RICHARD (PANCHO) GONZALES, POSSIBLY THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL – Allen Fox Tennis

What can we learn from the career of Pancho Gonzales? Possibly that athleticism, fiery desire and iron will can overcome technical stroke deficiencies.

Pancho Gonzales was, if not the best player of all time, certainly one of the best. His career at the top lasted an incredible number of years. He won the US Championship at Forest Hills in 1948 at the age of 20, entering the world’s top ten for the first time, and was ranked number six in the world in 1969 before finally exiting the top ten 21 years later. Pancho won the US Championship again in 1949 before turning professional in 1950. With Jack Kramer’s retirement, Gonzales became the best player in the world in 1954 and fended off all challengers on head to head and round-robin tours for the next ten years. On these tours he defeated Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Malcolm Anderson, Alex Olmedo, Ashley Cooper, Frank Sedgeman and Tony Trabert while also winning the US Professional Championship tournament eight times. He finally began to slip in the mid-sixties, relinquishing his number one position to Rod Laver, but remained a dangerous opponent for anyone in the world until the early 1970’s.

Although Pancho’s game was on the way down by his early thirties (most players peak out in their late twenties), his late results give us an idea of how great he must have been at his zenith. At the age of 43 he won his last Open tournament at Des Moines. In 1968 at the age of 40 he reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, defeating second-seeded Tony Roche (a finalist at Wimbledon). The next year he beat Charlie Pasarell (ranked #1 in the US in 1967) at Wimbledon in an incredible five-hour match played over two days, saving seven match points in the fifth set. That same year he beat John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe (6-0, 6-2, 6-4) at Las Vegas, the second most lucrative tournament of the year. In early 1970, at nearly 42 years of age, the old man beat the world’s number one, Rod Laver, in a $10,000 winner-take-all match at Madison Square Garden, to the delight of a crowd of 14,761.

Pancho was a great competitor. I consider him to be the greatest competitor that I ever saw play the game, though I never watched Jack Kramer or the players that came before Kramer like Vines, Riggs, Perry, etc., so I can not compare them to Gonzales. But there was, in my opinion, nobody in the last forty-five years better at winning than Pancho, including the likes of McEnroe and Connors, who resembled him in temperament. Once Gonzales got an opponent down the outcome was assured. He was like an anaconda in that once he got his teeth into an opponent escape was virtually impossible. Although I am sure it must have happened from time to time, I never personally witnessed Gonzales lose his serve when he was serving for the set or the match. At the finish he took his time and he looked across the net with blazing eyes and ferocious resolve. Here his first serve went in with uncanny frequency. Like the other champions of his time, he followed it in to net where he was, with his incredible athletic ability, size and speed, able to reach all but the greatest passing shots. Pancho’s volley was flawless. His hands were soft and secure, much like McEnroe’s, and his nerves were steely calm under pressure. In the clutch Pancho simply did not miss.

Pancho was one of those rare individuals who could actually play better when he got mad. Lots of people think they can do this, but few actually can. When the ordinary mortal becomes angry his judgment clouds, his hands stiffen, his patience evaporates, and he loses. He may make some great shots and play streaks of inspired tennis, but these interludes are adulterated and ultimately undone by errors. This was not the case with Gonzales (nor was it the case with Connors or MacEnroe in their primes). Anger simply motivated Gonzales. It increased his adrenaline and made him more alert, quicker, stronger and more focused on winning than ever. He became meaner and more menacing. Compared to Gonzales, Connors and McEnroe were pussycats. Gonzales was much bigger, had a nasty-looking scar across one side of his face and, when riled, his eyes flashed, his expression darkened and you got the nasty feeling that he was about to hurt you. Pancho came from the rough part of town and was known to have gone into the stands after spectators that annoyed him. He was scary. And, to the consternation of his opponents, Gonzales was easily angered. His rival and friend over the years, Pancho Segura, pegged him right when he said of him, “Gonzales is very even-tempered. He is always mad.”

My first experience with Gonzales’ temper was in the late 1957 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles where he was playing Lew Hoad on their head to head world tour. I was eighteen at the time and had gained free admission by agreeing to call a sideline. In the middle of the match I made a close call against Gonzales. With explosive violence he whacked a ball into the backstop near my head, glared at me and growled threateningly “Watch that fucking line better.” That straightened me right up. I don’t know whether I made a bad call on that ball or not, but you can be sure that I wasn’t about to call another ball against Gonzales unless I was dead certain I was right. Gonzales was nothing if not effective.

On the professional tour in the 1950’s and 1960’s Gonzales was a loner. He had the personality of a timber-wolf, and, unlike the other players who were generally sociable and enjoyed the each other’s company, Pancho kept to himself. He was a brooding, antagonistic and contrary individual, feuding with tennis associations, promoters, opponents and spectators alike. He was in trouble from the beginning of his career, having run afoul of Perry T. Jones, the czar of Southern California Tennis during the time Gonzales was an amateur. Perry Jones insisted that all junior players under his tutelage complete high school. Gonzales was more interested in racing cars and playing tennis and quit school anyway. Jones banned him from junior tournaments. But genius can not be denied and Gonzales, after sitting around for over a year, came of age, was able to escape Perry Jones by competing in the men’s division, winning the US Championships a couple of times and turning pro.

Pancho was a beautiful athlete. He was big (about 6’3”) but looked bigger. He had long arms and legs and moved with marvelous speed and grace. His reputation was as a huge server, but power was not how he really won. He was a “touch” player and won by reaching everything and rarely making mistakes. He had wonderful control and an instinct for keeping the ball in awkward positions for his opponent. If you watched him play at a distance you could have mistaken him for little Ken Rosewall because his movements were so quick and effortless. He had perfect balance, never seemed rushed, and changed directions like a cat.

As was typical of his era, Pancho served and volleyed. He relied on holding his own serve indefinitely while making his opponent work on every point to hold serve. Pancho had a powerful forehand which was dangerous on passing shots and a consistent slice backhand. The backhand passing shot was Pancho’s only weakness. Because he came under the ball he could, against a volleyer, only dink it crosscout, lob it, or hit it relatively hard up the line. Pancho returned serve very well with his backhand, keeping the ball very low and never missing it. The volleyer did not have to worry about getting passed on Pancho’s serve return, but he was surely going to have to hit a low volley. Soft as it was, this ball was very difficult to put away, particularly since Pancho ran like a gazelle. A wise opponent would hit this shot back deep to Pancho’s backhand and a little game of cat and mouse would ensue, with Pancho chipping, lobbing, running, and smacking the occasional down-the-line passing shot. Sometimes Pancho would come in on his serve return and try to pick his opponent’s volley off out of the air so there was never an opportunity to relax. If the opponent was sure-handed and quick he could hold serve relatively consistently, but it was physically demanding and mentally wearing. Meanwhile, Pancho kept a death-grip on his own serve. Eventually Pancho’s opponent would make a few mistakes, Pancho would knock off a couple of passing shots and it would be over.

Pancho did not get great just because he was a superior athlete. He liked to play and spent a great deal of time on the court. I first met Pancho when I was 17 years old (in 1956). As one of the better juniors in Southern California, I used to work out at Hillcrest Country Club where my good friend, Carl Earn, was the pro. Carl, who was in his mid-thirties at the time, had toured on the pro circuit with Don Budge and Welby Van Horn and still liked to play. He was a lively and funny character, and I used to practice with him often. One day Gonzales came by and Carl asked him if he wanted to play a set with me. “Yeh”, he said, and we went at it. I won the first few games because Pancho wasn’t warmed up (or really trying) and Carl started kidding him about losing to a junior. Pancho snarled, turned on the juice, and won the next six games. The interesting part was that Pancho Gonzales, the best player in the world, loved the game so much that he was happy, in his spare time, to get on the court with a junior. That would not happen much today.

Years later Pancho was as keen to play as ever. In 1967 I was working out at the Los Angeles Tennis Club to get ready for the Pacific Southwest tournament. In those days I was one of the better players in the United States and was capable of giving Pancho a tough match in practice (although in a tournament I could not have beaten him). Since I was the best player in town at the time, we played, at Pancho’s insistence, three out of five set matches every afternoon, with the loser paying for the balls. (As an indication of how much the game has changed, here was one of the best players in the world actually motivated by the price of a can of balls!) Our matches usually lasted over three hours and, to boot, the 38 year-old Gonzales had already played an hour or two in the morning.

Pancho was still a ferocious competitor but was starting to mellow just a little. As an example, in one of our matches I supplied a can of Spalding balls to start with. The first set went back and forth, and when I won it Pancho let out a roar, “These God Damn balls aren’t true,” and smacked all three of them over the fence. He claimed that they were unbalanced and did not fly straight and refused to play until we got a new can of Wilsons. The second set was particularly gruesome since Pancho was still stung from the loss of the first. He glowered, cursed and smacked the occasional ball into the fence, all the while playing better and better as he became madder and more vicious. He finally got the upper hand late in the set and as we changed sides he snarled, “How would you like to play a son of a bitch like me three out of five sets on CLAY?” I thought I detected a twinkle in his eye when he said it. For the first time I could remember Pancho actually seemed to be making subtle fun of himself.

Years earlier his nasty remarks were meant to have more sting, although he was such an idol to me that I was just happy he was talking to me at all. At one time I asked him where he got that long scar across his face. “From asking too many questions!” he replied, glaring and staring at me. I wasn’t sure if he was kidding but I shut up anyway. Another time we were practicing and I was giving him a closer match than he thought I should. I hit what I thought was a clever angle volley winner and he shouted at me, “You can’t break a fucking egg with your volley, just like Tony.” He was trying to insult me, but by Tony he meant Tony Trabert, who I thought was a great player, so I considered it to be a compliment.

Notwithstanding the occasional outburst, playing Pancho was fun. He didn’t hurt you too much on your own serve so you could usually get into the match. He relied more on consistency than power, more on wearing you down than blowing you out, so you were able to develop rhythm against him. If you didn’t miss many volleys you could hold serve with some regularity.

Breaking his serve was the problem. His height and fluid action allowed him to hit big, flat serves wide and ace you. His second serve was generally a heavy, deep kick, although he could slice wide to the forehand when he wanted. But Pancho beat you with his volley more than his serve. Instead of hitting the big first serve all the time he mixed it up with slices and kicks. This increased his percentages and kept you off balance. You had to always be alert for the big one and this made his spin serves more effective. His volley was so good that he didn’t have to ace you. Once he was established at net, passing or lobbing him was extremely difficult. Only the hardest hitters could get the ball out of his reach, and if Pancho reached the ball he could volley it anywhere.

How good was Pancho compared to the other tennis greats? I think it depends on his opponent’s style of play and the surface. He was certainly among the best I have ever seen. In 1971, at the age of 43 he beat 19-year-old Jimmy Connors (certainly several before Jimmy’s prime but many years after Pancho’s) in the finals of the Pacific Southwest Championship, and he killed a mature Ken Rosewall in a head to head tour. Pancho is the only player that I would have bet on against the great Borg on clay. Borg wore opponents down on clay but did not volley well, and if you did not come to net against Pancho, you could not exploit his lone weakness – the lack of a strong backhand passing shot. Borg would have had to run on the baseline with Pancho, and Pancho’s sliced backhand was very efficient and physically easy to hit. Borg’s topspin shots, in contrast, took a lot of effort. Pancho was also fast, relentless and could run with anybody. Ultimately, Pancho could have picked his spots and come to net to finish Borg. On the other hand, Pancho would have had a lot of trouble, on a fast court, against McEnroe or Sampras, both of whom had great volleys and could have attacked Pancho’s backhand at net behind their serves, and both of whom could hit passing shots hard enough to pass Pancho.

