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Comments: My favorite shoe I must part with. I love these shoes, they fit me and my foot issues perfectly. I have
been playing lots of tennis for the past year and found these on sale at TW. My first pair went three months before the first lace
loops broke. After several more broke and two trips to the shoe shop, I thought the shoes might be defective. Instead of sending
them to Nike, I bought a new pair instead a few months ago. Now two months in. I've broken my first loop. I probably lace tighter
than most and do lots of lateral movement, but seriously, they should handle it fine.
From: Jon, 4/13
Note from TW - yes, this shoe has been known to have that issue, we recommend checking with Nike to see if they can help!
Comments: Best shoes for me yet. These were made for my feet. Amazing! Traction is great, and even though the
weight indicates them as a durability shoe, they feel fast. As for breaking them in, I am not sure where some of those complaints
are coming from. I have worn my current pair 6 times and they feel soft all around, but not too soft like Vapors. I have tried some
barricades and they seem to never break in, as they have good durability but they are constantly stiff. As long as Nike is selling
these I will be buying them.
From: J.C., 1/13
Comments: I've had three pairs of these shoes (one on clay and three for hard) and all I can say is that I am hooked.
I can't switch, as they are basically my feet. I play in them 2 hours a day, and I have broken 1 lace hoop but other than that it's a
great shoe. 4.5 stars
From: Nicholas, 1/13
Comments: I've had these shoes for 4 months now, and I don't like them, however this shoes are incredibly durable.
I have stopped playing for about 2 months due to weather but I've broken through the Adidas's barricades 7.0 in a month. Playing
non-stop tennis for 2 months with these shoes and I am barely getting through the sole. The shoes are crazy good when it comes
to durability and feel pretty good. The only flaw is the toe space in the front. I read the reviews and was advised to get a shoe
size 1/2 higher than my original, which I did. But even then, running a lot in these shoes causes your pinky toe to swell up
due to the lack of toe space in the front. But other than that, this shoe
From: Gary, 12/12
Comments: An update from my 11/12 review: I still like the shoes a lot, but one of the shoe lace loops on my right
shoe broke. It broke while playing, not while lacing. One of the lower loops across my forefoot. It's very annoying.
From: Dan, 12/12
Comments: It's a good shoe, however for some reason whenever I play on hard court the laces give out and
break out from the side. I have to bring them to the repair shop after tournaments.
From: Andy, 12/12
Comments: Heavy stability shoes are not my cup of tea, so it took TWs sale on the blue version to get me to try this
shoe. At first I thought I had made a mistake because it took me more than a month to break my pair in. But I have nothing but
good things to say about the Ballistics. This is a shoe that you can trust when running for a drop shot or planting your foot hard to
change directions. And after three sets your feet and legs feel great. It's still not my type of shoe (it's slightly too heavy) but I
would buy them again, and recommend them to anyone who doesn't mind the weight.
From: J.T., 12/12
Comments: I just got these shoes, finally in the right size, and I absolutely love them. They are great for making
quick cuts on the court. Pretty much no break in. After 20 minutes of my first try with them I forgot I was wearing shoes. That's
how awesome they felt!
From: Jacob, 12/12
Comments: These shoes are the best. I have two pairs, and they have excellent traction, which is my primary
concern as I usually destroy that. The support and stability is superb, and the shoes cannot be beat looks-wise. I can do extreme
direction changes and slides very well in these. After lengthy tournaments, my feet do not ache. I play varsity high school tennis
tournaments and play every day of the week. My first pair are in peak condition after 5 months.
From: Pantoya, 12/12
Comments: These shoes feel light and fast but are in fact a bit narrow up front. The cushion is pretty good but not
as soft a ride as expected. The Asics Gel Res still have them beat in that department. I think the support is good, in fact one of
the few shoes I don't have to use Superfeet in. No issues to date with quality and they seem to be wearing well, but I play less
this time of year than in the summer. I've played with Prince, New Balance, ProPulse, Barricades, Gel Res, etc., and none feel as
"fast" as these for some reason, I just wish they had more width in the forefoot.
From: Dan, 11/12
Comments: It fits tight in the forefoot. The pains so unbearable. I returned them and traded them in for 2 pairs of
Vapors. No need to type an essay. Kept it simple and to the point.
From: Tommy, 11/12
Comments: These are not the best pair of Nike's I've worn. They get extremely hot and it is taking a little more than
usual to break into them!
From: Arsha, 11/12
Comments: These shoes are very narrow. If your feet are wide don't go for these. I could';t use them, as they were
pressing my side and making my big toe numb.
