Sneaker Terminologies, Phrases, and Jargons to Understand
Sneaker culture is rich and deep, however, understanding certain terms and phrases can be confusing for newbies but don’t fret! We’ve compiled all of the Sneaker Terminologies that you’ll need to be aware of whether you’re new to sneaker culture or sneaker reselling.
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There are many terminologies to learn here so without further adieu, let’s get right to it!
Resale Market Terminologies
Have you ever copped your very first pair of sneakers that you attempted to resell on the secondary market but had no idea how to decipher the codes that were being used rather than basic English? Well, you’re not alone!
It can be confusing to understand any of the abbreviations when you’re new. Thus we’ve compiled a list of pretty much all the commonly used terms that you should know!
WTB: WTB is perhaps one of the most common abbreviations you’ll see on websites such as eBay and it simply means “Want to Buy”. For example, “Want to Buy Air Jordan 1 High Court Purple”. In essence, it’s an advert of a person requesting to buy a specific sneaker.
WTS: Just like WTB, WTS is also one of the most commonly used letters that simply mean “Want to Sell”. The advert is by a person that wants to sell a particular sneaker.
WTT: You’ll also see some texts that read “WTT” which means “Want to Trade”. This is a simple barter system where the publisher of the advert wants to trade one sneaker for another. For example, “Want to trade Air Jordan 1 High Metallic Silver Size 6 for size 9”.
DS/BNDS: Dead Stock or “DS” refers to stock that has not yet been sold and has been sitting on shelves or warehouses for quite some time. BNDS or “Brand New Dead Stock” and “Dead Stock” pretty much refer to the same thing as sneakers that are brand new and never worn.
Factory Laced: Factory laces are also similar to DS. It means the sneakers are un-used and laced the same way as they were out of the factory. DS and Factory Laced can usually be used interchangeably.
PADS/VNDS: Both of these abbreviations mean pretty much the same thing. PADS (Passed as Dead Stock) or VNDS (Very Near Dead Stock) both refer to sneakers that are used but are in excellent condition and can be passed as new judging purely by the sneaker’s condition. These sneakers should usually be selling for below the market price.
OBO: This is an invitation to bid whatever you feel the sneaker is worth. It stands for “Or Best Offer”, meaning you can make an offer and wait until it’s accepted or not. Pretty straightforward stuff.
For example, WTB Adidas Yeezy 500 Enflame $350 OBO
LC: An LC or “Legit Check” refers to a request by the buyer for clear and descriptive pictures to authenticate the legitimacy of the sneakers. There are countless fakes flooding the market from all over the world and it’s been a huge problem on unregulated reselling websites for quite some time now. Therefore whenever you’re buying new sneakers off of eBay, always ask for an LC.
PO/Proxy: This simply means a “Pre-order” which is when a buyer pays someone to order them a sneaker. The buyer is required to pay in advance while someone else receives and delivers the order to them.
TTS: TTS is a sizing term that stands for “True to Size”. Sometimes, because of the construction and design of the sneakers, they often don’t fit as they should. Sometimes they’re too tight while other times they’re too loose. TTS means that the sneakers fit as they were intended to.
Flaking: This is a slang term resellers use when a buyer backs off last minute after all the details of the transaction has been confirmed. It can be quite frustrating for sellers, however, StockX has offered a solution for this problem by introducing bids. A buyer can only bid once their credit card/debit card details have been entered so if a buyer accepts a bid, funds are automatically transferred.
Those are most of the reselling terms. However, you’ll also need to familiarize yourself with the rankings or classes of sneakers. Here’s what the classifying abbreviations mean.
SP-Special Project: This term refers to Nike sneakers that are at the epitome of Nike’s innovative potential. The absolute highest quality Nike sneakers are given the SP title such as the Nike Zoom Fly SP.
HS: HS or “Hyper Strike” is given to the most valuable sneakers you can ever find on the market. They refer to the most exclusive editions that are only a few handfuls in existence and usually given to employees, celebrities, or Friends and Family (FNF).
HS-labeled sneakers are one of the most expensive sneakers on the market. A good example is the Nike Air Force 1 x Kobe Bryant “Friends and Family”.
QS: QS stands for “Quick Strike” and is a step lower in their ranking to HS sneakers. They’re also extremely limited and often don’t even come with a set release date. QS sneakers are only sold via special tier 0 stores such as Atmos, Undefeated, and Patta.
Tier 0: These are extremely hyped sneakers that will sell for very high resale prices and sold at particular stores and can be used interchangeably with QS “Quick Strike”.
HTM/JTH: This tag refers to an extremely limited triple collaboration. HTM stands for Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Nike’s CEO Mark Parker. This trio has been working together for almost two decades, pushing the boundaries of innovation and sneaker technology. JTH, on the other hand, refers to Justin Timberlake and Tinker Hatfield’s collaboration such as the JTH Air Jordan 3 that includes a few colorways.
PE: “Player Edition” sneakers are designed exclusively for players of a sport and are very limited. They often sell for high resale prices.
NRG: Referring to Nike’s “Energy” team, all special sneakers that have a ton of hype behind them pass through Nike’s NRG team. These include one-off sneakers, collaborations, Player Edition sneakers, and many more. These kicks are almost always reselling for very high prices on the secondary markets.
LE: Simply refers to limited-edition sneakers. Sneakers produced in relatively limited quantities compared to other mass-produced models.
GR: Meaning a “General Release” which includes sneakers that can be stocked by most retailers and aren’t particularly limited.
LS: A “Lifestyle” shoe refers to a sneaker that’s meant to be worn casually rather than for a particular sport or exercise.
PRM: PRM stands for “Premium” sneakers. These include sneakers with the highest quality materials used, however, they’re a standardized release and usually nothing too highly sought after.
ACG: ACG stands for “All Conditions Gear” and includes Nike’s hardcore outdoors sneaker lineup such as Nike’s ACG hiking boots. Recently, there have been a couple of ACG-inspired Nike Dunks, although overall popularity has fallen off for the lineup itself.
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Other Terms You Should Know As a Sneakerhead
Retro: Short for “retrospective”, these releases are usually a re-release of an original colorway.
OG: This refers to the “Original” colorway for a particular sneaker for example the Air Jordan 1 High Chicago. However, it can also mean a brand new release such as the Air Jordan 1 High University Blue.
FSR: “Full-Size Run” as in all sizes are available with a particular seller.
SE: “Special Edition” sneakers that celebrate an event.
ID: “Individually Designed” sneakers that are designed on nikeid.nike.com.
NDC: Simply refers to Nike.com
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