Good tennis shoes do several things besides covering your feet, and tennis is a sport, which is very hard on the shoes and the feet, so you need to find a shoe that will last and one that is not too heavy. keeping certain factors in mind.
Tennis shoes should be able to support your feet with all the stops and starts you have to do, and they should give you good support on the sides of your feet. Each surface has different requirements and we all have different types of feet, which places different demands on your tennis shoes.
The first consideration is the type of feet you have, as this will determine how much cushioning you will need, and what you will need and where you will need lateral support.
There are three basic types of feet:
1. SUPINÉ – here your wear is on the outside of the shoes
2. PRONATED – here your wear is on the inside around the sole of the foot, and this type of foot suffers the most from overuse injuries.
3. IDEAL – here wear is uniform.
Have another player walk behind you to determine if you are walking with your foot tilted in or out, or not at all. Better still find yourself a specialist in sports shoes. You can also test yourself by wetting your feet and standing on a square of cardboard.
1. If there is a large area where the arch of the foot has not touched, you are SUPINED.
2. If your entire foot is marked, resembling a rectangle with slight curves, you are SURPRISED.
3. If your feet leave an imprint that is a balance between the others, then your foot is IDEAL.
Confirm this self-diagnosis with a third party watching you walk and the wear test on your current shoes.
THE CUTTING OF THE TENNIS SHOE is vital, and the points to pay special attention are as follows.
1. You need about half an inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the tennis shoe.
2. The foot should be a comfortable fit without any stretching
3. The heel should not slip, although some movement is desired.
Remember that your feet are different sizes, so choose your size according to the bigger foot and use an insole to balance your smaller foot.
The most important thing in a tennis shoe is SIDE SUPPORT because much of your run on a court is side to side and there are dangers of turning your ankle. Good lateral support is necessary if you are heavy and over pronated.
Your tennis shoes will need a degree of cushioning and shock absorption.
This is especially true if you are a baseman and play most of your tennis on hard courts. Pronounced feet throw off the most easily.
The two most common cushions you read are EVA, which is light, but not very durable or stable, and PU[polyurethane] which is denser, better stability, but it is much heavier.
FLEXIBILITY is important and tennis shoes should bend easily at the tip of the foot, but too much flexibility makes a shoe uncomfortable.
At the end of the day, comfort is important, and tennis shoes are no different from everything else, you tend to get what you pay for, and I know very little about quality things that are cheap! !