From: Luis, 11/12
Comments: I have worn and loved these shoes ever since they came out. However, my last two pair have
highlighted the major flaw in the lacing system that others have mentioned. Most reviews say the lace loops will outlast
so it's not a problem. Not in my case. My last pair had two loops bust before I went through the sole and my current pair
had for three weeks already shows signs of fraying on one loop. I don't see it lasting for another 3 or 4 weeks.
is not able to cover this problem and I will need to go through Nike to try and get a replacement. I'm probably going to
another shoe which is unfortunate because all else considered these are great shoes and they fit my feet perfectly. I just
want to spend that kind of money on shoes that have such an obvious design flaw.
From: Mark, 10/12
Comments: My frustration with Nike is this: the CB 1.3/2.3 both fit me perfectly at 9.5 US. The 3.3 was way
narrow, so I had to get a 10. I ordered the Breathe 2K12 in a 10 and it was way too large, so I got it in a 9.5 and the toe
box is still
kinda wide (if you don't wear shoes out quickly, I highly recommend this shoe, as they are the best tennis shoes I've ever
and then I got the CB 4.3 in a 9.5 and it is again too narrow, so I had to return and get them in 10s (they're still pretty
Although these shoes are not "out of box ready" I warmed up and played 3 sets in them anyway. After the warm-up and 4
into the first set of doubles, the narrow shoe finally expanded a bit and formed to my foot. I wore 2 socks to prevent
it seemed to work partially. These are a huge step up from the 3.3s in terms of breathe-ability and overall fit, but fall short
comfort found in the 2.3s and Breathe 2K12s.
From: Marc, 10/12
Comments: These run narrow. I tried to make these work as I'm a standard width but there's too much
pressure on my little toes. I'm going to either try a half size larger, go to Vapors, or just enjoy the NB 851's I also got
surprisingly good. Stability and support are great, the sole and toe pads look like they'll wear well like all the previous
tongue can be a little uncomfortable w/ "zero" socks as it puts pressure up to the ankle to achieve the extra stability. They
From: Anon, 9/12
Comments: I've worn CB 2.3, 3.3, and now on my second pair of 4.3's. I always swap
out the insoles to match my medium arch for the better fit, and I wear Thorlos for
the impact and blister protection. The 4.3 doesn't have the plush comfort that the
2.3 has, and it has lacing durability issues that the others didn't have, but it has the
best stability of the bunch. While the grip is very good, it has the uncanny ability to
break traction in a slow and progressive way so that you have a chance to maintain
balance on the full stretch, I never experienced that in any other shoe and that's why
I love these.
From: Anon, 9/12
Comments: These shoes are just brilliant! I purchased the blue and green shoes for $99 and they fit me
The shoes are also very comfortable. The only problem is durability. I have had this shoe for just 3 months and the sole
off in the center of the shoe. I play for about 18 hours a week and these shoes are really good. I hope Nike comes out with
shoes with higher durability and better looks (although the present looks are very good).
From: Guhan, 9/12
Comments: I have had these shoes for two weeks and I have almost blown out the sole on these shoes. I
try them to see if they were nicer than the barricades and I am going back to the barricades now. The durability just did
match up to my standards. The sad fact about these shoes is that I am not playing tennis but am running drills and they
holding up. I play competitive tennis and these wouldn't make it a week if they were used for games and practice. They
comfortable, but if you are looking for durability I would look elsewhere.
From: Trevor, 8/12
Comments: This is without a doubt one of the best shoes on the market right now. I
have played in barricades, the Asics, and Propulse, and this shoe offers the best
feel. The torsion system and arch support are a huge plus. I play tennis
4-6 days a week,and these shoes have held up very nicely. I definitely recommend them.
From: Dimitri, 8/12
Comments: I used these shoes on hard court, in very hot tropical weather. I have narrow feet and play
times per week, and I am a fast player that likes to run all over the court. All in all these are great shoes, with amazing
and great feel compared to running shoes. These shoes offer improved stability and speed on hard court, and you only
session to break them in. These are great looking shoes. I agree the tongue is very very short and the design is narrow,
you become used to this. I had no problem with the lacing system, however the soles did not last very long with my
running. One disadvantage for me was the quick wearing on the soles. I put a hole on the right foot (serve side) at the toe
exaclty three months, and they completely lost the traction. The other disadvantage these shoes have, in extreme hot
wearing dri-fit socks, the sweat and moisture stays in the shoes and feels like you stepped in a bucket of water. It doesn't
well-ventilated at the toes. Not sure if this a problem for other players...
