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02-01-2010, 07:54 PM
How long do pros use the same pair of shoes?

Are the shoes the exact same as the retail versions?

Are the soles made with a different tread pattern?

Do the pros actually break in their own shoes?

02-02-2010, 03:23 PM
hi Tenniskid,

from reading previous articles from different websites and threads from this forum,

1.) some pros having multiple pairs of shoes for a tournament (there were pics in another thread of Fed's shoes in his hotel room...something like 7 or 8 pairs)

2.) some pros seem to have customisations made to their shoes, e.g. larger tongue in Nadal's shoes, also search for another thread where a comparison was made between Fed's customised Vapor VIs vs retail version

3.) tread pattern could be customised depending on the pro's preference...this point may be covered by the abovementioned thread re Fed's shoes

4.) i would think that they do...they should be wearing them for practice sessions before taking them to matches. also it seems like some pros like to wear their soles out a little so they could actually slide on the hard courts...

hope this helps...

02-02-2010, 09:47 PM
i remember Fed had like 20 pairs of vapor speeds all lined up against the wall in his hotel room at one point in time. does anyone have a picture of that?