Tennis shoes are a standard requirement to play tennis effectively. When you’re searching for the right pair for you an important consideration is where you’ll be playing. From a clay-court specialist to an asphalt weekend player, we have tennis shoes that will support your feet and aid in avoiding any feet related injuries. A high-quality pair of shoes is but one important part of your sports equipment.
Many people may not think there's much to what type of footwear you wear when you play tennis. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth, for example, if you wear standard running shoes to play tennis, well that’ll be okay for going forward, but they are designed for forward motion only and not stopping and turning in a hurry.
Tennis shoes have built-in technology to make sure you can turn quickly when required. If you have a look at the soles, you’ll notice they are rounded, where a regular pair of women's running shoes or men's running shoes will have a flat base that is usually tapered out. Running shoes are designed to reduce impact and they do this incredibly well, but at the cost of turning speed (not that most runners need that). If you wear a standard pair of runners, you’ll be more tired by the end of the tennis match and your ankles will probably be hurting as a result.
At Sportitude we have stocked a selection of what we consider the best tennis shoes for men and women. The brands we stock include Brooks, Adidas, Mizuno, Asics, New Balance, Nike, and many other sports shoes. These shoes come in a variety of styles and colours, you can choose a basic tennis shoe that will get you through a match with ease or you can opt for a shoe that has been designed to enhance your performance on the court. To find the perfect shoe for you use the filtering options on our website to search by size, colour, brand, and price. Doing this will only show you a selection that fits with what you are looking for and saves you time.
The majority of tennis shoes are made from synthetic leather upper and a sole that is specific to the types of court you’ll play on. For example, on a clay court where you better grip you’ll often find a full herringbone tread pattern. If you wear clay court shoes on another court you might feel they grip too much and be ‘sticky’. If you’re not sure what courts you may be playing on go for a shoe that is marked as ‘all court’ or something similar.
The toe of these shoes is made from a material that is long-lasting and can take a fair amount of punishment as this is a high wear point. You’ll find in more premium shoes that lace holes are connected to the tread, as this helps in stopping the body of the shoes from getting pulled and worn out. The inner sole of the shoe is made of many different materials, all of these are designed to provide comfort to the wearer. Some models will include a special pivot point in the sole, this is usually made of a harder material and designed to wear at a reduced rate.
Can you wear tennis shoes for walking?
Tennis shoes and walking shoes are different in their design. If the shoes you wear for tennis are comfortable you can wear them for walking, but you’d be better off buying some dedicated walking shoes or running shoes. At Sportitude we have many different pairs of shoes that are designed specifically to support your feet in walking exercises. If you’d like to use your shoes for something other than tennis, they can be used to play volleyball, netball, squash, or any sport that is played on a court.
The shoes you’ll wear for tennis are reasonably versatile and while you can wear them for walking, the hard-outdoor surfaces may wear the sole prematurely, and if they get wet it can take some time to dry out. Many walking shoes have a rugged sole to handle the different terrain better and can often be waterproofed keeping your feet dry from any wet patches.
How do you wash white tennis shoes?
Keeping your tennis shoes clean is the best way to make them last longer. While they should not get that dirty, they will pick up some debris from the courts. If you play on clay and grass you may need to clean them more often than other surfaces.
If you play on the weekend, you should be cleaning your shoes on Sunday afternoon or Monday, as this gives them the maximum amount of time to dry out before you need them again.
To clean your shoes properly, you’ll need a few items, a bowl of warm water and a mild laundry detergent, a soft brush, a clean towel, and some newspaper. You can follow this short guide to clean your shoes:
Remove the laces and run them through the washing machine using a laundry bag.
Use the brush to clean any dirt from the shoes, start without water, and then use water to get rid of stubborn dirt. Work your way from the upper to the sole.
When you’re happy with the clean, dry the shoes with the towel.
Ball up some newspaper and put it in the shoes. This will help absorb moisture and maintain the shape of the shoes.
Put the shoes in a warm place inside to dry out. Don’t put them outside in the sun, as the heat will warp and stain them.
Once they’re completely dry, replace the laces and you're ready for the next match!
Where can I buy tennis shoes?
At Sportitude we have selected our range as they offer a broad price that will suit many people. We regularly offer discounts and sales on discontinued styles and last season's stock. Buying a pair of shoes online is often much cheaper than going to a retail outlet. As a bonus, you can do the shopping from home and the shoes will be delivered to your door. No need to wait until the store is open!
If you’re looking for a pair of shoes within your price range you can use the filter options on our website to help only show you shoes that fit within that range. This helps in giving you a snapshot of the shoes you would prefer and hides anything outside of the price range.
It’s important to remember that many cheaper tennis shoes will do the job of protecting your feet during a match. However often they will not last as long as other options, and depending on how often you play you may find yourself going through more pairs which can end up costing more than a single higher-priced pair.