In his later years Pancho mellowed considerably, becoming almost gentle. (In case you can’t tell by the way I have talked about him, I idolized, loved and profoundly respected the man.) Like most of the great players, he was very intelligent, direct and honest. If he told you something it was certainly true. At one time I asked him if he would be willing to take a personality test that I was administering as a research project to see how great players compared, mentally, to ordinary people. Pancho said he didn’t have time to take it on the spot, but that he would take the test back to Las Vegas, fill it out there, and send it to me. The test required over and hour to complete and, true to his word, Pancho took the time to fill it out and return it to me.

In his 60’s he married Rita Agassi, Andre Agassi’s sister, and Pancho’s sixth wife. With her he had a son, Skyler, who was the apple of his aging eye. Every time I saw him, in those later years, he told me stories about what a talented tennis player young Skyler was. On one occasion I could not resist teasing him and said, “Of course Skyler is a great athlete. He has Andre Agassi’s genes.” Pancho laughed. He was, by now, a far wiser and gentler old soul than the wolf I had known those many years ago. It was a horrible shame that he couldn’t have lived longer to enjoy the fruits of his genius and see Skyler grow up.

 

5 Responses to “RICHARD (PANCHO) GONZALES, POSSIBLY THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL”

  • Chad Baron says:

    I recently got to listen to Dennis Ralston who was coached by Pancho and it was very insightful and entertaining to get to hear. This article is a great reminder of a great competitor and has motivated me to find video of Pancho playing so that I can study his technique.

  • Paul says:

    Hello Dr Fox.

    Very interesting article.

    I hope you do not mind me going off topic here but I just finished reading your great book and was interested in your comments on brooding after losses.

    I am fairly new to this game (4 years – now 46) and have improved rapidly. I find I play best if I can turn off sections of my brain and I manage to do this quite well. However, the pay back is my brain wants to analyse all of my earlier game that night when I should be asleep. This is much worse if something new or unusual (good or bad) cropped up in the game.

    I am guessing your brooding including some tossing and turning the night after and I wondered if you have any tips on getting a good sleep after matches.

    many thanks

    Paul

The Winner’s Mind – Allen Fox Tennis

A Competitor’s Guide to Sports and Business Success

 

The Winner's Mind by Dr. Allen Fox“The mental traits involved in achievement and success appear transferable from one sport to another and to business as well,” Fox writes in his new book The Winner’s Mind: A Competitor’s Guide To Sports and Business Success. “They are generalized attitudes and mental approaches to problem solving that certain individuals employ in whatever realm they wish to become successful. These individuals are rare. Fortunately, the rest of us can learn how to do it by observing, analyzing, and emulating the tricks used by those who are naturally good at it.”

In short, if you’re not a natural winner, find someone who is and copy his/her strategy.

The Winner’s Mind provides a thought-provoking analysis of the nature of competitiveness. Fox — himself a former world-class tennis player, coach and successful entrepreneur — has written a book that goes far beyond the typical “sports metaphor” genre. He has interwoven intelligently written theory and practical advice with a tapestry of stories from the realms of sports, entertainment, history, and the business world.

The first half of his book delves into the genetic and biological roots of the drive to win as well as the struggle between ambition and fear that paralyzes us and keeps us from giving the game our all. As Fox explains, “unconscious fear of failure nullifies the will to win by distorting perceptions and causing competitors to refuse to compete, lie to themselves, make excuses, blame others, procrastinate, fail to finish tasks, and panic on the verge of victory.”

Some few people are naturally good at winning in whatever arena they compete. But what if you’re not naturally one of them? What if you’re a laid-back type who just doesn’t enjoy the fight? Do you have to settle for always coming in second best? Of course not, says Fox. You simply need to watch the natural winners and do what they do. And that’s the point of the second half of The Winner’s Mind. It explains what makes some people champions — what they think, what they do, and how they think about what they do — so that the rest of us can pick up enough of their tricks to get more of what we want too.

Here are just a few examples:

Be extremely sensitive to actions that succeed and fail. Winners pay extraordinary attention to what works and what doesn’t. They concentrate intently on the task at hand, learn quickly from their successes and failures, and adjust their behaviors accordingly. The losers make the same mistakes repeatedly and are slow to make what would appear to be obvious adjustments. What blinds them?

Fox answers, “Constantly refining one’s techniques to become more efficient or effective takes mental effort, and thinking is hard work. Most people prefer to do their jobs on mental autopilot. It’s less stressful and simply easier. Thinking, planning, and adjusting takes work and may even involve some risk. The losers tend to keep their heads down and just plug along, so they lose to the people who are alert.” The lesson is: Stay attentive to what’s working and what isn’t. Lowering your eyes and simply grinding in the general direction of your goals is apt to be inefficient. You must make a conscious effort to work with your head up — observant so as to soak up and assimilate every bit of available information. At the same time, be especially wary of a natural urge to ignore or discard facts that: 1.) are at odds with your preconceived notions, 2.) cause you to change your plans, or 3.) force you to do things you don’t like. Absorb and employ ALL information so that you work not just hard, but “smart.”

Be alert to problems. When you find one, assume that there is a solution. Successful people are vigilant in confronting problems. They understand their own weaknesses. They want to find out about them because they want to fix them. The losers, on the other hand, are insecure and don’t really believe they can fix problems, so they adopt the “head in the sand” approach. They avoid dealing with problems by not hearing about them. Fox illustrates this point by telling the story of Lew, an acquaintance who had, after 27 years, worked his way into the upper middle management of a growing oil services company. He was content with his comfy job and intended to tread water until his pension came due.

“If Lew was a basketball team, he would have been slowing down the game in order to run out the clock,” Fox says. “He hated problems. If subordinates came to him too often with unresolved problems, Lew became resentful and irritated. To avoid his temper, people learned to stay away from him and live with their problems. In 1996, when the price of oil began a relentless decline, companies in the industry began looking for ways to cut overhead. Unproductive employees who get large salaries are tempting targets. Needless to say, Lew no longer has his cushy position.”

How can you avoid becoming a “Lew?” Quite simply, seek out and identify problems, never avoid them, and tackle them immediately and energetically. But most important of all, adopt the core assumption that there is a solution for any problem. This attitude is the key to everything. It will keep you going if your first solution doesn’t work. It will lead to an optimistic attitude that will help clarify your thinking and open your mind to novel ideas. You will find that believing in this assumption will make it come true.

Let your intellect trump your emotions. Champions have control over their emotions rather than the other way around. They respond to problems with their logic systems rather than their emotional systems. Competitive situations in business and sport generate a host of strong emotions, some of which can hinder or even demolish one’s ability to reach one’s goals. Fear of failure is the major culprit, accompanied, in many cases, by its usual counterproductive cohorts — insecurity, discouragement, frustration and urges to increase one’s importance and fortify one’s fragile ego.

In sports, the losers become immersed in these emotions, are swept hither and yon, and their performance deteriorates. If they are playing well, they feel good. If they are playing badly, they feel bad. This is an unstable situation in that bad play generates bad emotions that, in turn, generate further bad play. When champions are playing badly, they are practical and use their emotions to help them play better. Jimmy Connors, for example, used to psych himself up when he got behind by thinking aggressive, positive, courageous thoughts to induce a flow of adrenaline. He often gestured to the crowd to gain their support, because he knew when they screamed for him he felt brave and good, and when he felt that way, he played better. He used whatever he could to generate the emotions he needed to help his performance, rather than what most tennis players do, which is to let their performance determine their emotions.

Make sure you understand your own emotional inclinations, and be suspicious of your quick decisions if emotions are involved. Emotions are often of short duration and changeable, and the facts may appear very different with the passage of a day or two. Take your time and weigh the issues carefully before making important decisions. Are your emotions mixing into the equation? If so, try to identify them and set them aside. As best you can, work only with the real issues. If you can’t do this by yourself (and most of us can’t), discuss your ideas with a friend or business associate to gain perspective. And really listen. Don’t argue or try to convince your friend or your business associate that your position is correct.

Be willing to work hard and long without immediate reward. For champions, success does not have to come right away. They have the acuity to see past the plateau to the peak beyond, and even when no return is visible on the near horizon, they can keep working with high intensity. Champions are not dependent on immediate reinforcement to drive their efforts. By contrast, most people need tangible success relatively quickly, lest they lose motivation, become disheartened, and stop working.

In The Winner’s Mind, Fox describes a study done by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel on four-year-old children. They were given a choice. They could have one marshmallow immediately, or, if they were willing to wait 20 minutes, they could have two. The children who could sit at the table for 20 minutes — sometimes hiding their eyes so they wouldn’t have to look at the alluring treats — were clearly displaying the ability to delay gratification. Twelve to fourteen years later, these children (now adolescents) were tracked down. The dramatic result? The children who delayed gratification scored 210 points higher on their SAT tests than the ones who didn’t!

“Most bright, ambitious people entering a business are able to learn 95 percent of the necessary and available information in the first year or two,” says Fox. “After that, the work becomes largely routine and repetitious, the pay level doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to rise, and most aspirants begin to wonder if they are just wasting time and going nowhere. What they don’t realize is that the missing five percent of the information is where all the significant money is made. And this five percent takes another five to ten years to gather and assimilate. The moral of the story is this: when you’re working toward a business goal, stick around for the final five percent. Stick around for the extra marshmallows.”

Still worried that you don’t have the “right stuff,” that you weren’t born a winner, that you might have been one of the “two marshmallows now” kids in the experiment? Don’t be. Fox points out that those of us who are forced to learn success strategies (as opposed to being born with them) are often better off than those genetic winners we may envy.

“It is not uncommon for individuals whom we identify as “champions” in their chosen fields to be blindly and excessively driven such that they neglect personal relationships and end up empty and unhappy,” he writes. “Single-minded focus poses its dangers. Yet people need some degree of success and achievement to feel good about themselves. For this reason, one may be better off learning the strategies that bring success in competition and achievement somewhat later rather than being one of the born super-competitors and achieves who has never behaved in any other way.”

“Balance, perspective, and a thoughtful approach to all of life’s difficulties provide the likely path to ultimate fulfillment,” he adds. “And getting a few more wins and the odd bit of extra success won’t hurt the process either.”

Top 14 Tennis Racquets for Beginners 2018 Review

Have you ever wanted to play tennis but clueless on where to start?

Do you dream of being a tennis superstar someday?

If you do, there is one thing that you will need – the best tennis racquet for beginners. If you think that any racquet will suffice, you might want to think again!

From the grip to the frame, from the weight to the overall construction, a beginner-friendly racquet has a huge difference from those that are designed for advanced users.

You cannot just enter a store, pick a racquet randomly, and expect that it will unleash the monster on the court when you are playing.

It is important to be a wise and critical buyer to choose a good tennis racquet.

Don’t know where to begin your search for a starter tennis racquet? Read the rest of this post and find out more about the top picks on the market.

HEAD Ti.S6

Weight is one of the most important considerations when looking for tennis racquet for beginners. Luckily, this model excels in such factor. Based on the technical specifications from the manufacturer, the weight is only eight ounces. This makes it easy to handle and swing. You will be able to take in every shot without the need for too much wrist power.

