Do the top pros break in their own shoes?

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  1. MasturB

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    Stupid question, but just curious if Roger, Rafa, Novak, Murray are given the shoes brand new, or if they have someone from Nike or Adidas that wear them around for a few days before giving it to them so they don't have to deal with the aches and pains and stiffness of breaking the shoe in.
     
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  2. The Meat

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    Only seen Nadal bend his new cb's once in a video.

    Probably break them in during practice, doesn't take that long.
     
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    There was a video when Nadal was using the CB 2.3s. He put the insoles from his previous pair in the new pair and bends them thoroughly upward.
     
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  4. Bobby Jr

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    Fed's shoes don't need breaking in I imagine considering they're custom-jobs. They certainly look brand new every time he step out for a match and there's no way he mucks around breaking shoes in during practice.
     
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    This is correct. Some guy who owns some of Fed's shoes (Fed apparently auctions them off for charity) noted that they are very wide and clearly built around a custom last.

    However, I have seen the video of Nadal working his shoes over with his hands before putting them on. So he does at least a quick break-in. I've seen Murray play in dirty shoes, so it seems he breaks his in too.
     
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  6. gavna

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    Really.......so you are asking of tennis pros have their versions of a fluffer???? Hahahahaha

    No pros get the shoes new..........some top players get custom lasts and many use custom inserts.
     
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  7. Roger Wawrinka

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    I'm pretty sure most of those guys wear custom orthotics, so you really wouldn't need to break in a shoe.
     
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    You'd need someone with the exact same foot shape.
     
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    http://youtu.be/9NIGcNrDxFw

    Another thing to consider is that pro-shoes don't really need the durability... it's possible that the rubber-compounds in the outsole aren't as stiff as what the general public gets... at the cost of durability of course. Less break-in time.
     
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    You may be right....but that video would indicate that they even the custom versions are just as stiff. And only a small # of pros get custom footwear.
     
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    I'm guessing that probably why they can slide around like they are on clay and we would just roll over...
     
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    Nope, a softer compound would grip more. A harder compound would wear better but grip less.
     
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    I remember seeing gaudio play back in 04 at the tennis masters cup, and his shoes had scratches and had a little hole in the side, those shoes were beat up. So I think it depends on the player..
     
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    I think the very top pros lay on a chase lounge having scantily clad women peel grapes and place them gently in their mouths, while their man servant plays a set with the new shoes to break them in.

    Geez, 1. who cares, and 2. I would think most pros and even the top pros break in their own shoes. Who wants someone else's stinky foot in their shoes?
     
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    I have tried his shoes on but never bought a pair. They were pretty uncomfortable - stiff, narrow, and would take break-in.

    The lunar vapor and the new air max cage are pretty soft and no break in needed.
     
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  16. sureshs

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    Why not use a shoe tree?
     
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    This may just be one of his "habits" and doesn't actually do anything for the shoes.

    That's assuming the sole is homogenous throughout. There may be multiple layers of compounds that produce a soft shoe that also slides easily.

    My guess is their shoes are so customized for the individual (talking top players only) that they don't require any break-in. They may also change shoes often enough, that pre break-in is what they are used to and most comfortable with.
     
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    No...the same guy that chews their food for them, and wipes their arse does it! Jeez...stop making tennis players sound like pampered little twits...gimme a break...You going to have some fool wear your shoes before you?
     
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    Some pros use the footwear customizing service "Podiatry One", founded by Nate Funguson.

    Nate uses specialised technology to break-in his client's new shoes. He is such a perfectionist on behalf of his clients that he personally visits the shoe factory where he hand-picks the individual soles and outsoles of his clients shoes. He then uses his proprietary P1 technique to break-in the shoes or as he calls it, "pre-wearing".

    If you look closely on TV when pros are sitting down at the changeovers, you may see a glimpse of the pro's back-up shoes, individually wrapped in special P1 polyethelene bags.

    I spoke to Nate last week at a Podiatry convention in Durban and he said he is hoping to expand his client base to Hollywood A-listers and their high-heel shoes. Apparently they need break-in services too.
     
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    This just made my day. Great stuff!
     
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    Actually, there is a range of services. Pre-wearing is one service, many pros have the left and right shoes matched for both static weight and step-weight (2HBH, 1HBH generally go with a lighter back shoe), the top few players even bring a lighter pair of shoes to the majors in case their match goes to a 5th set.
     
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    Funguson said certain pros pay extra for the Podiatry Premium service where Nate receives the no-logo bare shoes from the factory. Like a hairpin frame.

    Nate will apply all the logos and Swooshes if necessary but these adornments are first weighed and trimmed according to the pro's specifications. He says Del Potro and Serena's shoes have the heaviest trims which add to their somewhat clunky movements on court.
     
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    ... or Serena has forgotten to take out her tennis ball from the toe :p
     
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    wait what? you mean roger Federer isn't wearing the exact same nikes that I am sold as "the shoe choice of roger Federer"? that does it! i'm declaring shenanigans and suing nike!!!!! i'll see you all when you testify!



    ANARCHY!!!! ANARCHY!!!!! I don't know what that means but I love it! :twisted:
     
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    Did people actually believe that the professionals were wearing the retail shoes? :lol:

    Almost everything they wear is custom... probably except underwear and undershirts. :oops:
     
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    At their level I wouldn't be surprised if they're using custom underwear/undershirts :lol:
     
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    Hmmm... I know that they wear socks that aren't available in retail stores..
     
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