In the game of tennis, love means nothing…Unless we’re talking about shoes, and then love means everything! It’s time to donate the old and love the new tennis shoes you’re sporting on the court this year. Whether you’re looking for quickness, comfort, or durability, you’ll be disappointed that you only have two feet after seeing all of these choices. Of course, there are some of us that NEED more than one pair! Don’t feel guilty about it! A tennis player with a great pair of shoes could never be considered a loser!
Best Lightweight Shoes
Have you ever played against a lady younger than you? Or a lady that clearly crossfits 6 days a week? Or a lady that does jumping jacks between games “to stay warm?” Um yeah, beating these ladies on the tennis court gives you a special sort of satisfaction which you can only share with your best tennis friends. Of course, posting it all over Facebook is another way to humbly accept this sort of victorious domination over gym rats. As you’re accepting congratulations from all your fans, be sure to give credit to the shoes that kept you quicker than “her” on the court. To beat a fitter and younger opponent, you’re going to need a pair of lightweight shoes like the Babolat Jet All Court Shoes. These shoes feel like running shoes, giving you insane speed on the court. In fact, you may even take up running after trying on these shoes. No, not really. Don’t take up running. It might take away from your tennis time. Just pick these shoes so you feel like you could run if you had to. Seriously though, Babolat shoes keep you close to the court surface without sacrificing comfort. That’s a win, win!
Most Comfortable Shoes
Coaches are always telling ladies to “Get out of your comfort zone” to improve your game, but when it comes to feet…the comfort zone is exactly what you’re looking for. In fact, Diadora makes a shoe that almost feels like your favorite house slipper. Don’t worry, though, they are NOT your Grandma’s pair of tennis shoes. The Diadora S Star K line creates the illusion of walking on a cushioned court, giving you a little extra spring in your step well into that last hour of drill. You know what I’m talking about… That last hour when you start to drag and you’re cursing the teammates that didn’t show up. You won’t even mind their laziness. In fact, you could care less because your shoes are cute AND comfortable.
Best Durability Shoes
Who doesn’t love Andre Agassi? The clothes, the hair, the lack of hair, the love story…so much to admire! But what I really love about him is his attitude. He once said, “The great part about tennis is you can’t run out the clock…. As long as we were still playing, I had a chance.” It’s true. As long as either lady hasn’t put two points together after deuce, you are in it for the long haul. What you’re going to need in these types of matches is durability. Nike has a stable of high performance athletes that all have their own opinion about what makes a great shoe, and you get the reap the reward of all that endorsement cash they shell out. The Nike Lunar Ballistic 1.5 Tennis Shoe delivers on durability. These shoes are not just for match play. Tennis is the kind of sport that feeds off rhythm and frequent play, and you know that requires a lot of fun matches and drills. If you lay off for a few weeks, your timing will be off. It’s not that you want to play 5 days a week to avoid volunteering for the PTA, but you have a responsibility to stay out there on the court grinding it out for the benefit of your team. These Nike shoes can stand up to that kind of frequent play, and there’s no need to worry about replacing them soon. They come with a 6 month out-sole warranty, so you might as well pick up a few colors!
Best All-Around Shoes
You may have a hard time choosing between comfort, durability, and quickness. If only there were shoes that combined all three qualities….sigh. But never fear! There are some shoes that rank high in all three categories. The adidas Stella McCartney Barricade Boost Shoes never disappoint. Worn by the comeback queen Caroline Wozniacki, these shoes cradle your feet in a lightweight casing that’s good enough for long walks or long matches on hardcourt.
If you’re looking for the added benefit of full on opponent intimidation, rock Serena’s favorites. The Nike Flare Tennis Shoes clearly say, “I have enough money to pay for more drills than you, so we both know who’s going to win before we even spin for serve!” If you really want to go for it, buy these shoes in all 5 colors and change between games. Too much? Okay, there’s also the ever faithful Asics Gel Resolution 6 shoes. Asics consistently produces a shoe that delivers, so you know you’re getting quality every time you buy a pair.
Good luck on the courts and remember: If you can’t have good shots, at least have good shoes!