Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - G
This FAQ and Glossary defines a number of terms used in regards to athletic shoes, Charlie, or sneakers.
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- Gang sneakers
- Reports that I've heard indicate that the sneakers preferred by gang members vary from gang
to gang and region to region throughout the United
- Chicago: a pair of Chucks
with the blue Star changed to a different color.
Los Angeles: Nike Cortez.
Black high-top Chucks.
Wisconsin: Either red or blue laces in black sneakers.
athletic shoe of the late 1960's. Worn for many purposes over the years
(one reader mentioned that his coach had the
track team wear them for practice), but now
used mainly for indoor soccer and just having
- An abbreviation sometimes used in the labeling of
and certain cross-training
shoes: "Game Day."
- In the vernacular of aerospace-oriented
Trade name for an ASICS cushioning
technology. It consists of a thixotropic silicone material (in other words, a
"gel") inside a PVC capsule.
- Gelfand, Ollie
- Pioneering skateboard star that developed the stunt
known as the "ollie."
- Look here for the results of Charlie's
research. Befitting a software
weenie, I (Charlie) know how to read
and write GEDCOM (the Esperanto of computer-based genealogy).
A lacing system used
by many manufacturers. Instead of traditional eyelets, the Ghilley
system uses loops threaded through round laces. It makes the fit of the sneaker
easier to adjust. Several other examples of athletic
shoes using the Ghilley system are the FILA Grant Hill series,
the New Balance 820, and the Nike Air CB-34.
- The basic biomechanical performance criteria for sneakers,
especially those intended for runners.
- The basic hardware performance criteria for computers, especially those intended for software weenies.
- Yet another slang term for athletic shoes.
trademarked fabric invented by
W. L. ("Bob") Gore, made
from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, and possessing the capability to
block incoming water and allow ventilation. Sometimes used as a component in
athletic shoes and
boots intended for inclement weather.
- Wrestlers. A batch of tough young men in
Occasionally, a tough young woman (thanks to
will take up wrestling. Some times, the young women teach the young men a
thing or two!
- Wrestling shoes.
- A long-gone brand of sneakers made by the Beacon Falls Rubber
Footwear Company of Beacon Falls, Connecticut.
- Slang for sneakers in Philadelphia.
- Old-time term for luggage (whether or not it contains sneakers).
Baby Boomers typically heard the term
used by their grandparents and similarly aged relatives.
- Slang for sneakers in Northern Ireland and
parts of Scotland.
- Short for "gymnasium." A facility for performing athletic activities.
- An adidas sneaker model that I (Charlie)
owned in 1972. They were not to be confused with the
Airwalk "Jim Shoe,"
which is a much better sneaker overall.
- Gym bag
- In the United States, the container for the
equipment ("gym kit" in the United Kingdom) required for a
trip to the gym (for activities like a
Physical Education class). When in use, it
typically contains a tank top or T-shirt, shorts, socks, a towel to dry off after taking a shower to wash off the sweat, athletic underwear (like a jock strap for men or a jill strap and a
sports bra for women), and gym shoes.
- Gym Class
- Also known as Physical Education
in the United States, or
Training in the United Kingdom. An dreadful part of the educational process. It has an important use in career
counseling: Convincing future software weenies
that they would starve to death playing professional
Most trip over their gym shoe
and sprain an ankle. Their basketball
star friends tell them that they should really be wearing
something more protective, like high-tops, but their nascent
engineers' sense of biomechanical design says that low-tops
will get you through the indignity of gym class having exerted less energy.
- Gym for adults
- Grown men and women should try the gym after many years of absence. The way it is now:
- Dodge Ball has been banned at last except for those who would find it to be fun!
- Agile and energetic women can find their
and sports bra
were worth every dollar they paid for them.
- Narcissists can have fun curling dumbbells while
wearing form-fitting clothing and wrestling shoes, all the time preening in the mirror.
- Frustrated and tired software weenies can put on their best
sneakers and sweat off the frustrations of
- Even those software weenies that tripped over their
gym class can work up a rewarding sweat
- Gym kit
- Despite the way it sounds, not a collection of parts for a pre-fab
gym. Instead, particularly in the
United Kingdom, a collection of the equipment
required for gym class.
Typically includes a a tank top or T-shirt, shorts, socks, a towel to dry off after taking a shower to wash off the sweat, athletic underwear (like a jock strap for men or a jill strap and a
sports bra for women), and
either plimsolls or trainers.
- Gym shoes
- In Charlie's opinion, a semantic non sequitur. The term "gym"
is derived from the Greek "gymnos" which means "naked." "Naked
shoes?" Does that make any sense?
- Sneakers worn by
Baby Boomers for gym
class. Young women Baby Boomers typically wore
Keds, or a clone thereof, for this purpose.
Young men Baby Boomers typically wore
Chucks, or a department store
store-brand imitation. Boat shoes were also popular for either gender. Gym shoes always
had to have light-colored soles; dark soles left nasty marks on the
- A term used by Hoosiers for
- A nickname for gym shoes...
Baby Boomers sometimes remember wearing
their Converse gymmers.
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