Stanislas Wawrinka’s surprising championship run at the 2014 Australian Open not only marks the first time a player not named Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray to win a Grand Slam title in the last sixteen attempts, but it’s also the first time in the past decade that a shoe not branded with a Swoosh or Three Stripes has won a major tournament.
Not even Yonex probably expected to be standing in the winner’s circle when the Aussie Open kicked off two weeks ago. But thanks to Wawrinka’s shocking win over Nadal in the men’s singles final, the Yonex SHT-PRO EX has officially cemented its place in the record books.
While Stan’s SHT-PRO EX stole much of the spotlight down under, it was hardly the only noteworthy shoe worn at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.
With 128 players in the men’s singles draw, there’s bound to be a wide range of footwear brands represented at the first major tournament of the season. Here’s a look at some of the more notable sneakers that took to the iconic blue courts of Melbourne Park this year.