Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Fabfed, Dec 6, 2010.
This is for 2014? I saw the retail ver only got the gold swoosh colorway.
If you guys saw Fed's shoes in person, I bet a lot of you wouldn't just be complaining about the colorways lol
Hmmm, I hope these come out as limited editions. But they won't.
I can't tell if it is gold or green in the picture. It looks green at first glance, but upon further inspection it looks gold. Not sure
HE IS USING GOLD SWOSH IN PRACTICE
damn it nike... why you have to go and put black sole on the retail shoes >.<
It's the same shoe, just with a different lighting which made one of the pairs look very greenish.
That's a given. PE shoes always trumps retail shoes.
Carbon fiber shank plate instead of the plastic thing we get in the retail version :|
That you can get away with a custom ortho, which the athletes wear anyway. The material of the PE shoe is better, and perhaps the construction is also more solid to make it more supportive (not to say the sizing is bespoke). The sole should offer more traction and durability (over several months) is not a top priority.
I remember seeing a Nike video before during the Olympics. They scan the athlete's feet and then make the shoe according to that. It is called a custom last in the shoe world.
Wow are you buying these off his website? Amazing!
Where did you get them? WOW
Is there proof it's really carbon fiber? My car has plastic interior panels made to look like cf - I'd assume this is the same.
Many pro athletes not just in the tennis world have a last/mold that they have there shoes all made too, and within that they have specifications that the require. I have no doubt as those few examples demonstrate are his.
A few others examples is Pete Sampras wore I believe 10 1/4 shoe size, and have his shoes made to his last and shape.
Michael Jordan was one the first to have a mid foot shank which was first TPU then became carbon fiber as well as the tech became available, so you see there is a pattern here.
Sorry for pic size don't have time to upload them myself and resize.
^^^^^ You didn't need to post pictures - we've all seen them. The question is what is the actual material.
Do you know how expensive carbon fiber is to make? (I do - I have worked in Aerospace). And I'm not even sure how well it could be glued on. And its main use is to replace metal to save weight - it would be a push to replace another plastic piece.
And people need to get over it. Nike is going to make Fed's shoes look unique.
The colorways and patterns may be slightly custom, but does the sizing just look like 12 wide to anyone else?
Sorry for posting pics to prove my point.
Why would Nike take the time to produce a carbon fiber look alike TPU shank when retail is just a plastic one. To make it SEEM as if they are being super special for Roger? Come on man.
As far as foot ware applications of carbon fiber the Jordan 11 was released back in '95-96 and was released at a price of $135.
But youre right since there is no way it would be functional or cost effective it couldn't be used with even todays tech ....
Also there is talk that toward the end of his career Pete Sampras even had his infamous Jordan version Nike Air Oscillate with ... gasp ... a carbon fiber shank.
They're like 6E wide.
Nike/Jordan Brand has been marketing Air Jordans with shank plates made of carbon fiber since the Air Jordan XI. While I would not have my Jordan taken apart to have it examined for real carbon fiber. I am assuming they have to include some fact in their marketing claim?
I still have a pair of Lunarlite Vapor that has the shank plate in it.. and TW's description of the shoe has the following claim:
"...In the midfoot a carbon fiber shank provides lightweight support...."
See it for yourself: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Nike_Lunarlite_Vapor_Tour__BlackRed/descpageMSNIKE-NMLVTBR.html
I guess a lot of you don't know that Carbon Fiber - aka - CF - which is short for CFRP. And the 'P' stands for either 'Polymer' or..... wait for it.... 'Plastic':
Top guys are going to use their clout to get PEs from the manufacturers. Not like that little piece is the reason Fed moves the way he does. Grow up.
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