Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - O
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- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Abbreviated "OSA." A medical condition
where a defect in the muscles or structure of the nose, throat, or both causes one to not breathe
intermittently at night. People with Obstructive Sleep
Apnea frequently suffer from some combination of daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, and morning
headaches. A CPAP machine resolves the problem for most
patients who will put up with sleeping with a mask over their nose at night.
There are other techniques to treat OSA, some more successful than
others, but CPAP is the most successful as a first try.
- A lake and state park in Oregon,
located east of the town of Prineville; also a United
States national forest. Probably the naming inspiration for the Nike Ochoco sport sandal.
- A cushioning technology from
Starter. O-Flex sounds a lot like
- A mountain in Vermont, one of the fifty United States
of America. Probably the inspiration for the Nike
Air Okemo hiking
- Old School
term sometimes used to describe sneakers that were
around when Baby Boomers were going to school, or more recent
designs that emulate these designs. When Baby Boomers
went to school, it was "The Wonder Years" in real life, before
IX: basketball boys in
and cheerleaders in
and the most dangerous thing was getting caught smoking in the restroom (which I
did). Examples include the adidas "shell-toes"
and Superstar, the
Star and the One Star, and the
Puma Clyde suede
Charlie should know all about "old school" as he went to
one built in 1923.
- Old Skool
- A spelling of "old school" used by those who most
likely didn't get A's in spelling class. Nowadays, they probably wear
addidas Shell Toes.
- A basic skateboard stunt. Propelling the
skateboard into the
air, while maintaining foot contact,
and landing; all without hands on the skateboard.
Named after skateboarder Ollie Gelfand.
- Ollie area
- The front edges of skateboarding shoes,
which encounter heavy stress while doing an ollie.
- One Star
A suede version of the
low-top Chuck, with one star cut out of the side.
The early name (before 1997) of one of the predecessor companies of
ASICS Tiger Corporation. Named for Kihichiro
Onitsuka, founder and chairman.
- Reportedly, one of the most beautiful
the entire United States. Oregon's many rivers and
lakes contributed names for many Nike
sport sandals and
hiking boots. Its cities include the Portland suburb of
the center of the sneaker universe.
- Oregon Waffle
- A term for the outsole of Nike
athletic shoes and a one-time
style (introduced about 1976). Derived from
bizarre experiments by Nike employees who tried making
prototype sneakers with the family
- The (usually) plastic coating at the tips of sneaker
laces that makes it easier to pass the laces through the
Also called an aglet or a tag.
- See "Obstructive Sleep Apnea."
brand of sneakers. From what I can tell,
their target market invariably enjoys going to the
gym, pumps tiny barbells, wears tight workout wear, and primps in the
- Outing shoes
- A term occasionally used for sneakers. If they got
full of sand, they might be sandshoes.
- The portion of the sneaker
that makes contact with the ground; the part that is visible as the
of the shoe.
- Outsole, Replacing
- This question came up recently by someone that remembered shoe repair kits of the past.
After doing some research, I (Charlie) came across the following information:
- Shoe repair businesses resole expensive dress shoes as a major part of their workload.
- Even if the outsole is replaced, the rest of the shoe is still original material which
may be worn out without looking like it.
NOTE: I have no experience with this process. If you decide to try
resoled athletic shoes, I would like to hear about your experiences.
A low-top sneaker
with laces across the instep; compare to a slip-on.
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