From: Ilias, 8/12
Comments: Ok, I've been through several pairs of 3.3's, and they are sturdier than the 4.3's. The 4.3 is
that's about the only improvement. The toe box is too mushy, and the straps are way to movable and appear to be
breaking. I'd like Nike to go back to the 3.3 but make them lighter. Disappointed.
From: Lin, 8/12
Comments: I play 4 times per week and I have had these shoes for 3 months and have
broken one strap. The lacing system is working fine. You will wear out the soles before you break the lace straps enough
actual problems. The main problem with these shoes is that they are narrow. Durability is excellent though. Highly
if you have narrow feet!
From: Eric, 8/12
Comments: Good durability on the soles but very narrow. Yeah, the lacing system does break
eventually but it doesn't start to affect play until several have gone. If they offered these
in E width I'd buy them again hands down.
From: Eric, 8/12
Comments: Buy them if you like Rafa, don't buy them if your a serious tennis player that plays
a lot. The lacing system is poorly designed and the loops will dry rot and break well before you
will wear out the soles. The shoes do feel nice but when the lace system fails during a match
you're going to be more than pissed off. Nike needs to fix this disaster of a design. They may
look cool, but they don't perform! Try the new barricades if you want a shoe that is durable.
From: Randy, 8/12
Comments: They needed a little break-in and they felt a bit snug at times on my one wider
foot. I totally agree about the short tongue thing, but I like the shoe.
From: Lee, 7/12
Comments: I just ordered the Blue/Green 4.3's in a 10.5 because they were cheap, only $79! I tried them on
previously at a Tennis Shop. Definitely way more generous than the 3.3's which I didn't even bother trying to slip my entire foot
in. Very comfortable for the 4.3's, glove-like around the foot which is great. Can't comment on durability obviously because I don't
even have them yet, but if they last like the 2.3's, they should be just fine. Might order the Peach one or even the Scarlet one later
if they drop because the anthracite on the peach looks good and the scarlet when it's in the sun looks pretty dang sick. I wish Nike
would do last year's 3.3 colors for the 4.3's because I have to admit, the 3.3's looked awesome. Oh well, still a great steal for $79
with free shipping and the 6 month durability guarantee!
From: Will, 7/12
Comments: I used these shoes in my most recent tournament and love them. I've always used
Babolat shoes but these are for sure the most comfortable shoe I have purchased!
From: Kipper, 7/12
Comments: I got a pair of these, and had to send them back! I have slightly wide feet and I could barely get my feet
in them. It felt like they were getting squeezed. I like a little wiggle room on top for the toes and these had absolutely none. I had
pressure on all sides of my foot. I've tried Nike Cage 2's and Courtballistec 3.3's, and Asics Resolution 1, 2 & 3's, but the Nike
Breathe Free II's are still the best tennis shoe I've ever had.
From: Ron, 7/12
Comments: This is a very good shoe, but it has some fundamental design problems. I came from the great Nike
Cage II Breath Free (went through 6 pairs of these babies) and these CB 4.3s have a similar fit and similar cushioning and weight.
Minimal break-in. Very sturdy sole. Great support and stability. And good looking! However, there are some design problems in
my opinion. First, the tongue is too short. The laces barely stay on the toung and you cant use the last lace hole or they will fall
off onto your foot. Just a 1/2 inch more please Nike. Second, there are two seams in the inside of the heel cup where there should
be none! This is a no-no for all athletic shoes because of all the rubbing that occurs in this area. Also the material used in the
heel area does not look as durable as the great Cage IIs. Third, as others have mentioned the lacing eyes are actually straps.
These straps connect on one end to the lace opening in the shoe, and on the other end to the inside insole of the shoe so that
they wrap around the sides of your forefoot. This is weird. It doesnt provide any benefit that I can see and the lace system seem
vulnerable to various possible failures. Maybe Nike thinks this makes the shoe look better, but I'd prefer functionality. Have only
had mine for a few weeks, so no problems with anything yet.
From: Victor, 7/12
Comments: The 4.3 is the best shoe yet. It is comfortable right out of the box. It has good support and cushioning
on the heal. In my opinion it is a lot more comfortable than the 3.3. It looks great and plays great. I can't say enough about this
great shoe. I highly recommend them and I just ordered my 2nd pair. Great job Nike!
From: Michael, 7/12
Comments: I like these shoes but the eyelets that hold the laces keep on breaking on
me. They are just held by a piece of fabric and they are not duable at all. Once they
break you can't lace your shoes. Won't buy these again until this is fixed. It didnt happen
with the 3.3's.