Despite being lightweight, however, you can have the assurance that it is going to be durable. It is made mostly of titanium with infusions of graphite. This innovative material combination allows the weight to be minimized without the need to sacrifice strength.

Meanwhile, the size of the head is 115 square inches. This makes the sweet spot larger. This simply means that the ball does not necessarily need to land at the center of the racquet. Regardless of the part of the head that it hits, you can expect good energy transfer.

The length of the HEAD Ti.S6 is also extra-long. To be specific, it has a length of 27-3/4 inches, which will be easy to control even for novices.

Pros:

  • Lightweight but durable construction
  • Has a large head
  • Easy to swing

Cons:

  • Can produce a lot of vibration

Babolat Drive 115

Although this is designed with the needs of beginners in mind, a lot of people stay away from it because of its price. The premium price tag, however, can be justified by the fact that it is made by Babolat and that it has a range of innovative features.

Among others, one thing that makes it a top choice for the best tennis racquets for beginners is that it comes with an open-string pattern. To add, it has power and spin that are incredible, given the fact that it is for starters in the sport.

It has technologies that are similar to those that you can find at the Pure Drive Line, except for the fact that the Babolat Drive 115 is lighter. The reduction in weight will make it effortless to use, which is why it is beginner-friendly.

The Cortex System is another thing that is notable in this racquet. It improves the overall feel of the product to emphasize your comfort. As you all know, if you are more comfortable, you can perform better in your game.

Pros:

  • Comfortable to use
  • Does not compromise power
  • Has a long handle

Cons:

  • Expensive

Prince Textreme Tour 100T

This is another option that comes at a premium price. Nonetheless, feature-wise, it will provide the best value for every dollar that you will spend.

One of the assets of the Prince Textreme Tour 100T is the flex rating of 62, which is excellent for beginners.

When it comes to the tech details of the racquet, on the other hand, it has a length of 27 inches, head size of 100 square inches, and a 7-point head-light balance.

Meanwhile, the weight is 11 ounces, which is pretty much light. It is an extremely fast racquet that makes sure all of your shots will be sent with enough power without making you feel uncomfortable.

Lastly, it is exceptional because it has a revolutionary material known as TeXtreme. The main benefit of the latter is stability. In the case of others, they are no longer stable when their weight is minimized. This racquet is definitely not one of those as it remains stable!

Pros:

  • Has excellent stability
  • Effortless to maneuver
  • Comfortable grip

Cons:

  • Expensive

Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Strung

For short and compact swings, this is another racquet that holds a lot of promise. It used to be one of the best-selling models from Wilson prior to the introduction of their more advanced lines of tennis racquets.

One of the most exceptional technologies you can find in the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is the Hyper Carbon. It is a material that has a wide range of aerospace applications. Compared to titanium, this is a material that has a reputation for being 65% lighter, four times stiffer, and four times stronger.

Meanwhile, with the hammer technology, it has much of its weight concentrated on the head. It has a head-heavy balance, which will make it great in terms of power. If you like to make aggressive smashes, this is a good choice.

Lastly, it also has a dual taper beam, which makes it stiff in the critical areas, specifically in the area where the ball will hit, providing it with an increased power.

Pros:

  • Has an open string pattern
  • Easy to control
  • Provides excellent value for money

Cons:

  • Not for people with large hands

HEAD Liquidmetal 8 Pre-strung

This is another must-have on your list of a good beginner tennis racquet. The liquid metal material is one of the reasons why this is an exceptional pick. It is found on four of the strategic parts, providing the benefit of being durable while still being lightweight.

Another great thing about the liquid metal technology is that all of your energy will have an influence on the power of the swing, which means that none of your efforts will go to waste.

The oversized head of this product is also a plus. In fact, this is one of the reasons why it is rated for beginners. The large head means that you will be able to catch the ball. If it is smaller, there is a higher likelihood that you will miss it.

Meanwhile, it also comes with an integrated string dampener. The latter is the one that is responsible for the absorption of the vibration created by the strings and is also one of the reasons why the Head Liquidmetal 8 is a comfortable choice.

Pros:

  • Has a generous sweet spot
  • Significantly reduces vibration
  • Maximizes energy returns without too much effort

Cons:

  • String quality could be better

Babolat Drive Max 110 Racquet Strung

This racquet has a head size of 110 square inches, length of 27.5 inches, and weight of 260 grams. By being a lightweight racket, you can expect that it will perform well when used by a beginner. You do not need to have a powerful wrist. It is easy to control and will also be super responsive.

Looking at its technological features, it has an elliptical geometry frame. The latter is one of the reasons why it is built to be tough. This is unlike other frames that can easily become twisted.

To add, the Babolat Drive Max 110 also has the Cortex Comfort Technology. This is one more thing that beginners are sure to appreciate. The latter reduces the vibration that your hand feels every time the ball makes an impact. Even when playing for an extended period, this technology will make sure that you will not easily complain of fatigue and discomfort.

Lastly, it also comes with a graphite construction. The latter is a high-end material that is known for having a minimal weight without sacrificing durability.

Pros:

  • Durable construction
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to control

Cons:

  • May lack power

Prince Warrior 100L ESP

With a weight of only nine ounces, this is another option that you should not miss on your search for tennis racquets for beginners. Because of the minimal weight, you can deliver excellent speed and powerful swings even if your wrist is not yet that powerful.

It has an open string pattern, which is one of the several factors that ensure its power. The balance is also head heavy, which will allow you to hit the ball with impressive force without the need to push too hard.

Your volleys will also be exceptional, which can be attributed to the fact that it offers great maneuverability. Your serves, meanwhile, will be easy. In fact, it will be almost effortless. This can be due to the lightness of the racquet.

Lastly, it is also worth noting that it has the Extra Spin Pattern. This is an innovative technology that has been exclusively developed to give the ball a good spin once you hit it. It does not matter if you are a beginner, your spin will stun your opponent!

Pros:

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Excellent grip
  • Comes with a wide string pattern

Cons:

  • Minimal reviews are available online

Babolat Pure Drive Racquet

This is another technologically-advanced product from Babolat, a name that is already considered as an institution in the world of tennis.

While there are many notable features, one worth highlighting is the EVO beam. The latter allows the even distribution of weight on the different parts. It offers an abundance of benefits, such as having less torque and lower swing weight.

Another exceptional feature is the FSI Technology. The latter makes the sweet spot larger. With this, even if the ball hits off the center of the head, you can be confident that there will still be a great power. This is important for those who have yet to master precision and accuracy.

Meanwhile, with the Woofer technology, the strings and the frame will be interactive. This improves the contact time between the ball and the string by as much as 25%. The result is better energy transfer, sending off the ball far.

Lastly, the Babolat Pure Drive also has the Cortex Dampening System. This is incorporated in the handle and is the one that is responsible for the reduction of the shock for improved comfort.

Pros:

  • Has a high-quality frame
  • Well-balanced and easy to handle
  • Great maneuverability

Cons:

  • Can be quite stiff for some users

HEAD MicroGel Radical Head

This racquet has a weight of 10.4 ounces, length of 27 inches, beam of 21 millimeters, and head size of 98 square inches.

Aesthetically-speaking, this is one of the most colorful racquets that I have seen. It has a striking design that is sure to turn heads in the absence of having to punch holes in your pocket.

It is also filled with advanced technologies that set it apart from most of its competitors. Among others, one of the most notable is the MicroGel Technology. Along with the carbon composite fibers, this material helps in the absorption and distribution of impact once the ball lands on the frame. This improves stability and comfort.

The level of control in this racquet is also amazing. You will find it easier to dominate every game and your every swing will be more powerful.

If there is one problem with the HEAD MicroGel Radical Head, it would be with the grip. Some people might find it quite uncomfortable, especially after an extended game.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Good color combination
  • Lightweight and easy to handle

Cons:

  • Grip quality can be better

Head Graphene Speed Lite

If you are on the lookout for lightweight tennis racquets, be sure to include this in your options. Weighing only 285 grams, this will be almost effortless for you to maneuver. This will also lessen the chances of straining the wrist.

The Head Graphene Speed Lite has a length of 27 inches, which is pretty much the standard in the product category. The head size is 102 square inches.

The best thing about this product is the Graphene Touch technology. The latter is the reason why it is great in terms of the shock absorption that it can deliver. It has a dampening technology that lessens shock while improving the wow factor in your every shot.

Another thing that makes it a notable option is the fact that it adapts to your stroke. For instance, during a high-speed impact, the frame will be stiffer, which will be great in terms of improving its power to send the ball far.

Pros:

  • Does not require too much effort to maneuver
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons:

  • String quality can be better

Prince Premier 105L ESP

Wrapping up the list of the best tennis racquet for beginners is a model with a head size of 105 square inches, balance of 335 millimeters, and a weight of 270 grams when it is unstrung.

One thing that you will love the most with the Prince Premier 105L ESP is the EXO3 System. As explained by the manufacturer, this innovation makes sure that no energy will be put to waste. It allows the racquet to capture about 26% more energy, which will make every shot more powerful without being explosive.

Meanwhile, it also has the Double Bridge System, another innovation that is common in the racquets from the manufacturer. The latter is the one that dampens the vibration in the strings and frame. As it absorbs shock, fatigue will be minimized. you can expect the highest level of comfort when you are playing.

Pros:

  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Minimizes vibration
  • Good-looking design

Cons:

  • Minimal user reviews

Conclusion

The best tennis racquet for beginners is the best weapon that can bring with you on the court. Your performance will demonstrate a significant improvement and it will be easy to learn the rigors of the sport if you have a racquet designed for a newbie.

I suggest that you take the time to go through the options that are available. Think beyond the price. When choosing from the best beginner tennis racquets, pay attention to what you are most comfortable with and one that can provide you with power in every shot.

Top 17 Tennis Shoes for Standing All Day 2018 Review

Slouching, cardiovascular diseases, varicose veins, joint compression, and muscle fatigue – these are just some of the things that can happen to you when you stand all day.

In fact, standing is twice as bad for your heart compared to sitting, at least, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Standing might not be a deadly disease, but it can cause pain and discomfort. This will negatively affect your performance at work. The solution? Use the best tennis shoes for standing all day!

Are you a nurse, receptionist, sales personnel, chef, or security guard? If you are in any of these jobs or any other job where you stand all day, you need to find the right footwear. We are here to help you decide which one to purchase!

Best Tennis Shoes for Standing All Day Reviews

Nike Men’s Tanjun Premium

This is made by one of the most trusted footwear brands globally, making it an exceptional pick for the best work shoes if you stand all day.

The name of the shoe is derived from a Japanese word that literally translates to simplicity, which speaks a lot about its style. It has a streamlined and modern design that makes it ideal even for casual wear.

Looking at its features, one of the most impressive is the textile upper, which offers breathability and comfort. This encourages air circulation, which will also keep your feet dry even if you stand for a long time.

The midsole and the outsole of the Nike Men’s Tanjun Premium, on the other hand, have high-quality materials that are known for their ability to absorb shock. It has a cushioning that is comfortable without adding a burden of weight in the shoe.

