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Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour “Russian Blue”

January 3rd, 2013 by | 2 comments

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Nike debuts another new color for 2013 on an unlikely model choice.  But with the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour arguably the most popular post-Agassi Nike Tennis design, it makes sense to see a shade like Russian Blue make its first appearance.  Tinker Hatfield’s exoskeletal build is subdued in this tonal build, eschewing gradients, splatters or any form of graphical intensity in favor of the simple contrast between light forefoot and dark heel.  Stick with Sneaker News for US release info and let us know if this is the best Vapor Tour 9 colorway to date.

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Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012

December 28th, 2012 by | 198 comments

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For better or worse, 2012 was a defining year for the sneaker world and all that it encompasses. It was a year that saw certain shoes throw the laws of supply and demand so out of whack, that brands and retailers had to completely rethink the way they sell shoes to the public just to keep the peace. If you were willing to put in some legwork or, better yet, had the right connections, it was a banner year for sneaker enthusiasts. “Must-have” releases seemed to be at an all-time high and nearly every weekend offered up some sort of temptation for consumers. 2012 saw the release of some of the most eagerly anticipated and passionately sought-after sneakers the game had ever seen and it’s safe to say that things will never be the same again.

In between those, there were plenty of other desirable targets along the way, from the special limited editions and collaborations to beloved Retro returns and promising new designs and innovations. There were even a few certified sleeper hits that organically carved out their place among the year’s best releases. Due to an exponentially expanding consumer base and a heightened level of product awareness, you might not have been able to get your hands on every shoe you hunted for in 2012, but there was certainly no shortage of solid alternatives ripe for the picking in their absence.

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Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour iD Samples

December 19th, 2012 by | No comments

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It was Tinker Hatfield who first whipped up the design on the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9, but now that responsibility is getting passed on to you via the NIKE iD process. If you want to get a one up on the various retail pairs that are out there at the moment then you can whip up your own right now. Fortunately we’ve got a look at a few completed samples just in case you’re weary of trusting the CGI renderings that the official site leaves you with. Click through for a look at the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 iD samples on display at Nike Harajuku and whip up your own at NIKE iD now.

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Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour iD

December 18th, 2012 by | No comments

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Arguably the most successful and newsworthy tennis shoe since the days of Andre Agassi, Tinker Hatfield’s latest Roger Federer signature model is now yours to color however you like.  The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour iD makes the most of its Adaptive Fit exoskeleton with both simple two-toned and more dynamic gradient colorings.  An unprecedented tennis-specific option allows you to pick between hard court, clay or grass traction on the outsole, so have a look below at a few sample designs and let us know what you’re putting in the laser inscription at NIKEiD.

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Nike Tennis Flame Collection

October 29th, 2012 by | 6 comments

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Ready for some more Nike Tennis fire? The Nike Tennis Flame Collection pays tribute to the original “burning ball” logo that was seen on the Air Tech Challenge, sparking a mass collection of energetic and fiery colorways of footwear and apparel. This 2012 version relives that early-90′s heat with the Nike Tennis Flame Pack, featuring the Zoom Vapor Tour 9, Air Max Courtballistec 4.3, and Zoom Breathe 2k13 in a fierce colorway inspired by that burning ball logo. We recently previewed these as the ‘Agassi’-inspired releases (which is accurate), and it appears that the shoes and the t-shirt will hit stores on November 1st with Federer wearing his Tour 9s in London. A gallery is right ahead so take a look!

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Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 “Agassi”

October 29th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Andre Agassi had a variety of pioneering endorsements, a model/actress wife and plenty of Grand Slam titles of his own (not to mention the Olympic Gold), but when you look at the number of major championships Roger Federer has amassed, it’s downright silly to argue that Andre or any other man has ever played tennis better, for longer.  Federer favors traditional looks on court, but his Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 by Tinker Hatfield gets an extra jolt by borrowing a recognizable colorway from the mulleted megastar’s fourth and final Air Tech Challenge signature.  These new ZVT9s opt for a darker base than those ATCIVs, which leaves the signature heel graphic feeling less like playful irreverence and more like an unstoppable ace streaking past a helpless receiver.  Let us know how these compare to Agassi’s originals and Rafa’s similar Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 and stick with Sneaker News because these should arrive at select retailers shortly.

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Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 + Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 – Agassi Inspired

October 24th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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While the overall popularity of contemporary tennis shoes hasn’t reached the levels of Nike’s earliest Tennis endeavors with the Air Trainer 1 and Agassi line, the footwear line-up – namely Federer’s Zoom Vapor Tour 9 and Nadal’s Air Max Courtballistec series – is the undisputed number-one in the world. Two of the sport’s most successful athletes wearing the Swoosh will lead to some outstanding products, but we’re in for a special treat with this sick duet of Nike Tennis models colored up “Agassi” style. Both models feature a unique splatter graphic on the heel, reminiscent of the punchy graphics seen on Agassi’s Tech Challenge series. These are slated to release in early November, so check out the gallery below and let us know if you think Nike should toy around more with a “old meets new” concept for these underrated tennis models.

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Black/White-Court Purple

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Black/White-Court Purple

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