Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

“I asked Tinker (Hatfield) to design something that would give give me the comfort and breathability of a running shoe, but was closer to the ground to benefit tennis players” that was the original insight from Roger Federer to Tinker Hatfield the VP of Creative Design at NIKE.
The result of that collaboration between athlete and designer was the NIKE Zoom Vapor 9 Tour. First debuting during the hard-court season in early 2012 the shoe immediately joined Hatfield’s long list of iconic athlete-specific designs.

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.

Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

The Spring 2012 collection from French brand Le Coq Sportif bring two vintage silhouettes (Arthur Ashe & Milos Vintage) alongside their new model The Dax.

The Arthur Ashe model consists of a full leather upper with perforation detailing on the side panels for added breathability. The shoe is branded with the original Le Coq Sportif practice logo on the heel and the Arthur Ashe signature on the quarter to give it the stamp of a legend.

All three styles are in stock now at London’s Foot Patrol.

Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe shoes

Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe shoes

Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe shoes

Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe shoes

Via: freshnessmag

Nike Tennis looks to the Andre Agassi’s line for inspiration. Come Holiday 2012, Nike will release two colorways of the Air Max Challenge. According to the info provided, the upper was inspired by the ’91 Air Tech Challenge with improved fit system. The upper features perforations for breathability, and midfoot shank was added for stability. The outsole was made with GDR rubber for the best multi-surface traction support.

Available this holiday season for $90.

Via theshoegame

ellesse heritage has announced that their line of heritage sneakers will now be available exclusively at Finishline, an athletic retailer with over 660 stores in 47 states.

The range of ellesse heritage sneakers features 2 shoe styles that embody their archive story.

The first is the Assist 1, an iconic 80’s basketball shoe featuring an innovative lacing system and maximum support. While the design is the same as the original, colors are brand new in blacks, reds and greys mixed with pops of color.

The second is 1987’s tennis shoe, the Alassio, presented as a glamorous blend of sport and style. Again, the design stays true to the original with updated summery colors in yellow, blue and white. Both styles will be available online and at select stores starting at the end of March.

Via ellesse

For only the third time in 24 meetings, Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer yesterday in the third round of Miami.
He did so wearing his signature shoe, the Babolat Propulse 3.

The Propulse 3, also available for juniors, is an innovative all-court shoe featuring new colors: black and lime green for men and black and hot pink for women.
Since its launch in 2007, the shoe has been endorsed and worn by Andy Roddick.

Technology highlights for the Propulse 3 include:

Kompressor System — Heel system with Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR) filled tubes in the rubber to absorb energy when the heel hits the ground, uniformly distributing it for optimum comfort.

Cell Shield — Provides durability to the upper to stand up to even more abrasion while providing excellent comfort.

Exact PRO Technology — Propulsion system under the forefoot generates a dynamic impulse in lateral movements for faster footwork.

Michelin OCS (Optimized Cell System) — Developed in collaboration with Michelin’s R&D team, the Propulse 3 outsole offers optimized traction and is more resistant to wear and tear.

Foot Belt — Innovative system defined by three points: heel, ankle and instep support offering a tailor made fit for perfect foot-shoe synergy.