Official Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Thread

am1899

Legend
Thought I had read some complaints about the reissues not being quite as comfortable…new material maybe a little stiff? That still a thing?
 

gino

Legend
Thought I had read some complaints about the reissues not being quite as comfortable…new material maybe a little stiff? That still a thing?
I think they’re actually better. Tongue is for sure improved , everything else as I recall
 

fox

Professional
TBH I tried on last honey deuce version and can’t imagine how people can play tennis in these shoes. My feet could move in the shoe in every possible direction so while playing I would spray my ankle in 5 minutes.
Compared to sth like Asics Court FF3 it seems like cheap toy for kids more than a tennis shoes.
For sure they are light and speedy but there is 0 support.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
TBH I tried on last honey deuce version and can’t imagine how people can play tennis in these shoes. My feet could move in the shoe in every possible direction so while playing I would spray my ankle in 5 minutes.
Compared to sth like Asics Court FF3 it seems like cheap toy for kids more than a tennis shoes.
For sure they are light and speedy but there is 0 support.
With the lacing system you can really crank the laces down and its still comfortable. I feel like you likely did not do that
 

fox

Professional
With the lacing system you can really crank the laces down and its still comfortable. I feel like you likely did not do that
I tried to but didn’t help much. Still think the shoes is not stable but maybe it’s because I always used GR or FF2/3 or Turbos.
 
TBH I tried on last honey deuce version and can’t imagine how people can play tennis in these shoes. My feet could move in the shoe in every possible direction so while playing I would spray my ankle in 5 minutes.
Compared to sth like Asics Court FF3 it seems like cheap toy for kids more than a tennis shoes.
For sure they are light and speedy but there is 0 support.
I’ve had the opposite experience. Vapor 9/9.5 give me the most locked down feeling of any shoe. I feel super connected to the ground and faster than other shoes. But all feet and playing styles are different so understand people will have different opinions.
 

NYTennisNut

New User
I’ve had the opposite experience. Vapor 9/9.5 give me the most locked down feeling of any shoe. I feel super connected to the ground and faster than other shoes. But all feet and playing styles are different so understand people will have different opinions.
So much of shoe fit depends on your foot shape. I have wide feet and always found the Vapor 9.5 to be perfect and snug. I find the FF too tight.
 

jumper67

New User
omg cant believe this shoe is back, and they came out with a puke color and a full leather which looks uncomfortable as ***.

if you are gonna re-release this amazing shoe why not make it buyable?
 

gino

Legend
omg cant believe this shoe is back, and they came out with a puke color and a full leather which looks uncomfortable as ***.

if you are gonna re-release this amazing shoe why not make it buyable?
They had a spring color that was decent. Those are still floating around on NDC
 

innoVAShaun

Legend
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esbruley

New User
I just got a pair of the new white leather Vapors, and I feel it’s the shoe they’ve been needing to make! I haven’t used them on the court yet, so cannot speak of the playability yet. Seems like the leather will give a bit more stability? Also, it kind of seems like a good mixture between the 9s and the 9.5s. I wish they would bring back a version of the 9s as well. This shoe reminds me a little bit as well like Nishikori’s custom 9.5s…

Hope Nike makes more of the leather 9.5s!
 

Mircat

Rookie
I just got a pair of the new white leather Vapors, and I feel it’s the shoe they’ve been needing to make! I haven’t used them on the court yet, so cannot speak of the playability yet. Seems like the leather will give a bit more stability? Also, it kind of seems like a good mixture between the 9s and the 9.5s. I wish they would bring back a version of the 9s as well. This shoe reminds me a little bit as well like Nishikori’s custom 9.5s…

Hope Nike makes more of the leather 9.5s!
How are the leathers to play in? was thinking mesh would be better/breathable.
 

esbruley

New User
How are the leathers to play in? was thinking mesh would be better/breathable.
I’ve played in them a few times and I remember why I used to love this shoe so much! I actually thought the leather pair had a bit more support and was a bit more sturdy moving side to side. I vote for more of the leather version!
 

pete101

Professional
The 9/9.5 were exceptionally well received, and people loved them. The X was fine, and when it was released, it was the closest thing to the 9/9.5.

But it was the 9/9.5 that well well received enough to have 4 year product cycle. I don't think many other apparel products, which tends to be extremely trendy and "needs to get with the time" have that long of a product cycle.
Did the 9.5 ever come in wide 2E versions?
 

pete101

Professional
That's a fair point. And it's a matter of priorities. People buy new sporting outfits to go with the seasonal trends, and maybe their playing style allows for more longevity in their shoes. But for me, I haven't bought a new sporting outfit in years. But if there's a consumable footwear that I like, especially if my all time favorite comes back. I'm going to be stocking up and I'll skip tennis clothes for another 5 years to make up for that.
The lower durability of the 9.5 might explain why it performs better on wet hard courts cos soft rubber is grippier
 

jason n

Rookie
I played with the white leather ones tonight. They felt great, maybe a little more support and seemed like that color sole had slightly better grip. I did notice my feet got warmer than normal and it was only around 55 degrees outside. I don’t think they would be good on a hot summer day.
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
don’t think they would be good on a hot summer day.
not good for smell right? or not good for performance? I think before the 1990s, most grand slam champions wore leather and it was good enough to win grand slams. so using logical deductive reasoning, it can't be because of performance. you must mean not good for smell.















































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ghostblue

Rookie
They were winning grand slams but they had nasty hot athlete's foot. Winning is all about sacrifice. If you weren't willing to sacrifice your toes to the fungal gods you we're never going to make it as a pro.
 

pete101

Professional
Why doesn't the leather ones have perforations in the forefoot so it breathes better

The only positive of them as they are is that section of the shoe is water proof
 

pete101

Professional
I got my leather 9.5's just to see how they fit and my god they fit my wide foot so well!

