There are many different aspects to look for when it comes to buying tennis shoes. Do they have good support? Can they grip well? How well are their shock absorbers? And most importantly, do they look good? That’s why we have compiled the most comfortable tennis shoes to wear, to help you when it comes to that fatal time of buying your next pair of tennis shoes – we guarantee these will help you win that all important final match.
First up are the Wilson Tour Vision II, a loyal brand that have been making tennis shoes for years. The Wilson Tour Vision II have a deep herringbone tread and rubber soles with a cushiony padding, providing excellent comfort when playing on a hard court. Its ReactionGel technology in the heel and forefoot will act as great shock absorbers. When playing a long match, it is common to get a terrible pain in your ankle, which is why the Wilson shoe is made with an ortholite comfort foam sockliner around the ankle, to provide padding and prevent pains. It is also made with an over-moulded toe guard, to ensure protection to your toes when the ball comes hurling towards you! They are light, comfortable and don’t look bad either – available in colours Royal, White and Black. Check TwoComfyShoes for more details regarding the best shoes for women and men.
Next are the KSwiss BigShot, which claim to be their lightest performance shoe they have made up until now. Their upper soles are made of a blend of synthetic leather and mesh, providing lightweight support and excellent breathability for when things get particularly active. More importantly, the K-EVA midsole has been enhanced for cushiony support. Similar to the Wilson Tour Vision II, the sole is made of a herringbone tread, excellent for gripping on many different courts, be it clay or concrete. However it’s their lightness that stands out, weighing only 12.8 ounces (for a size 10.5 shoe). Its design isn’t offensive, which makes it a very modest, yet powerful shoe.
Now, what’s good for Andy Murray has got to be good for our feet, right? The Adidas Adipower Barricade 7.0, recently worn by the winner of Wimbledon himself, are lightweight like the KSwiss tennis shoes, and will provide plenty of cushioning for those tired feet of yours. They are very breathable, as the upper sole is perforated and the tongue is made of air mesh to allow the fresh air to get to your feet easily. As said before, these are very comfortables shoes, especially since the insoles are made of moulded EVA soles and a material lining to provide extra comfort. Another brilliant aspect is these Adidas tennis shoes have an excellent grip as they are made with stability claws, to ensure you don’t fall over when having to change direction quickly! Their Adiwear6 outsoles also provides superb durability, so you shouldn’t have to go out and buy a new pair in a long while.
Another tennis shoe that has caught the eye of the public is the Yonex SHT-PRO EX, as they were the shoes worn by Stanislas Wawrinka who won the Australian open final 2014. Shoes of a champion, they claim to be elite performance shoes, which they certainly are. They are designed in a way to provide maximum support, which is why they are on our Most Comfortable Tennis Shoe list. They are made for use on all courts – their outsoles are made of endurance rubber, enabling the player to move smoothly across the court. The midsoles are made with a Power Cushion for maximum comfort. In terms of design, they are classic, likeable and available in different colours – White/Red and Orange. They are also designed in a way that they reduce impact when you land on the court, as Yonex are made by the most advanced materials that actually absorb the shock for you – brilliant!
Now what would a list of most comfortable tennis shoes be without mentioning Nike? The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 were created by a unique collaboration between Roger Federer and Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield. Their fit is described as ‘glove-like’ and feature layers of soft material that wraps around the mid foot and arch from underneath the foot, and is adjustable by the laces. Another reason why they feature on this most comfortable tennis shoe list is because they are made with responsive cushioning made from Phylon, meaning they will provide extra comfort during those long matches. The Nike Zoom are all about the cushioning as the technology is in the name – the Nike Zoom cushioning is lightweight and durable. Its thinness brings your feet closer to the court and quickly bounces back to its former shape, giving you extra support. Like the Adidas Barricades, they are brilliant for those times in a match when you need to turn quickly, as they are supported with a foot frame that cleverly wraps from the mid foot to the heel, providing extra stability. Their upper is made from mesh and the overlay from synthetic leather, creating a ‘locked down’ feel. The outsole is also made from herringbone for great traction, and flexible grooves for added flexibility when flying around the court. Their design is modern but not too over the top – they are available in colours White, Red, Black and Green.
All in all, there are many options when it comes to buying tennis shoes, especially when it comes to comfort. To re-cap, The Wilson Tour Vision II are the best for protection and playing on hard court; the KSwiss Bigshot are the best lightweight option; the Adidas Barricade 7.0 are the most durable tennis shoe; the best shock absorbers are the Yonex SHT-Proex, and the most comfortable are the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 because of their Nike Zoom cushioning technology – however they are all excellent contenders for when it comes to picking that comfortable tennis shoe that will get you winning that match.