There are a ton of tennis shoes on the market right now, which can make it difficult finding a pair that suits you. It’s always good to find a balance between durability, traction, stability, weight, cushioning, support, ventilation, and value. Of course, you’re more likely to favor qualities that play to your strengths and weaknesses. For example, someone who mostly plays by the baseline will want a shoe with lots of lateral support and stability. Those who like to play toward the net should look for lightweight, supportive shoes to keep you nimble. That’s why we decided to divide our top choices into two categories: speed and stability. And if you haven’t yet, have a look at our guide on how to choose tennis shoes for a better idea of what to look for. With that said, here are the best tennis shoes in our book.
Best Tennis Shoes of 2017 (Our Court Champs)
|Men’s Speed||Men’s Stability||Women’s Speed
Best Tennis Shoes for Men – Speed
Tennis shoes built for speed tend to be very minimalist. The more lightweight, the quicker you’ll be able to move around the court. This is crucial if you like to play by the net, as volleys require lightning quick turns and pivots. Some things you should prioritize are lateral support to keep your ankles in check, lightweight cushioning and midsole to help absorb impact, and a toe guard for added durability and explosive take offs. Oh, and let’s not forget, a durable outsole that provides optimal traction. You don’t want to be slipping and sliding as you run at mach speed, do you? And for those with feet that sweat easily, look into breathable uppers so you can stay comfortable out there.
Our top choices for men’s tennis shoes built for speed include the Adidas Barricade Club with its innovative TPU support foil for extra lateral support. Next, we have the Asics Gel Solution Speed 2 which even has the word speed in its name so you know they’re good. Then there’s the Nike Zoom Cage 2, which has Drag-On Cage technology which is an extra tough material wrapped around the upper for breathability without compromising on durability. Next, we have the New Balance 786v2 which are focused on cushioning, comfort, and lateral support. Last on our list is the Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion with superior cushioning and bounce back to keep you on your toes.
Best Tennis Shoes for Men – Stability
For those of you who aren’t looking for speed, you’ll inevitably find tennis shoes that offer stability. This is especially important for baseline players as lots of side-to-side movements puts more strain on your ankles. What you’ll want to look for in stability-focused shoes are superb lateral support, a tougher and more stable midfoot, flatter and wider outsoles, and comfortable cushioning. You’ll also want to fit your tennis shoes correctly width-wise so that your feet aren’t moving around while wearing your shoes.
With that said, our top choices for men’s tennis shoes built for stability are the newest Adidas Barricade 2017 which already have the reputation of consistently being the best tennis shoes made by Adidas. Then there are the Asics Gel Resolution 6 which have tons of lightweight cushioning and great overall support. Following are the Nike Air Vapor Advantage with a midfoot shank for stability and heel cushioning. Next are the reliable New Balance 806 with a supportive full grain leather upper and grippy outsole. Finally we have the Babolat Propulse Team All Court which have a durable Michelin outsole and are based around the TI-Fit last for improved stability.
Best Tennis Shoes for Women – Speed
There are a couple of things you should look for in tennis shoes built for speed. Probably the most important is that they are lightweight so you can turn and pivot more quickly. So if you’re more of a serve and volley type of player, you’ll want shoes designed with agility in mind. Other key elements to look for are lateral support to avoid ankle injuries, lightweight cushioning and midsole to dampen impacts, a long-lasting outsole that provides lots of traction, and a durable toe guard which lets you accelerate and decelerate with ease. You’ll also want breathable uppers to keep your shoes from flooding like a swamp.
The best tennis shoes for women that focus on speed include the Adidas Ubersonic 2.0, which aside from its cool name, has great rebound and a lightweight build. Next are the Asics Gel Solution Speed 3, which builds upon its predecessor with added high abrasion rubber placed in critical areas of the outsole. Next are the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour, which are modeled after running shoes and worn by players such as Roger Federer and Venus Williams. Following those we have the New Balance 896, which are built to be lightweight, flexible, and responsive. Last but not least are the Prince T 22 Lite, which are lightweight, breathable, and have added lateral stability thanks to a TPU midfoot shank.
Best Tennis Shoes for Women – Stability
Speed isn’t everything though. In fact, some tennis players favor stability over it. This is especially true for players who like to stand by the baseline, who need great stability to perform powerful shots. It’s also essential in order to avoid ankle injuries as lots of side-to-side movements increases the chances of it. So, if you’re looking for tennis shoes built for stability, you’ll want to look for excellent lateral support, a tougher and more stable midfoot, a flatter and wider outsole, and copious amounts of cushioning to keep you comfy.
Our top picks for women’s tennis shoes revolving around stability are the Adidas Barricade Boost 2017, which feature responsive cushioning and midfoot stability. Following those are the Asics Gel Resolution 6 with a specially designed lower density midsole for female athletes. After that we have the Nike Air Vapor Advantage, which have a midfoot shank for stability and form-fitting upper. Next, we have the New Balance 806, with a supportive full grain leather upper and superb traction. Lastly there are the Wilson Rush Pro 2.0., which are very supportive without decreasing responsiveness.
* Shoe fit statistics thanks to Tennis Warehouse
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