to view Walt's infectious
grin on the label end of the box.
for women from the mid-1980's. A multi-million seller for
(demand for them never seems to go away...).
- "From a tradition of over 100 years,
these athletic shoes meet the demand for quality & performance required by
- A slogan used for, and sometimes printed on, Reebok
- The words "cute" and "fun" are quite
likely the two most overused in the English language. After all, most
anything done wearing athletic shoes
can be fun (even a track meet can be fun
for runners) until one ends up having to use an
Bandage... or even an IV. Fun
include Chucks, the
Cortez, the Freestyle,
the Jim Shoe, and many Vans.
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