Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - Numbers and Symbols

This FAQ and Glossary defines a number of terms used in regards to athletic shoesCharlie, or sneakers.


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1-9160
Black high-top Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star basketball shoe (SKU 1-9160)Famous SKU: Black high-top Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star.
 
1-9162
Natural white high-top Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star basketball shoe (SKU 1-9162)Famous SKU: Natural white high-top Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star.
 
23
The number most frequently, but not exclusively, seen on Michael Jordan's basketball jerseys.
 
2A
The trade name of FILA for one of their sneaker shock absorbing designs.
 
¾ High
An athletic shoe whose upper height is lower than a high-top and higher than a mid-top. The Nike Air 40-40 GD shown below is a "¾ high" shoe. (To me, this shoe is as high as a high-top in front, but lower in the back.)
 
40-40
Nike Air 40-40 GD 3/4 High baseball turf shoe: white with black and silver trimA series of Nike baseball and cross-training shoes. They all share the distinctive pictured upper design. The number is from "40 home runs, 40 stolen bases."
 
45
An alternate jersey number used by Michael Jordan for a short period of time after returning from his first retirement. There were a few pairs of Air Jordan shoes made with this number.
 
⅝ High
An athletic shoe whose upper height is lower than a high-top and higher than a mid-top. I (Charlie) am not sure of any specific standard that distinguishes this from any other shoe height (such as ¾ high), other than it sounds good in the mind of the marketers.
 
6453
Nike Air Famished Mid cross-trainer, with 6453 on heelThe numbers that map to "NIKE" on a push-button telephone. Sometimes used to group certain Nike styles, including the (pictured) Air Famished Mid.
 
81 Shoes
A brand name formerly used by A. D. One, probably because people mess up the name.
 
84
The jersey number of football player Randy Moss... it's on the Jumpman Super Freak athletic shoe.
 
$$$
Something the prospective athletic shoe purchaser should have in great quantities.

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