15+ Slang Words For Sneakers (And How To Use Them)

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Slang & Language Enthusiast

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Slang Words for Sneakers (in Alphabetical Order)

Beaters

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The pair of sneakers one wears normally on a daily basis no matter how beat up they look.

  • Example: Mark’s beaters have been with him to every practice for the b-boy dance competition. 

Beaters

Biscuits

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Worn out shoes that have been poorly made since the start. 

  • Example: You can’t wear those biscuits to the game. They’ll rip themselves 10 minutes into it. 

Biscuits

Coke Whites

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Sneakers that are white all over.

  • Example: Jun only wears his coke whites on a fine day. He doesn’t want them to get all dirty and muddy from the rain.

Coke Whites

Jays

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A nickname for the famous Michael Jordan shoes.

  • Example: Those jays are limited edition, how did you buy them?

Jays

Kicks

Meaning:

  • (Expression) A street slang for sneakers incorporated by commercial shoemakers in their advertisements.

  • Example: Those kicks look a little bit big on you, don’t you think?

Kicks

KOTD

Meaning:

  • (Expression) A social media slang that stands for “Kicks of the Day”, this is to show the pair of sneakers one will wear for the day out of a collection.

  • Example: Which camera angle will best highlight my KOTD?

Kicks

LPU

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Standing for “latest pickup”, an LPU is the most recent sneaker purchase.

  • Example: The influencer’s LPU is a signed pair of sneakers.

LPU

PE

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Initials for “player edition” or sneakers that are custom-made for specific sports players only.

  • Example: Craig is waiting for those PEs to be publicly sold.

PE

Reseller

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A person who buys sneakers from the original store only to sell them again at a higher rate.

  • Example: Hank earns a decent amount of money as a sneakers reseller.

Reseller

Runners

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A Canadian slang for sneakers and sneakers made especially for running.

  • Example: Your runners seem reliable for long-distance running.

Runners

Shoothing

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Classy sneakers made as dress shoes or for picture-taking.

  • Example: It’s impossible that Garrett’s sneakers just magically found themselves with you. Garrett never takes his eyes off his shoothing collection.

Shoothing

Silhouette

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The sneaker slang for the designs of sneakers.

  • Example: Even if the sneaker is dark but it has an intricate silhouette, it will be stylish.

Silhouette

Sneakerhead

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A person highly invested and affectionate about sneakers.

  • Example: If the sneakerhead spots your knock-off, he’ll flip himself out. 

Sneakerhead

Uppies

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The slang word for sneakers spoken by the youth of the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Example: I wonder if he knows how hard his sister worked just to buy the uppies he is bragging about.

Uppies

Wookies

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A sneaker slang for brand knock-offs.

  • Example: Be mindful when buying sneakers online. A lot of people make good wookies these days.

Wookies

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