What happened to the GREAT tennis shoes?

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  1. AlfaAce

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    Diadora Bjorn Borgs???

    Lotto Beckers???

    Nike McEnroes??? (Or even his current Zoom Vapor 7's with retro sole)???

    Others???

    Can't find anything like 'em anymore :( WTF???
     
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  2. joe sch

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    How about the Jack Purcells and Chucks ?
    Back in the day I could not afford both tennis and basketball shoes so these fit the bill :)
     
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  3. joe sch

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    Yes I was kidding about them being hard to find, probably easier than in the day. Regarding the tretorn's I like that ones with the big rubber toes, forget what they called the model but would like to see them available again. Know which models Im thinking of ?
     
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  4. struggle

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    the Adidas Lendl shoe was my all-time favorite.
     
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  5. MAXXply

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    The Supergas worn by Lendl and Dick Stockton (!) were awesome and IMO just as iconic as the Lendl Supremes. Plain white with navy trim and navy sole.

    Going back a little further I liked the look of Orantes' ROMIKA shoes also. Was it an Italian brand?
     
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  6. IA-SteveB

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    I consider the entire Nike Agassi line great shoes. I had them all as a kid.
     
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  7. joe sch

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    Bingo on the BATA!

    Thats it, thanks.
    For some reason, I really liked those shoes at the time even though I was not a toe dragger. Would be cool to see some remakes of those, but do not think that will happen.
     
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  8. BreakPoint

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    Yup, I used wear those also. Awesome shoe! The leather was so soft and of such high quality. Very comfortable and good looking shoe indeed.
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    How about the Brooks Jimmy Connors shoe? Those had lots of cushioning but didn't last. But all shoes back then wore out quickly. I used to wear out the soles of the canvas version of the Nike tennis shoes with the light blue swoosh in about a week. :(

    Adidas still makes the Rod Laver shoes with the synthetic mesh upper and the green rubber soles that I used to also wear.
     
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  10. JW10S

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    Great thread, brings back a lot of memories--I had every shoe mentioned so far.

    I liked the HEAD Arthur Ashe shoes. They looked like the Adidas Robert Haillets (which later became the Stan Smiths) but with red accents. They had gum rubber soles that gripped any surface great but did not last too long. But they were really comfortable.

    The first shoes I got for free were the Nike Wimbledons that Connors and Nastase wore. They had herringbone soles which worked well on pretty much any surface. I thought they were really cool.

    Later I got a deal for the original Reebok shoes that had a plastic heel cup for extra support that really worked and were very comfortable but I would wear those out in a week--good thing I wasn't paying for them.

    On the other hand probably the worst shoes from back in the day were the Tretorn canvas shoes that Borg wore for awhile. They had almost no support and the soles were bad--almost no tread. Thinking back I don't know how I managed to play in them.
     
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  11. Lazarus

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    Adidas Lendl Supreme... Yes, it digs lots of nice memories.
     
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  12. Al Czervik

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    Oh lord, did I love these.

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    I liked the Adidas Lendl Competition myself
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    Superga,,now that's a brand I have not heard of in a LONG time. Does anyone have any old pics of Lendl wearing them? I recall that Kangaroo logo on his shirts too, what was the name of that co. ??
     
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    Those Brooks were so comfy with the PU midsoles. I always wanted a pair but only got a chance to try on in the store. I did get a pair about 2 years later that were similar but had some kind of poly fabric (instead of canvas) that were advertised as being rip/puncture proof.
     
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    Hmmm....I could be wrong but if I remember correctly (and this was of course a long time ago), my Brooks Connors shoes had some sort of synthetic (maybe vinyl?) uppers.
     
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    Do they still make these?
     
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    ^^ The bottom shoe, the 3/4 hi-top that Becker wore and won in 1985 - does anyone know:

    -was it originally designed and marketed for tennis or for other sports like basketball/volleyball?
    -what was the model name before Becker made it famous?
    -was it made in West Germany or France or elsewhere, like the former "Yugoslavia"?
    -at the time, was it a European-only shoe or also sold in North America
    -what are your memories of the shoe in the aftermath of his '85 victory? Did the shoe fly out the door after Wimbledon?

    To me, it will always be the iconic Becker shoe.
     
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  20. borg number one

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    I thought these were the coolest.

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  21. Fusker

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    I'm working off memory a bit here, but I'm pretty sure my first pair of legitimate tennis shoes were these bad boys:

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    When I was 10, we got stationed in Naples, Italy, so my first four years of tennis were pretty much all red clay and sliding around in Diadora/Lotto/Sergio/Fila gear.
     
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  22. texacali

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    Actually found a pair like the Blk and Wht ones on top of the box in the ad....about 7 years ago for $12.00 at Big 5. Very comfortable for walking around, not sure about playing in these days. Still have them.


     
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  23. purple-n-gold

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    Thanks gavna!
     
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    Speaking of the GREAT tennis shoes.....I am watching an old Seinfeld, the Big Salad episode. Jerry has on the Nike Air Resistance 1. Nike should reissue those! What a great shoe!
     
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