Monday, February 7, 2011

How to Choose the Right Tennis Shoe

In today’s day and age of sport fashion, the term “tennis shoe” is one that has come to be used as a common reference to sports shoes of any variety.  In the tennis world however, tennis shoes are specific shoes that are designed and created with that sport alone in mind.  If you are not a tennis player looking for a commonly known “tennis shoe” then perhaps your standards will not be the same as athletes in the sport. If however you hit the courts regularly, or would like to, then you will need to know exactly what to look for when you are ready to buy tennis shoes. Here we will discuss the criteria to look for when you are looking for tennis shoes for the tennis court.

The first general rule of thumb when looking for tennis shoes will deal with the kind of court you expect to wear them on the most.  Surfaces known as hard court surfaces are surfaces made of concrete and covered with rubber, and surfaces known as soft court surfaces are surfaces generally made of clay.  If you are an avid tennis player, then you will likely play on both kinds of courts, it is the surface that you play on the most that you need to keep in mind when purchasing tennis shoes.

Hard court surfaces will require a shoe that can maintain traction, and this requires a shoe with a good treat.  Hard courts are known to wear down treads faster than soft surface courts, and loss of shoe tread could lead to slipping on the court as a result of losing your traction.  In addition, the portion of the shoe that covers the big toe needs extra protection, as this portion of the shoe often gets wear and tear faster by toe dragging during serves. 
Particularly you want to pay attention to your dominate hand with this shoe feature. If you serve right handed, the inside portion of your right shoe should have extra protection, as this will be the side that experiences wear and tear from the toe drag that often accompanies serves.  The same can be  said for the left shoe if you are left handed.  Thus durable shoes are going to be a primary factor if you play frequently on hard courts, as hard courts are known to provide the most wear and tear on your shoes. If you are an avid tennis player who likes the hard court, check new Nike's Air Max Mirabella 3 which is available in blue or gray.
WOMENS RESPONSE W TENNIS SHOESIf you play more frequently on soft court surfaces, durability will be less of an issue and you will want to focus more on smooth traction for the courts.  Treaded shoes will not be as useful as shoes that have a flat or a smooth sole.  Tennis players that use cross trainers on soft courts may find that the treads on their shoes can even damage the surfaces of the clay court.  You may find that clubs that only have clay courts will not even allow tennis shoes with treads in the facility.  If you are looking for a pair for the soft court, or made for any kind of court, you can trust Adidas, and shoes such as these pretties Response W Tennis Shoes which are always prepared to keep you tennis ready in style.

Also keep in mind these tips for choosing the ideal tennis shoes by Society of Tennis Medicine and Science

• Shoes should fit well and feel comfortable on first fitting. A shoe should not have to be worn in to fit properly.

• Try on both shoes and walk around the shoe store for a minute. Lunge for an imaginary ball, and make a sudden stop, as for a drop shot. The foot should not be able to move in the shoe.

• Wear your usual tennis socks when trying on the shoe, especially if you usually wear a thicker sock.

• You should be able to stretch your toes completely when standing.

• The heel of the shoe should fit snugly around your heel, and should be firm, to prevent any lateral movement.

• The inner sole should be made to provide absorption and stability.

• Examine the flexibility of the shoe. Hold the shoe by the heel firmly in one hand and push the toe upwards with the other. The shoe should bend at the ball of the foot (where the foot naturally bends) and not at the middle point of the foot.

• The upper banding must be stable in order to limit lateral movement.

• Double lacing allows players to tighten or loosen a part of the shoe without this affecting the rest of the foot.

• Arch support on the inner side of the foot can be adapted to the individual player (individual supplement).

At the end of the day, with tennis being such an active game fit and comfort are going to be your next main priorities.  If the fit is perfect and the shoe is comfortable, you will have a winner.  Remember that while there are no two alike, your tennis shoes need to be a reflection of you and your personal style, on and off the courts.

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