Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - E
This FAQ and Glossary defines a number of terms used in regards to athletic shoes, Charlie, or sneakers.
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- Earliest Sneakers
- The earliest sneakers (called sandshoes) were made in the 1830's by Dunlop Rubber of
the United Kingdom.
- Term for Nike sales representative. (Try spelling it
backwards.) Many of the most fanatic EKIN have a SWOOSH
tattoo, which provoked Philip Knight into doing the
- "Engineered To The Exact Specifications of
- A slogan sometimes printed inside (or, rarely, on the outside) of
- Erving, Julius
Converse endorser and basketball
player of the 1970's. Mr. Erving is still active in the sports business; he
works in the front office of the Orlando
Magic, and he held a seat on the Converse Board of Directors from 1994
until they went bankrupt in 2001.
acetate - a mixture of polyethylene (plastic bag) and vinyl acetate (phonograph record)
plastics. One of the materials used frequently used in the midsoles
of sneakers; it's softer but less durable
than polyurethane. It's the white
foamy plastic seen on the lower sides of a lot of sneakers, including the
example shown to the left. Sneakers that use EVA foam fall apart in about a dozen years.
fitness equivalent to the
aerobics shoe for
- Where the wearer threads the aglets, ornaments,
or tags (and,
therefore, laces) of an athletic
shoe or sneaker.
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