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.
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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