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baked item whose shape led to the outsole
of many inedible Nike sneakers.
Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman
invented the design.
- Acronym for "Wet and Messy." Some people like squishing around
in wet sneakers, but not Mark
Thatcher (who took matters into his own hands). Look here on how best to dry
- A mountain range in Utah, home to the Wasatch Mountain State
Park. Brigham Young University is in the valley below
the Wasatch Mountains. Also, probably much to the chagrin of the teetotalers at Brigham
Young University, the inspiration for Wasatch Beer.
Probably the inspiration for the naming of the Nike Air
Wasatch sport sandal.
- Web Browsers
- I (Charlie) test this Web site with Apple Safari and the Google Chrome Web
browsers. There are
also (by my choice) absolutely no Adobe Flash animations or frames on this Web site. There's no
tricky HTML likely to crash any Web browser; it's generally quite vanilla.
- Wet Sneakers
- An unfortunate side-effect of being caught in the rain. Try keeping a pair of Chucks or sport sandals
in your desk at work for emergency use. Be careful when drying wet sneakers.
- Whitening Canvas Sneakers
- The Moms on the USENET "alt.fashion"
newsgroup report that they have varying luck with the following techniques for
whitening their own (and their teenagers')
dirty canvas sneakers:
- A bleach-based liquid stain remover.
- Vinegar in the rinse water.
- Canvas shoe whitener. I (Charlie) just
hope it improved from what the Baby Boomers
used to have... they came out really nasty looking!
- Treating new sneakers with 3M "Scotchgard"
- Setting the washed sneakers outside on a sunny day for solar bleaching.
I had a co-worker who used to throw his dirty leather Nike
in the washer. This practice is NOT recommended by Nike. However, I will admit that they did look
better after the treatment than before!
- Winner, The
- A store brand sneaker
marketed by Sears, Roebuck, and Company starting with the Baby
Boomers. Sears advertised that they were "Built by CONVERSE"
and they didn't get the reputation of being yet another "Cheaper
Jeepers" clone. Much to the delight
of their marketers, it also let them raise the price substantially!
- Willie D's
of my many readers, Patrick, reports that this is a term used for
Force 1 sneakers
in South Carolina.
- They are finally getting some respect (not to mention specialized models)
from the various athletic shoe
manufacturers. Back in the Baby Boomer
days, they invariably wore Keds (or something
like them) to gym class; except for the
one or two rebels who wore high-top
instead. Famous women athletes include (but are not limited to)
Chastain, Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie, and
Swoopes. They take their workouts seriously.... if you whistle or yell
Chucks!" you may get your brains realigned with the flat side of a
- Women's Athletic Shoes
- Manufacturers who make athletic shoes
for women (including Nike
and Ryka) point out that their shoes for
women have a wider forefoot and a narrower heel than shoes for men.
Now, I (Charlie) know why Nikes are typically too
tight in the forefoot and too wide in the heel.... I got a woman's foot by
- An activity that provides
funding to purchase the niceties of life...
(of course!) sneakers. When work gets too intense,
sometimes a trip to the gym can be helpful.
Please note that I (Charlie) do not work for an
athletic shoe company! I don't work for
anyone any more because I put money into my
401(k) plan, along with getting a traditional
defined-benefit pension, when I
- Work Out
- For yuppies: the process of going to the
gym, putting on
your sneakers, and burning off the stresses of modern
work, like being a software weenie.
- An identification number assigned to clothing importers and manufacturers
under the Wool Products Labeling Act. See Registered Identification Number (RN)
for a description of its use.
- Wrestling Shoes
Some of the neatest
athletic shoes made.
support is critical for effective wrestling. Wrestling shoes
are always high-tops as that is what the regulations
require. Wrestling shoes are always light as that is what the
grapplers demand. Aspiring
Baby Boomer athletes frequently substituted
high-top Chucks for
purpose-built wrestling shoes; similar
substitutions are also allowed in youth wrestling programs to this day.
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