Pros:

  • Provides unmatched comfort
  • Simple but stylish
  • Has a lightweight cushioning

Cons:

  • Too narrow for some people

ASICS Men’s GEL-Excite 4 Running Shoe

Although the shoe is designed specifically for running, it will also be great for standing shoes. One of the reasons for the latter is the premium cushioning that provides the foot with a comfortable bed. It comes with molded EVA midsole, which is also great in terms of its ability to absorb shock or impact.

To provide the comfort that you need, the ASICS GEL-Excite 4 is made with the use of breathable materials that will let air in and circulate. It also helps that it has padded tongue and collar.

Meanwhile, with the high-abrasion outsole, you can expect that it will withstand long-term use. This is unlike other soles that wear out easily.

It also has vertical and horizontal flex grooves. Whether you are running or playing tennis, this feature will let you move and transition as smoothly as possible.

Pros:

  • Breathable upper
  • Has a secure fit
  • Good ability to absorb shock

Cons:

  • Not for people with wide feet

Nike Men’s Free Rn Running Shoe

With a mesh upper, this is another choice for shoes for standing all day that you should not miss. It offers good breathability as it is well-ventilated. The engineered mesh upper is also constructed in such a way that it moves with you, which makes it great for running, as well as for tennis. Regardless of how fast you move, the shoe will be able to keep up with your pace!

Another reason to love the Nike Men’s Free Rn is the Dynamic Fit Technology. The latter makes sure that it provides a glove-like fit for the shoe to stay on your foot all the time.

It also has a minimal and molded sock liner, which is another reason why it is comfortable for standing. Plus, it also has solid rubber segments that can effectively absorb shock.

Pros:

  • Feels like you are barefoot
  • Made of lightweight materials
  • Excellent breathability

Cons:

  • Small objects can easily get stuck on the treads

Saucony Women’s Cohesion TR10 Running Shoes

One of the reasons why this will make a great pick for the best sneakers for standing all day is the inner mesh linen, which is the one that contributes to its breathability. This is a great complement to the mesh upper of the shoe.

The Saucony Women’s Cohesion TR10 also features the GRID system, which is the one that is responsible for providing exceptional cushioning. This is unlike other shoes that seem to be too hard when you are standing.

With the lace closure, you will be able to easily adjust the fit of the shoe. You can customize it based on how tight or how loose you want the fit to be.

Lastly, it also has a rubber outsole with excellent traction. The design of the sole adds comfort to the shoe as well.

Pros:

  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Has a breathable mesh
  • Good traction

Cons:

  • Sizing can be inaccurate

New Balance Women’s WW577 Walking Shoe

Whether it is for your work or for casual wear, this is a shoe that you will love. Among others, one of its notable features is the ABZORB technology, which is incorporated in the cushioning. The latter will be excellent in absorbing shock and provides the foot with a comfortable place to rest when you are standing.

The New Balance Women’s WW577 is constructed with a supple leather upper. The material is not only durable but also flexible. The flexibility of the material is perhaps the reason why it is categorized as a walking shoe. Despite the latter, it is also great for tennis and when you are standing all day.

Lastly, it has a high-performance outsole, which will deliver great performance regardless of the surface.

Pros:

  • Has a durable outsole
  • Snug fit
  • Casual design

Cons:

  • Instep can be tight

ASICS Women’s Gel Upcourt Volleyball Shoe

Command attention without sacrificing your comfort – this is one of the many things that you can expect from the ASICS Women’s Gel Upcourt. Although this is a volleyball shoe, you can also use it on the tennis court and when you are standing all day.

The shoe has a synthetic upper and a man-made sole. The mesh upper is also excellent in terms of breathability. With the enhanced comfort that the shoe provides, you will not feel easily fatigued regardless of the demands of your job.

The cushioned footbed of the ASICS Gel Upcourt is another reason why you won’t end up complaining of discomfort even after an extended period of wearing the shoe.

Pros:

  • Has excellent stability
  • Comes with an innovative gel cushioning
  • Breathable design

Cons:

  • Arch support could be better

ASICS Women’s Gel-Game 6 Tennis Shoe

The list of the best tennis shoes for standing all day will not be complete without a mention of this product. Similar to most of the shoes from ASICS, it also has the forefoot gel cushioning system. This is an innovative feature that helps in attenuating shock, which results in optimizing the comfort of the wearer.

Meanwhile, with the Trusstic System Technology, the weight of the sole is minimized in the absence of compromising its structural integrity.

Lastly, the ASICS Women’s Gel-Game 6 also has an outsole that is made of solid rubber. This adds to the cushioning that is already provided by the midsole, allowing you to stand in the most comfortable manner that is possible.

Pros:

  • Good stability and support
  • Durable
  • Excellent ability to attenuate shock

Cons:

  • Some might find it to be too stiff

Nike Flex Experience RN 5 Running Shoe

Look stylish when you go to work with this shoe, which is another great option if you want to be more comfortable when you are standing. Like most of the shoes that are mentioned in this guide, it comes with a mesh upper to encourage ventilation, and hence, provide the best for your comfort.

The articulated and full-length grooves of the Nike Flex RN 5 are also great. If you need to move a lot in your job, not just stand, this feature will come handy. It improves the flexibility of the shoe to be sure that it keeps up with your movement and speed.

The waffle outsole, on the other hand, will provide great traction on a variety of surfaces while also providing additional cushion.

Pros:

  • Made by a trusted brand
  • Has a lot of room for the feet the breathe
  • Seamless design

Cons:

  • A bit chunky

New Balance WX608V4 Women’s Training Shoe

Although the shoe comes with a leather upper, it still fares well when it comes to breathability. This means that your comfort will not be compromised even if it is not made of mesh.

One of the things that make the New Balance WX608V4 Training Shoes excellent is the dual density collar. The latter is made of a combination of soft and firm materials, making it possible to offer the benefit of both comfort and support.

To make it exceptional for standing all day, it also has great cushioning. This is made possible by the EVA foam in the footbed. It is firm but flexible. Whether you stand a long time or move a lot, this is a pair that can deliver a high level of satisfaction.

Pros:

  • Has a dual density collar
  • Impressive leather upper
  • Provides soft cradle to the foot

Cons:

  • Can be quite heavy for some

Nike Men’s Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Made specifically for running, this will also be a great choice for standing all day footwear, even for those who play tennis.

In terms of the construction of the shoe, one thing that we like the most is the mesh upper. It offers flexibility, which is why it will never restrict your movement. The best benefit of a mesh is perhaps when it comes to ventilation. Even on a hot day, air circulation will not be a problem.

The cushioning in the midsole of the Nike Men’s Air Zoom Pegasus 33, meanwhile, is what makes it great for those who stand all day. It is not too firm or too soft. The cushioning is perfectly balanced to provide both comfort and support to the user.

Pros:

  • Has a responsive cushioning
  • Provides a glove-like fit
  • Breathable upper

Cons:

  • Tongue padding can be thicker

Skechers Sport Men’s Fit Reprint Oxford

Another notable option for the best shoes for standing, this has been given words of praises by many users because of the memory foam insole. The latter provides personalized fit based on the contour of your foot. This is also the reason why you will remain comfortable even if you stand for an extended period.

It also comes with a shock-absorbing midsole, which is one of the reasons why it is recommended for standing all day.

There are perforations in the front of the Skechers Sport Men’s Fit Reprint Oxford. This allows air in. It might not have a mesh upper, but the comfort that it provides is still good.

Meanwhile, with the lace closure of the shoe, you can easily adjust the fit based on what you personally find to be most comfortable.

Pros:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Excellent insole

Cons:

  • Possible discrepancies in sizing

ASICS Men’s Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe

Although this is marketed as a walking shoe, it will also be good for jobs that require you to stand all day. It is designed with an emphasis on support and comfort. Wearing this shoe will be a great way to minimize fatigue in your line of work.

The shoe may look a bit chunky but when it is worn, you will easily realize how lightweight it is. This makes it easy for you to move around and is the reason why it is a top-rated walking shoe.

With DuoMax and Trusstic Systems, meanwhile, the ASICS Men’s Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe is able to provide great support. This is also the reason why it ranks well when it comes to stability, regardless of how swift your movements are. Even if you are playing tennis, the shoes will not find it hard to keep up with your speed.

Pros:

  • Has excellent traction
  • Lightweight
  • Provides remarkable support

Cons:

  • Not for people with wide feet

Adidas NEO Men’s Cloudfoam Race Running Shoe

The Cloudfoam technology is the main reason why this is also ranked as one of the best shoes for being on your feet all day. As the name implies, it provides a foam that is as soft as a cloud. You will feel comfortable all the time.

Aside from the cushioning, the breathable construction of the upper is another thing that makes this exceptional. The latter encourages ventilation to make you feel comfortable. This is especially a good thing when working during a hot day.

For its style, on the other hand, the Adidas Neo Men’s Cloudfoam Race Running Shoe has a soft suede overlay on the top. It is thin, which is why it will not block the air that will circulate around your foot when wearing the shoe.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Has a breathable mesh
  • Excellent traction from the rubber sole

Cons:

  • Might take a while to break in

Nike Men’s Roshe Two Running Shoe

One of the things that we loved the most about this shoe is the ribbed design, which allows the color to shift along with your movements, causing a slight change in its appearance.

The midsole offers three foam densities, which is the one that is responsible for making the cushioning hard to match. For this reason, it is amongst the most comfortable shoes for standing. Even if you are on the hard ground, your foot won’t feel much of the pressure.

To make it even more comfortable, there is also a padded collar and a sock liner that is embedded with a special kind of foam.

Lastly, the shoe also has a mesh upper, which is one of the common denominators among shoes that are excellent in terms of breathability and comfort.

Pros:

  • Breathable and lightweight
  • Has a casual design
  • Good lacing system

Cons:

  • May lack durability

New Balance Men’s MW411v2 Walking Shoe

The breathability of this shoe is one thing that can convince you to have it chosen over others. The main reason for this is the perforated upper, which will allow air to circulate. This is one thing that you will appreciate the most during a hot day.

With the lace-up closure, meanwhile, it will be easy to adjust the fit of the New Balance MW411v2 based on how tight or how loose you want it to be. There are extra eyelets on the top, which will allow you to make the fit snug if preferred.

Meanwhile, to make it an ideal candidate for the best work shoes for standing all day, it has IMEVA midsole technology. This is an innovative feature that provides a thick cushioning to ensure your highest level of comfort when standing up.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • Arch support can be better

Reebok Women’s Work n Cushion Walking Shoe

If you work long hours and if you have been always complaining of fatigue, now is the time to change your shoe and the Reebok Women’s Work n Cushion can be a perfect choice. It has a slip-resistant sole, which will be great if you work in a place where you have to move a lot.

The low-cut shape of the shoe is also a plus. This makes it comfortable and provides you with more freedom to move without hurting your ankle.

With forefoot flex grooves, on the other hand, you will feel comfortable in every stride.

There is also a beveled heel, which will be great in terms of keeping your forward momentum.

Pros:

  • Has a slip-resistant sole
  • Affordable
  • Easy to move around

Cons:

  • Not as durable as higher-end alternatives

New Balance Women’s WID627v1 Steel Toe Training Work Shoe

The steel toe cap of this shoe is one of the reasons why it is a great option for workplace footwear, especially when there is a risk of a falling object.

As one of the best shoes for standing all day, on the other hand, it offers superior cushioning. This is because of the EVA footbed. The midsole has just the right level of firmness to support the feet and make you feel comfortable all throughout.

