Last shoes you "stocked up" on?

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I know it's all fresh and shiny and new but after loving the V9.5's, I just couldn't get a feel for the x so I switched to the ZZ which were "OK" Loved the weight and responsiveness but they are a bit goofy in shape and kept breaking eyelets. Bought a pair of ZVC4's...now have 4 different pair. :rolleyes: and guessing I'll keep buying. I was very apprehensive about the weight and bulk of the shoe but they feel fast and light. Going down half a size compared to ZZ's also helps with the weight but I truthfully don't feel any of the "brick on my feet" feeling that some of the better tennis shoes put off.
 

N01E

Professional

The white-red variant is the only one I stocked up on though, since I also have extra ones for HC and clay. Currently going through illusion blue. My local store had a wall full of them for 60EUR (even less for some sizes), but is now closed for obvious reasons.
 

Flootoo

Rookie
Wow. I haven't got access to a reliable and consistent supplier of tennis shoes, and no major preference as to brands.
I actually had a look and I have more squash shoes than tennis shoes. HC isn't great on the soles of the indoor shoes but I get them at a big markdown and figure at that price, I might as well go through them and get over it.

After a drought of tennis shoes when I wore through my Barricades and Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 (loved both), I started hoarding shoes.
Now I've got:
  • a tatty pair of cheap Dunlops for serving
  • Zoom Vapor 9.5 is my go-to
  • Adidas Ubersonic (worn once)
  • Joma Top Flex
  • Mizuno Wave Lightning
  • Asics Gel Blast, Gel Sensei, and Gel Rocket
 

n80aoag

New User
Zoom Vapor X has worked really well for me, and helped with my right knee pain actually. Previously used Vapor Cage 4s and Ubersonic 3s, and while I liked the cushioning on both, i feel faster and pain free in the Vapor X's. Plenty on sale these days, but no rush to stockpile them.
 

GokuQ

Rookie
Those old yonex tennis shoes were awesome
bought a bunch of the 304s when they went on clearance
that silver color was kinda gaudy but they sure were comfortable
i wish i would have bought more asics ss 2s
 

eman11

Rookie
Wish I would've stocked up on either Courtballistec 2.3's or Courtballistec 4.3's.... Both of these shoes were great! I still have hopes of one day finding them on the big bidding site for a decent price.
I owned these
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The 2.3's take me back to when I first became obsessed with the game (high school) and the 4.3's from my time in the Navy when I was trying to keep that fire ablaze.

The 2.3's were my favorite, only because they could double as a "street shoe" and get compliments out of them.
 

AceyMan

Rookie
Lotto Mirage 100 SPD

They fit my slightly narrow foot great, & I appreciate they come with a 2nd pair of (thicker) insoles since my right foot is more "slim-waisted" than my left. And the 2nd pair of laces in an alternate color is cool, too.

I haven't worn out a pair yet, but the court time so far proves them to be plenty comfy. And they look "normal" enough to wear nicely with jeans for days you're not playing.

/Acey
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Lotto Mirage 100 SPD

They fit my slightly narrow foot great, & I appreciate they come with a 2nd pair of (thicker) insoles since my right foot is more "slim-waisted" than my left. And the 2nd pair of laces in an alternate color is cool, too.

I haven't worn out a pair yet, but the court time so far proves them to be plenty comfy. And they look "normal" enough to wear nicely with jeans for days you're not playing.

/Acey
Interesting shoe. I like the look of that layered upper. How's the cushion?
 

AceyMan

Rookie
re; Lotto Mirage 100 SPD
Interesting shoe. I like the look of that layered upper. How's the cushion?
The forefoot cushion is quite close to the ground, and it's not plush, by any means, but the durometer of the midsole is tuned really well and I haven't had any of the "bone bruise" kind of feeling after playing that usually indicate inadequate cushioning. I'm a hell-on-wheels kind of court coverage player so if a shoe is a plank I'm going to notice it right off. However, I'm pretty light (75kg/165lb) so I'm not super demanding on the cushioning.

