While the ladies of the Billie Jean King Cup will descend on New York this weekend to prepare for Monday’s exhibition, they might want to stock up on one thing they almost never need on their global tennis tour: snow boots.
Much of New York flocked to one shoe outlet or the other on Thursday and Friday as an onslaught of big, sticky and wet snow blanketed Manhattan. Not only was this a genuine winter storm, but the kind of storm that left the sidewalks and streets of the city slush haven. Enter, snow boots.
I made my way to Tretorn boutique in SoHo, where I found a pair of reasonably-priced boots in bright yellow. To my pleasant surprise, Tretorn has display cases up throughout the store chalk full of custom tennis balls. The balls are stamped with a large “Z” and in small writing say “Tretorn Trainer” below. Small glass cases line the shelves and display racks with the balls, which added a nice glow on a particularly dark winter day.
See the (tennis) balls up close and a couple of Tretorn selections after the cut.
A rare SoHo sighting: Tennis balls.
Tretorn Skerry: I’m trudging through the city in these yellow fellas now, just $55. Shop Tretorn online here. The Skerry model are unisex.
For the ladies, the Skyrma comes in dressy blue or primose yellow. The no-lace look is complemented by off-colored bands across the tongue. $70 online.
Reminiscing: We talked highly of the Swedish-inspired Tretorn back in 2007. The summer of 2007, to be exact. Oh, how we miss summer right now…
(store shots by TSF; shoes via Tretorn.com)