The Abzorb heel is one of the innovative features that should be emphasized in New Balance WID627v1. This means that the heel contains a revolutionary material that can absorb shock, which is another reason why it is comfortable for standing all day.

Pros:

  • Has a steel toe reinforcement
  • Stylish
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Sizing issues

What You Should Know About Chooseing Tennis Shoes for Standing All Day

Whether you play tennis or you stand all day in your job, it is important to note that you should not use just any shoe. Choose one that will make you feel comfortable and will enable you to do demonstrate your peak performance.

With the right shoe, you can easily become one of the top employees in the workplace. But hey, don’t get me wrong, the shoes alone will not be enough to outdo the performance of others!

Importance of the Right Shoe

Here are some of the reasons why you need to invest in the best tennis shoes for standing all day.

Be Comfortable at Work

How many times have you complained about body pain, swollen foot, or an aching ankle? If you always whine about these things, consider this as a warning from the stars – you need to change your shoe into a pair wherein you will feel more comfortable!

Enhanced Productivity

Unproductive employees = unprofitable business. If you want to be a more productive asset to the organization, you need to invest in the right shoes. Believe me, it will work like magic in making you more efficient and productive in what you do!

Improved Health

Indeed, health is wealth. So, be sure to change your shoes and opt for a pair that is designed specifically for standing all day. Chances of suffering from an injury will be lesser. Blood circulation and posture can also be improved!

How to Choose the Best Tennis Shoes for Standing All Day

Confused – this is how you will end up as you try to search for the best work shoes for standing all day. Be wise and take a look at these factors to make the right decision.

Evaluate the Materials Used

From the upper to the sole, see to it that the shoe is made of high-quality materials that will put an emphasis on your comfort. The materials should not just be durable, but should also be breathable, especially the top part.

Find the Right Fit

When shopping for footwear, size is one of the most critical considerations. It will be best if you can fit the shoe before you purchase it. This will give you an actual feel for the comfort that it can provide.

Look for a Wide Toe Box

Since you will be standing for an extended period, you need a shoe that is roomy enough providing the foot with the room to breathe. If the toe box is narrow, it can apply pressure on the feet and this can be painful.

Choose your Style

No one wants to have ugly shoes. We want to be stylish, but you should do so without compromising your comfort. I suggest that you cop a pair that has a head-turning design, making others envious of what you are wearing!

Final Words

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to invest in the best tennis shoes for standing all day, including those that we have listed above. Ditch your old pair of work shoes and replace it with one that is more comfortable!

Do not put your body at risk by wearing shoes that are not suitable for your needs. Do not sacrifice your health and productivity at work. Go beyond style and price!

Top 14 Tennis Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis 2018 Review

Tennis players can suffer from a number of injuries, one of the most common being plantar fasciitis. It is not only painful but can also be frustrating as it will limit your movements. It negatively impacts your agility and power, making you an underperformer.

Luckily, with the right footwear, you can still be in your peak shape as you play. It might not provide an instant cure for the problem, but when you wear the best tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis, it will be easier to dominate the court with every shot that you will make.

If you are asking what tennis shoes are best for plantar fasciitis, read on and you will find out as we identify some of the top brands and models that are worth considering.

Best Tennis Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Review

K-swiss Grancourt II

When it comes to tennis shoes, K-swiss is one thing that definitely rings a bell. I personally like how they have a cool sense of style. Even if you do not play tennis, this is sure to be a pair that you can wear casually.

One thing that makes it worthy of being included in the list is the fact that it can offer exceptional support, making sure that the arches will be covered. It has a thick padding that will make your movements more natural on the court, lessening the likelihood that you will be crimped. The padded tongue and collar also add up to the comfort that it can provide.

It has Shock Spring, an innovation that improves cushioning for the comfort of your forefoot and heel. Meanwhile, with K-EVA, you can also expect that it will be excellent when it comes to shock absorption.

Another reason to love the shoe is the extra-strong traction. Regardless of the surface material where you are playing tennis, it is sure to have an exceptional grip.

Pros:

  • Has an appealing design
  • Provides excellent heel support
  • Strong traction

Cons:

  • Lace quality can be improved

New Balance Men’s MC806 Tennis Shoe

This is a shoe that is designed specifically for a sport that requires a lot of movements and intense actions. It is designed in such a way that it will move with you and can keep up with your pace.

As another top option for good tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis, it has a ROLLBAR technology. The latter is an innovation that has been developed by the manufacturer for the purpose of preventing too much movement of the foot. This will give you the better ability to control your every move.

For its aesthetics, the upper is made of full-grain leather with minimal design. It also has a reinforcement for toe dragging.

The sole, meanwhile, is designed with Ndurance technology. It is non-marking and also provides excellent traction on a variety of surfaces.

For the cushioning, it features Abzorb technology. This is going to ensure all-day comfort and one of the main reasons why it can significantly minimize pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

Pros:

  • Stable despite the intensity of your movements
  • Provides strong traction
  • The toe box has generous space

Cons:

  • Insole quality can do better

Men’s Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour

Nike is among the most popular shoe brands in the world, which can already give you peace of mind in picking this in your search for the best tennis court shoes for plantar fasciitis.

One of its best features is the Dynamic Fit System, which allows the shoe to fit like a glove, provided that you choose the size that is right for you. This will allow you to move faster and feel more comfortable, even in a heated game.

This is also a shoe that does not require a break-in period. Wear it right out of the box and you can deliver your best court performance without the need to struggle.

The Zoom Air unit that is fitted on the heel of the shoe is also an advantage, providing you with responsive cushioning. Meanwhile, with the TPU midfoot shank, you can enjoy exceptional lateral support.

If there is one potential problem with this shoe, however, it would be that the design tends to be a bit narrow, which can be an issue for people with wide feet.

Pros:

  • Has a dynamic fit for unparalleled comfort
  • Provides excellent lateral support
  • Impressive ventilation

Cons:

  • Maybe uncomfortable for people with wide feet

Adidas Performance Men’s Barricade 2016 Boost Tennis Shoes

Whether it is comfort or support you are looking for, this is a shoe that will be able to deliver. It has excellent shock absorption, making you comfortable as you play.

Looking at its features, one that we liked the most is its energy-returning property, which is amongst the biggest assets of the Boost line. This provides you with more energy in every step to keep you going instead of making you feel tired.

Meanwhile, the heel has a revolutionary material that is known as Adiprene. It provides the protection that your foot needs against impact. This will lessen the inflammation due to having plantar fasciitis.

On the exterior, there is ADITUFF, which wraps around the toe and forefoot part of the shoe. This provides protection from foot drag, which is common when you are serving.

As not all shoes are created to be perfect, one of the drawbacks of this shoe is that the color selection is limited and the sizes can be quite vague.

Pros:

  • Has excellent ability to absorb shock
  • Provides good air circulation for your comfort
  • Made using durable inner and outer materials

Cons:

  • Sizing guide can be inaccurate

New Balance Women’s WC1005 Stability Tennis Shoe

If you are searching for women’s athletic shoes for plantar fasciitis, this deserves to be on the top of the list. Created specifically for tennis, one thing that makes this great is the S-Curve Stability Technology. The latter makes it breathable and comfortable, even after spending long hours practicing or playing.

Another thing that makes this comfortable is the ventilation. It is made of excellent materials that encourage air circulation. This will also help to keep your feet dry even during an extended play.

Another material that makes this impressive is ACTEVA. It is a versatile foam that can support the foot, which will come handy if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. This material does not add too much weight to the shoe and allows it to maintain its flexibility.

The back, however, can be quite huge for some users. The good thing is that there are laces that will allow you to make the fit tighter.

Pros:

  • Has a rubber sole for excellent shock absorption
  • Has a breathable design
  • Provides extra cushioning

Cons:

  • Some might find the back part to be quite huge

Adidas Performance Men’s CC Rally Comp Tennis

A running shoe, a slipper, or a sock – you might be confused about what it actually is. Regardless, one thing is for sure – it is deserving of being included in the list of our top plantar fasciitis sneakers.

The feel and fit of the shoe are exceptional, making it excellent in terms of the comfort that it can offer. It has a breathable upper, which is common in the running shoes. This allows air to get through and also improves the ventilation of the shoe.

It also has excellent arch support, which is great if you are being burdened with plantar fasciitis. It has a molded insole that can provide the support that you seek. This will also make your position well-balanced regardless of how fast you move during an intense game.

The forefoot has an exclusive technology that is known as Adiprene+. The latter is excellent for maintaining efficiency and propulsion. Meanwhile, the toe area has Adituff, which is great in terms of being able to resist abrasion.

Pros:

  • Users can enjoy additional arch support
  • Integrated ventilation for maximum comfort
  • Helps to improve balance and stability

Cons:

  • Some colors can be expensive

Adidas Men’s Barricade Club Tennis Shoe

Among other things, the Torsion System can be regarded as one of the best assets of this shoe. The latter improves the support in the mid-foot in every lunge that you make.

The mix of the materials used in this footwear is also good. For the upper, you can see a combination of synthetic and leather. The sole, on the other hand, is made of rubber. It fares well in terms of impact absorption and traction. Overall, it exudes a style that will make you look like a pro on the court!

It is also a good thing that it is equipped with a removable insole, which can be changed as desired. You can also choose an insole design based on what you are most comfortable with.

One of the things that you might not like in this pair, however, is the bulkiness. The chunky appearance of the shoe adds up to its weight, which might make you a bit slower.

Pros:

  • Thick rubber sole
  • Comes with a removable insole
  • Low-profile design

Cons:

  • Size and weight can negatively affect your swiftness

Wilson Men’s Rush Pro 2.0

This is another shoe that is packed with innovations that will make it great for plantar fasciitis. It has 3D F.S. Technology. The main goal of the latter is to offer control, support, response time, and acceleration, making it easier to unleash your true potential in every game.

With Endofit, meanwhile, you can enjoy an intuitive fit, which will also result in enhanced comfort. You will feel like the shoes have been tailor-made for your feet!

It also comes with the Sensifeel Technology. Through the latter, the manufacturer reduces the thickness of the upper in order to offer better comfort but while making sure that the strength is not compromised in any way.

This shoe is not perfect. One thing that you might not like is the stiffness of the synthetic material. However, over time, with a long-term use of the shoe, you will get used to it.

Pros:

  • Has an accurate size
  • Comes with a responsive cushioning
  • Has a natural feel

Cons:

  • Can be quite stiff

New Balance Men’s 1296v2 Stability Tennis Shoe

Style and comfort – these are two of the things that will make this another ideal option for top shoes for plantar fasciitis.

With a material combination of synthetic and mesh, it does not only look good, but it also has excellent ventilation. As it encourages air circulation, your feet will remain cool and dry when you are playing.

It has a RevLite technology, which is found in many shoes from New Balance. This performance foam will have a positive impact on your speed since it is a lightweight material.

With Ndurance, on the other hand, it will be able to withstand wear, even after years of use. This makes it able to withstand abuse.

Another exceptional feature is the S-curve technology, which is basically the one that makes it good for offering stability.

From the first few days of use, you might feel a bit of tightness in the forefoot. Just continue using the shoe and it will soon feel better.

Prince Women’s T22 Lite Tennis Shoe

From the T22 line of shoes from the manufacturer, this is the lightest and also the best when it comes to agility. If you value speed, this is what you should wear to your next game!