I bought my size and half size up and both are fitting great i have to decide which one i test out on court as want to minimise having to send back the other if not needed using nike's 30 day returns policy.

You mentioned you used to use the vapor x wide 2E's are the 9.5's toebox area essentially the same?

I think it is worth your while trying the 9.5 leathers you'll be surprised how roomy they are i ordered the hot red punch colourway also in both sizes so will test them out over next couple weeks and return the unsuitable ones before my 30 days is up.

I really recommend you try them especially given my wide foot issues seem to be more problematic than yours.

I just hope they have grip on wet courts otherwise they'll just be my winter shoe when it is freezing. The lack of perforations baffles me though the shoes wont breathe!

Hopefully the mesh hot punch colourway is equally as roomy
 

pete101

Professional
Why do the leather 9.5's look so cheaply made?

Like i expected the quality to be better than this given the price

Im just glad they fit my wide foot so wont complain too much but the shoe hardly seems 'premium' even though they used real leather.

The fake suede swoosh is badly done too

But overall i am happy i have found a nike shoe that fits my wide foot and isnt even the wide versions like the 2E vapor x!

I swiftly ordered the hot punch colourway too. Happy days.
 

pete101

Professional
Is there a reason why this shoe has such a cult following apart from that federer used them and they seem to perform well?

If federer didnt wear them would you lot still buy it regardless?

Tbh i think they are kinda ugly esp the weird heel bit at the back the vapor x was far better looking IMO.

I know there seems to be great reviews from you lot here about it hence the cult following but i wonder how much of that is to do with that federer wore it and if he didnt the glowing praise for them wouldn't be so high. I sense a lot of bias on here.

Netherless it kinda fits my wide foot so im semi grateful even though i feel embarrassed to be seen in these on court lol
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
apart from that federer used them
nono when it comes to wearing shoes that were no longer in production, the list of players is huge. it surely is not only one individual. federer wore many shoes: why would this one be picked? Makes no sense.

so it is the pro players' opinion that this was a superior shoe even when compared to the current offerings. the fact that nike allows their players to wear a model which is out of production is saying quite a bit. they can not make money on that yet still give the players what they want instead of coercing them into wearing current offerings.

If I had to answer why I would have to guess it has something to do with the combination of weight and the low-riding chassis. I don't think the casual players really needs that much court feel.

I agree they are a tad overrated. just A TAD though! not a lot. these are still beastly. For most people, there are better options. This is too much of a match-day shoe that only a few can appreciate. takes a lot of effort to exploit the tiny advantages that the shoe allows you.
 

ghostblue

Rookie
Why doesn't the leather ones have perforations in the forefoot so it breathes better

The only positive of them as they are is that section of the shoe is water proof

Generally, perforations in leather create more points of failure where the material can split and separate. It was probably much simpler to forgo any perforations since this is a limited run.
 

gino

Legend
Generally, perforations in leather create more points of failure where the material can split and separate. It was probably much simpler to forgo any perforations since this is a limited run.

In the SL V9 they had no perforations. I loved those shoes
 

pete101

Professional
nono when it comes to wearing shoes that were no longer in production, the list of players is huge. it surely is not only one individual. federer wore many shoes: why would this one be picked? Makes no sense.

so it is the pro players' opinion that this was a superior shoe even when compared to the current offerings. the fact that nike allows their players to wear a model which is out of production is saying quite a bit. they can not make money on that yet still give the players what they want instead of coercing them into wearing current offerings.

If I had to answer why I would have to guess it has something to do with the combination of weight and the low-riding chassis. I don't think the casual players really needs that much court feel.

I agree they are a tad overrated. just A TAD though! not a lot. these are still beastly. For most people, there are better options. This is too much of a match-day shoe that only a few can appreciate. takes a lot of effort to exploit the tiny advantages that the shoe allows you.
Yeah it seems to be very popular

Im not a convert yet the hot punch ones were narrower than the leather lol

Not sure why maybe the leather one i got was a QC issue made slightly wider
If they go on sale i may dip my toes and get them but for now these are going back cos i cant use them on wet courts, the sole wears quickly and i dont particularly like how they look
 

gino

Legend
Yeah it seems to be very popular

Im not a convert yet the hot punch ones were narrower than the leather lol

Not sure why maybe the leather one i got was a QC issue made slightly wider
If they go on sale i may dip my toes and get them but for now these are going back cos i cant use them on wet courts, the sole wears quickly and i dont particularly like how they look

the syn leather is a more flexible material than the tightly knitted mesh, it breaks in quicker, thus the feeling of increased width
 

pete101

Professional
the syn leather is a more flexible material than the tightly knitted mesh, it breaks in quicker, thus the feeling of increased width
My issue is the on the medial side of my foot where the upper meets the corner of the insole is where i get pinching on the side of my foot

It is a problem with every shoe i tried on the leather 9.5's didnt have this issue though surprisingly maybe i got a slighly wider one
 
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