To make sure you don’t get hit with nicknames, abbreviations, and general sneaker slang “never heard before,” Boniface Mithika, in The Sunday Standard, has compiled some of these slangs.
Retro: As the name suggests, “Retro” is a relaunch of a colourway that takes place after the initial release of the shoe model.
OG: It’s the new design of the pair that hasn’t come out. The first version of a shoe is called OG.
GR / limited: “GR” simply means the general version. The resale price will depend on the type of “Limited” version of a version. GRs are rare and are usually custom made to the celebrity’s needs and specifications.
Drummers: These are already worn or torn sneakers. These shoes are sold, but not as expensive as the new ones. They can become more expensive if they are legendary models.
Colorway: This represents the color arrangements for the given pair of shoes. The colourway is often at least as substantial as the actual model of the sneaker.
Grails: It’s a pair of sneakers that people desire more than any other pair, even though they have to spend a lot more than the retail price. Grail status is generally reserved for more limited shoes.
Hypebeast: Someone who likes to keep up with current trends and is too cool for Hypebeast.
Hyperstrike: Of all the versions, Hyperstrike is the most limited and is kept secret for as long as possible. They are published in extremely limited numbers.
On Ice: Having a pair “on ice” means a pair of kickstock that you haven’t worn yet.
Player Edition: A player edition sneaker is designed for a specific player. They are available at retail, most often as a limited version.
Tonal – This is one color makeup and a cool way to say that a sneaker is one color.