I love playing tennis. And I love all the more to have the latest kicks that my favorite players use on the court. So since I'm a Federer and Nadal fan, that means Nike. But I've always wanted to get myself a pair of Adidas Barricades. This year came close as I really liked the design of the Barricade 6. When I tried it out however, it was too narrow for me since I have wide feet. So yeah, this year, I didn't buy a single tennis shoe. Unlike last year when I bought three different colorways of Nadal's Courtballistec 2.3 and a Zoom Vapor Club.
Next year might just see me picking up my first Barricade with the seventh version of the very successful Adidas model.
Nike, meanwhile, will continue the signature shoe line of Federer and Nadal. I also didn't buy Federer's Zoom Vapor 8 because I felt it's such a joke that the man endorsing that particular model doesn't even wear it (except during a short period in the early part of 2011) and chooses to go with the Vapor 6 instead. By the way, if you're listening Nike, there's a clamor for a re-issue of the Vapor 6. I have one (a lucky find during a visit to Hong Kong last year) and I wouldn't mind getting more pairs. Here is the Zoom Vapor 9:
At first I thought it looked like a running shoe but slowly, it's starting to grow on me.
Meanwhile, here's Nadal's Courtballistec 4.3:
An obvious pass.
So which of these are you most looking forward to?