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Comments: After playing with the adidas Barricades every year since the Barricade 3, I was unhappy with the fit of
the Barricade 8 and decided to give the Nike Vapor 9.5 Tour Clay a try. I understand the Barricades are built to withstand much
more wear and tear, but the benefits of the fit, comfort, and maneuverability of the Vapors far exceed any durability guarantee in
my opinion. I'm also very happy with the non-existent break-in period that these shoes offer (soft out of the box) which I'm not
used to, previously playing with durability guarantee shoes. I have been playing with these Vapors 4-5 times a week for about a
month now, primarily 4.5 matches on clay courts, and have not had any issues with shoelace holes ripping or lateral support. I'm
sure it's only a matter of time before these start to wear out, in which case I may pick up another pair or two. 10/10.
From: Mike, 6/14
Comments: Love these shoes! Great fit and grip straight out of the box -- highly recommend.
From: Isaac, 5/14
Comments: Got these shoes 4 months ago and they are probably the most comfortable tennis shoes I've ever worn.
I forget that I'm even wearing them when I play, which would be the ultimate goal of any shoe I suppose. On the downside, they
don't provide much lateral support whatsoever and I managed to roll my ankle pretty hard after a little jump. After being out for
about a month, on the first day back, I popped the heel (which seems to be an issue with the Nikes I've owned). Loved the comfort
and lightness of this shoe, but probably never buying another Nike tennis shoe again. I'd recommend this to players who don't
beat their shoes up and those who are not susceptible to ankle sprains.
From: Jim, 3/14
Comments: My 14 year old son wears these shoes -- he loves them, but I don't! The durability is horrible. The
shoelace holes rip -- the last pair he wore was just for 1 month. I buy a new pair for him every 2 months.
From: Beth, 3/14
Comments: First day wearing them. Analysis: Needed two socks to fully feel snug and movement free in my normal
size. Very comfortable cushioned shoe plus the ventilation was excellent. Never once did my feet feel like they were on fire. I know
the durability is probably not that great, but I'm happy with my investment. Money well spent.
From: Ari, 2/14
Comments: I moved so well with these shoes, given that they aren't built for endurance, but more for comfort and
flexibility. Great shoes if you can afford to buy more than a few pairs each year, since I don't expect them to last very long, if
several hours a week. Even Federer changes them every match.
From: John, 1/14
Comments: These shoes are incredible. The Vapor 9 Tours were the best shoes I had ever played in. The only
complaints were they were a tad soft, and the toungue was a little thin so it moved around. These are just a bit stiffer and the
tongue is wider and stays in place. Plus the color looks awesome. Best shoes I've played with and I've played with most the Nikes.
From: Brad, 1/14