It’s been tough to tune out Roger Federer’s performance at Wimbledon this summer. With Rafael Nadal‘s surprising exit in the second round, all eyes are on the Swiss Maestro – and a potential semi-final matchup against defending champion (and current world number one) Novak Djokovic. But it’s not just Federer’s skills that are on display in southwest London – his signature Nikes have made quite a splash, too.
This year, the six-time champion teamed up with veteran designer Tinker Hatfield, creator of Jordans III-XV, to develop these white, yellow, and green sneakers, which enable owners to loosen or tighten six bladders from the bottom of the arch to the laces, for maximum comfort and flexibility. Add in a breathable mesh outer (to keep your feet cool) and a durable rubber sole (for serious shock-absorbency during quick pivots) and what you get are essentially running shoes – fully flexible and light as air – that fit like snug, supportive tennis court kicks.
Federer will lace these up in hopes of hoisting the gentleman’s singles trophy for the first time since 2009. You should wear them for tennis, too, but also for short runs, training sessions at the gym, and hell, for style’s sake. Toss out those bulky cross trainers, replace them with Vapors, and complement them with plain shorts and a tee. You might not play like Federer, but you certainly deserve to look like him. [$130; nike.com]