One of the features that you will love in this product is the Ortholite sock liner, which improves the fit, making sure that the shoe stays in its place. The material is not abrasive, which will also be good for comfort as it will not scratch the skin.

Meanwhile, it comes with Shock Eraser heel insert, which is among the features that make it great if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. It absorbs impact on the heel, minimizing the likelihood that you will complain of pain after an intense match.

It is also a good thing that it is equipped with SoftSpring polyurethane in the forefoot, which disperses shock.

Pros:

  • Mesh upper for excellent breathability
  • Has a heel insert to absorb shock
  • Exceptional sock liner

Cons:

  • Can be a bit tight in the forefoot

K-swiss Men’s Hypercourt Express

Although this is a lightweight shoe, durability is never compromised, which is pretty much expected given the fact that it is made by K-swiss, one of the trusted brands on the market.

The EVA midsole of the shoe is one of its best features, and also a reason why it deserves to be named as one of the best tennis shoes for people with plantar fasciitis. With this midsole, you will enjoy comfortable cushioning that is flexible enough to move along with you in every stride on the court. This also helps in improving the ability to absorb shock.

The rubber outsole, meanwhile, is known for its durability. It also has good traction, making sure that you won’t slip on any surface.

However, take note that this shoe may run smaller compared to its stated size. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s sizing chart, or better yet, fit it first.

Pros:

  • Sole has excellent ability to absorb shock
  • Lightweight and allows swift movements
  • Flexible midsole

Cons:

  • Can be smaller than the specified size

Nike Women’s Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tennis Shoe

This basically has the same feature as the same model discussed earlier in this post, with the only difference being the fact that it is designed for women tennis players. The mere fact that it has been used by popular tennis players is already enough to believe that this is a pick that you will not regret.

There are many features that can provide a guarantee of your comfort. For instance, it has a padded collar, unlike in the case of other shoes that can feel to be too stiff.

It also comes with an XDR outsole that has a herringbone pattern. This improves the thickness in the areas that can be easily prone to wear, helping improve its durability. This is also effective in the improvement of traction.

Lastly, it has a responsive cushioning that will make you in better control of every game.

Pros:

  • Durable construction
  • Padded collar for additional comfort
  • Used even by popular tennis players

Cons:

  • Expensive

ASICS Gel Resolution 6 WIDE Women’s Tennis Shoe

If you are on the lookout for the best women’s ASICS tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis, you won’t regret choosing this pair!

The Fluid Ride construction is one thing that makes this impressive, which is incorporated on the midsole. This will help to enhance your comfort in every match.

Most of the design philosophies in this product are meant to improve midfoot support and stability, making it great to minimize the burden of plantar fasciitis.

It also comes with Flexion Fit Upper. This provides a form-fitting comfort while also making sure that it is as supportive as it can be.

Another reason to choose this shoe is Personal Heel Fit Collar Lining. It has two layers of memory foam that will provide personalized fit and comfort based on the shape of your heel.

However, there are some people who did not like how the toe box felt quite too narrow, which can compromise your comfort.

Pros:

  • Provides good stability
  • Has a form-fitting upper construction
  • Easily lets air in

Cons:

  • Toe box can be narrow

Prince Men’s T22 Mid Tennis Shoe

This mid-cut shoe will offer another perfect alternative for people who have plantar fasciitis. Synthetic and mesh materials are used in the upper. The latter is great because it improves ventilation, which will make it deliver superior comfort.

The polyurethane sock liner is also great. One of its benefits is that it offers a glove-like fit, even if you make aggressive moves in every game. This also provides comfort throughout.

Meanwhile, for the outsole, it is fitted with PRC1000 rubber compound. As it is expected of a high-quality tennis shoe, this will offer powerful traction. No ground will be too slippery when you are wearing this shoe.

Lastly, it also comes with Shock Eraser Cushioning. The latter is like a cotton cloud that gives your foot a comfortable place to rest. Even after hours of playing, pain is unlikely to happen, even if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.

Pros:

  • Offers great support
  • Can perform well even in other sports
  • Mid design

Cons:

  • Can require quite some time for breaking-in

Why You Should Choose the Right Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Now that you know some of the top picks for the best tennis shoes for plantar fascia, let us have a quick look at what the problem is and what it can do to your game or how it can have a negative impact on your performance.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

According to Mayo Clinic, this is an inflammation of the thick band of a tissue located at the bottom of your foot and the connection between your toes and heel bone. It is a common condition that affects runners, as well as those who use the wrong shoes or shoes that do not offer enough support. When you have plantar fasciitis, you will often complain of heel pain.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Suffering from a related injury is amongst the leading causes of plantar fasciitis. It can also be common amongst people who have arthritis. Excessive walking, running, and jumping are also popular causes. If the ligament of the sole is subjected to repetitive strain, there are increased chances of having plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Pain and tenderness, which you will feel at the bottom of your foot, are the common symptoms you can be possibly suffering from plantar fasciitis.

How Does Plantar Fasciitis Affect your Performance?

Plantar fasciitis will affect your lives in many ways, especially when you are playing tennis. The pain can be too much to bear at times and this will lead to compromising your performance. Fortunately, the right footwear lessens the possibility of the latter.

Pain Limits your Performance

Anyone with plantar fasciitis who has already played tennis will surely agree with me on this one. It is like playing with needles on your foot. It might seem like an exaggeration for some, but this is actually the case. Sometimes, you won’t be able to stand up straight because the pain is bringing you down.

In most cases, you will just think about the pain that you are feeling, making it impossible to concentrate on how you would dominate the court and respond to the attacks hurled against you.

It Slows You Down

One of the most obvious consequences of pain in the plantar fascia is the reduction of your speed. If you used to be agile and aggressive, when you are in pain, you tend to perform in slow motion, which will be pretty much easy for other people to notice.

It Affects your Balance

More than just being painful, another thing that can happen because of plantar fasciitis is swelling. With this, you will find it easy to lose your balance. Losing balance even becomes more common when you are moving too fast, especially in a sport that is as fast-paced as tennis.

Conclusion

Now that you have reached the end of this post, I hope that choosing the best tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis is now easier. There are many options, each claiming to be the best, but you should be responsible enough to evaluate each of them.

The right shoe is crucial when playing tennis, and it becomes even more important when you have plantar fasciitis. Accept the fact that the condition of your foot can be a burden and can negatively impact your game. With the right shoe, however, this problem will not be too much of a concern.

Top 16 Tennis Shoes for Nurses 2018 Review

Being a nurse is a challenging job. Saving lives is tough. You always have to be on your feet, and in most cases, you will be standing all day. You will be walking throughout your workplace doing your job. Hence, it is common for nurses to complain of pain, discomfort, and tiredness

Fortunately, there are many ways by which it will be possible for you to make your job a lot easier. Among others, one of the solutions that will work would be using the best tennis shoes for nurses.

Many of you might be wondering – why tennis shoes? The most important reason is that they are comfortable, making them an excellent alternative to clogs and the typical nursing shoes.

Clueless which one will make a great pick for tennis shoes for nursing? Read on and we’ll help you figure out which one is best to purchase.

Best Tennis Shoes for Nurses Review

K-Swiss Women’s Grancourt II Tennis Shoe

With a synthetic and leather construction, the K-Swiss Women’s Grancourt II is one of the options that you should not miss when searching for the best nursing tennis shoes.

Although it is not made with a mesh upper, your comfort is still a sure thing, which will allow you to perform better when you are working. It has a padded tongue, which is printed with the company’s logo. The collar also comes with a soft padding. It also comes with a perforated leather upper, which is the one that provides ventilation in place of mesh.

Another thing that makes K-Swiss Women’s Grancourt II exceptional is the Shock Spring Cushion, which provides the support that is needed by the forefoot and the heel.

Meanwhile, like most of the shoes that are reviewed in this guide, it has a rubber outsole, which will deliver impressive traction.

Pros:

  • Excellent arch support
  • Impressive shock absorption
  • Comfortable design

Cons:

  • Can be narrow for some users

Gravity Defyer Women’s G-Defy Super Walk Athletic Shoes

This shoe is made of a combination of fabric and synthetic. It comes with web-last technology, an innovation that has been developed exclusively by the manufacturer. The latter transforms the lightweight upper of the shoe into a tough exoskeleton that makes the shoe withstand the test of time. It also comes with dual reinforcements on the toe to make it tougher.

Feature-wise, one thing that you will love in Gravity Defyer Women’s G-Defy Super Walk is the VS2 VersoShock Reverse Trampoline Sole. The latter offers three times shock absorption and two times energy return compared to the conventional materials you can find in the sole.

It is also a good thing that the insole is removable. You can change it with one that is more suitable for your needs and preferences.

Pros:

  • Insoles can be removed and customized
  • Prevents chaffing of the ankle
  • Superior shock absorption

Cons:

  • The toe box is narrow

Nike Flex Trainer 6

In your quest towards finding the best Nike shoes for nurses, this is one product that you will come across. It is stylish enough to be worn outside of the tennis court or your workplace.

As it is made by one of the most popular footwear brands in the world, you can expect nothing but the best when it comes to durability. It has a mesh upper, which is also known for the comfort that it provides.

One of the advanced technologies that you can find in Nike Flex Trainer 6 is the Pylon midsole, which will provide the cushioning that your foot needs without adding too much weight.

The outsole also provides excellent traction. Whether you are playing tennis or working as a nurse, this is a guarantee of exceptional traction.

Lastly, it is also worth noting that the Nike Flex Trainer 6 comes with multi-directional flex grooves. The latter will help in the improvement of flexibility.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Durable construction
  • Stylish

Cons:

  • Can cause blisters

ASICS Men’s GEL-Dedicate 4 Tennis Shoe

Another notable option for the best athletic shoes for nurses, the ASICS Men’s GEL-Dedicate 4 is an entry-level product that makes the perfect choice for budget-conscious buyers. Nonetheless, despite being affordable, it delivers an incredible performance.

One thing that we liked the most about this shoe is the outsole, which is made of solid rubber. It is flexible enough to move with you. It is also long-lasting and has a great traction on a variety of surfaces.

The ASICS Men’s GEL-Dedicate 4 also comes with a mesh upper and perforated overlays. With the latter, you can expect good air circulation to keep your feet dry and comfortable. It also has padded tongue and collar.

Lastly, it has forefoot gel cushioning, one thing that is common in many shoes from ASICS. The latter helps to attenuate shock.

Pros:

  • Provides excellent ankle support
  • Lightweight
  • High-traction outsole

Cons:

  • The toe box is narrow

Brooks Women’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes

Although this is a shoe that is made specifically for walking, this will also be a great option for nursing tennis shoes. From its style to its construction, there are countless reasons to have it chosen over others.

The Brook’s Women’s Addiction Walker is incorporated with some of the most innovative footwear technologies. One of the examples of such is the BioMoGo DNA midsole. The latter provides exceptional cushioning in every step that you make, providing you with all-day comfort.

The shoe also has Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, which has been exclusively developed by the manufacturer. The latter provides the body with the ability to move on its natural path and keeps you in complete control of your every movement

To add, the shoe also has forefoot MC pod construction. The main benefit of the latter is that it offers improved stability.

Pros:

  • Excellent and comfortable fit
  • Provides adequate support
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Quite heavy for some users

Puma Women’s Tazon 5 Cross-Training Shoe

For women who value style, this is another option worth considering for the best tennis shoes for nurses. With its color and its design, it is sure to turn heads and make others envious of what you are wearing.

