Tennis is a game of quick stops and starts, short sprints and frequent lateral movement and you need the right footwear to ace your game.
The Court surface, personal preferences and playing style, all play a role when selecting your new pair of tennis shoes.
Tennis Shoe Styles
It’s important to distinguish the differences between tennis shoes and other footwear before making your purchase.
Frequent stops and starts while moving around the court influence the way tennis shoes are designed.
Tennis shoes are typically more flat with specifically designed patterns on the sole, all depending on which type of court surface you generally play on.
Other types of shoes have thicker, softer heels that decrease weight and cushioning to lessen impact—tennis shoes are built sturdier.
Running or other athletic shoes are designed for the repetitive forward motion of running or walking.
A baseline player primarily plays along the back line of the court.
The type of shoes needed for a baseline player requires a lateral support.
A highly durable sole is also necessary due to constant lateral motion.
A serve-and-volley player frequently charges the net.
This type of player often slides their back foot along the court during the serve, so a shoe with a durable toecap (also referred to as a reinforced toe) and medial inside the arch is essential.
Court Surface Type
The type of court surface you play on has an impact on the type of tennis shoes you purchase. A hard court surface like concrete requires shoes with more durability, while a soft court surface will need shoes with more traction on the sole.
Tennis shoes for hard courts are designed with more durability in mind, offering a more resilient, outsole and more supportive upper.
Soles may wear out more quickly on hard courts—be sure to check your pair of tennis shoes for wear and replace when necessary.
Upper and outsole materials are designed tougher, using leather or vinyl.
Soft Or Clay Court
Tennis shoes for soft courts are designed with non-damaging traction in mind.
Tennis shoes for multi-court wear are designed for play on various surfaces.
These shoes allow you to play in conditions with a hard or soft court without changing your shoes.