Smooth soled tennis shoes
A proper pair of tennis shoes will help you comfortably endure the rigors of quick stops and starts, short sprints, and frequent lateral movements. Taking into account your playing style, the type of court on which you typically play and your foot type are essential to buying the right pair of tennis shoes.
It's important to distinguish the differences between tennis shoes and other footwear before making your purchase.
- Frequent stops and starts while moving around the court influence the way tennis shoes are designed.
- Tennis shoes are typically more flat with specifically designed patterns on the sole, all depending on which type of court surface you generally play on.
- Other types of shoes have thicker, softer heels that decrease weight and cushioning to lessen impacttennis shoes are built sturdier.
- Running or other athletic shoes are designed for forward motion that comes with walking or running.
Your style of play will have a large effect on which type of tennis shoes you ultimately buy. Different styles of play call for different types of movements, and to ensure safety and durability while playing, choosing the right pair of tennis shoes is important.
- A baseline player primarily plays along back line of the court.
- The type of shoes needed for a baseline player require a lot of lateral support to handle constant sideways motion.
- A highly durable sole is also necessary due to constant lateral motion.
- A serve-and-volley player frequently charges the net.
- This type of player often slides their back foot along the court during the serve, so a shoe with a durable toecap (also referred to as a reinforced toe) and medial inside the arch is essential.
- Sometimes the entire outsole is "en-caged" in rubber for support and durability.
The important portion of the shoe to consider as a serve-and-volley player is the toecap. A toecap is an extra piece of rubber that is added to the inside of the outsole at the toe area of some tennis shoes to increase their durability.
Players will need to keep in mind while the shoe will have greater durability, the weight of the shoe can be increased. Knowing your own expectations and how you want to play is important in choosing the right pair of tennis shoes.