The Puma Women’s Tazon 5 will deliver the best in terms of comfort, which is made possible by the perforated upper, which will allow proper air circulation. The Eco OrthoLite sock liner is another thing that contributes to comfort. However, there are some people who noted that comfort can be compromised because of the stiff construction of the shoe. It may take quite a while before you can finally break it in and minimize the stiffness.

Another thing that makes Puma Women’s Tazon 5 great is the thermoplastic polyurethane shank, which is not only abrasion-resistant but also promotes stability.

Pros:

  • Sole does not easily wear
  • Stylish
  • Outsole has excellent grip

Cons:

  • Can feel quite stiff

Puma Women’s Cell Riaze Cross-Training Shoe

Made of a combination of textile and synthetic, this is another promising option that you should not ignore. It has a padded tongue and collar, which will be great in terms of promoting the best for your comfort.

With the lace-up design of the Puma Women’s Cell Riaze, like most of the shoes that are mentioned in this guide, it will be easy for you to customize its fit, depending on how tight or loose you would like it to be.

For the outsole, there are two technologies that are present – EverTrack and EverRide. The latter make sure that there will be an enhanced grip, regardless of the surface where you are. It also provides cushioning to guarantee the best when it comes to comfort.

Meanwhile, it also has an innovative heel cushion. The main benefit of the latter is that it improves the ability of the shoe to absorb shock.

Pros:

  • Has a snug fit
  • Airy design to prevent odor
  • Has a cushioned midsole

Cons:

  • Some might find it a bit heavy

Skechers Women’s Premium Premix Slip-on Rubber

With a smooth leather upper, this is another well-received option when it comes to the most comfortable sneakers for nurses. It has a clean design, which provides it with a classic look. Also, since it is white, it will be a great match for the uniform of nurses.

When it comes to its construction, the Skechers Women’s Premium Premix Slip-on has padded collar and tongue. It also has perforated panels, which are great in allowing air in to keep your feet dry. In the heel, there is also a supportive heel cushion.

One thing that makes it different from most of the products mentioned in this guide is that it has no lacing system. Instead, it comes in the form of a slip-on, which makes it easy to take in on or off.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Has excellent arch support
  • Provides cushioning upon impact

Cons:

  • Easily stains because of the color

Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker

Among others, one thing that makes the Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker amongst the most comfortable sneakers for nurses is the BioMoGo DNA, which is incorporated on the midsole of the shoe. This is the one that allows it to provide all-day comfort through having high-quality cushioning that cradles the feet in your every move.

Meanwhile, with the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, you can enjoy improved control. This also allows the shoe to follow the natural motion path of your body.

The outsole is constructed in such a way that it is slip-resistant. This makes it a good choice for nurses because it minimizes the likelihood of suffering from an injury while at work.

If you have a low arch, you will also enjoy the support that it can provide. More so, it is roomy enough to make it excellent even for users with wide feet.

Pros:

  • Excellent arch support
  • Good for people with wide feet
  • Snug fit

Cons:

  • Not as durable as others

ASICS Women’s GEL-Nimbus 18 Running Shoe

Although this is a shoe that is made for running, those in the nursing profession will also see it as a great alternative to their traditional work shoe.

The Nimbus series has been around for about two decades now and it continues to be one of the most high-performing from the company’s product line.

Among others, one of the most notable in ASICS Women’s GEL-Nimbus 18 is the FluidFit Upper. This shoe is constructed of multi-directional stretch mesh. The latter is an innovative material that allows the footwear to have a snug fit without compromising comfort. Since it is mesh, you can expect sufficient air circulation.

With the Heel Clutching System Technology, on the other hand, you can expect the shoe to be supportive as well.

Pros:

  • Has a plush fit
  • Seamless design
  • Durable construction

Cons:

  • Can be narrow for some

New Balance Women’s WW577 Walking Shoe

This durable footwear features Abzorb heel and cushioning. This is one of the reasons why this is well-loved by nurses. With such technology, the shoe can offer impressive shock absorption, which will minimize fatigue in your job.

The quality of the leather upper used in New Balance Women’s WW577 is also great. It does not only look good, but it is also long-lasting. This is even made better by the fact that the shoe comes with an affordable price tag.

For stability, the midsole comes with a polyurethane cushion. This also makes the shoe comfortable for people who stand for an extended period.

With the solid rubber outsole, on the other hand, it is not only flexible but also offers great traction on different surfaces. Whether you are playing or working, you can expect that it will have a strong grip and will prevent slipping.

Pros:

  • Made of excellent materials
  • Affordable
  • Follows your movement

Cons:

  • Too narrow for some people

New Balance Women’s WX608V4 Shoe

With the leather upper that you can find in this shoe, this will make you stylish even at work. The best thing is that you can be fashion-forward without the need to compromise your comfort at all.

The shoe comes with a dual-density collar. The latter is made of a soft density foam, which is capable of providing a high level of comfort. Aside from it, there is also a firmer density foam, which has the main role of providing adequate support.

The New Balance Women’s WX608V4 also has injection-molded EVA midsole foam, which is another reason why it is great in terms of the comfort that it can provide. It is firm but flexible, providing the users with the right amount of comfort.

The rubber outsole, on the other hand, is non-marking. It also provides exceptional traction on various surfaces.

Pros:

  • Has a leather upper
  • Excellent midsole
  • Great traction

Cons:

  • Not long-lasting

ASICS Women’s GEL-Kayano 23 Running Shoe

This is already the 23rd version of the Kayano line, which makes it a trusted option when it comes to comfortable nursing tennis shoes, despite the fact that it is designed mainly for running.

One of the notable things in this shoe is the Dynamix Duo Max cushioning system. Simply put, this is an innovation that gives you a nice stride when you walk or run. It keeps your body in a well-balanced position.

Another exceptional technology in ASICS Women’s GEL-Kayano 23 is the Impact Guidance System. The latter is the one that improves the natural gait of the shoe.

Meanwhile, it also has a FluidRide midsole. The latter provides cushioning and bounce back that will be hard to match with the other shoes that you will find on the market.

Pros:

  • Durable outsole
  • Excellent support
  • Breathable design

Cons:

  • Some might find it heavy

New Balance W608V4 Women’s Training

With the leather upper of the new Balance W608V4, you can expect it to be good-looking. The leather may not be as breathable as mesh, but with the other features that are incorporated in this footwear, you can be confident that it does not compromise your comfort.

One thing that will make you love this pair is the dual density collar. The latter is made of a combination of soft and firm materials to offer the benefits of comfort and support.

It also has ABZORB cushioning, which is pretty much common in the other shoes from New Balance. The latter provides it with a soft footbed, which makes it great if you are standing for a long time.

Lastly, the flex-grooved rubber outsole is also great not only because of its traction but also because it is non-marking.

Pros:

  • Casual design
  • Leather upper
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Durability issues

K-Swiss Women’s Tubes Run 100 Athletic Shoe

Made by a trusted brand, this is another choice for walking shoes for nurses that should be part of your list. As it is aesthetically-pleasing, it has a stylish design that makes it ideal even for casual wear.

Among others, one of the best assets of the K-Swiss Women’s Tubes Run 100 is its weight. Because it is lightweight, it makes the perfect work shoes for those who move around a lot, such as nurses. When you are wearing heavy shoes, you can quickly become tired.

With the mesh upper, it also has a well-ventilated design. With enough air reaching your feet, you do not have to worry about your comfort.

Lastly, it has K-EVA midsole compound. The latter has been exclusively developed by the manufacturer to provide the K-Swiss Women’s Tubes Run 100 with dynamic motion and cushioning.

Pros:

  • Lightweight construction
  • Breathable
  • Flexible design

Cons:

  • Lacks durability

Fila Women’s Capture Running Shoe

This might not be as popular as the other shoes that are mentioned in this post, but this is another option worth looking at. The footwear is made of 75% leather and 25% synthetic material. There is no mesh on the upper, but with perforations on the side, it still lets air in to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

The leather upper of Fila Women’s Capture does not only look great, but it is also impressive in terms of the lateral support that it provides.

The EVA midsole, on the other hand, provides optimal cushioning, which is one thing that people who stand all day would appreciate, such as nurses.

Lastly, there is a rubber outsole that has excellent durability on different surfaces.

Pros:

  • Has a great fit
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent lateral support

Cons:

  • Not durable

What You Should Know about Choosing Proper Tennis Shoes for Nurses

This section will briefly discuss some of the things you need to know about tennis shoes that are also good for nurses, including why you need them and how to make the right decision.

Importance of the Right Tennis Shoes for Nurses

When you are working as a nurse, keep in mind that not just any shoe would suffice. With the demanding nature of the job, you will surely need a footwear that can keep up.

Fight Fatigue

Wearing the right shoe is important as it allows you to work while fatigue is minimized. It makes you feel more comfortable and your body will surely agree with you.

Prevents Injuries and Accidents

Slipping is one of the most common accidents that happen in the workplace. When you are wearing shoes with excellent traction and stability, this is an unlikely situation to happen.

Allows Natural Range of Motion

As a nurse, you have to walk a lot when you are doing your rounds. Tennis shoes are created for fast-paced movements while allowing you to move naturally.

Choosing the Best Tennis Nursing Shoes

As you decide which one to buy, here are some of the most important things that you need to take into consideration:

Material

Most of the tennis shoes that can be used by nurses are made of synthetic and mesh as the main materials in the upper. They are great because they are flexible, which will offer the benefit of ease of movement. They are also breathable, which will be vital in terms of comfort. The outsole, on the other hand, is usually made of rubber with an exceptional traction.

Size

Refer to the sizing chart from the manufacturer to make sure that the shoe will deliver the right fit – not too tight and not too loose. Also, if you have a wide foot, choose a footwear that is roomy so that your movements will not be limited.

Weight

More than the size, you also have to consider the weight of the best sneakers for nurses. Tennis shoes are traditionally lightweight, which has a positive impact on speed when playing. For nurses, lightweight shoes will also be an advantage as it can make them move with ease.

Slip Resistance

This is one of the most important for nurses’ tennis shoes. It is common to have spills in hospitals and other places where nurses are often working. With the right design and material of the sole, accidents can be avoided.

Shock Absorption

The best tennis shoes for nurses must be able to absorb shock. This is important as you will be walking and standing a lot in your job. When it can absorb shock, you will feel more comfortable and less tired after spending your day at work.

Arch Support

This is important if you have foot problems, such as when you have flat feet. With the right support, your comfort is guaranteed. This will minimize the likelihood of suffering from fatigue and pain after hours on duty. It will also help in limiting pronation.

Style

Do not ignore the aesthetics when you are evaluating the options for good tennis shoes for nursing. It should look casual enough so that you can use it not only for playing on the court but also when doing your rounds in the hospital.

Final Words

After reading this guide on the best tennis shoes for nurses, I hope that it is now easier for you to find the rind pair!

A good footwear for your job is not one that is only stylish, but shoes that can be a combination of both form and function.

Let go of your clogs! Ditch the traditional shoes that are worn by nurses. Instead, opt for tennis shoes. They are lightweight and comfortable. They will make a great choice for the demands of the nursing profession.

