Nike Womens Air Zoom Vapor X Glove Clay - Black/Purple Agate
The new Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Glove Clay is exclusively available in the UK at Pro:Direct Tennis.
Playing on clay throws up some extra challenges for your footwear. First of all, you need a specific type of grip pattern to prevent clay from building up on the bottom of the shoe – hence the herringbone outsole, which encourages debris to filter off to the sides. The other potential issue with clay is getting it inside your shoe as you move around the court. Once it gets in, it’s very distracting, and you can hardly insist on taking your shoe off after every point. The solution, then, is the Air Zoom Vapor X Glove’s protective shroud, an integrated, zip-up cover for the shoe that helps prevent clay from entering in the first place.
The shroud’s been specifically designed to be as lightweight and breathable as possible, so it can do its job without you really noticing it’s there. Elsewhere, the shoe follows the same principles as other Nike tennis shoes: you’ve got a Zoom Air unit in the heel for cushioning as you slide across the court, a Dynamic Fit system for maximum lockdown, and a full-length foot frame for stability. The Vapor X Glove is one of the best clay-specific shoes on the market today, and with the added bonus of the protective shroud, it’s unmissable.
Bringing colour and attitude to a sport famed for its formal dress codes, the Swoosh shook up the establishment in the 70s with some inspired designs and endorsements, signing up first Ilie Nastase in ’73, and then, in 1978, John McEnroe.
Confident and uncompromising, McEnroe was the perfect partner for Nike as they grew their influence in the game, particularly thanks to his personal championing of the classic Air Trainer 1 in the 80s – a shoe that likely wouldn’t have seen the light of day had he not insisted its prototype be developed into a full design.
After McEnroe came Agassi, Courier, and Sampras. All three had some superb shoes that pushed the boundaries for technology as much as looks, with Agassi’s Air Tech Challenge and Sampras’s Air Oscillate featuring industry-leading engineering, just as Federer and Nadal’s shoes have in more recent times.
Rafa’s signature shoe, the Zoom Vapor Cage, remains available today with its winning combination of performance and durability, while Naomi Osaka’s Zoom GP Turbo follows in the footsteps of Serena’s Flare in leading the way for women’s footwear. Elsewhere, check out the NXT range for the latest tech-focused designs, or if you prefer something simple, lightweight, and comfy, the Lite collection has you covered.
- Woven shroud helps prevent clay from entering the shoe
- Zoom Aim in the heel gives you responsive cushioning
- Clay-specific outsole provides excellent grip
- Zip on the shroud for easy on and off. It’s fused to help keep clay from clogging it
- Dynamic Fit system wraps from the laces to the bottom of the arch for a glove-like fit
- Full-length foot frame wraps up the lateral side for added stability during quick turns
- XDR compound on the heel and forefoot for durable traction
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