Charlie's Sneaker FAQ and Glossary - R
This FAQ and Glossary defines a number of terms used in regards to athletic shoes, Charlie, or sneakers.
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- The only type of "music" more annoying than punk
- See "Run from Run DMC" for an example of
what to do if confronted with it.
- Generally performed by large men: If I
(Charlie) were a rapper, I'd rap:
"Rappers, 'dem rappers... they're future CPAP'ers!"
term used by Reebok for their cutting-edge
styles; roughly equivalent to
Alpha Project products from
- A trade name for a proprietary athletic shoe
performance improvement technology used by Converse.
- Red Ball Jets
- A canvas sneaker
sometimes remembered fondly by Baby Boomers.
Red Ball Jets sneakers were made from 1951 to 1971. Red Ball rubber boots and
waders were on the market as of 1998, but they are no longer available
as of 2005.
A brand name for athletic shoes
sold by Reebok International Limited. Named
for the southern African antelope (Pelea capreolus). Known for displaying the
flag of the United Kingdom on many of their sneaker
- Reebok International Limited
- Designer and marketer of athletic shoes
and equipment sold under a number of brand names, including
Reebok. Reebok International Limited started in the
United Kingdom. They were later bought out by their United States importer, headed
by Paul Fireman. Later on, they were
acquired by adidas.
- An athletic shoe brand for
jocks who get tired of wearing
- Registered Identification
- See "RN."
- A subsequent manufacturing run of a vintage
sneaker. Compare to
- Resistor Color Code
- A method used to encode electronic parts in television
sets. Also used by organized software weenies to
arrange their clothing and sneakers in order for quick
access. I (Charlie) indeed use this
method, much to the surprise of a former co-worker. The resistor color code colors, in order, are
"black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, grey, white." The words can easily be remembered by the mnemonic "Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly!"
Also see "ROY G. BIV."
- For information about re-soling sneakers,
see "Outsole, Replacing."
- Sneakers worn by
Boomers as serious athletic shoes
but worn by their teenagers for
Frequently seen examples include Chucks,
One Stars, and Superstars.
- A trademark used by ASICS for
abrasion-resistant synthetic leather. Typically, ASICS will use RhynoSkin in
the toe area.
- On an apparel label, the "Registered Identification Number" (despite being
three words... it's not a "RIN"). A code number assigned to a apparel importer
or manufacturer by the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC). If one is trying to locate an importer or manufacturer's address, the FTC Web site provides a cross-reference from RN to name and
address. Also see "WPL" for wool products.
- Rodman, Dennis
- Basketball player who once endorsed
and then Converse shoes. He played with
Michael Jordan before Michael
retired. Living example of the dangers of falling asleep in a tattoo studio. Sometimes
training sneaker issued in honor of the
1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Most software
weenies and other geek types instinctively think "Read-Only
Memory" when confronted with this name.
name for KangaROOS sneakers.
- The typical outsole material for sneakers. Provides the
best mix of traction and durability. Tires use rubber for the same reasons.
- ROY G. BIV
- A mnemonic (sometimes put to words as "Richard Of York Goes Battling In Vain", particularly by readers from the United Kingdom) used to remember the colors of light in the rainbow in order by wavelength:
"red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet." Some hyper-organized physics majors
arrange their clothing and sneakers like software weenies do with the
- Rudy, Marion Frank
- One-time aerospace engineer at what was then North American Rockwell; the
aerospace businesses of what is now known as
Rockwell Automation were sold
to Boeing in 1996. In 2005, Boeing turned around and sold the Rocketdyne Power and Propulsion business unit. Issued
US Patent 4219945 for
inventing what is now known as Nike
AIR. Reportedly, he first pitched the patent to
they had no interest in what might have been "adidas air." He also received
Patent 4271606 and US Patent
4340626 for enhancements to the basic Nike AIR design.
- An activity performed by runners. Determining
(either cross-country or on a
track) how fast the sneakers
allow their user to move.
- Run DMC
- Rap music group famed for singing about their
Specifically, the song "My adidas."
- "Run Faster... Jump Higher"
- The reason Baby Boomers asked their
Mom to buy them a pair of PF Flyer
Also, their slogan.
- Run from Run DMC
- What anyone with musical taste does with Their adidas.
(Also see "Run DMC." Please, not in concert.)
- A Canadian and Irish term for sneakers.
- A term in most English-speaking places for hard-core athletic
shoe users. They may be that way because they had a track
meet in gym class and found
it fun. Or just simple brain
- A track meet where the only opponent is the clock.
- Running Shoes
- Athletic shoes designed for
running. These generally come in these categories:
- Cushioning Shoes
- Lightweight Shoes
- Motion Control Shoes
- Stability Shoes
- Trail runners
- An athletic shoe company, noted for
making shoes exclusively for women. They
developed an inert gas cushioning
technology using nitrogen.
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