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. gavna

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    The Diadora Borg Eites are still for sale and can be found on *bay and direct from Diadora.......also from various UK online shops.

    PUMA also still sells various versions of the Vilas shoes....both the Hardcourt (green one) and the G Vilas (PU sole).

    NIKE reissued the original Wimbledon shoe about a year ago in Europe and also can be found online......for some reason huge supply of those in Italy?

    And a reissue of the Tretorns are also hot now - sell for like $70!!!!!!! Not like the good old days when I was paying like $16 a pair!!!
     
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  3. 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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    I have a pair of Purcells I wear with jeans!!!! Pushed as a casual shoe and even as a fashion statement.......just about every large dept store (Nordstroms, Macy's, Dillard's...etc sells them)

    As for chucks - man are you kidding you can find those everywhere and in like 5000 different colors and styles. Even the original white or black
     
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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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    BATA???? Big thick PU soles with canvas tops........big in Europe in the early 80s.

    Don't forget the great SUPERGA shoes as well..........awesome shoes (Lendl and tons of Italians wore them in the 70s and 80s) also had a large rubber toe guard and thick sole.

    Too bad SUPERGA now only makes casual stuff.
     
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  7. gavna

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    I remember my freshman yr and our number one player was wearing canvus Purcells!!!!!! This was 1979 and Nike Wimbledons, Diadora Elites, Puma Hardcourts, Adidas Lavers - Smiths - Nastase....ruled the day -

    And here is our no.1 player (also top 5 NCAA in 79) wearing those damn things.....we all got free adidas at the time but no not him....it was odd:)
     
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    the Adidas Lendl shoe was my all-time favorite.
     
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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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    I consider the entire Nike Agassi line great shoes. I had them all as a kid.
     
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    ROMIKA - German brand......had a factory in Spain and France that opened in the 70s with all the expansion.
     
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    Yuck....none of that stuff is iconic....the Wimbledon (first Nike Tennis shoe) is a classic.

    If they have to reissue and redo the shoe every year how good is it really?:)
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Adidas Lendl Supreme... Yes, it digs lots of nice memories.
     
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  18. gavna

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    FYI the Tretorns are Back! Just like the Purcells and Smiths they are marketed to casual fashion..........also freaking expensive $70+

    I remember on a hard court you could tear thru them in 1 day......but they fit like a slipper.
     
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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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  27. gavna

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    Europe only.......in fact it was pretty much a player only shoe. Leconte wore it as well for like 1/2 a season.
    Puma was all over the place with the frames getting hot and soft goods and the shoe line was a mess. Then Becker left them only a few yrs later for FILA/Diadora
     
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  28. gavna

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    The Kangaroo logo is for Austrailan by L'Alpina

    It's still around (in fact during the Italian open you saw the logo all over the place)

    Great stuff but BRUTALLY expensive - tops and shorts each run about $100 - $120 each, jackets at over $200
     
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    [​IMG]

    Hers an old SUPERGA ad from the early 80s.
     
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    US Open 1982.....Lendl and Superga
     
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    I thought these were the coolest.

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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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    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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    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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