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Roger Federer changes shoes for second-round match at Wimbledon

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Roger Federer went to white-soled shoes (left) in the second round after wearing orange-soled shoes in the first round. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer changed his shoes for his second-round match at Wimbledon on Wednesday at the All England Club’s request.

The seven-time champion was asked to ditch the orange-soled Nike shoes (above, right) that he wore in the first round because they violated the tournament’s dress code of predominantly white tennis attire.

Federer took the court Wednesday in white-soled shoes (above, left) for his match against Sergiy Stakhovsky on Centre Court.

ESPN.com reported some details on the banned shoes.

The orange soles are a special version of its Zoom Vapor shoes made for Federer. … The shoes were sold in limited edition on Monday for $140 on Nike.com. The shoes already have sold out.

Nike wasted little time reacting to the shoe change:

  • Published On Jun 26, 2013
  • 3 comments
    Doug22
    Doug22

    Inconsistency is rampant among the keepers of the rule book.  The SOLES of Federer's shoes were deemed to be unacceptable.  Why then, was SERENA WILLIAMS ALLOWED TO WEAR THE MUCH MORE NOTICEABLE BRIGHTLY COLORED UNDERWEAR?  

    trilly3807
    trilly3807

    Srsly? The BOTTOM of his shoes must be white? That is really pushing it too far. A touch of color is allowed here & there. Ludicrous to demand the change of shoes. 

    However, I don't think that made any difference. He was outplayed by err... whatshisname...Sarkhovsky(sp?). Hated to see him go, but it was a great match.

    I think it is a shame that these "giant killers" cannot continue to the next round. Too bad the loser can't advance if the winner cannot.

    Tom14
    Tom14

    Nike? why not black?