When it comes to tennis shoes, one size most certainly does not fit all. That’s why we carry such a large selection of tennis shoes. The type of shoe you wear should be largely influenced by the style of tennis you typically play. If you’re a baseline player, look for a tennis shoe with a lot of lateral support and an extra-durable sole. If you’re more of a serve-and-volley type: Get shoes with good arch support and a reinforced toe. Don’t forget to change out your shoes after 45-60 hours of play or when they become visibly worn, whichever comes first!
Tennis shoes do a lot for your feet and your tennis game. Obviously, they keep you comfortable. But they also support you throughout your entire movement cycle, helping you to play efficiently and with proper form. So how do you know if you’ve found the right tennis shoes for you? Try ’em on! Wear the socks you plan to wear when you play, and be sure to try on both shoes. Your feet should feel secure in the shoes, but your toes should have plenty of breathing room. Your feet swell when you exercise, and neglecting to leave a little extra room can result in painful blisters later on. Don’t be afraid to walk or jog around the store a bit to see if the shoes rub, slide, or generally don’t feel “right” on your feet. Do the shoes feel stable and supportive? Are your arches happy? Do the shoes provide good traction?
Court-specific shoes are designed not only to give you the best performance possible on your chosen surface, but also to protect the court from excessive damage during play. Tennis shoes for hard courts are extra durable because the court wears them down quickly; they’re also well-cushioned for maximum shock absorption. Clay court shoes feature a herringbone tread pattern that releases clay and provides the ability to slide while still offering grip. Grass court shoes have nubbed soles to provide traction and prevent damage to the court. All-court tennis shoes offer you the ability to play on any surface, which is perfect if you don’t have a favorite court.
How well do you know your feet? Understanding their size, shape, and unique movement pattern is crucial to outfitting them with proper footwear. Before buying your next pair of tennis shoes, figure out if you have a low, neutral, or high arch, which will help you determine how much arch support you need. The more you know about your feet, the better equipped you’ll be to keep them happy and healthy with the perfect pair of tennis shoes!
Don’t settle for an ill-fitting tennis shoe or try to force the next size up or down to work for your foot’s unique shape or width. Our catalog features a huge selection of the best shoes for your individual feet. We carry wide tennis shoes and narrow tennis shoes—all in a variety of hard-to-find sizes that will keep you on top of your game.