Wear what they wore - Vitality Nations Cup Review


Check out what the world's best netball players chose to wear

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Wear what they wore with Netball UK

From the sell-out arenas to the silky Silver Ferns.

From Chelsea Pitman's socks to Shamera Sterling's odd netball trainers.

The Vitality Netball Nations Cup lit up the netball world once again with our first taste of international netball since the World Cup and showcased the next generation of netball superstars.

There is still a buzz around netball and fans are clearly influenced by their idols on court right down to the netball footwear they choose.

I'm proud that Netball UK was the official event retailer and we saw thousands of fans buying from our shop in Nottingham, Birmingham and London. Top sellers were undoubtedly the Nike England range and trainers - and many of you came to ask us for our advice on the latest netball-specific footwear.

Remember, at Netball UK we only sell netball-specific trainers. Shoes designed for our sport and for your feet.

Our best-selling trainer across the eight days of the tournament was actually a tie - and it just shows how inspired netballers are by their heroes:

The Mizuno Wave Momentum, as worn by England Roses' Eleanor Cardwell, Fran Williams and Amy Carter. The Momentum has been a revelation and I think that's down to the fact that they are the first Mizuno shoe that has cushioning that is ASICS-esque. Everyone who tries them loves them.

It's a shoe that is made for powerful players seeking maximum shock absorption & stability and best suited to circle players who are constantly jumping & landing, or those seeking maximum protection.

The ASICS Super FF, as worn by Laura Malcolm, Kate Shimmin, Shamera Sterling, Lenize Potgeiter and Kimiora Poi. This top of the range netball trainer shouts technology. Along with being one of the most stable netball shoes, it is now lighter than ever with the FlyteFoam technology reducing the weight by around 30%.

As I said earlier, Sunshine Girls' Shamera Sterling raised a few eyebrows wearing different coloured shoes. So much so, Sky Sports asked her about these in an interview aired during the tournament and Shamera said she's 'just trying to be unique.' We supplied her with the ASICS Super FF netball trainers while she was at the World Cup in July in ice mint and coral - a colour exclusive to Netball UK.

Across the tournament, three-quarters of the players were wearing ASICS - continuing their dominance of the netball market - with Mizuno, who are investing a huge amount in trying to get you to make the switch, worn by eight per cent. A growing number (15%) wore a variety of Nike trainers, mainly these are basketball shoes as Nike currently don't make netball-specific trainers.

Here's how the teams' footwear lined up on court:

- New Zealand - 100% ASICS

- Jamaica - 92% ASICS, 8% Mizuno

- England Roses - 50% Nike, 25% Mizuno, 25% ASICS

- South Africa - 84% ASICS, 8% Nike, 8% Adidas

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