Tennis Shoe Review ~ A look @Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

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Diadora is a growing name in the tennis shoe space.  While the Italian sportswear manufacture’s primary focus has been on a wide range of clothing products, we’re hearing some great things about their footwear.

To learn more about Diadora, we asked some Tennis Express playtesters what they thought of the Diadora Men’s Speed Blushield 5 AG Tennis Shoes and the Diadora Women’s Speed Blushield 5 AG Tennis Shoes.

Ash’s Tennis Shoe Review

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Ash is a fan of the Diadora Men`s Speed Blushield 5 AG Tennis Shoes. He particularly liked the extra width throughout the toebox and mid-shoe.  He also liked the cushioning and comfort found in these durable tennis shoes.

Different from previous models, Diadora tweaked the 5 AG, enhancing their on-court performance with updated technologies. They installed a BLUSHIELD cushioning system that gives a customized feel and added support.  Most notably, they reworked the upper adding a skin-like mesh for enhanced breathability.  Diadora also increased the amount of padding around the ankle and the tongue for extra reinforcement.

Ash felt like these changes, along with a few others, helped with impact absorption and side-to-side movement.

Tennis Shoe Highlights

  • Lightweight EVA midsole with reinforced arch support.
  • Diadora Blushield technology in the metatarsal area.
  • Special wear-resistant rubber compound sole, also non-marking.
  • Soft Lycra lining with non-slip design.
  • Removable Ortholite insoles for comfort and moisture management

Ash wasn’t a fan of the colorway, however, he agreed this tennis shoe would be great for tennis players at all skill levels.

Ammara’s Tennis Shoe Review

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Ammara playtested the Diadora Women`s Speed Blushield 5 AG Tennis Shoes.

Recognizing some of the features carried over from the previous model, Ammara gave this tennis shoe a great review.  She said, “What I loved the most about the shoe was the amount of cushioning it offered me, especially around the ankle and the tongue.”

Ammara was able to play comfortably and felt as though her feet and ankles were well supported.  She appreciated the BLUSHIELD technology for contributing to the level of comfort she experienced from the get-go.

Ammara thought the upper was more breathable and durable than its predecessor.  She was also impressed with the amount of ventilation throughout the tennis shoe and felt sure and steady on her feet.

“These shoes won’t leave your feet feeling sore, whether you’re playing a match or just practice.”

Tennis Shoe Highlights

  • Supertech + Air Mesh + D-Skin = stability, breathability, and comfort.
  • soft lycra lining with nonskid texture.
  • Blushield technology in the metatarsal region offers premier cushioning and energy return.
  • Lightweight EVA midsole with reinforced arch support.
  • Diadora Blushield technology in the metatarsal area.
  • Duratech 5000 wear-resistant rubber compound enhances durability
  • Inner arch reinforcement maximizes stability.

Her only concern was that the shoe runs a little on the bigger side.  She recommends players buy a half-size down.

Tracy’s Tennis Shoe Review

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Fit, fashion, and functionality are the cornerstones of these tennis shoes.  I too am a fan, although I have to agree with Ammara’s comment about them running a half-size larger than what I normally wear.

What I liked best about the Diadora’s was that they have a lot of plush amenities. As an NTRP 4.0 player, I wore them during a recent match under the Houston sun.  Although it was only a touch above 80°, there was some humidity. I was impressed how these shoes clung to the court, giving me both a level of comfort and confidence.

I also like the heel pull tab at the back of the shoe.  This is a particularly nice feature if you wear thicker socks.  I was a little disappointed in how short the laces were, and even though I skipped the extra eyelets by the front of the ankle, I couldn’t double knot the shoes.

I would recommend these tennis shoes for players at all levels.  They are also a great option for people with wider feet and will definitely be a pair that I reach for on game-day!

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