Does the Off center lacing of the CB 3.3 bother you?

Do the Off center Lacing of the Courtballistec 3.3 bother you?


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brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
I got to take a look at the CB 3.3 in person today and just noticed how off center the laces are. Does this bother you?



For me, I've never worn soccer shoes that have off center lacing but I know it's very common for the nature of the sport, so I don't know what the performance benefit would be for tennis. I think it doesn't make a performance difference for tennis. But I like the style, since it fits in so well with Nadal's character being a good soccer player and all. And I suppose the CB 3.3 can double as a soccer shoe in emergencies.
 

T21D

Semi-Pro
It's been done on soccer boots(cleats). I don't know if it makes any difference, but the Nike people have done their research and actually might have some plausible reasons or just plain gimmick. It didn't bother me personally on the 3.3's either.
 

bezs

G.O.A.T.
For soccer the off centre lacing is for a bigger strike area on the inside of the foot, there's some running shoes with off centre lacing as well some models from Asics supposedly it "follows the actual topline of the foot for a natural snug fitting." Maybe the reason for the off centre lacing in the 3.3's are supposed to be similar to that of running shoes.
 

PED

Legend
I got mine and when they're on your foot, it's not as radically to the side as you might think.

Some of the earlier Nike football shoes had the off center lacing but these don't appear as extreme.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
The off-center lacing is taken from the running shoes Nike has. It's supposed to lock in the foot with less pressure on top of your foot.

They don't bother me. I do look down sometimes and it looks a little odd.
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Nike made some basketball shoes a while back with off center lacing also. They had mentioned that the usal lacing sytems put alot of pressure on the top of the foot and can sometimes cut off the big vein that tends to run right were the usual laces would pinch. So they felt to side lace would let you be bale to snug the shoe up better for more secure/stable fit.

I have a pair of diadoras that have sideways laces, and cant much of a difference from my lottos when I tighten them up.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
I got to take a look at the CB 3.3 in person today and just noticed how off center the laces are. Does this bother you?



For me, I've never worn soccer shoes that have off center lacing but I know it's very common for the nature of the sport, so I don't know what the performance benefit would be for tennis. I think it doesn't make a performance difference for tennis. But I like the style, since it fits in so well with Nadal's character being a good soccer player and all. And I suppose the CB 3.3 can double as a soccer shoe in emergencies.
Well, also, moving the laces towards the lateral side will protect them more when some people (maybe a Monfil) does a slide. Sometimes people slide and drag the laces, too.
 

purple-n-gold

Hall of Fame
My ballistec 1.3's have that uneven lacing where the bottom is narrower, never really gave it much thought with 'em. I'll have to try out the 3.3's and get back to you.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
My ballistec 1.3's have that uneven lacing where the bottom is narrower, never really gave it much thought with 'em. I'll have to try out the 3.3's and get back to you.
The 1.3s just had some extra covering towards the bottom. It was laced right down the center top of the foot.

The 3.3s are swerved towards the lateral side for those who engage in medial toe dragging.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Well, also, moving the laces towards the lateral side will protect them more when some people (maybe a Monfil) does a slide. Sometimes people slide and drag the laces, too.
I suppose this could be a possible benefit. But there doesn't seem to be any extra material in the area to protect the wearer from putting a hole through the shoe from sliding. Drag-on 2x seems a bit thicker than previous drag on shoes but it is the same thickness all the way around the CB 3.3.

I still don't really believe in any performance benefit for tennis.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
I suppose this could be a possible benefit. But there doesn't seem to be any extra material in the area to protect the wearer from putting a hole through the shoe from sliding. Drag-on 2x seems a bit thicker than previous drag on shoes but it is the same thickness all the way around the CB 3.3.

I still don't really believe in any performance benefit for tennis.
Drag-On 2X is more durable than Drag-On. It doesn't have to be thicker to be more durable.

The off-set lacing is more for comfort. Not really a tennis performance thing; just a comfort thing.
 
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