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Straatopedia: A Sneaker Terminology Guide

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    March 25, 2020 8:11 PM GMT

    HS – Hyperstrike
    Shoes labeled HS are the most exclusive of all. They come in very limited quantities, with the majority given to friends and families (FNF) of artists and celebrities.
    Example: sean wotherspoon nike“Playstation”, which was a promotional shoe given to Sony employees back in 2006.

    QS – Quickstrike
    Relatively rare shoes that are not as exclusive as Hyperstrike releases. Traditionally, QS sneakers did not have a release date tagged with them, but now they do. Typically available in Tier 0 stores that carry the most exclusive sneakers; examples would be the United States’ Undefeated, Netherland’s Patta, Tokyo’s Atmos and Singapore’s Surrender Store.
    Example: Nike Roshe Run Hyperfuse

    SP – Special Project
    Nike SP represents the highest level of Nike quality, and also an avenue for Nike’s creative endeavors. All NikeLab releases are SP and some collabs are also categorized as SP.
    Example: Nike Free Flyknit Mercurial SP

    HTM – HTM denotes the first letters the first names of Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Matt Parker
    HTM shoes are designed by the creative trio comprising Fragment Design’s Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike’s legendary designer Tinker Hatfield and Nike’s CEO and designer Matt Parker. The trio has been working together since 2002 to create and experiment with the latest technology and unique designs.
    Example: air jordan 1 bred

    SB – Skateboarding
    These shoes are specially made for skateboarders and usually come with thicker tongues.
    Example: Nike Dunk Low SB

    LS – Lifestyle
    Shoes that are meant for casual wear and not for performance.
    Example: Air Jordan 4 LS

    NRG – Energy
    Not much has been said to define what NRG stands for exactly, but if the nature of the release of NRG shoes such as the Air Yeezy and the Galaxy Foamposite are anything to go by, NRG could well denote shoes that are extremely limited in quantity.
    Example: Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG

    PRM – Premium
    Example: LEBRON XII LOW PRM

    NSW – jordan 11 win like 82
    New products that stem from reinvented classics are deemed NSW.
    Example: Nike Tiempo, previously a soccer boot, was reinvented into a lifestyle shoe.