Billionaire Roger Federer’s Signature Shoe vs Nike’s Diverse Serena Williams’ Sneaker Collection – Which One’s the Best?

Published 09/30/2023, 7:43 AM EDT

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In the world of sports and fashion, it’s not every day that you see legendary athletes teaming up with top-notch shoe brands back-to-back to create something truly remarkable. But this past summer, that’s precisely what happened. Serena Williams, the tennis superstar, joined forces with Nike to craft a collection of sneakers that don’t just ooze style but also champion diversity and emerging talent.

In a surprising twist, Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis maestro, ventured into uncharted territory by collaborating with On Running: a brand best known for its running shoes. While both these brands have been doing incredible work with regard to sales, which shoe has a better cache? Let’s find out.

Serena Williams’ stylish statement and Roger Federer’s precision performance


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Serena Williams has always been a trendsetter, and her partnership with Nike for the Air Max 1 is a testament to her fashion-forward approach. These sneakers are a vibrant celebration of fall colors, dominated by shades of lively orange that grace the suede overlays, mesh panels, inner linings, and laces. But it’s not just about the colors; it’s also about the careful design work. The classic Nike Swoosh design and tiny holes in the front of the shoe make it look cool. The teal accents on the little Swoosh at the forefoot and the Air units bring an eye-catching pop of color. The highlight of these shoes is the Serena-signed insoles; they’re a subtle way of showing off a mix of creative style and athletic spirit.

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On the flip side, Roger Federer surprised everyone when he teamed up with On Running. On is mostly known for making running shoes, but they came up with the Roger Pro series for tennis. This shoe is designed to help tennis players with stability, support, and power. It has a strong carbon fiber plate to keep you steady when you need to make tough shots. The mesh material on top keeps your feet comfortable, and the special grip pattern helps you move well on the tennis court.


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While the fancy additions give it a proper Roger Federer-esque feel, what takes the cookie is the meticulous approach to the shoe’s design. On’s designers took a high-tech approach to create Roger Federer’s shoe. They began by scanning Federer’s foot in 3D, which allowed them to design every part of the shoe to match his playing style perfectly. This shoe is not just a souvenir from a tennis legend but serves as a testament to its practicality too.


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Style vs. Performance

When we look at these two collaborations, we can see they offer different things to tennis players. Serena’s ‘Nike Air Max 1’ is all about style and celebrating diversity. It’s full of bright colors and cool design elements. Roger’s ‘On Running Roger Pro’, on the other hand, focuses on performance. It’s made to help tennis players play their best with features like the carbon fiber plate and the grip pattern.

Serena Williams’ shoe is a way to support different styles and talents in fashion and shoes. On the flip side, Roger Federer’s shoe is more about helping you do well in tennis. As we head into fall, you can pick between Serena’s colorful and fashionable design or Roger’s shoe which is great for playing tennis. To put it simply, The Serena Williams series is more on the snazzy spectrum of sneakers whereas Roger Federer’s ON line is better for playing tennis with its practical additions.


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In the world of sneakers and athlete collaborations, Serena Williams and Nike have delivered a colorful burst of style with the Air Max 1, celebrating diversity and talent. Meanwhile, Roger Federer and On Running have created the Roger Pro, a high-performance tennis shoe that’s precise and stylish.

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Ansh Tandon


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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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Mitali Dey