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Sneaker Terminologies: A Complete Guide to Sneaker Terms and Phrases


Sneaker culture is rich and deep, however, understanding certain terms and phrases can be confusing for newbies but don’t fret! I have compiled all of the Sneaker Terminologies that you’ll need to be aware of whether you’re new to sneaker culture or sneaker reselling.



Have you ever copped your very first pair of sneakers that you attempted to resell on the secondary market but had no idea how to decipher the codes that were being used rather than basic English? Well, you’re not alone!


It can be confusing to understand any of the abbreviations when you’re new. Thus we’ve compiled a list of pretty much all the commonly used terms that you should know!


WTB: WTB is perhaps one of the most common abbreviations you’ll see on websites such as eBay and it simply means “Want to Buy”. For example, “Want to Buy Air Jordan 1 High Court Purple”. In essence, it’s an advert of a person requesting to buy a specific sneaker.


WTS: Just like WTB, WTS is also one of the most commonly used letters that simply mean “Want to Sell”. The advert is by a person that wants to sell a particular sneaker.


WTT: You’ll also see some texts that read “WTT” which means “Want to Trade”. This is a simple barter system where the publisher of the advert wants to trade one sneaker for another. For example, “Want to trade Air Jordan 1 High Metallic Silver Size 6 for size 9”.


DS/BNDS: Dead Stock or “DS” refers to stock that has not yet been sold and has been sitting on shelves or warehouses for quite some time. BNDS or “Brand New Dead Stock” and “Dead Stock” pretty much refer to the same thing as sneakers that are brand new and never worn.


Factory Laced: Factory laces are also similar to DS. It means the sneakers are un-used and laced the same way as they were out of the factory. DS and Factory Laced can usually be used interchangeably.


PADS/VNDS: Both of these abbreviations mean pretty much the same thing. PADS (Passed as Dead Stock) or VNDS (Very Near Dead Stock) both refer to sneakers that are used but are in excellent condition and can be passed as new judging purely by the sneaker’s condition. These sneakers should usually be selling for below the market price.


OBO: This is an invitation to bid whatever you feel the sneaker is worth. It stands for “Or Best Offer”, meaning you can make an offer and wait until it’s accepted or not. Pretty straightforward stuff.

For example, WTB Adidas Yeezy 350 Zebra $350 OBO


LC: An LC or “Legit Check” refers to a request by the buyer for clear and descriptive pictures to authenticate the legitimacy of the sneakers. There are countless fakes flooding the market from all over the world and it’s been a huge problem on unregulated reselling websites for quite some time now. Therefore whenever you’re buying new sneakers off of eBay, always ask for an LC.


PO/Proxy: This simply means a “Pre-order” which is when a buyer pays someone to order them a sneaker. The buyer is required to pay in advance while someone else receives and delivers the order to them.


TTS: TTS is a sizing term that stands for “True to Size”. Sometimes, because of the construction and design of the sneakers, they often don’t fit as they should. Sometimes they’re too tight while other times they’re too loose. TTS means that the sneakers fit as they were intended to.


Flaking: This is a slang term resellers use when a buyer backs off last minute after all the details of the transaction has been confirmed. It can be quite frustrating for sellers, however, StockX has offered a solution for this problem by introducing bids. A buyer can only bid once their credit card/debit card details have been entered so if a buyer accepts a bid, funds are automatically transferred.


Retro: Short for “retrospective”, these releases are usually a re-release of an original colorway.


OG: This refers to the “Original” colorway for a particular sneaker for example the Air Jordan 1 High Chicago. However, it can also mean a brand new release such as the Air Jordan 1 High University Blue.


FSR: “Full-Size Run” as in all sizes are available with a particular seller.


SE: “Special Edition” sneakers that celebrate an event.


ID: “Individually Designed” sneakers that are designed on nikeid.nike.com.


NDC: Simply refers to Nike.com


Those are most of the reselling terms you will need to converse with another sneakerhead so you won't be lost while he goes on and one about Retro's or DS/VNDS.

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