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Sneakers May, 2 2013

Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour for French Open

Designed to give you the comfort and breathability of a running shoe while remaining close to the ground, Roger Federer and Tinker Hatfield, the VP of Creative Design at Nike, collaborated to create 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’ mold 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. 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.

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