Facts: K-Swiss has upgraded its flagship tennis shoe, and the result is a lighter, more breathable, and more durable model than prior versions, says the brand. The size 9 men's sample we weighed came in at 13.2 oz. (A women's size 7 weighs 11.1 oz.) It’s also less expensive than its $125 predecessor.
A mid-sole built with K-Swiss’ GuideGlide technology aims to center the foot within the shoe for stability. Comfort is enhanced with a seamless upper and cushioned lining on the tongue and heel of the shoe, with inter-locking fibers on the heel lining designed to grip socks and prevent slippage during play. Men’s versions of the shoe will be available in a traditional white/gray/black and blue, along with a more aggressive black/fiery red/charcoal colorway, with the women’s version available in white/gray. The Big Shot II comes with a six-month outsole wear guarantee and will be available in retail stores and on KSwiss.com starting on February 1, 2013.
Impressions: The shoe of choice for Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, and the Bryan brothers, the Big Shot II may inspire your inner power player while cradling your feet in comfort. K-Swiss has succeeded in making the shoe lighter and lower to the ground. In an effort to improve durability and traction, the brand has refashioned the rubber outsole: The new Big Shot II features reinforced rubber in the forefoot. The toe box appears a bit roomier than prior incarnations, and the shoe hugs the heel with the inter-locking heel lining, gripping socks like Velcro for fit and stability. The shoe looks at home both on a country club and public parks courts thanks to a choice of traditional and edgier cosmetics.
How does the Big Shot II perform on court? TENNIS.com wear-testers and our shoe expert, Dr. David Sharnoff, are play-testing the shoe now, and we will post the full review in the coming weeks—so stay tuned.
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