Welcome to Shoe Game Glossary where you will learn the common language/slang used in the "Shoe Game". These are some words and terms you might see often. Youve seen all these before and know some of them, but had no idea what some of the others mean.
DS - Dead stock commonly misused to mean "BRAND NEW" only. The original meaning of dead stock is; unsold older stock "DEAD STOCK". Most people use this word when describing a brand new shoe.
VNDS - Very near dead stock
NDS - Near dead stock
LE - Limited Edition
PE - Player Exclusive
SB - Skateboard
OG - Original
AM - Air Max
SE - Special Edition
3M - Reflective Material
ID - Individually Designed
DT - Diamond Turf
ACG - All Conditions Gear
JB - Jordan Brand
AZG - Air Zoom Generation
FT - Feng Tay (Nike Factory in Asia) usually seen on the box tag of sample or promo shoe.
NL - No Liner
HTM - A set of shoes designed by Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker. HTM is the first letter of each designers name.
CG - Cool Grey, usually used when talking about the Air Jordan 3, 4, 9, or 11
LS - Lifestyle which is a Jordan product that is usually associated with matching clothing and is geared towards trendy fashion than towards athletic performance.
DMP - Defining Moments Pack
Js - Jordans
AJ - Air Jordan
AF1 - Air Force 1
GS - Grade School
HOA - History of Air
GR - General Release
BRS - Blue Ribbon Sports
NIB - New in Box
NWT - New with Tags
SBTG - Sabotage the world famous custom designer
SVSM - Saint Vincent Saint Mary, Lebron James High School
DQM - Daves Quality Meat a shoe shop in NYC
UNDFTD - Undefeated a shoe shop in Los Angeles, CA
G.O.A.T. - Greatest of all Time
CO.JP - Concept Japan
NT - Nike Talk( Forum)
ISS - Instyleshoes.com (Forum)
NSB - Nikeskateboarding.org (Forum)
LBJ - Lebron James
X - Usually stands for "and" for example Nike "x"(and) TheShoeGame.com Air Max 90
Heat - Hard to find shoes usually older models but can also be newer models. This words gets over used, but the owner determines if the shoe is "Heat" based on their opinion.
Holy Grail - Your most wanted shoe that may be very expensive or extremely rare.
Sample - Usually a test shoe that will be released in the future or made to see if any changes need to be made. Also, a sample may be made, but never released in stores and the common "Sample" sizes are 3.5 Youth, 7 Women, 9 Men. Although there are "Samples" that exist that are in bigger sizes, this is very rare.
Prototype - Sample that is never released may be called a "Prototype" (in most cases the first model)
B-Grade - A shoe thats produced in the factory that may or may not have flaws. A certain amount has to be marked as "B-Grade" even if nothing is wrong with the shoe, and usually found in outlet stores.
Beater - A shoe that's worn without care, usually a shoe that you wear all the time. This is also the same shoe you don't mind getting stepped on, scuffed, or dirty.
Retro - Re-Release
Retro + - Not an original Jordan colorway
Quickstrike - Only released at special Nike account stores, in most cases may pop out of no where in limited numbers.
Hyperstrike - Ultra limited and available at Nike shops with a Tier 0 and 1 account. Not many shops have these accounts because they are very hard to get. Also, some people may call shoes numbered at 500 pairs or less a "Hyperstrike".
Uptowns - Air Force 1
Bred - Black/Red Air Jordan colorway
P-Rod - Paul Rodriquez a skater for Nike with a signature shoe line
Premium - Usually made with high quality construction or material, and will most likely cost more.
Camo - Camouflage
Hype - Is too much attention/talking about a certain shoe. In most cases "Hype" causes the value to go up because its now highly sought after. Hype, normally causes a person that doesnt like the shoe to eventually want the shoe due to its "Hype".
Hypebeast - One that likes a shoe because of its "Hype" or one that attempts to over exaggerate a shoe.
Euro - Usually indicates that the shoe was only released in Europe