Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - F

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


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F-Word, The
In the portion of the athletic shoe industry that takes its products seriously, particularly at Nike: "fashion."
 
Failure, Miserable
Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 was a miserable failure if he thought it was going to throw the 2004 election!
 
FAQ
Normally, "frequently asked questions." If I (Charlie) hear the same question more than once or twice, it usually ends out here.
 
Felony Flyers
A term in New York or New Jersey for Chucks or CONS.
 
Felony Shoes (Fast definition)
A term for sneakers. Called so because sneakers increase ones ability to get away from a crime scene before the police arrive. Many types are well-suited for criminal activity, including (but not limited to) sneakerjacking. However, in one case, the police were able to nab a hapless suspect in LA Gear. His sneakers flashed every time he moved, so the police were able to track him with ease across an open field in the dark.
 
Felony Shoes (Slow definition)
An alternative definition for felony shoes comes from jail practice. If the prisoner is deemed a risk of suicide, standard practice is to take their shoe strings to prevent them from making a crude (but effective) noose. Therefore, shoes without strings are sometimes called "felony shoes."
 
Felony Shoes (Recursive definition)
Cons in CONS.
 
Fila
Outside view of the Grant Hill 2 basketball shoeThe Italian founding family of a knitwear company that branched out into athletic shoes.
 
Fireman, Paul
Former chairman of Reebok International Limited, a United States based company with a name that sounds like it belongs in the United Kingdom.
 
First Law of Sneaker Obsolescence
See "Laws of Sneaker Obsolescence (First)".
 
First Sneakers
The first sneakers (then called "sandshoes") were made in the 1830's by Dunlop Rubber of the United Kingdom.
Fishheads

Also see "Cat Heads."

 
Fitness
Avia 455 black high-top fitness shoe for guysA term used by those who would market aerobic shoes to Real Men. Real Men think they wouldn't be caught dead doing aerobics. On the other hand, Real Men would probably either pass out from exhaustion or sprain an ankle if they tried.... after all, women are not necessarily wimps!
 
Flight
Nike "Air Flight Hops" basketball shoe in blackA term used by Nike for their lighter basketball shoes that are intended for speedier players. If it was not for the Air Jordan product line, Michael Jordan would have been the prototypical player for the Flight product line. Also see "Force" and "Uptempo" for other Nike basketball shoes.
 
 
Flip-Flop
'My Coke Rewards' brown flip-flops(a) For a hardware weenie or software weenie: a bistable multivibrator (a fancy name for one bit of memory). (b) Footwear with a slab sole and a thong upper... about the minimum you can get away with. I (Charlie) think flip-flops do too much flipping and flopping.
 
 
Football
adidas Corner Blitz football shoe in black with white stripesDepends where you are located. In the United States, a game played with a pointy ball, lots of padding, and a lot of the players in high-tops. In the United Kingdom and many other countries, a game played with a round ball, no padding, and no high-tops. In the United States, the game with the round ball is called "soccer."
 
 
Folding
Folding@Home is a distributed computing program at Stanford University. Charlie thinks it's a worthwhile project to support with your spare CPU cycles.
 
Football Boots
In the United Kingdom, a term used to refer to soccer sneakers.
 
Footbag Shoes
adidas Rod Laver tennis shoe (considered ideal for footbag)For the great majority of footbag players, the ideal shoe is the adidas Rod Laver tennis shoe. However, a minority prefer the free and open feeling of a Teva sport sandal.
 
Force
Nike Air Force I High in black with white SWOOSHA term used by Nike for their heavier and tougher basketball shoes that are intended for heavy, aggressive basketball players. Charles Barkley is a prime example of a prototypical player for the Force line. Also see "Flight" and "Uptempo" for other Nike basketball shoes.
 
 
Formstrip
The stripe down the side of a Puma athletic shoe.
 
Foxing
Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Star high-top with user design (and white/red/blue foxing)The rubber sidewall around the bottom of many canvas sneakers. (In this example, the foxing has red and blue stripes.) During the typical canvas sneaker manufacturing process (known as vulcanization), heat and pressure applied to the foxing vulcanizes the sole to the upper..
 
 
Foxing, Blowout
Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Star high-tops, blue, well-wornWhen a pair of Chucks have their foxing blow out, they're shot!
 
 
Frames
Something you'll find on Internet Web sites that are long on style and short on content. I (Charlie) prefer to waste bandwidth on useful things like hyperlinks to cute sneakers, graphics, and even text in decorative fonts.
 
Frazier, Walt
Puma 'CLYDE' blue suede sneakersBasketball player and Puma endorser of the 1970's. Nicknamed "Clyde." Prospective Puma purchasers got to view Walt's infectious grin on the label end of the box.
 
Freestyle
Reebok Freestyle black high-top aerobics shoe The original aerobic shoe for women from the mid-1980's. A multi-million seller for Reebok (demand for them never seems to go away....).
 
"From a tradition of over 100 years, these athletic shoes meet the demand for quality & performance required by today's athlete"
A slogan used for, and sometimes printed on, Reebok athletic shoes.
 
Fun
The words "cute" and "fun" are quite likely the two most overused in the English language. After all, most anything done wearing athletic shoes can be fun (even a track meet can be fun for runners) until one ends up having to use an ACE Bandage... or even an IV. Fun sneakers include Chucks, the Cortez, the Freestyle, the Jim Shoe, and many Vans.
 

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