Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka may be ranked #2 in the world, but she was recently upset by #31 Jessica Pegula at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. However, the sting of her unexpected loss may be soothed somewhat by her new
The signature design point of Osaka’s on-court sneaker is its Swarovski crystal Swoosh, which starts on the lateral half of the toebox before swooping back to the midfoot. This bedazzled strike of branding sits atop a colorful purple and blue tie-dye print, which is split from the no-frills black collar by an iridescent taped seam.
Although the shoe’s rear half largely discards the bright colors of its front, style is provided by yet another Swarovski crystal hit on the heels. Tongues replicate the high-gloss leather of the aforementioned midfoot seam, and the lateral half of the toebox is reinforced with lilac-colored synthetic material so the shoe won’t scuff excessively on hard courts. A full-length Zoom Strobel in the midsole provides hidden comfort and responsiveness, while classic white herringbone outsoles round off the look.
Osaka first signed with the Swoosh in 2019, and worked on a popular COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 in December 2020. However, this Air Zoom GP Turbo marks her first mass-market performance footwear style. At the time of writing, a release date and pricing information for the sneaker have yet to be announced. However, due to the special Swarovski embellishments, it’s not unreasonable to think it’ll retail for more than the Air Zoom GP Turbo’s standard $140 USD MSRP.
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