Nike Zoom Cage 3 Tennis Shoe review

OK guys, as most of my readers may not know, I am an avid tennis player, and a shoe connisseur (spelling?). This is another piece I wrote on another place of the internet, and it got long and I put a lot of effort into it (I love this shoe, as you will see), and I though “eh, I could use a new entry,” so I decided to publish it on my blog. Hopefully a search engine will guide one or two people here. I will give them the long story short right off the bat – the shoe is AWESOME. Buy it, and have a tube of shoe goo with you for the toe if you are not planning on turning them in for the durability reimbursement.

I love tnnis, and – for some odd reason – I am obsessed with shoes. (It was like that with skate shoes too). So, I have tried them all, from the air max breathe cage (the shoes in which Nadal beat my boy Federer in the greatest match ever played) to the asics gel res to the adidas barricades, and a handful in between, I have tried them all, and liked them all. But the Zoom cage 3 is a half a step ahead of them all. I love these shoes even more now that they are becoming hard to find. The first thing that makes an impression about these shoes can occur online – they simply look awesome. Secondly is when you put them on – they are not only some of the lightest tennis shoes as you will find, they are some of the most comfortable; they litterally almost feel like slippers. The asics solution speed ff (not to bag on my boy David Goffin’s shoe) is lighter than the Zm Cage 3, but it decidedly does *not* feel like a slipper, especially when you walk in them. I gotta hand it to the designers/engineers at Nike; they hit the nail on the head with thisshoe; it is probably the most successful tennis shoe ever made (taking into accout the – well, accounting aspect of it – the sales, but also taking into account the design). I’m not sure which it seems more like they weere inspired by: a snake’s skin/scale pattern, or a spiderweb; or maybe they just threw structure and strength of the cage out the window and went with how cool it looks (but i dont think so); any way you slice it, it is a hit. The cage part of the upper of the shoe is the most “responsive” (as they call it with tennis shoes) as has ever been produced, I feel like I am not going out on a limb in saying; you ccan see it as you step – the cage part of the shoe flexes and molds and gels and all that right along with your weight. And you do not feel it against your foot, because the cage is flexible rubber. Sounds possibly flimsy – right? Wrong. I have worn at least a dozen of these, and i play a lot of tennis, and the cage has never even come close to breaking. The one and only spot where the cage *does* wear down excessively is the one and only down side of this shoe – they should have made the outsole rubber on the toe – the very front of the shoe – come up a little higher (like the asics gel res), because if you drag the top of your toe, as many tennis players do, eventually, after a month or so, there will start to be a hole in the upper material. (Shoe goo does the trick ;). The outsole of the shoe is durable, yes, and nothing to complain about there. It is what you expect from a top-shelf tennis shoe. (The Cage 4 is probably more longer lasting). What used to be another complaint of mine with these shoes is the bootie design causing it to be a hassle to get the shoes on; but I finally relented and starting untying and tying my shoes every time i put them on. (Stupid, I know). If you untie them and loosen the top two stringings, it is easy (enough) to get into the shoe. When I kept them tied and tried to force my foot in, I literally almost sprained my finger using it as a shoe horn. … long story short: BEST TENNIS SHOE EVER MADE. … p.s. I hope the people that actually MAKE these shoes in the factory are compensated fairly for their labor. If not, none of the above matters; I am against the brand and must sadly force myself to stop buying them. (That literally is the one and only reason why I have not bought the Vapor Cage 4 yet; had the opportunity but didn’t want to support slave factory labor).

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