CHOOSING TENNIS SHOES

Sportsmart Footwear Manager, Ryan Meggs

Q. Why is it important to choose the correct tennis shoe?

Tennis can be very demanding on the body due to the twisting, running, jumping, and the stop-start movement that goes on during a game. This is why it’s really important to select the correct pair of tennis shoes to help avoid injury and to provide the right amount of cushioning, stability and support.

Q. What are the key features to look for?

The majority of tennis shoes will have a leather or synthetic upper for foot support. Tennis shoes also need to absorb a high level of shock and impact, so rear and for foot cushioning is must. Probably one of the most important features in a tennis shoe is strong mid-foot torsion or mid-foot stability. Strong mid-foot support helps to stabilise the foot as it goes through its many motions during a game of tennis. Most good quality tennis shoes will also have a reinforced toe piece, as a lot of tennis players drag their toes while serving.

Q. What are the latest popular styles?

One of the most famous tennis shoes is the Adidas Barricade, which provides everything a tennis player would want from their shoes. This model has been around for many years and is extremely popular right across the world. Some of the other strong tennis shoe brands include Nike, Asics, New Balance, Yonnex, Head, Wilson, Prince and Babolat.

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