Hard Court Shoes
These shoes are usually made to be more durable than shoes made for other surfaces since the surface is abrasive. Most of them have a partial herringbone pattern for traction on the court. Since the surface is harder on the legs and feet more cushion is provided to absorb the extra shock. Since it is the most used surface in tennis it also allows for the most variety found in shoes from durable to light and maneuverable. Due to this, some durable shoes may feature a 6-month outsole guarantee most since they are confident that the thicker rubber and more durable rubber will stand the test of time. Luckily hardcourts shoes are a universal shoe being able to be used o both clay and grass courts. Although I recommend caution on the grass it can be a bit slippery!
Clay Court Shoes
Clay court shoes usually feature a full herringbone outsole to maximize the traction on the court. The herringbone pattern thrives here for side to side movement it allows the player to slide naturally and controlled. The pattern allows great traction during forward and backward movements. Clay can easily be knocked off the bottom of the shoe with a couple of taps with your racquet. Clay isn’t as hard on your shoes so a 6-moth sole guarantee won't be offered. You should invest in clay shoes if you are playing on clay often since the upper is usually tighter to prevent excess clay entering your shoe.