Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - J
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Sometimes used abbreviation for "Just Do It", a Nike credo frequently mentioned in their advertising.
brand sneakers marketed by Sears, Roebuck, and Company
to Baby Boomers. Derisively known as
Replaced by "The Winner."
slang in Baltimore for Converse
Jack Purcell sneakers. Also see "Blue
The equivalent of jocks (meaning #1) for
women athletes. Formally known as a "athletic pelvic protector" but sometimes called a "jill strap" even though there's no straps to the ones I've seen on the Internet.
A sneaker made by Airwalk, best known for three unusual versions (basketball, golf, and tennis):
Airwalk also made several other colors with the same basic design, but they're not as obviously matched to a sport as these versions. Wear them to work for kicks.
1. Special underclothing that Baby
Boomer Boys were required to wear to gym
class. Somebody was really cheap designing them, because they left out
the tail end. Being caught without wearing one could result in a track
meet. Now optional in many
Physical Education programs. Also see "Jills."
2. Athletes. Traditionally, men athletes,
but women athletes use the
term to describe themselves.
3. ANTONYM: Software weenie (in
The label on a jock, which is on the outside front of the waistband. By extension, a similar label on the outside front of an athletic shirt.
Really slow runners; a sneaker
for really slow runners.
- The basketball version is a high-top in orange leather that looks like that used on a basketball.
- The golf version has a toe dimpled like a golf ball.
- The tennis version (pictured) is a low-top in yellow tennis ball felt.
- Johnson, Michael
- Track star and wearer of custom-made gold Nike athletic shoes
during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
- 1. See Michael Jordan.
2. The young son of Sheryl
- JORDAN Brand
- A line of sneakers made by Nike that feature the JUMPMAN logo instead of the usual Swoosh.
- Jordan, Deloris
- The mother of Michael Jordan. In an ESPN interview, she admitted she occasionally had to
"pop" Michael... probably after yelling "Michael Jeffrey Jordan,
cut that out!"
I (Charlie) just hope she never slippered "His
Airness" with an Air Jordan.
- Jordan, Michael
Basketball player and Nike endorser. His shoe models occupy a significant dollar
value of the market. His shoe models also are the target of the great majority of reported
- Slang for cheap generic sneakers, in the
area around Paterson, NJ: short for "Just Understand Mama's Poor"
- The logo seen on Air
Jordan athletic shoes since the third Air Jordan style came out, inspired by the jumping profile of Michael Jordan.
- Just Do It
- An exhortation frequently mentioned in Nike advertising.
As in the sense, "Don't care what others think, YOU Just Do It." Puma has a very similar slogan, "Macht's mit Qualität" in German ("Do It With Quality" in English).
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