I should mention I find the heel lift and ankle fit to be fantastic, while the midfoot support (shank stiffness) is right on the money.

I'm a shoe nerd, and I bought four pair after wearing them just two days ... and I may buy more <hehe>.

/Acey

p.s. if you are in the 10US/44EU range, go up a full size from your street shoe, not the usual half, unless you favor thin socks, in which case the normal 1/2 bump might do.
 

ae11

Rookie
re; Lotto Mirage 100 SPD


The forefoot cushion is quite close to the ground, and it's not plush, by any means, but the durometer of the midsole is tuned really well and I haven't had any of the "bone bruise" kind of feeling after playing that usually indicate inadequate cushioning. I'm a hell-on-wheels kind of court coverage player so if a shoe is a plank I'm going to notice it right off. However, I'm pretty light (75kg/165lb) so I'm not super demanding on the cushioning.

I should mention I find the heel lift and ankle fit to be fantastic, while the midfoot support (shank stiffness) is right on the money.

I'm a shoe nerd, and I bought four pair after wearing them just two days ... and I may buy more .

/Acey

p.s. if you are in the 10US/44EU range, go up a full size from your street shoe, not the usual half, unless you favor thin socks, in which case the normal 1/2 bump might do.
This is the successor to Lotto Raptor line which were amazing. I bought a pair of Mirage 100 just to see how it is. Compared to Raptor it has shed some weight, the upper is more synthetic, and it's more streamlined. Still a very good shoe on its own merits however Lotto stopped offering 6 month outsole warranties which is a bummer.
 
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Deleted member 768841

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Nah, it is ok and I don't think that there is a better hard court shoe atm.
I've also stocked on Asics Gel Resolution 7 clay.
Really? I never got the lunar ballistics mainly because price and because it looked a little too conditioned, and plus leather is not breathable
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
i really like the cage 3 after it loosens up in the toe box.. and i have grabbed a few clearance pairs lately and just got and used my voucher from the last pair of 3's i sent in. i was going to use the voucher for another pair of clearance 3's for $115.. but then they dropped the price on the women's cage 4 of the original color way to $84.. so instead i bought 2 pairs for essentially $38 and my voucher. this was a week ago.. still haven't shipped but in these times it is not unexpected. nikes tennis shoes are really unisex as far as the overall fit of their shoes.. size down 1 1/2 sizes for guys. i went down 2 full sizes since everyone suggests going smaller with this new cage 4. i read here in this forum that they have a re-vamp of the 4 already in the pipeline. seems way too soon.. i hope i like this version as this version of the 4 might be the next shoe to stock up on.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Adidas adizero club. Love them so much...feel like gloves on my feet. Also super comfortable and soft. If you wear mens 11.5 don't buy any so I can take them all.
 
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Would have bought multiple Vapor 9.5 ID if they weren’t $180. Found pics of this color way that I mocked up.




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Those are nice, never bought a pair of 9.5’s, I wasn’t conscious on my tennis shoes until about a year and a half ago.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
I stocked up on Nike Vapor Tour 9.5. The last good Nike shoes
How many did you buy? I really load up whenever a shoe works for me because you can never be sure that they will retain a model for a long time, or update it and change the shoe too much.

I know people who swear by the vapor X, but they have changed it so much from the old vapors, it's like a completely different shoe (fit, level of cushion etc etc)
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
How many did you buy? I really load up whenever a shoe works for me because you can never be sure that they will retain a model for a long time, or update it and change the shoe too much.

I know people who swear by the vapor X, but they have changed it so much from the old vapors, it's like a completely different shoe (fit, level of cushion etc etc)
I bought 6. I hate the Vapor X. Horrible fitting show. It’s so much narrower than the 9.5.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Any problem with soles coming unglued with NOS shoes?
My approach is to buy new current stock in whatever shoe I know works, then just cycle through all the pairs I have, so nothing is sitting. Not sure how shoes hold up beyond 5 years because I've never had a "stash" of one model of shoe last longer than that with all the wear and tear.