From: Ryan, 7/12
Comments: I just got the new red colorway that Rafa wore at the French. This is not the same shoe Rafa wears. The
tongue is way too short. Look at what Rafa wears. Normal length tongue. I have 2 colorways and both have short tongues. The
4.3's are good but I do like the 2k11 better. The 2k11 fits me better and has the better lacing system and needed no break in. I
have not had a problem yet with the lace loops on the the 4.3's but I have over 10 pairs of shoes so they don't get worn as much
as if they were my only shoe. This is a problem waiting to happen.
From: RL, 6/12
Comments: This is the best shoe so far from Nike. Good for my flat feet with "superfeet" orthopedic
inserts. Great support and never seems heavy! A winner in my book.
From: Bill, 6/12
Comments: Nice looking shoe with good support but I wholeheartedly agree with the comments about
the flimsy lacing system. I had one of the loops break after playing about three hours. I would expect Nike to do a
better job play-testing its shoes before putting them on the market. Who wants to spend $130 for a pair of shoes and
then have to drill a hole (or multiple holes) through the upper to make up for a shoddy lacing system? What is a player
supposed to do when the lacing breaks during a match? Who wants the colossal hassle of sending shoes back to TW for
replacement? All reasons not to buy this shoe.
From: John, 6/12
Comments: So far I have really liked these shoes. I have had them for about a month and a half now and
they are insanely comfortable on my feet. I have wider feet and thought I would have problems with arch pain but did
not have any pain at all. Also, they are a great looking shoe! They were also very easy to break-in. Maybe just a couple
of hours before the stiffness went away. Thank you Nike!
From: Andrew, 6/12
Comments: I love these shoes and the support and stability that they offer. I use
custom orthotics with them and for me they are as good as it gets and I've tried
many of the most popular tennis shoes including adidas Barricades and the Babolat
Propulse (I think that's the name). The one problem is the lacing system. The older
version laced through the shoe and was great but the current version laces through
loops that always break. It is only a question of time Fortunately, Nike has been very
cool about exchanging the broken shoes for new ones so I keep wearing them. I
have had this happen so often and have had so many new pairs that I feel like I'm
sponsored by Nike. The last pair broke after only 3 weeks of pretty mild usage. I
don't know why Nike doesn't fix the issue.
From: David, 5/12
Comments: Solid Shoe. Have been wearing Asics the past several years, but after the Gel Resolution 4
failure to widen the toe box, I had to switch brands. Much lighter in feel on court than when you pick out of the box.
Very easy break-in and comfortable feel right off the bat. Well cushioned. I beat up shoes so hopefully these will have
some durability. My only issue is the moronic use of cloth/fabric for the lacing grommets...what was Nike thinking???
This area will obviously be the first area that will break down thus rendering the shoe useless. Outside of the lacing,
this is a solid shoe.
From: CWS, 5/12
Comments: I have been wearing Courtballistecs since the 2.3s and I must say that these are the best of
the bunch. Last year I didn't feel like getting the 3.3s until they went on sale so I picked up one of the few Breath Cage
IIs left. Coming from the 2.3s I was wondering why did they stop making these, the 2.3s hurt my knees and turned me
into an ibuprofen junkie. Then after I destroyed them I picked up the 3.3s and they weren't on par breathing wise or
comfort but a pretty good shoe(my laces didn't break so I can't complain), but anyway I got two of them and then using
my product voucher I bought the 4.3s. These are really good, cushioning is excellent, breathability is closer to that of
the BCIIs and it is very stable and comfortable. All in all these are going to be stocked up but, I wish that they still made
the BCIIs even if they didn't have the 6 Month Outsole Guarantee.
From: Chris, 5/12
Comments: This is the first pair of Courtballistecs that I could take from the box
and play a match in. Comfortable from the first moment I laced them up
with just the right amount of snugness all around. Roomier than the Courtballistecs
3.3 and without the three-week break-in period that I needed with the
previous model. The weight seems just right for such a supportive and
durable shoe. My biggest worry is the lacing system. It uses the same
ribbon loops of the Courtballistecs 3.3 and I broke 3 of those before I sent the
shoe back to Nike. I don't lace tightly and the ribbons make for a
quick lace-up and shoe removal but aren't tough enough for the job. My
Courtballistecs 3.3s cost $125 and I was drilling holes in the shoe to run the
laces through. Not cool! I like the new color; grey with peach. I've
never seen that combination before and I like the subtle splash of
color. Over time, I learned to love each of the Courtballistecs and this one is
on pace to exceed them all. I may end up stockpiling this model
because I don't know how it can get better.
