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johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 01:17 AM
https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/nike%20courtballistec%203.3.jpg?w=1137b27e

I have always had a hard time breaking in the Nike Courtballistec 3.3s so I decided to buy another new pair of them and test this theory all Nadal fans have, that his single tongue shoe is more comfortable as opposed to the retail uni-tongue version.

I must note that this alteration does indeed feel more comfortable. The retail 3.3s have a uni-tongue similar to the 2.3s but instead has a thinner layer and is deeper inside the shoe as opposed to the 2.3's thick layer. However, the 3.3 is still too tight, in my opinion.

Thus, I cut the tongue even deeper (all the way to the second shoe lace hole) than what the factory has made but not completely. The 3.3's tongue itself is very thin compared to Nadal's custom shoes. To compensate, I cut a slit on the side of the tongue and took some cotton pillow filler to fill it in. The slit is unnoticeable since it's on the inside of the shoe.

Compare the opening of the before and after shoes. The single tongue one has a bigger open hole, allowing more room to fit your foot in.

I hope this helps.

Email me if you have any questions. Put "Nike Courtballistec" in the subject line so I know you're not a random person outside of this forum.
johnvujohn @ g m a i l dot com

ice04
09-21-2011, 03:50 AM
Hello. could you post the before and after pictures. or even the "after" pictures of the shoe? thanks :)

BallistecMissile
09-21-2011, 06:59 AM
would love to see pics of this!

johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 08:18 AM
The left shoe is before and the right shoe is after. I'll take some more pics to really show the difference.

BallistecMissile
09-21-2011, 08:18 AM
The left shoe is before and the right shoe is after. I'll take some more pics to really show the difference.

Your pic does not show, please edit your post accordingly. ;P

johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 08:27 AM
Sorry! Someone pointed to me that there is no picture. Try this link.

http://johnstennigear.blogspot.com/2011/09/cut-tongue-of-nike-courtballistec-33.html

BallistecMissile
09-21-2011, 08:43 AM
Sorry! Someone pointed to me that there is no picture. Try this link.

http://johnstennigear.blogspot.com/2011/09/cut-tongue-of-nike-courtballistec-33.html

You sir are now heralded as a legend on TW. Pray tell do can you outline the proper process for going about this so that I may follow your epic example?

johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 09:21 AM
Thanks! I already made a step by step breakdown picture of how I did it. It's pretty easy once you know exactly what to do. Hope this helps!

Here's a link to it. It's on my blog.

http://johnstennigear.blogspot.com/

T21D
09-21-2011, 10:27 AM
wow! nice job. the unitongue/bootie never really bothered me though.

anhuynh16
09-21-2011, 12:49 PM
Really cool, I should try this on mine

BallistecMissile
09-21-2011, 04:45 PM
This was so easy, I did it in 5 minutes and now i feel like a complete and total utter bad@$$ everywhere i walk.

roddick343
09-21-2011, 05:00 PM
Would Nike still give a voucher for the shoes if u make the tongue bigger? And does it affect the tightness of the laces at all?

FedererBestTennis
09-21-2011, 05:46 PM
This is epic. Really great job. Instant legend.

johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 05:58 PM
As long as your insoles are completely worn out, I would say it's possible for you to get a voucher even with an altered tongue. If it's just an altered tongue, however, I don't think you could get a voucher but hey, you could try. :)

johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 06:00 PM
I tried cutting the Courtballistec 2.3s uni-tongue into a single tongue and I have to say it requires a lot more finesse and skill to sew the cuts neatly and uniformly. I'll post pictures soon.

mathieu
09-21-2011, 06:07 PM
I tried cutting the Courtballistec 2.3s uni-tongue into a single tongue and I have to say it requires a lot more finesse and skill to sew the cuts neatly and uniformly. I'll post pictures soon.

While your at it post bigger pics of the first job.

TennisKid1
09-21-2011, 08:52 PM
did you just use cotton balls for the filling???

johnvujohn
09-21-2011, 09:47 PM
Alright kids, I uploaded both courtballitec 2.3 and 3.3 posts and resized the images.

Tenniskid1: I used pillow fillings. You can find it at any arts and craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

http://johnstennigear.blogspot.com/

luishcorreia
09-22-2011, 03:45 AM
Why not just cut the strap? Why fill the tongue with foam? Wont that just make less room for the foot?

