“Tennis Shoes” v. Tennis Shoes

In essentially every competitive sport, the type of shoes you wear must be specifically designed to handle the conditions that you put them through. For tennis, this means that your shoe must be able to provide excellent support for back and forth, as well as lateral, movements. It also must be durable with tremendous traction, yet lightweight to allow for agility on a variety of tough surfaces.


“Tennis Shoes”

ASICS Men's Gel-Nimbus 20 Running Shoes Carbon and BlackThe ASICS Men’s Gel-Nimbus 20 Running Shoe (Carbon and Black)


Many people use running shoes (commonly referred to as “tennis shoes”) to play tennis. While this type of shoe is phenomenal for hitting the pavement or taking to trails, it is not at all ideal for the sport of tennis. Running shoes are designed for long-term forward movement, and provide thick cushioning with little lateral support as a result.


Tennis Shoes

Nike Men's Air Zoom Vapor 10 Tennis Shoes Vast Gray and BlackThe Nike Men’s Air Zoom Vapor 10 Tennis Shoe (Vast Gray and Black)


Real tennis shoes, on the other hand, will allow you to more easily start and stop, and dart to all corners of the court with greater speed and comfort. This is simply because they provide cutting-edge technology that is beneficial to tennis players. For example, the Gel-Nimbus 20 utilizes FlyteFoam® Midsole Technology for improved forward bounce back, while the Air Zoom Vapor 10 makes use of specialized XDR Rubber in a herringbone pattern for optimal traction on a variety of playing surfaces. Considering the fact that high-end shoes in any sport can implement roughly a dozen sport-specific technologies, it is easy to see the benefits of purchasing real tennis shoes when seeking to actually play tennis.

For More on Tennis Shoes

To learn more about tennis shoes, we encourage you to check out some of our other informational blogs:


Different Types of Tennis Shoes to Improve Your Game    Selecting a Tennis Shoe Based on Playing Surface

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