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How to choose Tennis Shoes

Tennis shoes should be designed for quick stops and starts, short sprints and frequent lateral movement. Tennis shoes wear out pretty quickly due to the constant back and forth nature of tennis play and the need to switch directions while running. Depending on which type of court surface you play on, tennis shoes are typically more flat with specifically designed patterns on the sole. Tennis shoes are built sturdier than other types of shoes that have thicker, softer heels that decrease weight and cushioning to lessen impact. Tennis shoes should have good ankle support with some kind of built up backfoot and forefoot support. Common issues caused by not wearing the proper footwear is ankle injuries, knee and back pain.

Playing style is important in choosing tennis shoes. A baseline player plays along the back line of the court. A shoe with lateral support and a highly durable sole is needed for a baseline player. A serve and volley player frequently charges the net. A shoe with a durable toecap and medial inside the arch is essential for the player that often slides their back foot along the court during the serve. The type of court surface you play on has an important impact on the tennis shoes you should buy. The harder the court surface the more durable the sole should be. Using the right sole for the right court surface can prolong the life of your shoes. A hard court surface like concrete requires shoes with more durability and are made with tougher materials. Tennis shoes for hard courts may wear out more quickly so be sure to check your shoes for wear and tear then replace when necessary. Upper and outsole materials such as leather or vinyl are designed tougher for people who wear tennis shoes on hard courts. A soft court surface would require shoes with more traction on the sole and flexibility. Tennis shoes for soft courts are designed with non-damaging traction in mind. Tennis shoes for multi-court wear allows you to play in conditions with a hard or soft court without changing your shoes.



Tennis shoes come in a variety of different sole types which suit the different types of tennis court surfaces. All Court Tennis Shoes can be used on all surfaces and they have the normal herringbone pattern, good for all courts. Carpet Court Indoor Tennis Shoes with smooth soles can only be used on indoor carpet courts. Grass court and Omni Sole Tennis Shoes are best on artificial (or real) grass. The Omni shoes are really good on artificial grass and they also provide extra grip on normal hard courts. Clay Court Shoes are worn on clay courts but can be used on any surface as they have a zig zag pattern. Shoes with a herringbone style outer sole work especially well for clay. Lightweight Performance All Court Tennis Shoes defining characteristic is that they are lightweight and can be worn on all surfaces.



For clay or grass courts, the soles are designed to provide traction but may not be as durable. The narrow treading of shoes with a herringbone style outer sole helps grip the floor and prevent loose grains on the surface from entering the sole and smoothing it out. Tennis shoes are made with two types of cushion which are EVA and PU. EVA cushions are lighter and more flexible, but offer less stability and durability. PU cushions are more durable and stable, but tend to be heavier. Most tennis shoes do not need to be “broken in” and should feel ready to play in when you try them on. They also should fit snugly but not too tight.




  1. Tony .

    Hello Roger, great article. I always find when I am out getting shoes to play tennis in I tend to lean towards the ones that are designed for all courts just so I don’t have to switch back and forth between shoes. I have always wondered though do they still give the same quality overall support as the ones that are made for specific types of courts?

    • Roger

      Hi Tony,
      The tennis shoes designed for all courts should provide the same quality overall support for all different types of courts.

      From Roger

  2. Ali Monajemi

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for choosing a good tennis shoes and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for how to choose tennis shoes.

    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)


    • Roger

      Hi Ali,
      Thanks for the comment. I hope that you continue to read my articles and maybe someday purchase a pair of tennis shoes from my website.

      All the best,


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