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A Beginner's Guide to Sneaker Terminology
Category: General

With the sneaker game changing so drastically and a new generation jumping into an obsession, we thought it was only appropriate that we get the newbies up to speed on how to talk that talk when it comes to kicks. We decided to put together our own kicktionary of terms that are imperative so you don’t look foolish when choppin’ it up about sneakers. Hit the jump to check out A Beginner's Guide to Sneaker Terminology and feel free to add your own in the comments section.

Aglets

Aglets are those little things that are on the end of shoelaces. They used to be made of simple plastic but now, they come in everything from carbon fiber to custom labeled versions to Jesus piece-matching gold on the Nike Air Yeezy II (which, as you may have found out the hard way, tend to unscrew by themselves). We're sure somebody will be making necklaces out of these things in no time.

Beaters

Beaters are those kicks you always choose to wear, even after they've been worn over and over again. In fact, at a certain point, you start to love every bit of "character" that shows in the form of creases, scuffs, stains, and that always lovely stench. Well, maybe not the stench. And without fail, even if you have 1,000 pairs of sneakers, you wind up with a pair of beaters.

Bespoke

In sneaker terms, Bespoke is a one-of-a-kind Air Force 1 designed at Nike's 21 Mercer location where they offer a unique experience of creating a personalized sneaker using a special assortment of materials and finishes, right down to the stitching and labels. It's a true "one of one" sneaker and the experience of creating your own is often on the bucket list of sneakerheads. The term came from suits and shoes, where it simply meant "made to order," or "made to fit." Definitely not off the rack. That makes the best outdoor basketball shoes

Colorway

A sneaker's colorway is the particular combination of colors applied to a sneaker. It's also a vastly annoying term, but a necessary evil in this world of ours. Often times, a nickname is associated with the colorway that's found on the box. For instance, the Oregon, the Black Cements and the True Blues are all different colorways of the Jordan III silhouette. Come on people, can't we just memorize the color codes?

Deadstock

Deadstock, often shortened to just DS, is a term used to say that a pair of sneakers has never been worn. We're not exactly sure how it went from "dead stock" to "deadstock," but sometimes you just have to say, "It's a sneakerhead thing." Contrary to what eBay may lead you to believe, a sneaker that has been tried on, let alone "worn only inside" is NOT deadstock.

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