Thanks

johnvujohn
09-22-2011, 10:48 AM
I tried the shoe on with just the cut strap and it's a little loose for me. The filled in single tongue keeps my foot loose and snugged in but not as tight as with the strap on. Everyone's foot is different.

y12.pats
09-22-2011, 01:10 PM
GENIUS! i need to try this!

THEDUKE
09-22-2011, 04:49 PM
How did you get your name on the back of the show if these were never offered on NIKEID?

THAAS909
09-22-2011, 07:16 PM
yo man.. right on.. this works perfect. youre the man

anhuynh16
09-22-2011, 07:48 PM
How did you get your name on the back of the show if these were never offered on NIKEID?

Something probably called custom customizing

johnvujohn
09-23-2011, 12:42 PM
My uncle makes signs for a living and he printed me some custom vinyl stickers that I just used to put on my shoe. Very adhesive stickers he has I must say.

raphMODE
09-24-2011, 12:38 AM
why cuting the uni-tongue ?
Is the "bootie" tongue wrong ???

luishcorreia
09-24-2011, 11:40 AM
You are a genius man!

I cut the tounge..and the shoe was a bit better.

I also cut out the first two blue ribbons that held the shoe laces. They were doing nothing over there. The shoe lace now just goes directly to the shoe lace hole on the shoe: Nike, why complicate things.

After that I went out to play a game for a local tournament. After the first 30 minutes I could definitly feel the shoe more comfortable untill there was no pain anymore.

Now I understand what everyone was saying about this shoe. After the break in period they are great.

Would I buy them again?

No way! I want a shoe the I can wear right out of the box..and there are so many out there..Its not worth going trough this process.

Tanks a lot.

Rafa717
10-05-2011, 12:09 PM
just did this. The shoes feel and look 10000000000000% better.

penguyen17
10-27-2011, 06:39 PM
Hey, is there any way you can take pictures with them on? Because it would seem like the new 'stuffed' tongue is not long enough to go up and over the rest of the shoe, if that makes any sense. I just want to know what the shoes look like when they are laced up. Does it look like Nadal's shoe when he laces them up?

rafaisabeast
10-30-2011, 08:16 PM
I did the mod on my shoe and i did such a terrible job but i feels really comfy i suck at sewing and i think i cut to much but other than that its nice

the length of the tongue doesnt shoe like rafa's bc his tognue is designed to be a shoe with a tongue not like the retails with uni-tongue

luishcorreia
10-31-2011, 10:47 AM
Mine finnaly broke in....****z... Its not worth it..

johnvujohn
10-31-2011, 06:23 PM
Whether you choose to alter the shoes or not is entirely up to you. This is a very subjective matter and there isn't a right or wrong answer. Every person's foot is different and I thought I would share what would make these shoes more comfortable for feet.

K.I.T.T.
11-02-2011, 06:00 PM
So what is the difference between cutting the 2.3 and 3.3's? I have the 3.3. Besides cutting the tongue, do I have to do any sewing?

frunk
11-05-2011, 01:49 AM
I just did this on my old 3.3's. not too much of a difference for me, and it's actually a stranger fit - I actually like the unitongue more.

penguyen17
12-11-2011, 12:15 PM
Sorry to bring this thread up again, but the link doesn't work anymore. Is there anyways you can repost the link? Thanks

lidoazndiabloboi
03-20-2013, 05:41 PM
bump

does anyone have the pics that the OP posted. I just got a pair of CB and wanted to do some mods to it.

zagalab
03-20-2013, 11:11 PM
I was wondering if anyone did this on the 2.3s?

rafaelnadalfan1234
03-23-2013, 09:55 AM
if anyone has pics. i know a lot of people would love to see them

johnvujohn
03-23-2013, 04:36 PM
Sorry about the pictures guys. Someone hacked into my blog which forced me to close the site down. If anyone wants to see the pictures, email me at johnvujohn @ g m a i l . c o m

Also, I started this thread only to share information about how this modification might help anyone who has a pair of any courtballistecs. I did NOT demand or want you to cut your shoes apart but only offered a possible alternative solution. Use this information at your own discretion.

If you're so worried about ruining your shoes, then obviously don't do it.

ice04
04-30-2013, 03:05 AM
I've tried this in my 2.3. I kinda put too much cotton inside in this pic, now i've put out some. Here's the pic:

http://neilirwinmoreno.webs.com/100_1009.JPG