Roger Federer's weapon of choice is one of the best shoes of 2012.
We might do some kind of "best of…" piece in a few days if you're not burnt out on that stuff already, but we get the sense that the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour is being slept on a little. We've written about this model at least three times already, but we can't get enough of the comfort, the way it looks from the top down, the Tinker Hatfield design (we're still chuckling at the Instagram claims from herbs who know about six shoes in the whole wide world that he "lost it" after the AJ28 debuted) and the way it gets a nod from those who know and absolutely zero acknowledgment from those who don't. After that classy debut with the ill red foot frame (the shoe's key visual feature), the Agassi-homaging efforts, classic Wimbledon shades, and the Met tribute we knew this one took to colours pretty nicely, so it's great to see that it just debuted on NikeiD.
What seems faintly restrictive in terms of options reveals itself to shine beneath the bonnet, so to speak, with a pick of fades on the vent area and, best of all, hard court (the most familiar outsole), clay or grass court outsole options that give the shoe a very different appearance, with the ability to switch midfoot shank colours for some extra pop. The Tour Fit or True Fit mean a perfect width, meaning the custom approach doesn't end at the aesthetics with this one. What's pictured here are the results of five minutes of tinkering and you can do a lot better, so head to NIKEiD.com
right now to play around on Vapor 9s instead of working — it's Christmas, so nobody's going to fire you. And try to resist the urge to see which early 1990s Nike Tennis and Training makeups the system will let you reproduce.