Sneakers 101: Your one-stop sneaker glossary

Sneakers 101: Your one-stop sneaker glossary

Welcome to the world of sneakers!

Whether you're a seasoned sneakerhead or just dipping your toes into the vibrant culture, our sneaker glossary is your go-to guide to navigating the realm of footwear fashion.

Brush up on your knowledge before you head to HOTA Gallery's Australian-exclusive exhibition, Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street.


Sneakers that you wear every day and don’t mind them getting dirty.


The specific combination of colours applied to a sneaker.

Crepes/kicks/ trainers

Interchangeable terms for sneakers that are favoured in different countries.


An unsold pair of discontinued sneakers.

General release

Sneakers you can walk into a store and buy for retail price.


The most sought-after sneakers, which are usually extremely rare.


The most exclusive sneakers, released in very limited quantities with the majority given to a select few.


Stands for original, refers to a pair of sneakers on their first release.

Player exclusive

A sneaker designed specifically for an athlete and never intended for retail.


Someone who has early access to sneakers. Your go-to for securing the latest releases!


A second release of a discontinued sneaker style.


Someone who lives and breathes sneakers. They collect and trade them and are usually extremely knowledgeable.

Now that you're a sneaker expert, head to HOTA Gallery to test out your knowledge and impress your mates.

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
Past Event
All Ages
Sneakers Unboxed
Sat 25 Nov 2023 - Sun 18 Feb 2024

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

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