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How to Buy Tennis Shoes

Check the Flex Point

Your shoe should flex at the ball of your foot, where your foot naturally bends. A shoe that bends in the right spot produces the best support and the most power in each stride, and will offer enough arch support for the majority of players. If a shoe flexes too far back (in the shank, or middle, of the shoe), it won't perform as well or feel as comfortable on the court. To analyze a shoe's flex point, hold it firmly around the heel in one hand and press your other hand against the toe. If the shoe bends into the arch, you could have problems with support and stability, and a poor flex point can often lead to foot discomfort.

The Bottom Line

When you get beyond fashion and examine the function of footwear, you'll wind up performing better. What more could you ask of a tennis shoe?

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