Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - I

This FAQ and Glossary defines a number of terms used in regards to athletic shoesCharlie, or sneakers.


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In medieval mythology, an evil spirit that violates women while they sleep. Unfortunately, Reebok used this name for a running shoe in 1997. Later, they recalled them. The name "Incubus" was only on the box, so they were able to re-issue the shoe with another name. I (Charlie) never heard what the other name was.
Nike Impax Dime basketball shoe - white and black with silver SWOOSHAn athletic shoe cushioning technology introduced by Nike. They look like Nike took the plastic "dough" left over from punching out Shox columns and turned it on its side.
Inert gas
At least four manufacturers use an inert gas of some type in their cushioning systems:
The portion of the shoe sole upon which the foot or sock rests while in use. Also known as the sockliner. See the color-coded sneaker for an illustration.
International Manufacturing
GENERAL RULE: To exclude a certain undesired country from your sneaker purchases, one will need to search on a "box by box" basis. The major manufacturers all source from a number of countries. There are some rules from the United States Federal Trade Commission that define terms used to describe products partly or totally made in the United States:

Given the above descriptive terms, the following applies:

  1. Converse:
  2. New Balance is a proverbial can of worms:
  3. Nike, though associated with foreign production, comes in for some remarks here. The Nike Air components are made in Missouri at Nike IHM; Nike keeps the production in-house.
  4. Sometimes, production of a familiar shoe transitions from one country to another. I (Charlie) have even seen a manufacturer make different sizes of one style in three different nations. WATCH THOSE BOXES!

Certain athletic shoe manufacturers (including ASICS and Nike) have recently taken to a bizarre labeling practice. They label the country of origin for the cardboard box (the United States) and separately label the origin of the shoes inside!

International Size Cross-Reference
Look here for the international size cross-reference tables for infants, children, women, and men.
An advanced technology that allows one to visit the Web sites of athletic shoe companies and generally waste time even more effectively than television. Look here for Web browser information.
A medical procedure used to treat the sickest and the healthiest. As to the healthiest: Even the healthiest runners can end out getting an IV if they try to run until they drop! Sometimes called a "drip" but that's not necessarily the case if they're treating a severely dehydrated individual. (Been there, done that.) Blood product donation is an IV going the other way (or, in the case of automated procedures like plateletpheresis, both ways).

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