(Note from the Editor: 2012 seems like forever ago, but has sneaker culture and the perception of what a hypebeast/fuccboi is changed all that much? See for yourself when we asked our Twitter followers what they thought a hypebeast was in 2012)

From the authority* on the etymology of street slang, Urban Dictionary:

 A hypebeast is a slang for someone who is a beast (obsessed) about the hype (in fashion), and will do whatever it takes to obtain that desired hype. The term is meant to be derogatory by ridiculing of such with a lack of style. Hyped up brands sell their products for a price more than the average clothing company and can be seen re-sold along the internet for a price much greater than retail due to the fact that it is either exclusive, or somewhat limited. Yes, even when it was worn.

Hypebeasts are very much into sneakers such as Air Jordans and Nike Skateboarding. These shoes are not found in malls and closely resembling areas due to the fact that they are limited. These are bought from others and can range from $100 up to $5,000. And yes, even if they were worn.

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Due to the overwhelming support we got from the Kicks on Fire community during our last crowd-sourced effort, “20 Things You Can Never Say To A Sneakerhead,” we took to Twitter and Facebook once more to find out what traits people consider hypebeastish (hey, we’re all just making up words at this point, right?).  It’s a very nebulous term that people have co-opted to mean just about everything they don’t like in the sneaker game, but like Jalen Rose says, we got to give the people what they want.  Just don’t expect any of us to sing like Jalen, though…

It should be worth noting that just because you wear a certain brand or enjoy a particular pair of kicks, it doesn’t automatically make you a hypebeast.  Don’t be discouraged and think that your favorite pair of kicks will make you a target for haters; be confident and be proud of what you wear.  Now if you’re wearing those Jordans with obscenely skinny jeans with holes in them, a Givenchy shirt and some Russell Westbrook glasses that’s topped off with a Supreme hat?  You might want to think twice before going out…

20You might be a hypebeast if you…

take a pic of yourself licking the bottom of your new Jordans.

Look, I’m happy you got your new kicks, really I am.  But licking your kicks?  A little unsanitary, no?  I blame Fat Joe (and Jessica Chobot to a certain extent) for starting the trend.

19You might be a hypbeast if you…

called the Olive 9s “brown Kilroys”

Theophilus London knows these are the “Olive” Air Jordan 9.  They have nothing to do with Johnny Kilroy, Motorboat Jones, Calvin Bailey, Slim Jenkins, Bentley Ellis or Fontay Montana.

18You might be a hypebeast if…

[the]  word “Galaxy” drives [you] crazy…

The Nike Zoom Rookie has had a love/hate relationship with the sneaker community ever since it came out last year, but when the “Galaxy” was announced?  It was overwhelming love, with some looking to complete their collection (acceptable), resell them to collectors (wrong) and some wanting it just because everybody else does (get out…).

17You might be a hypebeast if you…

don’t know the difference between OG & Retro.

Geez, that kid again.  And now you know why taking a stupid picture and posting it on Instagram or Facebook is a bad idea…

16You might be a hypebeast if you…

never wear any of your new kicks, they stay DS forever.

And then there’s the other side of being a hypebeast: buying hot kicks just because they’re hot and never wearing them.  Sneakers are not wine, people, they literally don’t get better with age…

15You might be a hypebeast if you…

can recite Flight Club prices.

Consignment shops are the devil in the eyes of some sneakerheads, but they can also be a useful resource for kicks that maybe you missed out on when you were younger and Nike has no plans of ever bringing them back.  That being said, if you’re “That Guy” at the shop who goes at least a few times a week just to hang out and talk to the customers about their purchases?  Yeah…

14You might be a hypebeast if you…

don’t know that Concord is a shade of purple.

And you’re welcome…

13You might be a hypebeast if you…

called the                        ugly because they are Reeboks.

Brand loyalty is perfectly fine in my book, but if you are hating on someone else’s kicks just because the logo is different, congratulations, you’re not only a hypebeast, but a sucker in life.

12You might be a hypebeast if you…

have a snapback to match every sneaker.

Personally, I don’t mind that you have a matching snapback for most of your kicks.  Mismatches are just bad, but you know what’s even worse? Snapbacks in general.  When is the cycle going to come back to fitted? I can’t be the only one who is annoyed that those awesome adidas D Rose caps come only in the snapback style.

11You might be a hypebeast if you…

start thinking the [sneaker] game is about “competition.”

Naturally there is going to be some sizing up among your fellow sneakerheads whenever there is a gathering, but when you start clowning somebody else because your kicks are supposedly better?  Yeah, go away…

10You might be a hypebeast if you…

say you’re buying the shoe because you saw                                 with them.

Hey, if you want to wear a black kilt/skirt with the matching Yeezys because Kanye wore them, whatever.  It’s when you also have a wardrobe that is COMPLETELY INFLUENCED by West or any one person. Not is that only sad, but kinda creepy. You’re not the Louis Vuitton Don, stop it….

9You might be a hypebeast if you…

dont even know the name of the kicks youre wearing.

Only know them by “Concord” or “Cool Grey “ or “Bred (ugh)” or “Space Jams” or some other name besides Air Jordan 11?  Oy….

8You might be a hypebeast if you’re this guy…

If you had a girlfriend at the time and you ditched her to go to Sneaker Con?  Absolutely, buddy…

7You might be a hypebeast if you…

think Meek Mill will win the rap battle against Cassidy.

Yeah, this has nothing to do with kicks.  I just thought it was hilarious someone was referencing a freestyle rap battle that is allegedly not going to happen now…

6You might be a hypebeast if you…

actually think the Yeezys jumped over the Jumpman.

This might be a good time to shamelessly plug this piece I wrote a few weeks back.  Let the comments about the title and not the text start (again) in 5, 4, 3, 2…

5You might be a hypebeast if you…

brag about how much you overpaid and then complain about hypebeasts.

So hypebeasts are complaining about other hypebeasts that are complaining as well.  Yeah, so meta…

4You might be a hypebeast if you…

have your mom wait in line with you to buy your kicks.

Unless she’s a sneakerhead too, your mom has better things to do with her life than wait in line for your kicks.   Don’t do it.  And if you really have to (underage kids, for example), make sure you pay her back.  Rule of thumb: whatever you paid for the sneakers is equivalent to the gift you’re giving her.

Oh, and anybody in the above picture lining up for an iPhone has no right to ever talk about sneakerheads camping out.

3You might be a hypebeast if you…

thought Kicks on Fire really refers to Bred 11’s as “black & red Space Jams” and didn’t get the joke.

This goes out to all the people who freaked out over our EKIN picture a few days ago.  We know.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go change some “Ones” to “Pros.”

2You might be a hypebeast if you…

are thirsty for pink foams.

Wait, people are using “the thirst” as slang again?  Wow….

(Gentrey Humphrey: Making sneakerheads thirsty for nearly two decades now…)

1You might be a hypebeast if you…

Don’t be fooled by the Macy’s bags, sneakerheads. There’s “Kobe Dunkmans and Cool Grey Columbias” in them hills…

come into a shoe store asking about the new shoe coming out on Black Friday and not even knowing how it looks or what it’s called.

But you can find out what is coming if you read our breakdown of the “Week of Greatness” or check our release calendar.

As you can see, opinions differ on what a hypebeast is.  Let us know what you think in the comments below.