I imagine if you boxed shoes and then got them out ten years down the track, depending on the storage conditions there would be the possibility that some of the bonding agents in the shoes and the cushioning material may have deteriorated.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
My approach is to buy new current stock in whatever shoe I know works, then just cycle through all the pairs I have, so nothing is sitting. Not sure how shoes hold up beyond 5 years because I've never had a "stash" of one model of shoe last longer than that with all the wear and tear.

I imagine if you boxed shoes and then got them out ten years down the track, depending on the storage conditions there would be the possibility that some of the bonding agents in the shoes and the cushioning material may have deteriorated.
That is the situation with NB shoes. Had an unlimited warranty. Then the shoe was dc'd and on sale 50% off. Bought 4 pr. Did not cycle thru each pr, wore one till worn and returned for another pr. Last 2 pr came undone.
 

ae11

Rookie
That is the situation with NB shoes. Had an unlimited warranty. Then the shoe was dc'd and on sale 50% off. Bought 4 pr. Did not cycle thru each pr, wore one till worn and returned for another pr. Last 2 pr came undone.
after how many years?
did they become undone right away or after a bit of court use?
 

Mischko

New User
Yonex Eclipsion 3 Clay - these are soo good that I am immediately thinking about buying several more pairs. Went to the forum to see what everybody thinks - but no threads. I'm surprised so few people here mentioned Yonex shoes. I play mostly on clay, but I am an agressive mover.

After years and years of Adidas, I went Yonex Eclipsion 2 Clay. After Feather 2's at the beginning of this thread Adidas has become total trash for me. Mesh and laces breaking in the first week. No midfoot support for the Feather 3/Ubersonic, though someone will like it, made my feet hurt, an obvious lack of stability. Barricades becoming too big and heavy AND breaking in two weeks etc. Other brands, Nike and Asics had the wrong shape for me, too wide in the midfoot usually, with Adidas I had the arch support and my insoles fit perfectly. I also had problems with knees, patellae, so I really have to think about shoes, insoles and stretching.

So I bought Yonex Eclipsion 2 Clay - best shoes I ever had. And quality is high, materials, laces, everything. Another world after Adidas. After a lot of play they are as new except the bottom surface of course. Although I am relatively thin and taller, and I don't drag so much. Yonex uses a different clay court pattern on the outsole and I find it better than the common one. I've just replaced them with Eclipsion 3 Clay after trying out some other shoes. I wrote a comment on TW:

"A very positive surprise, in every way. My first Yonex shoes were Eclipsion 2 Clay, so let me compare. Weight is identical to Eclipsion 2, which is very important, these are not heavy clunky shoes. They are also low to the ground and fast and nimble and comfortable. On the photo they might look heavy, but they are not. I tried the Asics Gel Resolution 8 shoes, they are noticeably heavier than these, stiff and way too wide in the midfoot, a bit small forefoot. Also tried Adidas SoleCourt Boost, just too heavy and big, these Eclipsion 3's are much better but still completely stable and cushy. Roomy and soft toe box, ideal for fast low stance play, my toes can extend and spread. Perfect tight soft fit in the midfoot, Eclipsion 2 was a bit wide for me there, I need a bit higher arch support. Very thick and cushy tongue, soft laces, they seem identical to Eclipsion 2, and those are still as new after one year of play. Quality of materials and durability on Eclipsion 2's is 5 stars, these seem the same quality. I am 1.91/6'3, 82kg/180 pounds, fast and agile, train with pros, and have an attacking style of play. Shoes are size 46EU/12 US, my anatomical insole. All in all A++ shoes."

Please, what do you think? Experiences with Yonex Eclipsion 2 or 3?
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
That is the situation with NB shoes. Had an unlimited warranty. Then the shoe was dc'd and on sale 50% off. Bought 4 pr. Did not cycle thru each pr, wore one till worn and returned for another pr. Last 2 pr came undone.
How old were they? I think there could be quite a few people stockpiling those new NB Fresh Foam Lavs at the moment.
 
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