Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - D
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- When suffixed to an athletic shoe
model name: usually indicates detachable cleats.
- A nickname for sneakers (or trainers) in the United
Kingdom (particularly Wales).
- A German family with at least three athletic shoe
companies started by family members. Adi Dassler
started adidas, while his brother Rudolf
started Puma. Later on, a grandson of Adi
Dassler (also named Adi Dassler) started the sneaker company
A. D. One.
- Dassler, Adi (1900-1978)
Founder of adidas. Brother of Rudolf
Dassler, the founder of Puma. (The
sibling rivalry was quite intense in this family!) Grandfather of Adi
Dassler, the founder of "A. D. One".
- Dassler, Adi II
- Grandson of Adi Dassler, founder of
continued the family name in the sneaker business by founding
D. One. Adi Dassler II was
named after his grandfather "Adolf."
- Dassler, Adi (A Paradox)
- From what I've found, there are at least three different first names that
have been ascribed to Adi Dassler, the founder of adidas;
"Adi" generally acknowledged to be a nickname. He has been called
"Adolf," "Adolph," and "Alfred" by various
sources... but adidas states that his name is "Adolf Dassler."
- Dassler, Adolf
- The name of the founder of adidas.
- Dassler, Horst (ca. 1936-1987)
- Son of adidas founder Adi
Dassler, who (with his mother, Käthe) continued running adidas after
the death of his father.
- Dassler, Rudolf
- Founder of Puma. Brother of Adi
Dassler, the founder
of adidas. Great-uncle of Adi
Dassler, founder of A. D. One.
- Davis, James S. ("Jim")
- Long-time chairman of New Balance Athletic
- A vintage sneaker
that has been sold, but is in like-new condition. Compare to New
- A county and a river in Oregon (the river goes through
the county). The river goes from south of Bend, and empties into the Columbia River near
The Dalles. The river probably inspired the Nike Air Deschütz sport sandal.
- Stock ticker symbol of Deckers Brands (makers of
Teva sport sandals and other footwear brands).
- Deck Shoes
Another name for
boat shoes, otherwise known as
- "Dedicated To Creating Tomorrow's
- A slogan used for, and sometimes printed on, Reebok
- Defective Sneakers
- See the entry for "Bad Sneakers" for
- Dellinger, William ("Bill")
- University of Oregon
track coach and co-inventor (with Ronald Stirtz) of the
See that entry for an example shoe and US Patent 4297796 for more detail.
- Dellinger Web
shock-dispersing webbing wrapped around the midsole of an
athletic shoe. Usually
seen as a construction detail on adidas shoes. See
US Patent 4297796 for more detail.
Alternate spelling of
(probably how it was originally), with a German umlaut.
- Differently Sized Feet
- See the entry for "Feet, Differently
Sized" for further information.
- Direct Injection
- A method of bottoming (combining the
and outsole together while
athletic shoe) by injecting an
appropriate material. In some cases, this material forms a portion of the
midsole or outsole.
- Disc System
- An athletic shoe lacing system developed by
Puma, where the shoe
laces tightened by rotating a knob. This
feature keeps disappearing and reappearing: gone in 1999, back in 2001, still around in 2017.
- A trademarked athletic shoe
cushioning technology used by Reebok.
- Dodge Ball (good meaning)
- A trailer hitch on a RAM truck.
- Dodge Ball (horrible meaning)
- A sadistic activity promulgated by Physical
Education teachers who can't think of anything better to do. In Dodge Ball, the agile and the athletic pound future
software weenies with nasty
red rubber balls that sting like crazy. A number of progressive school districts have
prohibited Dodge Ball.
- Dodge Ball (software weenie style)
- Future software weenies play
Ball by immediately making a gentle toss that anyone could catch,
thereby going out immediately.
- Draulic Technology
- A cushioning technology that was used by DaDa Footwear. It resembles
Nike Shox but uses different technology.
- Where I (Charlie) sometimes find
I had one a while back (June 2000) where I was back in
class and coach asked, "Do you
think your Chucks will be able to keep up
in the year 2000?"
- Dr. J's
- Usually, the shoe associated with Julius
Erving is the Converse Pro Leather... but
some people have used the name to describe Chucks.
- Drug Shoes
A term sometimes used
for certain sneaker uses. In the city of
Pasadena (a suburb of
USA), the presence of a pair of
high-top Chucks hanging
from a utility line indicates that drug dealers are active
in the area. I heard this term used on
the evening news.
- Drying wet sneakers
Please don't try this at home!
temptation to roast the wet sneakers over an open fire. That's very hard on them.
sneakers, take out the shoelaces and set the wet sneakers aside in
a well-ventilated location that is away from any high-intensity source of heat.
Don't throw them in the dryer... not even Chucks
(which can stand an occasional trip through the
machine) handle that well. Allow
natural convection to do its work. It may take a day or two.
- A light-weight fabric, similar in appearance to canvas
but lighter, used for sneaker manufacturing.
- Something that future software weenies
sometimes forgot to do at critical times playing (or suffering through)
- A vegetarian pseudo-leather used by
Nike in many styles. The
closest Durabuck ever came to leather is when a cow rubbed up against the fence
surrounding a Texas oil well.
synthetic rubber composite used by Nike for
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