Exactly. Just look at the tongue. I have the white/red V8's and they are beautiful - but that tongue feels like a hard piece of cardboard pressing against the top of your foot. I couldn't imagine playing tennis in them. The V9.5 are just so comfortable.I love wearing the vapor 9 and 9.5. Like the other said, the 7 & 8 were stiff to wear. Although the 6th version worked well for me.