Finding the right tennis shoe to wear is important-nothing is worse than injuring yourself or just have aches and pains because of poorly constructed and bad fitting ones. Like anything else, you have to shop around and through trial and error find out what works best for you.
There are shoes especially designed to be worn when playing tennis—whether the court is made from clay or grass, each different surface may require a different pair of shoes. So, how many do you have to buy? That will depend on you and where you play and if you wear these shoes outside of the court.
What is the most important thing to look for? Comfort tops the list! Many companies make specific soles for the different court surfaces, but you can buy a cross-trainer that will allow you to wear the shoes on all of the courts. Many are white with stripes and others are now showing up in exotic styles and colors. You can even purchase them with special insoles, dual pressure systems, medial and lateral supports, extra toe cushioning, and a list of other terms that are probably unfamiliar to you.
You do not need to know everything about the construction, where it is made, what sports stars are wearing, or the dozens of other pieces of information that the manufacturers want to confuse you with. All you need to know is that the shoe fits your foot well, is easy to walk in, does not rub any vital places, that it has a white sole and that you like it. What else is there? Try on several different makes and models of tennis shoes with a thick, heavy pair of socks-the kind you will normally wear when playing tennis.
Take the time to walk back and forth with the shoes on, wiggle your toes, flex your ankles, jump up and down a few times, and even run back and forth trying to pivot-people will look at you strangely, but who cares. You need to get the best pair available and you will probably never see these people again.
Now, take the shoes off and bend them back and forth. Are they flexible enough to move with you when run? If not, try another pair. There are hundreds of shoes on display in this store and if you do not find what you want, try another store. You will frustrate the salesperson to no end, but you are the customer and it is your choice as to whether or not you will buy your tennis shoes from them.
You finally have your tennis shoes. They are comfortable and look great as you bound around the tennis court playing against your best friend. You are happy, content, and your feet feel great-hard to imagine that you just gave them a 45 minutes workout. Remember, comfort is the most important thing when it comes to your tennis shoes. If you are limping around because they are pinching, you will not play a good game.