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					Tennis Shoes: A Buyer’s Guide

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While the term “tennis shoes” is commonly used in reference to athletic
shoes of any type, you should not wear running shoes, walking shoes, or
cross-trainers when playing tennis. These types of shoes do not provide
the correct support and can increase the risk of foot and ankle injuries.
In addition, such shoes can also damage the tennis court surface.

There are several criteria tennis players should consider when selecting
tennis shoes. First, the court surface you prima...


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While the term “tennis shoes” is commonly used in reference to athletic
shoes of any type, you should not wear running shoes, walking shoes, or
cross-trainers when playing tennis. These types of shoes do not provide
the correct support and can increase the risk of foot and ankle injuries.
In addition, such shoes can also damage the tennis court surface.

There are several criteria tennis players should consider when selecting
tennis shoes. First, the court surface you primarily play on will dictate
the type of tennis shoe you need. Second, the characteristics of your
feet and body will determine what type of tennis shoe is most comfortable
and effective. Finally, as with any type of shoe, different people value
certain shoe attributes and qualities more than others.

Tennis players that play on hard court surfaces should choose tennis
shoes that are durable and resistant to wear. Repeated play on hard (i.e.
concrete) courts will wear the tread off the soles of tennis shoes. Loss
of tread leads to loss of traction and increased slipping. In addition,
the part of the tennis shoe that covers the big toes should have extra
protection on the outside. Tennis players often drag their toe while
executing shots, especially the serve. It is crucial for right-handed
players that the inside toe area of their right tennis shoe have extra
protection to prevent premature wear. This area of the tennis shoe is
particularly vulnerable because most right-handed players drag their
right foot when serving, and often when executing forehand groundstrokes.

Tennis players that play primarily on soft court surfaces (i.e. clay)
should select tennis shoes that are comfortable and provide good
traction. Durability is less of a concern. It is also vital that the
tennis shoe have a smooth, flat sole. The knobs and bumps found on the
soles of running shoes and cross-trainers can damage clay court surfaces.
In fact, most clay court facilities do not allow players to wear such
shoes, instead requiring appropriate tennis shoes.
Feet and body characteristics are an important consideration when
selecting tennis shoes. People who are prone to blisters must wear tennis
shoes that fit properly and are well cushioned. Advances in tennis shoe
technology have created cushioning systems that are lighter, more
comfortable, and better at removing moisture. Body type is also an
important consideration in tennis shoe selection. For example, larger and
heavier players may prefer heavier shoes that provide extra support.

Finally, as with all types of shoes, personal preference and   taste often
determines what type of tennis shoe a person purchases. Many   players
desire a tennis shoe with a certain look or color scheme. On   a more
functional level, some players may select lightweight tennis   shoes in an
effort to enhance foot speed and agility.

After you determine the type of tennis shoe is right for you, it is
important to select a shoe that fits properly. Because tennis involves a
lot of sprinting, cutting, stopping, and starting, you should select a
tennis shoe that fits snugly across the width of the foot. You should,
however, make sure that your tennis shoes have at least a half-inch of
space between the toes and the end of the tennis shoe.

				
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