The winner of Sportsmart and Wilson’s tennis sponsorship program, Scott Lyons, provides regular blog articles on his favourite topic – tennis …

As we all know, tennis manufacturers worldwide are constantly developing new technologies to give a tennis racquet that extra bit of control, unprecedented power and crazy spin. We also know that we are naturally attracted to new clothing designs and styles. However, a good pair of tennis shoes is often at the top of the list for any tennis player. Sure they look good, but they are also essential in protecting our feet from immeasurable stress and strain.

Somewhere between the rain and the hail, I was able to try out my new pair of Adidas Barricade 6.0 tennis shoes. As expected, I was very impressed! I immediately noted the high level of support and cushioning, which made it nearly impossible for your feet to slide inside your shoe, while also providing a high level of comfort. I tested the shoes on an en tout cas tennis court, where in the past I have often had trouble with losing my grip on the court and sliding all over the place with a total lack of traction. Yet with these tennis shoes I had no trouble chasing down balls and rapidly changing direction. Hopefully this will mean the end of me constantly falling over!

Overall I found the strengths of the Barricade tennis shoes to be great traction, support, cushioning and light weight. While I found them to be brilliant on an en tout cas court, don’t be put off if you generally play on other surfaces – apparently they perform just as well, if not better, on any other court surface. While the Adidas Barricade 6.0 tennis shoes may cost a little more than other brands, it is definitely worth the extra cash. You simply cannot go wrong with these shoes, no matter how or where you play. Oh, and they look great too!

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