Very good support
The 996 are not quite as soft/comfortable in the heel as the 1006, but rock solid on side to side support. Better than 4.0 overall, but not quite 5.0 for comfort considering that the 1006 are stable, and soft. I bought both 9EE and 9.5EE for size comparison and the 9EE was too short, but the 9.5EE was a tad bit too long. I've never played the LAV, but the 1006 are like butter. Almost like a running shoe, but with lateral support of a court shoe. I've played pickleball in these 996, and I like them so much, I bought another pair in white/blue. I've played in them for a month now, and I'm very pleased.
Rated 1 on a scale of minus 2 to 2, where minus 2 is Runs small, 0 is True to size and 2 is Runs Large
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