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Maria’s new F.O. sneakers

The newly-minted Italian Open champion has more than just momentum on her side as she heads towards Paris- Maria Sharapova will wear the new “NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9 Tour x colette” on court. Quite a name!

In honor of defending champion’s return to the clay of Paris, NikeLab is partnering with Parisian boutique colette to present a pair of NikeCourt footwear powerhouses. The collaboration yields the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9 Tour x colette and the NikeCourt Tennis Classic x colette.

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NikeLab and colette have teamed up to reinterpret the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9 Tour. Detailed in colette’s signature blue colors and iconic dots, the women’s performance tennis shoe features a number of subtle design nods to Sharapova.

These include the Maria Sharapova logo on the back tab of the left shoe and five symbols on the midsole to honor her five major championships. The sockliner also features text inspired by her quote, “I am not the next anyone, I am the first Maria Sharapova.” Sharapova will pair the shoe with her Nike Maria Paris Dress when defending her title in France.

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But..as they say on TV…there’s more!

Popularized on the capable feet of a hot-tempered superstar who literally swore by them, the NikeCourt Tennis Classic embodies tennis tradition and style. This silhouette represented Nike’s earliest foray into tennis, and its outwardly simple design performed on both grass and synthetic surfaces. It featured soft grain leather uppers and terrycloth insoles for elevated comfort.

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Honoring more than 40 years of refined court style, NikeCourt has collaborated with colette to update the silhouette with the Parisian boutique’s signature blue on the tongue, laces, Swoosh, cupsole stitch, and heel accents. The upper, lining and tongue are constructed of premium leather.

The laces include a degradé pattern that transitions from deep blue to white when moving up the collar, while the heel features colette’s signature dots. The NikeCourt Tennis Classic x colette is available in both men’s and women’s silhouettes.

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The NikeCourt x colette footwear collection will be available at global NikeLab locations and nike.com/nikelab beginning May 21.

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One thought on “Maria’s new F.O. sneakers”

  1. I love her shoes. It totally matches her dress. It’s sporty and refreshing. The color scheme is perfect contrast to the red clay of Roland Garros.

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