Sunday, July 22, 2012
Nike celebrates Federer's return to #1 with limited edition shoes
On July 16, Roger Federer will enter the week as the world's top ranked tennis player for the 287th time.
The mark is significant because it will break the record held by Pete Sampras, the man many considered the greatest tennis player - men's or women's - of all time until Federer came along.
The debate between Federer and Sampras was settled long before this week, but the number 287 does put a sort of formality to the proceedings.
To celebrate the occasion, Nike has put together a special colorway of Federer's signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor RF - which is a re-skinned Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour - that will be limited to only 287 pairs.
The black upper will be complimented by gold accents all throughout the shoe and will come with a special box and certificate of authenticity that is signed by Federer himself.
Each serial number commemorates a week of Federer's reign and it looks like each shoe will come with a little news blip about that particular week.
The shoe will be available July 16 at 8am Eastern Time/5am Pacific Time at Nikestore.com for $287. Sizes will only be limited to 9, 10, 11 and 12.