From: Michael, 5/12
Comments: I am a tournament level player and enjoy the great comfort that
comes with these shoes. The one problem I feel is the outsole wearing
out quickly but it is ok because there is a warranty.
From: AKA, 5/12
Comments:Four major problems still exist in this shoe having not been fixed from the very
similar Courtballistec 3.3: 1) There is nowhere near enough padding around the front of the ankle collar
so the front inside of both ankles gets bruised. It's very painful and does not improve after
break-in. 2) The "loop" lacing system is already starting to fray. Being identical to the 3.3s,
then they do break the shoes become unwearable. Use proper holes like all other companies
on your heavy duty tennis shoe. 3) The tongue is too short. 4) The laces are way too short.
If the last two points seem petty, they are not when you are spending $130 yet Nike is nickle
and diming you. Overall the shoes are solid, with lower weight than the 3.3, better ventilation
and still hard wearing but I will be going with Adidas Barricade 7s for next year if these things
aren't improved for the CB5.3. The CB 2.3 had none of the above 4 problems which sprout
from cheapness and really do make what could have been another 5-Star Nike shoe into a 3-
From: Nicko, 5/12
Comments: This shoe is a great shoe. I had upgraded from the 3.3's, and
they are a major breakthrough. There is almost no break in required, and
it is noticeably lighter. Like the 3.3's, the loops holding the laces
still break, so try not to lace them too tight. Also, near the drag on
2X, the cloth holding the sole to the drag on 2X ripped. Got them sent
in today, and getting a new pair. they are very durable, like the 3.3's,
and very stylish. The part near the AirMax wears out pretty fast, so
dont drag your feet. But all in all, they are very good shoes, with good
durability. Just a few flaws at the part where the shoe bends (drag on
2X) and the laces. Good Work, Nike!
From: Anon, 5/12
Comments: Bought these shoes after my 3.3s started wearing down and holes formed
on the front toes of the shoes. 4.3s come to the rescue. The shoe is lighter and much
more comfortable than the 3.3s. At first glance I was concerned about the design of the
upper because it seemed somewhat flimsy compared to my 3.3s. Lo and behold after
one set of playing with these shoes the upper began to split apart at the point where the
laces loop into the shoe. Unbelievable! Less than an hour of playing and these shoes
are already done. It is a great looking shoe and very comfortable but someone really
dropped the ball with the design of the upper. It's too bad the 6 month warranty does not
cover the upper because this appears to be a common problem.
From: Victor, 5/12
Comments: This is a good shoe, but there is a MAJOR FLAW. As the previous poster stated, the loops
that the laces
go through break which is what allows you to tighten the laces. This is very disappointing because otherwise it's a good
Nike, didn't you do any testing?
From: George, 5/12
Comments: I really like these shoes, but they have one major flaw regarding durability. The loops that
the laces go
through are cheap fabric and they start to break after a very short period. I have a narrow foot and I pull the laces tight.
1 month the first lace loop broke and after 2 months, 4 had broken. I had to use a drill and make lace holes for the
laces to go
through. One of the reasons I bought these shoes is that Nadal is very tough on his shoes and he pulls his laces very
figured they would hold up, but they don't.
From: Marcus, 4/12
Comments: I used to wear Vapors but I tried this first time tried Court Ballistecs Vapor wear out quite
fast on hard
court. Not really happy with the weight and slightly tight at the front. Quite long lasting though..
From: Sherry, 4/12
Comments: I also wear a size 9 and I got these today, and played with them immediately after. They
They felt a little tight on my feet and I definitely need to get a thinner insole, but they're great!
From: Aksel, 4/12
Comments: Great shoe. I wear a size 9 and with the insole they were way
to small. The insole is very thick. I took it out and replaced it with
a thinner one, and problem is solved. Other than that it's a great
shoe. My new go to shoe. Very happy with my purchase.
From: Gene, 4/12
Comments: This new 4.3 fits me snug and comfortably at the same time.
Now in comparison to its predecessor the 3.3, its noticeably lighter, little
to no break in time and the support is phenomenal. I use sofsole fit
insoles because it comes with an iffy one just like any other shoes out
there. Now on to the only flaw is the sole durability. It felt like it was less
than the 3.3. I have only had it for over a month and its showing a lot of
wear on the toe, and some on the heel. This great shoes need to come
with a more durable sole. Maybe next year?
From: Ian. D, 4/12
Comments: I have had my 4.3's for 4 weeks and I play on average 3 hours everyday and the bottom
the same as
the day I got it out of the box. It feels great but only one problem with this that my foot gets BLISTERS!!!!! My right heel
From: Joey, 3/12