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 (Our Court Champs)

 

Men’s Speed Men’s Stability Women’s Speed
Women’s Stability

Adidas Barricade Club

Adidas Barricade 2017

Adidas Ubersonic 2.0

Adidas Barricade Boost 2017

Asics Gel Solution Speed 2

Asics Gel Resolution 6

Asics Gel Solution Speed 3

Asics Gel Resolution 6

Nike Zoom Cage 2

Nike Air Vapor Advantage

Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour

Nike Air Vapor Advantage

New Balance 786v2

New Balance 806

New Balance 896

New Balance 806

Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion

Babolat Propulse Team All Court

Prince T 22 Lite

Wilson Rush Pro 2.0

 

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.

 

Model:Fit:Features:Price:

Adidas Barricade Club


Length: Medium
Width: Medium
Arch: Medium
+ Lightweight, breathable mesh upper
+ Abrasion-resistant rubber around toe and medial forefoot
+ TPU support foil for added durability and lateral support
+ EVA midsole for lightweight, cushioning
+ Extra durable ADIWEAR outsole
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Asics Gel Solution Speed 2


Length: True
Width: Medium
Arch: Medium
+ Forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning
+ Toe guard for added durability
+ Upper forms to your foot for comfort and support
+ Memory foam in collar and heel for personalized fit
+ SOLYTE midsole for lightweight cushioning
+ Excellent lateral support
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Nike Zoom Cage 2


Length: Long
Width: Wide
Arch: Slightly low
+ Nike Zoom Air unit in heel for responsive, lightweight cushioning
+ Extra-durable material around key areas for support and breathability
+ Herringbone outsole for excellent traction and durability
+ Midsole heel wrap-up split down the middle for added support and agility
+ 6mm outsole to combat wear and tear
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New Balance 786v2


Length: True
Width: Available in different widths
Arch: Slightly low
+ Focuses on cushioning and comfort
+ Leather upper and lateral forefoot overlays for extra stability
+ Durable toe guard
+ Herringbone outsole allows increased traction for lateral motion and quick pivoting
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Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion


Length: True
Width: Slightly narrow
Arch: Slightly high
+ PU upper for added support and durability in key areas
+ Mesh for breathability
+ Power Cushion technology for superior cushioning and bounceback
+ Shank and heel counter for support from midfoot to heel
+ Herringbone outsole for traction and durability
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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.

 

Model:Fit:Features:Price:

Adidas Barricade 2017


Length: True
Width: Slightly narrow in midfoot
Arch: Medium
+ Flexible knit upper for comfort
+ Abrasion-resistant rubber around toe and medial forefoot
+ Support and stability in midfoot; flexibility in forefoot
+ EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
+ Extra durable ADIWEAR outsole
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Asics Gel Resolution 6


Length: True
Width: Snug medium
Arch: Low
+ Upper forms to foot for comfort and support
+ Rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning
+ Toe guard for added durability
+ SOLYTE midsole for lightweight cushioning
+ Trusstic system reduces weight of the sole w/o compromising support
+ Extremely durable rubber outsole
+ 6-month outsole warranty included
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Nike Air Vapor Advantage


Length: True
Width: Wide
Arch: Low
+ Lightweight combination upper for comfortable fit
+ Phylon midsole with heel cushioning unit for impact protection
+ Very durable XDR compound rubber outsole
+ Midfoot shank for stability
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New Balance 806


Length: True
Width: Available in different widths
Arch: Slightly low
+ Full grain leather upper
+ Herringbone outsole for increased traction
+ Wicks away moisture
+ Durable rubber toe guard
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Babolat Propulse Team All Court


Length: True
Width: Medium
Arch: Medium
+ Works on all types of courts
+ Michelin outsole for excellent durability
+ Exceptional dynamic response in forefoot
+ TI-Fit last for increased stability
+ Durable and comfortable heel cushioning
+ Extra durability in high wear areas
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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.

 

Model:Fit:Features:Price:

Adidas Ubersonic 2.0


Length: True
Width: Roomy medium
Arch: Low
+ Woven textile upper for lightweight stability, comfort, and fit
+ Abrasion-resistant rubber around toe and medial forefoot
+ Full length ADIPRENE for cushioning and rebound
+ Webbing in midfoot for extra stability
+ Perfect balance between light weight and stability
+ ADIPRENE under heel for cushioning at impact
+ Extra durable ADIWEAR outsole
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Asics Gel Solution Speed 3


Length: True
Width: Narrow
Arch: Medium
+ Rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning
+ Toe guard for added durability
+ Upper forms to your feet for comfort and support
+ Memory foam in collar and heel for personalized fit
+ SOLYTE midsole for lightweight cushioning
+ Excellent lateral support
+ High abrasion rubber in critical areas for increased durability
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Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour


Length: True
Width: Medium
Arch: Low to medium
+ Dynamic Fit system for glove-like fit from midfoot to arch
+ XDR outsole with herringbone pattern; thicker in high wear areas
+ Zoom Air unit in heel for durable cushioning
+ Padded collar for extra comfort
+ TPU frame and midfoot shank for stability
+ Outsole wraps around the toe for drag protection
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New Balance 896


Length: True
Width: Available in different widths
Arch: Low
+ Lightweight and flexible
+ PROBANK tech for lateral stability
+ REVlite midsole for responsive cushioning
+ High wear rubber outsole
+ Leather and mesh upper
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Prince T 22 Lite


Length: True
Width: Medium
Arch: Lower than medium
+ Breathable, lightweight mesh upper
+ Welded foot straps for added lateral stability
+ Excellent cushioning for comfort and support
+ TPU midfoot shank makes the shoe more rigid
+ Herringbone tread pattern for traction and durability
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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.

 

Model:Fit:Features:Price:

Adidas Barricade Boost 2017


Length: True
Width: Slightly narrow in midfoot
Arch: Medium
+ Extra responsive boost cushioning
+ Flexible knit upper for comfort
+ Abrasion-resistant rubber around toe and medial forefoot
+ Support and stability in midfoot; flexibility in forefoot
+ Extra durable ADIWEAR outsole
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Asics Gel Resolution 6


Length: True
Width: Snug medium
Arch: Low
+ Lower-density midsole designed for female athletes
+ Upper forms to foot for comfort and support
+ Rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning
+ Toe guard for added durability
+ SOLYTE midsole for lightweight cushioning
+ Trusstic system reduces weight of the sole w/o compromising support
+ Extremely durable rubber outsole
+ 6-month outsole warranty included
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Nike Air Vapor Advantage


Length: True
Width: Slightly wider than medium
Arch: Low
+ Lightweight combination upper for comfortable fit
+ Phylon midsole with heel cushioning unit for impact protection
+ Very durable XDR compound rubber outsole
+ Midfoot shank for stability
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New Balance 806


Length: True
Width: Available in different widths
Arch: Low
+ Full grain leather upper
+ Herringbone outsole for increased traction
+ Wicks away moisture
+ Durable rubber toe guard
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Wilson Rush Pro 2.0


Length: True
Width: Medium
Arch: Low
+ Excellent lateral support for increased response time and explosive acceleration
+ Great comfort, stability, and fit
+ Low-profile with superb forefoot responsiveness
+ Pro Torque Chassis provides torsion control and stability
+ Duralast outsole improves court traction and grip; long-lasting
+ 6-month outsole guarantee
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* Shoe fit statistics thanks to Tennis Warehouse

 

Best Tennis Shoe Brands
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