So you decided to pick up tennis, you arrange your first lesson, get out on the court, and as the balls start flying towards you, you slip and slide and it turns out that your old dependable all-around sneakers do not cut it. A more seasoned player, let alone somebody who plays tennis as a pro could have told you that playing tennis requires very specific shoes, and even the type of court or weather conditions can influence the choice of tennis shoes you should use. No wonder that, for example, Novak Djokovic, current World number one tennis player changed the brand of his tennis wear twice, but is sticking to the tennis shoes he found fit him the best.
But, what are the best men’s tennis shoes for you and how do you sort out, for example, through 184 pages of different ones listed on “Amazon”? Here we will try to guide you to what to look for in men’s tennis shoes and shortlist ten best rated tennis shoes you should consider.
Things to look for when choosing men’s tennis shoes
First thing to consider is your foot type: whether you have high arch (supinated foot), normal arch (neutral foot), or are you flatfooted (pronated foot). In the first case you should look for cushioning shoe, in the second, for a stability shoe, and in the third, a motion control shoe.
The second thing to have in mind is quite easy to figure out: the shoes have to fit properly and be comfortable: the should be neither too snug or leave to much room for your feet.
The third thing to consider, and that is for someone who already has played some tennis is the play style. If you prefer playing at the baseline, it means you will perform a lot of lateral movements and your shoes will require extra lateral support, as well as added cushioning and a high quality sole.
If the tennis style you developed is what is called “serve and volley”, meaning you want to approach the net often, you will need shoes with reinforced toecaps and soles. Since you will be on your toes often, you should look for shoes with added arch support.
One more thing to consider is the surface type you will be playing on. If you are going to play on the so called fast courts, those made out of concrete, your shoes will wear out the fastest. To be that case your shoes should have a durable outsole, a reinforced upper and quite a sturdy construction so to provide stability and good lateral movement.
If you are going to spend more of your playing time on a clay or a grass court, you will need tennis shoes that provide good traction, since you will be doing a lot of slipping and sliding, ad your shoes should have a non-marking outsole so not to damage the court.
A guide to 10 most selected and best reviewed men’s tennis shoes
By looking through the list of most chosen and best reviewed list of men’s tennis shoes brands, a few names stick out. The most picked are “Addidas” and “Asics”, “Nike” and “New Balance” follow, while specialized brands like “Babolat” “Prince” and “Diadora” have only a few types as best picks, but received very high marks. Here is our list.
10. Nike Men’s Zoom Tennis Shoe
This shoe comes in black or white. Its special features include protection during specific tennis sliding movements while not sacrificing breathability, “Nike Zoom Air” in the heel which is very responsive for lockdown, special and strategically placed outsole for better traction and durability.
This shoe seems to be loved by all that bought it. While some customers thought that you might need to use two pairs of socks with them, all commented that playing tennis in them is a breeze.
9. Asics Men’s Gel-Resolution Tennis Shoe
Includes a rubber sole and “Flexion Fit” upper and rear foot and forefoot GEL cushioning systems, as well as memory foam lined collar and mold to heel.
One of the more affordable, more bought and more reviewed shoe. The satisfaction among the users was very high. Most of the customers thought it had outstanding support with excellent cushioning, allowing your feet to breathe. The players who usually play on hard courts found these shoes exactly what they require.
8. Babolat Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Shoe
As the name implies, specifically made for grass courts, but can provide excellent use on clay courts too. Includes a stitchless tongue/vamp construction for great forefoot flexibility.
The maker proclaims impressive, out of the box performance with minimal break-in, and the customers seem to agree. All of them found this shoe extremely comfortable, including a customer with flat feet who usually has a hard time finding adequate tennis shoes.
7. Adidas Performance Men’s Tennis Shoe
Adidas claim that its “Sprintframe” construction provides stability and speed through geometrical research to create a lightweight and supportive chassis. Has added resistance in the toe area, lightweight cushioning and the outsole offers high-wear durability.
Most of the customers particularly thought that its wide sole gives extra ankle supports, but also thought that they need some stretching to fit perfectly. One customer found them perfect for indoor courts.
6. Asics Men’s GEL-Solution Tennis Shoe
One of the more affordable shoes, it includes AHAR, or ASICS High Abrasion Rubber placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability. Among other, also includes forefoot gel cushioning system which enhances shock attenuation during propulsion.
Most of the users found this shoe very light to wear and quick to break-in. A professional commented that he would rather wear these than those for which he gets free through a sponsorship.
5. Prince NFS Viper VII Low Men’s Tennis Shoe
The most affordable shoe in this selection. Extremely light shoe, weighing 16 oz for size 10.5. Has a midsole insert that absorbs heavy impact in the heel. Not among the more bought shoes, but another one that is loved by its users. Customers loved its “Viper” design and the fact that this is practically all-leather shoe. Of course, all of them found the price very attractive.
4. Adidas Men’s Sonic Rally Tennis Shoe
Lightweight upper part of the shoe with built-in torsion and thermoplastic heel wrap. As with some other “Adidas” models, has the adjustable “adituff” technology.
A very favorably received shoe. One customer found them indestructible while playing tennis compared to “regular” sneakers, and another thought that his shots became more stable and accurate when wearing them.
3. Asics Men’s Speed 2 Tennis Shoe
Has similar features as other listed “Asics” models, particularly the GEL cushioning systems and a collar lined with two layers of memory foam. One of the more bought shoes with very favorable reviews by the customers.
Most of these customers particularly liked the easy-fit and lightness of this shoe, as well as excellent air ventilation and its ease of use on hard courts. A few of the customers also stressed their safety.
2. Adidas Men’s Barricade Club Tennis Shoes
One of Adidas’ flagship models, includes a TPU foil for enhanced durability a lateral stability, the abovementioned “adituff” wraps, “adiprene+” in the forefoot and “torsion system” for midfoot integrity.
Most of the customers that bought this shoe found these shoes well made, high quality product. Some thought that they need a bit of time to break in, but well worth the wait. One customer thought they were a tight fit, but that this was exactly what he was looking for.
1. Diadora Speed Pro Men’s Tennis Shoe
Somewhat off the well-trodden path. Diadora claims that this shoe offers stability, breathability and comfort. Enforced toe cap with abrasion-resistant rubber. Average weight is 13.1 oz. (Size 10.5).
Not among the more bought shoes, but very favorably received one. One of these customer who has normal arch found these shoes a perfect fit with good movement and stability. One customer could not find them in the store where he lives (Chile), so he immediately decided to buy two pairs.
Whichever way you decide to go, first take a hard look at what you need, and what kind of budget you can afford. Sometimes it is better to spend a few more initial dollars than be in a situation where you will need to change your shoes quickly because they do not fit your feet, or do not fit the purpose, ie. Are not suited for the tennis surface you are playing on. If you are going to be playing on more surface than one, it might also be wise to consider a variation in type and brand of the shoe. And may you have a good game!