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The Nike Court Borough Mid is available in both women’s and men’s sizing. This iteration with the mid-top ankle collar offers more ankle support and protection compared to the low-top version. It has a leather upper with perforations all over that provide sufficient foot breathability, especially on warmer days.
With its mid-top silhouette, the Nike Court Borough Mid naturally exudes a sporty style. The shoe’s familiar basketball attributes lend a hoop-inspired look for your everyday casual wear. Its old school influenced design can also elevate your usual ensemble. Pair it with shorts, jeans or joggers for the ultimate laidback cool look. Jeans and joggers can also be tucked in the shoe’s collar to showcase its mid-top style.
The upper of the Nike Court Borough is crafted from leather and has a traditional lace-up closure. Perforation detailing can be seen on the shoe’s toebox and throughout its midfoot, this adds breathability. Leather reinforcements are placed at the forefront of the toebox and at the heel for protection and snug fit. Nike’s Swoosh logo is placed on both sides of the shoe while brandings can be found on the tongue and heel.
Both the shoe’s tongue and collar are made of mesh material for breathability and cushioning. A pull-tab is also placed on the heel of the shoe for ease when putting it on. Finally, the outsole is made of rubber with Nike’s iconic tread with twin pivot points for grip and traction.
Nike’s core has always revolved around sports; in fact, it is the brand’s foundation and basis in everything they create. Apart from running, before basketball, Nike’s first involvement in the world of sports is in the field of tennis. It was inevitable that the brand would eventually make a collection dedicated solely to the sport and called it Nike Tennis.
Since the beginning, Nike’s roster of tennis players was rebellious in nature and very talented. Legendary athletes like John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Roger Federer bagged championship after championship but their individualistic appeal and rebellious spirits are what changed the nature of this sport, which is still evident to this day.
In 1986, John McEnroe wanted to play in a pair of shoes that performed differently. The renegade that he was, he demanded a new style of shoes. Hence, he was handed a Tinker Hatfield designed shoe, the Nike Air Trainer 1 - a basketball shoe, which paved the way for other performance tennis shoe.
Tennis players were seen wearing basketball-inspired shoes (thanks to John McEnroe) as the high structure of popular basketball shoes offered extra support, which made it great to use while playing tennis. Moreover, the high silhouette was very popular and stylish during those days.
John McEnroe signed with the brand in 1978. Known for his tough demeanor and passionate attitude, he created his signature line for the brand that includes footwear and apparel reflecting his tremendous talent and rebel-with-a-cause character. The collection featured a red Swoosh and an “Mc” emblem with black and blue checkerboard designed on the shoe. He also designed apparel with black, blue, and red designs, which show McEnroe’s deviation from traditional tennis attire.
This collaboration sparked the reconsideration of strict playing uniform and allowed players to wear regulated but more expressive designs.
Over 40 years after, Nike still is very much involved in the world of tennis. In 2014, the brand decided to change the collection’s name from Nike Tennis to Nike Court. It builds on the DNA of Nike Tennis by incorporating the style of the past with the finest of today’s performance technology.
The latest release of the Nike Court Borough Mid is one of the shoes in the collection that received an overwhelming response from consumers. Its classic and sporty style made it a go-to pair for people who like their shoes comfy and stylish.
- The Nike Court Borough Mid is offered in a number of iterations. Some feature printing on the collar and different utilized materials.