The A-Z of Sneakers Slang
You don’t have to say, “what?!” when you sneakerhead friends are talking. Be in-the-know by getting these words run like oil in your tongues. You’ll be surprised, your other friends will be learning from you, too.
ACG – All Conditions Gear.
Alphet – say “Outfit” with style.
Aglets – those plastic things on the end of shoelaces.
Beaters – your favorite kicks, that you wear over and over, showing wear and tear
Colorways – any of a range of combinations of colours in which a style or design is available.
Cop – to buy
Cozy Boy – when you’re feeling comfortable with your style
Crepes – synonym for sneakers.
Crispy – clean and tidy
Double up – when you love a pair of kicks so much and you move heaven and earth, to buy one more pair
Factory laced- when a pair of kicks are totally untouched. The laces are as they were when they came out of the factory.
Fragment/Fragment’s – collaborate designs usually with Nike, on very limited editions.
Friends and Family – when a pair is so rare, it seems to have been made for their loved-ones exclusively.
Garms – garments a.k.a clothes
GR – General Release ; something that’s easy to find and it becomes less swaggy.
GS – Grade school. Kicks that are made for kids, but the ladies cop them because it’s their size.
Gum sole – the sole is dark brown, textured gum rubber for greater traction.
Hypebeast – those that buys sneakers based on popularity, hype or twitter posts from celebrities, bloggers and other “cool” personas.
Instacop – when a release is just dope, and you it at first chance, at all cost.
Jumpman – the iconic Jordan Logo, created by Nike’s Peter Moore
Kicks – shoes, sneakers, footwear
OGs – originals. Not a retro nor a re-release. It’s the 1st of its kind.
Lit – so awesome, it’s on fire.
Size Run – refers to the amount of sneakers a retailer or a reseller has on-stock. A Full-size run means a retailer has from size 6 to 12.
Pack – shoes that are released as a series
Retro – a shoe style that had a good run in the past, that is being re-released
Steez/Steezy – combination of style and ease.
Tonal – shoes that are in single color
Upper – anything above the sole
A nickname for Kanye West and any sneakers he’s created or helped design.