So for a player as accomplished as the 34-year-old Swiss, his on-court shoes should certainly match his caliber of play. Luckily for Federer, Nike has been creating special shoes for him for years now. As Federer began to rack up titles, Nike started incorporating his number of titles on his shoes.
This year at Wimbledon, Federer’s NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit feature a London skyline and the number 7, representing his seven Wimbledon titles. If Federer wins the tournament this year, he’ll surpass Pete Sampras for the most titles in history at the All England Club. Federer is battling Milos Raonic on Friday in the semifinals.
Federer last won at Wimbledon in 2012, so he’s been wearing the number 7 on his shoes for several years now.
In 2007, Nike opted to signify Federer’s titles with a nod to his home country. At Wimbledon that year, he had four Swiss flags on his heels to represent his four straight Wimbledon titles from 2003-06. Later that summer at the U.S. Open, Federer had three Swiss flags for his three straight U.S. Open titles from 2004-06. He won again at both tournaments that year.
This year isn’t the first time Federer has had a city skyline on his feet. At the 2010 U.S. Open, the New York City skyline was splashed across his heel in light blue.
And in perhaps a nod to sneakerheads, Federer wore a pair inspired by the Air Jordan 3 at the U.S. Open in 2014.
Click through the gallery to see more of Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Nike shoe style.