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Mojobackhand
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:00 AM
:eek:
I'm not sure if I'm happy about it - fashionwise. Asics must have offered a ton of money. I mean, why would Lacoste let her go? Now!
Interesting. I really did not see this coming.

Mojobackhand
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:04 AM
http://samstosur.com/2012/01/01/sam-signs-with-asics/#more-3983

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I hope she will be able to have her say with the design!

Mojobackhand
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:08 AM
Asics tennis clothes....
http://www.asicsamerica.com/apparel/tennis/

annetcl
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:50 AM
http://samstosur.com/2012/01/01/sam-signs-with-asics/#more-3983

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I hope she will be able to have her say with the design!

If this is her new outfit - looks really sharp - digging the new red shoes :)
Really loved her in Lacoste kit though....

Chris93
Jan 1st, 2012, 12:22 PM
:hearts: That outfit!

Mojobackhand
Jan 1st, 2012, 12:30 PM
I prefer the white one. Not sure about the pink stripes yet...
But, yeah, after the little shock I got this morning, I'd say this could be ok: very athletic wear, so that should suit her.
So looking forward to see a glimpse of her new outfit later today.

big bob
Jan 1st, 2012, 02:17 PM
I like the outfits on her too.

No doubt ASICS came along with a good offer to sign the reigning US Open Champion and a player with great potential for continued success at the highest level in 2012.

They also signed a great ambassador for Tennis and (in turn) their brand.

Mojobackhand
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:49 PM
http://www.thesportscampus.com/2012010118278/the-business-of-sports/asics-signs-sam-stosur-as-global-tennis-ambassador

DPTennis
Jan 1st, 2012, 08:32 PM
I prefer the white one. Not sure about the pink stripes yet...
But, yeah, after the little shock I got this morning, I'd say this could be ok: very athletic wear, so that should suit her.
So looking forward to see a glimpse of her new outfit later today.

Me too, i like the white one. I liked Lacoste but think this is going to be a good fit to her.

SilverPersian
Jan 2nd, 2012, 01:14 AM
I'm not so sure about the hot pink lines either. Seems a bit flashy for Sam.

Am excited to see what she turns up in tonight.

Siderophyre
Jan 17th, 2012, 10:43 PM
I went into a Lacoste shop because I really loved that hoodie she was wearing at the USO. It was nearly 300 bucks! Jesus! Maybe her new kit will be more affordable...

Sinclair
Jun 22nd, 2012, 12:11 AM
Just found this thread, and I know it might be a bit off-topic to do a mini-review of tennis gear here, but I must say the Asics Resolution 4 shoes are great! I think these are the ones that Sam wears, but I have found that they are a good fit for any skill level. I've worn Asics running shoes and always had good luck, so I decided to try these for tennis. So far, I've been pleasantly surprised at the comfort and durability.

Seems to me like Asics is really stepping up their game and getting more competitive with the big dogs of tennis - Nike, Adidas, etc.
Glad to see Sam has a sponsor that makes good quality stuff without the $$$$$ of Lacoste!

Towanda
Jun 22nd, 2012, 03:55 AM
Just found this thread, and I know it might be a bit off-topic to do a mini-review of tennis gear here, but I must say the Asics Resolution 4 shoes are great! I think these are the ones that Sam wears, but I have found that they are a good fit for any skill level. I've worn Asics running shoes and always had good luck, so I decided to try these for tennis. So far, I've been pleasantly surprised at the comfort and durability.

Seems to me like Asics is really stepping up their game and getting more competitive with the big dogs of tennis - Nike, Adidas, etc.
Glad to see Sam has a sponsor that makes good quality stuff without the $$$$$ of Lacoste!


Are the Asics narrow? I have been meaning to try them, but I haven't found a store that has them in stock, and I don't want to order them online if I don't know if they run narrow. The reason why I wonder if they're narrow is that Sam used to wear Nike, and Nikes are always too narrow for me. Even the wide ones feel like the toe box is too tight.

I have not been able to find tennis shoes that I really love since the Reebok Phase 1's nearly 30 years ago. I should have bought a couple of hundred pairs of those when they discontinued them. I bought a few pairs, but I assumed that I would be able to find a replacement that fit me well, but I still haven't been able to find anything, so I'm pretty much on a constant search.

I had a pair of New Balances that felt pretty good, but the bottom of the shoes were not one solid piece, they had little rubbery pieces glued on to absorb shock. The shoes felt great, but after only a month, the little rubber pieces started falling off, and I started having problems with my feet, and I think that had to be because the shoes no longer fit right because they were falling apart.

Just a few weeks ago I found a pair of New Balance cross-trainers that were very comfortable and did not have little pieces that would fall off, so I got them, and have been playing in them. While they are pretty comfortable and I am not having any foot problems, I know I need a pair that are designed for tennis. I'm hoping that the Asics will work, as I have tried just about every other brand, but again, I worry that they may be narrow like Nikes are.

