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originally made in the middle 1980's,
best known for having a pocket. US Design Patent
298981 covers that particular feature.
- Kawasaki, Guy
- Former software evangelist and Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Now
CEO of the Garage Technology Ventures venture-capital company. Writer of
seven fantastic books, including "Selling the Dream" (ISBN 0-88730-600-4,
HarperCollins Publishers, 1991), "The Computer Curmudgeon" (ISBN 1-56130-013-1,
Hayden Books, 1992), and "Rules for Revolutionaries" (ISBN 0-88730-996-8,
HarperCollins Publishers, 1999). Even if you think Macintosh is a first cut at what
Windows got right, you'll laugh so hard reading "The Computer Curmudgeon" that
tears will roll down your face! Guy Kawasaki has made several fascinating sneaker observations in his writings:
- Kawasaki, Guy (on his Reebok Pump basketball shoes):
- "I am an evangelist for a $175 basketball shoe made by Reebok
called The Pump. The way I figure it, the more
people I convince to buy it, the less stupid I will look for spending that much money on a
basketball shoe. I think it even makes me play
better." (From "Selling the Dream", ISBN 0-88730-600-4, HarperCollins
Publishers, 1991, page 15.)
- Kawasaki, Guy (on how not to market women's aerobic shoes):
- "A (bozo) company that hasn't added emotions to facts would say to women, 'We have
two pieces of cotton, leather, and rubber. You have $100.00. If you give us the $100.00,
we'll give you the cotton, leather, and rubber.'" (From "Rules for
Revolutionaries", ISBN 0-88730-996-8, HarperCollins Publishers, 1999, page 86.)
- Kawasaki, Guy (on Michael Jordan's basketball shoes):
- "Michael Jordan can take credit for the
success of Air Jordans but not the Converse." (From "Selling the Dream", ISBN
0-88730-600-4, HarperCollins Publishers, 1991, page 15.)
- Kawasaki, Guy (on "Sneaker Net"):
- "Distributing files by Just Doing It." (From "The Computer
Curmudgeon", ISBN 1-56130-013-1, Hayden Books, 1992, page 151.)
- Kawasaki, Guy (who wrote me when he saw his entry in this glossary):
- "I had no idea that sneakers enter my
consciousness so often!"
frequently: this light, flimsy, and rather unprotective canvas sneaker
originally manufactured by the United States Rubber Company and now by Stride Rite
Corporation. The United States Rubber Company
later became Uniroyal, then Uniroyal Goodrich, then they finally merged with Michelin. The standard gym
shoe for young Baby Boomer
women; even worn by cheerleaders, and especially for
dirty dancing. The name
"Keds" was derived from "Peds," the Latin for "foot." There are other styles
in the Keds line, including the much-requested "Baseball
Keds." Sheep flies (Melophagus Ovinus) are also called "Keds."
- Keds (in India)
- A term used to refer to any pair of sneakers.
Similar usages in the United States
(much to the chagrin of the respective trademark holders) are "FedEx®"
for any overnight shipper, "Kleenex®" for any facial tissue, and
"Xerox®" for any photocopy.
- Keds (on men)
- Pro-Keds disappeared from the market in
1995... but they came back (so far,
in limited distribution) in 2002. In late 2004, Keds
released some shoes for men.
- Keds (whitening)
- Look here for Baby Boomer
Mom-approved procedures for whitening canvas
sneakers (including Keds).
- Current slang for "sneakers."
NOTE: for Baby Boomers, the term "kicks"
means "excitement." (The song "Get Your Kicks on Route
66" was not about how to get to the nearest Nike
- In the United Kingdom, the collection of apparel
and boots (or trainers,
as appropriate) for athletic participation: gym kit, soccer kit, and so on. If the stockist is busy, one has to wait in queue to buy their kit.
- Knight, Philip ("Phil")
- Co-founder (with the late Bill Bowerman) and chairman of the board of
Inc. Devoted enough to Nike that he, and most
of the EKIN, have a SWOOSH
tattooed on an ankle.
It looks like he's wearing Nike socks even when he's 100%
undressed. Of all the hundreds of Nike styles, the only ones I
(Charlie) have seen Mr. Knight wearing in a
picture is the Air Max Triax.
out making a tennis sneaker
that's now a classic for yuppie
fun. They also sell performance athletic shoes.
Their stock is traded under NASDAQ ticker symbol KSWS.
- NASDAQ stock ticker symbol for K-Swiss, Inc.
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