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When Nike innovation and design legend Tinker Hatfield gets involved, you can be sure that things get interesting. Now he tackles tennis footwear and has collaborated with tennis star Roger Federer to develop the new Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour.

“An innovative fit system uses “fingers” on the outside and a loop system on the inside. When the laces get cinched tight, the fingers mold to the shape of the individual 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.

Lightweight mesh throughout the shoe helps keep the foot cool. And 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. Soft and springy Lunar cushioning and a Nike Zoom unit in the heel work together for exceptional comfort and impact protection.”

Below, Hatfield and Federer discuss the design and inspiration behind the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour.

A further look at the finished product follows after the jump.

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