Sinclair
Jun 22nd, 2012, 05:32 AM
I don't find them narrow at all in the forefoot. The only place where it feels narrow is around the heel, but it's not enough to cause any hot spots or pressure...it just feels like my heel is being stabilized. I have never been able to wear Nikes comfortably. Sure, they felt ok for walking around, but not much else. My foot always felt crowded and awkward. As a general rule, I wear wide shoes, and the Asics have been comfortable - the width of the shoe is just right for me. Also, there is plenty of rubber sole built up on the inside part of the forefoot, which helps if you drag your toe. The only odd thing is that they run about 1/2 size large. Prior to this, I have been loyal to Adidas and Head tennis shoes. It was a leap of faith, and I couldn't be happier. I noticed an improvement with my plantar fasciitis as well, and my foot feels very secure without being smushed.

If you can't find a store that has them in stock, you might want to try ordering from Zappos. As I recall, they have an exceptionally lenient return policy at no cost to the customer. But yeah, nothing beats being able to walk into a store and try them on right away. Since you've tried so many others, it might be worth the hassle of ordering online if there's a chance these will work for you. Good luck!!

Towanda
Jun 22nd, 2012, 06:13 AM
I don't find them narrow at all in the forefoot. The only place where it feels narrow is around the heel, but it's not enough to cause any hot spots or pressure...it just feels like my heel is being stabilized. I have never been able to wear Nikes comfortably. Sure, they felt ok for walking around, but not much else. My foot always felt crowded and awkward. As a general rule, I wear wide shoes, and the Asics have been comfortable - the width of the shoe is just right for me. Also, there is plenty of rubber sole built up on the inside part of the forefoot, which helps if you drag your toe. The only odd thing is that they run about 1/2 size large. Prior to this, I have been loyal to Adidas and Head tennis shoes. It was a leap of faith, and I couldn't be happier. I noticed an improvement with my plantar fasciitis as well, and my foot feels very secure without being smushed.

If you can't find a store that has them in stock, you might want to try ordering from Zappos. As I recall, they have an exceptionally lenient return policy at no cost to the customer. But yeah, nothing beats being able to walk into a store and try them on right away. Since you've tried so many others, it might be worth the hassle of ordering online if there's a chance these will work for you. Good luck!!

Thanks! I will have to order them. And thanks for recommending Zappos. I've never ordered from them before, so it's good to know that they are good with returns.

Siderophyre
Jun 22nd, 2012, 09:53 AM
Hate to say it, but for me the Asics Gel Resolution shoes suck hard. Funny, because I like their running shoes and have worn them for years. I find them to be too wide at the front and too narrow at the heel. Also they gave me a blister at the ankle bone. I gave up on them and am now very happy with a K-Swiss pair.

Towanda
Jun 22nd, 2012, 10:08 AM
^They might actually fit me well then, as my feet are wide through the toes, and narrow at the heel. I think I just need to find some huge sports store with lots of different brands of tennis shoes. The problem is that a lot of stores here have a very limited selection of tennis shoes. Most of them have a good selection of reeboks and nikes, but for everything else, the stock is very low and I can never find my size. It's really too bad that the quality of Reeboks dropped so much. 25-30 years ago they made really great tennis shoes.

Sinclair
Jun 22nd, 2012, 11:13 AM
^ Couldn't agree more about the small to non-existent selection in the sporting good stores. Even the big Academy Sports here in New Orleans only has 2 or 3 styles of true tennis shoes. But if I played soccer, I'd have it made. It sucks.

Siderophyre explained it pretty well, Towanda. Narrow heel, wide front. And if you order, remember to go a half size smaller than your usual. I wear women's size 9 in Adidas and Head shoes, bought 8.5 Asics and they fit perfectly. Oh, and there was little or no break-in time for me, but YMMV. There is also a slight bit of cushion in the front, like between the ball of your foot and toes - this helps me extend and use my forefoot more, which in turn has kept the plantar fasciitis at bay.

Hope these work out for you! It really sucks when they discontinue your favorite shoes....usually with no warning. Ah, the things I could do with a time machine!!

Towanda
Jun 22nd, 2012, 12:07 PM
^We don't have Academy Sports up here. Our biggest sporting goods chain is Sports Authority. We just got a new one in downtown Chicago that is called Sports Authority Elite. Is is supposed to be the more upscale Sports Authority, with a much greater selection, and the the best products available. Their tennis shoe selection included maybe 6 or 7 models of Nikes, 1 model of K-Swiss that they didn't have in stock in my size, or many other sizes for that matter, and one model of Adidas that they also did not have in many sizes, including mine. When I mentioned that they had a very poor selection, they pointed out to me that one of their models of Nikes are clay court shoes, as if that somehow made it okay that they had a poor selection. They also had at least 3 times as many models of bowling shoes and cheerleading shoes. Nothing against bowling or cheerleading, but it is ridiculous that they have so many more shoes for those sports than they do tennis shoes.

Ah yes, a time machine would be great. I'd go back to the early 80's and buy a couple hundred pairs of Reebok Phase 1s, thousands of shares of Apple stock, and maybe an old Davis topspin diagonally strung racquet so I could use it in my retro league.

A friend of mine just told me that Golfsmith has a decent selection of tennis shoes, so I'm going to check there this weekend to see if they have the Asics, or anything else that fits me well. If not, I'll order them online.

Thanks for all you help, Sinclair and Siderophyre, I really appreciate the info.

Ivi_3
Jun 22nd, 2012, 04:38 PM
May Asics shoes which I received as a gift are too narrow at the front. So now I have to give them to somebody else. I really regret it because they are very nice.