Choose the tennis shoe that best meets your requirements for fit, durability and breathability. This will prevent foot fatigue and keep you playing better and longer on the court.
Ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, ankle and knee pain and loss of movement when you play. Several factors can prevent a proper fit selection:
- Feet typically swell 5 to 10% after exercise or by the end of the day;
- Tennis socks are generally thicker to provide extra cushioning and may require a shoe up to a half size larger;
- Many people have two different size feet. When trying on tennis shoes make sure the upper is comfortable against the top of your foot and isn't too tight or too loose. Tight shoes get uncomfortable quickly while loose shoes can cause blisters, slipping and instability
Choosing a tennis shoe that meets your durability needs requires consideration for your frequency of play and where you typically wear out your shoes. If you typically wear holes in the sole of your shoes then choose a higher end shoe with greater durability in the sole. If you don’t wear out the sole of your tennis shoes, but they lose their cushion, then you will want to choose a shoe with a more robust midsole design.
Keeping your feet cooler on the court helps reduce fatigue and keeps you playing better longer. Shoe uppers come in many different materials including leather, mesh, synthetic leather or a combination. If your feet getting extremely hot on the court, choose an upper design that vents heat and moisture out to keep your feet cooler.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I typically wear out my shoes in the same spot every time. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
A: Don't change your playing style just to prevent regular wear on your tennis shoes. If you always wear out your shoes in specific areas, take some time to find shoes that have added protection where you need it. Do you wear out the toe? Choose a shoe with a built-in shoe cap for added wear protection.
Q: I play on clay courts frequently. Is one type of shoe better for clay than another? What about hard court?
A: For clay surfaces choose a herringbone design sole that forms a tight, wavelike pattern. It allows you to slide into position for a shot but also provides enough traction on clay surfaces. Outsoles with the largest variation in design (a little herringbone here, a wider groove there) offer the most traction on hard court surfaces.
Q: What are the performance advantages of the new mesh style tennis shoes?
A: The newest trend in uppers design is fabric mesh combined with synthetic overlay. These shoes allow air to flow through the shoe cooling the foot while still maintaining stability where needed. Some shoes even have holes on the sole that exhaust heat and help keep the foot cooler. Keep in mind, the more holes in the design, the more breathable the shoe.