For his latest tennis shoe, Roger Federer has worked closely together with Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. He wanted a shoe that feels like a running shoe, but performs on the tennis court. The outcome is the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour.
“The shoe’s unique fit system, that has also been adopted by the Nike Lunarglide+ 4 and the Nike Hyperdunk+ amongst others, works in an innovative way that improves comfort and fit. When the laces are cinched tight the outside ‘fingers’ mould to the shape of the athlete’s foot resulting in a customized fit that continues to adapt as the foot moves during a match. Wrapping the laces all the way to the bottom of the arch further enhances the glove-like feel and a synthetic-leather quarter panel overlay adds to the firm fit.
Whilst the original design was created with a mesh upper and used during the hard-court season, the latest update is adapted for the clay court season and will debut in Paris this May. Replacing the mesh that adorned the shoe earlier this is a a synthetic leather that will perform ideally on clay. The TPU foot-frame from the mid-foot to the heel delivers stability and protection during the quick slides and directional changes of a competitive match. Rubber overlays in high-wear areas improve durability. The midsole houses a Nike Zoom unit in the heel which delivers exceptional comfort and impact protection.”
Here below is a video featuring Roger Federer, talking about the design and inspiration of the sneaker.
Detailed images of the sneaker follow after the jump.