Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - M
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A line of overpriced personal computers made by Apple, Inc. They aim more at the desktop
publishing and graphic arts industries. One can hardly get a Mac laptop for
under $1000, while you can get a low-end laptop that uses Microsoft Windows
for under $200 if you shop around. But the Mac is made out of aluminum and
glass, while the low end Windows machine is made out of plastic and usually
has a fan that sounds like it was subcontracted to Hoover. Nearly all the Mac
computers have speedy solid-state storage, while many (but not all) Windows machines stick
with the tried and true (but slow) rotating magnetic hard disk storage.
"Macht's mit Qualität"
A German-language slogan sometimes seen on Puma
marketing material for their athletic shoes.
Translation to English is "Do It with Quality." Interestingly
enough, this predated the Nike slogan "Just
Do It" by many years!
An alternative method of finding sneakers unavailable
Important things to consider when shopping:
- What is your return policy? This is probably less important when
ordering a well-known shoe in a different colorway. But, if there's any doubt if this shoe
will need to be returned, ASK FIRST!
- What is the cost of shipping? In some cases, shipping costs are priced in
addition to the cost of the merchandise. The bargain might not be a
bargain any more after shipping costs get added.
- What is your estimated delivery date? If you need a shoe by a certain
date, it doesn't help if you'll have to wait too long.
Mail Order suppliers that I've dealt with, been satisfied, and who handle a
number of brands:
Athletics (on the Web at http://www.americanathletics.com/). Great service here!
- Eastbay Sports (on the Web at http://www.eastbay.com/)
has a good selection of major shoe brands. I have had good experiences ordering from
them, and the one time I had a shipment go astray they gave me flawless customer service.
- Famous Footwear (on the Web at
is notable as having a better selection on-line than they do in their
- PickYourShoes.com (on the Web at
http://www.pys.com/) is great for an assortment of "I haven't seen these elsewhere!" sneakers.
- shoes.com (on the Web at
http://www.shoes.com/) is a sister company to Famous Footwear.
- Zappos.com (on the Web at
http://www.zappos.com/) has thousands of different types of sneakers.
Mail Order suppliers that my readers have rated highly, BUT I've had no
experience with them:
- Road Runner Sports (on the Web at http://www.roadrunnersports.com/) specializes
in running shoes.
- Martial Arts Shoes
shoes worn for various types of stylized, (usually) unarmed combat.
Depending on the particular flavor of martial art, adherents may participate
in anything from bare feet to shoes with uppers
higher than basketball
- Formally, the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts.."
Informally, "Taxachusetts." A state in the Northeastern part of the
United States. World famous as the home of the
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and excessive
taxes. Possibly the center of the
sneaker universe, despite
being in Oregon. Athletic
shoe companies that call Massachusetts home include
Balance, Reebok, Saucony, and Stride Rite (whose
brands include Keds and Sperry Top-Sider).
Massachusetts also hosts the
States distribution office for Puma.
- Medial Post
- A construction detail found in some running shoes. It involves placing a reinforcing structure (made of
EVA or PU) on the
inside edge of the shoe. It is typically used in motion control shoes to limit
- The subset of sneaker wearers that are
not (or, barring problems, cannot grow up to be)
- Traditionally: jocks in jocks.
- mi adidas
- The adidas custom design offering; think
three stripes instead of a SWOOSH.
- The portion of the sole between the
outsole (the outside) and the
(where the foot or sock rests). Made from some type of cushioning material. Traditionally
(as is still the case with Chucks), the cushioning
material was foam rubber. Now, it is generally EVA
athletic shoe whose sides extend upward to partially
support the ankle area. A mid-top
does not provide the near-omnidirectional ankle support of a
high-top. To compensate for this deficiency, a
mid-top also does not provide the near-omnidirectional mobility of a
- A United States military
specification (no longer used), entitled "Shoe,
For Reconnaissance." The sneaker
equivalent of the $800 hammer of Congressional hearing fame. The
States Marine Corps didn't use ordinary Chucks
for their sneaking around... they had their very own camouflage
The shoe closely resembled the PRO-Keds
basketball sneaker. One of the
requirements called out for the shoe was that a pair in size 8 must measure
on the inside at least 5" from the top
of the insole to the top of the shoe. Another was that the shoe had to have Buick Ventiports on both the inside and the outside.
- A United States military
specification that describes a commercial gym
shoe in great detail. For those who want sneakers like the military: go buy a
pair of unbleached white low-top
Taylor" All Star
- A Nike women's
basketball shoe that is named after
Chamique Holdsclaw of the
- Miserable Failure
- Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 was a
if he thought it was going to throw the 2004 election!
- Missing Shoes
- If there are any shoes you consider important that are missing, please send me comments
and pictures. I (Charlie) reserve the
right to disagree.
- A piece of (mostly) computer hardware, usually a nondescript black box with blinking lights on it that comes from the cable or phone company, that converts one form of signal to another. Though, in some telecommunications equipment, one is built in. Usually used to get on the Internet but since 2009, television has used a receive-only modem to get data. Usually put in a corner and forgotten until something happens amiss.
- Monkey Paw
- A Nike design incorporating plastic
outriggers molded to the upper. The basic concept is described in
US Patent 5896683.
- Motion Control Shoes
- A subset of running shoes designed
to avoid pronation; usually mutually
exclusive with lightweight shoes.
The design include various techniques, such as a medial
A type of
sneaker that's missing the
heel... probably inspired by those who kept trying to wear their shoes without
really putting them on.
- My Addidas
- Song found only in misspelled discographies of the rap
group "Run DMC." See "My Adidas."
- My Adidas
- Song performed by the rap group "Run DMC" about a certain brand of
they own; reportedly written in response to the attention the first
Nike AIR Max
styles were getting at the time.
- If I (Charlie) was wearing them at the
time, I would
use them to Run from Run DMC.
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