If you are a regular pickleball player, you must be well aware of the fact that there are not specific shoes designed for pickleball. This is why sadly we have to choose a certain shoe that meets the requirements of a shoe fit for pickleball. Therefore, you must not fool yourself by thinking that you can use your running shoe or cross-training shoe on your pickleball court.
One reason why you can not, is that running shoes are designed just for forward motion and cross-training shoes have soft soles, nibs, and grooves on the bottom which can not last much longer on hard courts and the latter can stick to the court. Whereas, court shoes which are the most suitable for pickleball courts are designed for forwarding to back and side to side movement.
Some of the features of court shoes that make them suitable for pickle balls hard courts are: their design which is as mentioned above for side to side and forwards back motion, specific grip for a fast-paced game, and a lot of cushioning which is crucial for your knee and backs health.
The ideal synthetic shoe has an upper made of leather or synthetic leather or a combination of these two materials. But most court shoes now come with a synthetic leather upper since it provides as much stability as a leather upper without breaking. Moreover, it is equipped with a non-marking outsole so that you leave the court as it is without a mark after you are done training.
However, court shoes are infamous because of their weight. Regardless, you should not pay much heed to this fact because we have prepared a list of the top 5 shoes that will be suitable for you.
The first court shoe which comes on our list is the ASICS men’s gel-game tennis shoe. Its upper is made from a blend of fabric and synthetic material which adds to the shoes stability as well as durability. Moreover, you will be able to see a lot of mesh vents all over the upper which helps keep your feet cool and makes the shoe more breathable.
In addition, this shoe is equipped with a hard rubber outsole which increases the shoe’s longevity and ensures you do not leave the court with a lot of marks. Another reason why this shoe comes at the top is because of ASICS midfoot trusstic system technology used while manufacturing the midsole which provides much more forefoot stability that is a must-have feature for side-to-side movement.
However, the only drawback with this pair is that it is quite stiff when unboxed and takes a lot of time to break in. Some customers may complain about the shoes being too stiff and not breaking in.
In short, I would suggest these shoes to you if you are someone who prefers a lot of stability and has a more aggressive gameplay which requires a lot of grips and a shoe that has the perfect fit and provides with sufficient stability.
The second one on our list is the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express. When athletes hear the name K-Swiss comfort naturally strikes them. These shoes are specifically designed to meet the comfort requirements of many athletes. From extra space for the toes to extra padding, you name it. The brand did not leave any space for athletes to complain regarding comfort.
Personally, my overall experience with these shoes was quite great. They felt very lightweight and about the traction I must say it was outstanding. The outsole features the DragGuard technology which protects the shoe from abrasion in high wear areas like the tow and hell. The tread pattern also lasted longer than it does in other tennis shoes.
To add to the shoes durability they used the K-Swiss Aosta 7.0 Rubber Sole technology which increases the longevity of the outsole. Moreover, the lace system makes the use of a hook which ensures that your laces remain tied during longer point games. To top it the upper is made up of soft mesh material covered in Molded Polyurethane which helped in keeping the temperatures low in the toe box as well.
However, because of too much space in the toe box they are a bit too large which is why I would suggest you go half a size down. For instance, if you are a size 12, I would suggest you get a size 11.5. Consequently, you get a feeling of less support.
All in all, if you are looking out for a comfortable and durable shoe then you must go for this one. Moreover, the Hypercourt express is quite aesthetically pleasing as well and is available in a variety of colors. I would highly recommend these shoes to you if you are a toe dragger. It’s because this shoe uses the Durawrap technology because of which a portion of the outsole is raised a bit higher on the front tip of the upper to protect it against toe dragging.
On the third position comes the Adidas barricade. The Barricade is a great shoe which has a very short break in time. The upper is a lightweight air mesh with numerous spots for the air to get in which helps keep the feet cool during longer sessions.
Also, it has more mesh which makes the upper more flexible because of that it breaks in quick. Personally, it took me around 5 to 6 hours of training after which the shoes started feeling quite comfortable. Moreover, the durability of the barricade is exceptional and has no parallel other. Many of the players choose the barricade because of its longevity.
The brand has added anti-abrasion Adituff wraps around the toe and the medial forefoot which makes the shoe survive the foot drag. Along with this they have added 360-degree TPU support foil in key abrasion areas to ensure the shoe outlasts its competitors. Furthermore, the shoe’s midsole is equipped with an EVA midsole along with 3D torsion technology which provides midfoot support and the Adiprene+ to provide superior cushioning. The Adiwear outsole is another feature which increases the shoes grip and its life.
On the contrary, it is not true to size and that it is for people who have narrow feet.
Therefore, I would recommend these shoes to players who have narrow feet and to those players who are interested in buying a shoe which is meant to last longer. These are the most durable shoes available out there.
The ASICS court speed ff shoes are suitable for players who have wide feet for whom it offers more space for the toes. The upper has a seamless construction which reduces irritation and friction caused because of seams and stitches. For the durability, the brand has added Gel technology system to the rearfoot and to the forefoot which helps in absorbing the shock during toe-off phases. Which I felt helped me quite a lot in stabilizing myself during practice sessions.
To further improve it even more, they have used the I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) which also plays a role in absorbing most of the shocks and in guiding the foot back to a neutral position. High impact areas of the outsole are equipped with the durable AHARPLUS compound to increase flexibility and to make the midfoot area firmer and supportive they have used the DUOMAX support system and the TRUSSTIC SYSTEM in that area. Moreover, it is also true to size and easy to slip on because of its mono sock fit.
However, when I tried on this shoe, I found the soles to be a bit thin and the upper support of the shoe was quite thin too which is why they are not very comfortable.
All in all, if you are willing to compromise on quality and can withstand the impacts because of the thinner sole, only then would I recommend these shoes to you.
If you are looking for an athletic shoe that has a bit of style to it as well then, the UnderArmour ultimate turf trainer is the one for you. The upper is made up of a combination of synthetic leather and lightweight, breathable mesh which has quite a superior touch and feel.
The fit of the shoe is also quite good. The insoles are equipped with high rebound superfoam technology which ensures the absorption of shocks is at its optimum level and your feet stay comfortable through out your training sessions.
To add to the shoes stability UnderArmour has added full-length micro g technology to the midsoles which makes the shoe extremely responsive, and very low to the ground which adds to stability and comfort. The outsole made up of this pair is anatomically inspired non-marking rubber which makes it usable on all types of surfaces.
However, the only drawback of these shoes is that they do not have a lot of space for your toes and is not meant for people with wide feet. When I tried on a friend’s pair, I failed to get my wide feet inside it and because of it my feet felt very suffocated from both the sides.
To conclude, I would recommend these to you if you have narrow feet and are looking for a shoe with a bit of style and are willing to compromise on durability because this pair does not last much longer.