Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - N
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New Balance styles (like this one) are imported from the Far East.
- National Sporting Goods Association
- The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is the trade organization for
the sporting goods industry in the United
States. Only four people who I (Charlie) would consider tightly related to the athletic
shoe industry are in their Hall of Fame. In the order of their recognition:
1 - Chuck Taylor (as in the Converse
- 2 - Adi Dassler
(founder of adidas)
- 3 - Jim Davis (long-time CEO of New
- 4 - Phil Knight (co-founder of Nike)
- A term used by Nike to describe
outsoles allegedly less susceptible to
wearing out. Usually associated with a logo
featuring a SWOOSH encircled by an
eight-tooth gear. Usually seen on basketball
shoes and hiking
A version of
the Converse "Chuck
Taylor" All Star that is even higher than the
traditional high-top. Converse produced the NEEHI in the
1985 to 1987 era. Note the snaps along the side that allow folding the NEEHI down to
"merely" high-top level.
- New Balance
- A manufacturer of athletic shoes headquartered in
Massachusetts. Some interesting characteristics of their sneakers:
Other New Balance
this one) are made in the United States ("of
domestic and imported materials," according to the label in the tongue).
- No snazzy names (like Nike); just a model number.
- The shoe with the "N" on the side: It's a New Balance;
NEVER a Nike! Certain Nike styles have the letter
"N" on the back of the shoe.
- STORE SHOPPING TIP: To determine the
approximate price of a New Balance shoe in United States
dollars, divide the digits in the model number by 10.
One can use a similar trick with the numbers in a
Lexus model: but in this
case, multiply by $100.
- Former US President Bill Clinton has at least one
- New Balance started business as a maker of orthopedic footwear and they decided they
could make better athletic shoes what the competition sold.
- New Old Stock
- An original vintage sneaker
that is still on the store shelf... they get put in the back room when they
don't sell and turn up years later! Compare to Reissue.
corporate flagship brand of athletic shoes
designed, developed, and marketed by
NIKE, Inc.. Nike shoes feature the familiar SWOOSH
- Nike Considered
- A Nike design philosophy started with certain styles in 2005. The Nike Considered design philosophy simplified shoe recycling, while minimizing the use of energy and toxic chemicals. Some styles were partially made of recycled materials, while others incorporated hemp fabric. Nike integrated the "lessons learned" throughout their entire line starting in 2008.
line of customizable Nike shoes, featuring user-selected
colorways and a personal ID. (The example to
the left is in Charlie's collection... which
should be obvious. After all, his name is on them just in front of the
- Nike IHM
- A subsidiary of Nike, Inc. that makes plastic products. They are best known as the source for Nike AIR subsystems (IHM = "In-House Manufacturing").
- NIKE, Inc.
- The largest designer, developer, and marketer of high-end athletic shoes
on Earth. NIKE, Inc. (stock ticker symbol: NKE) was co-founded by
and Philip Knight and headquartered in
USA. To properly pronounce "Nike,"
rhyme it with "Mikey." Nike
is generally the market leader for each category of athletic
shoes; possible exceptions include certain markets, such as
for wrestling shoes and
adidas for soccer boots.
Nike was named after the Greek goddess of victory; Nike is also the Greek
word for victory. So, if you hear "NIKE" shouted at a Greek athletic event,
it's not part of the advertising. Other brands in the Nike corporate stable
include Converse, Hurley International, and the JORDAN Brand.
- Nike Knee
- An unpleasant condition caused by wear of the knee joint, sometimes experienced by
runners who use excessively cushioned
athletic shoes. Not necessarily tied to
Nike products, but frequently associated with them. For those who like
reading The Merck Manual, the formal term is
"chondromalacia of the patella."
- Nike Rinse
- A 1999 sport sandal
from Nike. The name implies that somebody was brainwashed in
Beaverton to demand a
on their sport sandals, trivializing
Somebody (not Charlie) liked the name...
Nike brought out a Rinse II in 2000, but they gave up in 2001.
- Nike Shoes, determining age of
(Charlie) get questions from time to time
about how to determine the age of a Nike
athletic shoe. They invariably have a
date label in the shoe (either sewed to the back of the tongue as in this
example, or on the side, or occasionally printed on the
ankle collar) that gives the date of
manufacture: two digits for year, two digits for the starting month of
production, two digits for the ending month of production. For example, the
date label to the left is from a shoe that was produced from January to
March 2000. If the ending month is less than the starting month, this
indicates that manufacturing started at the end of one year and continued in
the succeeding year.
- Athletic shoe maker that exists only in the mind of people who wear addidas, ASSICS, or Reebox.
- A somewhat inert gas that is the largest single
component of the atmosphere (approximately 78%). Used in
athletic shoe cushioning systems by
Nike and Ryka.
- The NYSE stock ticker
symbol for NIKE, Inc.
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