Top 11 Tennis Shoes for Flat Feet 2018 Review

Having flat feet can limit your physical movements, such as when you are playing tennis. Such a sport requires a lot of lateral movement, which can be a burden for flat-footed individuals. This condition will have a negative impact on your stability, control, and motion, among other things that will affect your game.

To solve this problem, you need to wear the best tennis shoes for flat feet. It provides the support that your arch needs so that you can play with confidence. If you do not wear the right shoes, you will most likely suffer from injuries, apart from not being able to end up being the winner.

11 Best Tennis Shoes for Flat Feet Review

ASICS Men’s Gel-Game Point Tennis Shoe

This ASICS flat foot shoe is made of a synthetic upper material while the outsole is made of rubber. The latter provides strong grip to minimize the possibility of slipping on the court.

The synthetic material used in the shoe may not be the best in terms of durability, but it is easy to clean and maintain.

It features the rearfoot gel cushioning system, an innovation that has been developed by the company to attenuate shock and improve transition, which is critical for sports where speed is crucial.

There is also a premium memory foam that you can find in the midsole of the shoe, which will provide the cushioning that is needed by your flat foot and will minimize the likelihood of pain.

There are, however, some people who complained that the fit of the shoe seems to be a bit off, especially in the toe box. It will be good to take the time to fit it first to be sure of choosing a size that is right for your needs.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent heel and arch support
  • Impressive ability to absorb shock

Cons:

  • Toe box can be quite narrow

ASICS Men’s Gel-Resolution 6 Tennis Shoe

Similar to most of the shoes that are manufactured by ASICS, it comes with forefoot and rearfoot cushioning. This gel cushioning has been exclusively developed by the company, which is great in terms of shock absorption. The latter will help to absorb impact for your highest level of comfort.

The Personal Heel Fit is another impressive feature, making it a great pick for the best sneakers for flat feet. Through this, it is incorporated with two layers of memory foam to provide a customized fit for every user.

Another thing that gives this an edge over others is the ASICS High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR. The latter is incorporated in some of the critical areas of the footwear, which is great not only for longevity but also for aptitude.

It also comes with the Trusstic System Technology, which keeps the weight of the sole at a minimum while making sure that it does not compromise durability.

Lastly, it has Flexion Fit Upper. The latter makes it possible to provide a glove-like fit while making sure of comfort and support.

Pros:

  • Perfect for playing during hot weather
  • Cushioning is comfortable
  • High-quality sole

Cons:

  • Can be quite stiff

Babolat Men’s Propulse 4 All Court

The Side 2 Side Dynamic system, which is incorporated in the forefoot of the shoe, is regarded as one of its top features. The latter is basically the one that is responsible for providing the shoe with a dynamic response.

Meanwhile, with the Lateral Stability System, there is a dynamic impulse that will be supportive of all your movements, which is one reason why it is great for flat-footed tennis players.

The shoe also features the Kompressor System, which you can find in the cushioning. Even if you have a low arch, the cushioning will provide the support and comfort that your foot needs.

It is also exceptional because of the Optimized Cell System Outsole, which is made by Michelin. It delivers excellent traction across a wide array of surfaces. It has a micro-cell pattern that improves its grip on the ground.

Pros:

  • Delivers an excellent fit
  • Gel cushioning for your comfort
  • Responsive design

Cons:

  • Durability can be an issue

ASICS GEL-Solution Speed 2 Tennis Shoe

Another top choice for the best tennis court shoes for flat feet, it has the Gel technology cushioning system, similar to the other ASICS shoes that are mentioned in this post. It helps to attenuate shock upon impact.

From the upper to the lower parts, it utilizes the best technologies that are available. For instance, it has Flexion Fit Upper for your comfort. It also has Personal Heel Fit collar lining. The latter means that there are two layers of memory foam to provide unparalleled comfort.

Another thing that makes this great is the PGuard Toe Protector, which is great in terms of providing additional durability.

If there is one thing that you need to be concerned about, however, it would be the fact that it tends to be quite narrow. If you have a wide foot, this can be quite a problem as it can have a negative effect on your comfort.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Well-ventilated design
  • Provides impressive cushioning

Cons:

  • Not comfortable for people with wide feet

Prince Men’s T22 Tennis Shoe

Made of a combination of mesh and synthetic materials, this is promising in terms of the comfort that it can offer. As such, this is another option that you should not ignore for the best tennis shoes for low arches.

To make it even more comfortable, there is also a polyurethane sock liner, which will provide the cushioning needed for your flat feet.

The outsole, on the other hand, is made of PRC1000. The latter is a revolutionary material that is not only durable but also has excellent traction. The grip is superior, providing an assurance that you will never slip regardless of how intense you will move.

The midsole, on the other hand, is incorporated with a technology that is known as Shock Eraser. As it is already obvious, this eliminates shock for your highest level of comfort on the court.

Pros:

  • Has excellent lateral support
  • Breathable design
  • True to its size

Cons:

  • The toe box seems narrow

ASICS Men’s GEL-Game 5 Tennis Shoe

As it is already expected of an ASICS shoe, one of the best features of this product is the gel cushioning. The latter does not only optimize comfort but also support.

For your comfort, it has a mesh upper, which is combined with synthetic leather. Since it is mesh, air can easily flow inside. It can provide ventilation so that you will feel comfortable all throughout the game.

The Solid Rubber Outsole is also great in terms of traction. To add, the material will allow your foot to bend and move easily. However, one of the main problems with the rubber in this shoe is that it may not fare well in terms of durability, unlike the others ASICS shoes that you can find on the market.

Pros:

  • Excellent support
  • Has a removable sock liner
  • Excellent flexibility

Cons:

  • Can easily wear out

K-Swiss Men’s Bigshot Light 3 Tennis Shoe

The steep price is the first thing that you might notice in this product, but this should not give you an immediate reason to ditch this option for the best tennis sneaker for flat feet. It is made by a trusted brand and it has innovative features, making the price easy to justify.

Taking a look at its features, one of the most notable is the DuraWrap and DragGuard Technologies, which provide durable construction. It can withstand many years of use, which will make the high price worth it.

The K-EVA midsole, on the other hand, will provide the cushioning that your foot needs. It is not only comfortable but also provides great support.

Meanwhile, the outsole is made of a material that is known as Aosta 7.0 rubber. It comes with a modified herringbone tread pattern. The sole has a good traction, regardless of the surface of the court where you are playing.

Pros:

  • Comfortable collar lining
  • Supportive footbed
  • Durable synthetic material

Cons:

  • Expensive

New Balance Men’s 1260V7

While this is technically a running shoe, it will still make a great choice if you are looking for the best shoes for low arches. More than its features, this is a well-loved shoe because of its aesthetics, which makes it great even for casual wear.

The air mesh on the upper part of the shoe is a great asset, which will encourage air circulation to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

The mid-sole, on the other hand, is made of a dual density material. This provides superior cushioning for flat feet.

Meanwhile, for the outsole, it is made of blown rubber. It significantly reduces the shock that your foot can feel while also improving traction, allowing you to move with confidence.

Lastly, it also has no-sew material application. This gives the shoe a seamless look without compromising its durability.

Pros:

  • Cool design
  • Breathable construction
  • Has comfortable cushioning

Cons:

  • Not specifically designed for tennis

Nike FingerTrap Men’s Training Shoes

Made by one of the most trusted brands in the global footwear market, this is another promising option in your search for the best support shoes for fallen arches. It is a plus that it has good aesthetics with its unique woven design. More than the looks, such a design also optimizes airflow for your comfort.

More so, it comes with intertwined synthetic bands. You can have it personalized with the use of the laces of the shoe. It is also anchored under the midfoot, providing support to all types of arches, even for people with flat feet.

One of its notable features the Ortholite sock liner. It provides a long-lasting cushion. To make it even more comfortable, it is also incorporated with the Dynamic Foot technology, making it fit like a glove in the absence of restricting your movements.

It is also a good thing that it has no-sew overlays. The latter means you will not find any seams, providing it with a sleek appeal and unmatched comfort.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Aesthetically-pleasing
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • Tread can easily come out

Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 13

One of the best things about this shoe is the Double Fan Wave technology. This is an innovation that allows the provision of moderate support in the absence of making it stiff. This means that you will still be able to move with relative ease.

For the heel wedge, it makes use of a material that is known as U4iCx, which enhances the cushioning while also making sure of a softer landing. It also improves the responsiveness of the midfoot. This will be beneficial for people who have flat feet.

The mesh design is also great because of the ventilation that it can provide to guarantee the best when it comes to comfort.

Meanwhile, it has a built-in support system without having to add too much weight. This will make you move swift without anything to worry about.

Pros:

  • Stiff but flexible
  • Has a comfortable footbed
  • Made of high-quality materials

Cons:

  • Expensive

Adidas Performance Men’s Barricade 2016

If you are looking for the best Adidas shoes for flat feet, specifically one that you can use for tennis, this is one product that you should not ignore. It is made of textile and synthetic materials, which are long-lasting.

The shoe is wrapped with a lightweight TPU skin, a material that is known for being breathable.

Meanwhile, the toe is covered with ADITUFF, which is known for its ability to resist abrasion and is another reason why it fares well when talking about durability.

In the forefoot of the shoe, it has ADIPRENE, another revolutionary material created by the manufacturer. It maintains efficiency and repulsion to make you deliver better performance on the court.

Lastly, it has a non-marking outsole that is also durable and flexible, making it easy to keep up with the intensity of the game.

Pros:

  • Good-looking design
  • Made of high-quality materials
  • Has excellent lateral support

Cons:

  • Insole could be thicker

Why You Should Pick Proper Tennis Shoes for Flat Feet

It is important to not ignore flat-footedness when you are playing tennis. You should know what it is and how it can be diagnosed to know if you are suffering from such a condition.

What is a Flat Foot?

Also known as fallen arches, flat feet refer to a condition wherein the arches are flattened. This means that when you stand up, the entire sole will be touching the floor. In the case of a normal foot, the arch is usually raised. This condition is commonly painless but can negatively impact your performance in situations wherein you need to move fast.

Causes of Flat Feet

There are many causes of flat-footedness, genetics being one of the most common. If it runs in the family, you have a reason to be afraid. Other causes include injuries, weakness of the arch, nervous system diseases, muscle diseases, arthritis, dislocated bones, and tarsal coalition. The risks will be higher if you have diabetes and obesity.

How to Know if you Have Flat Feet

A consultation with a medical professional is the best way to find out if you have flat feet. Your feet will be physically examined and you will be asked to stand during the tests. You will also be recommended to undergo imaging tests, which include x-ray, MRI, ultrasound, and CT scan.

How Does Flat Feet Affect your Performance?

Although it is a painless condition, take note of the fact that it can affect your performance on the court, which makes it important to choose good tennis shoes for flat feet.

You Can be Prone to Stumbling

Balance is one of the problems that will confront tennis players who have flat feet. When you are moving fast, especially when taking in aggressive shots from your opponents, you may easily lose your balance and fall to the ground. This can be avoided by wearing a shoe that will be impressive in terms of stability.

It Causes Overpronation

If you have flat feet, you are an overpronator. This means that your foot will end up rolling inward when you are walking or running. The faster and more intense you move, the more it will roll. This can be a leading cause of muscle stress. Your tendons, knees, and shins can also suffer. This will affect your performance as you play tennis.

Frequent Complaints of Discomfort

For tennis players who have flat foot, discomfort can be experienced. Flat-footedness is painless, but you will feel pain if you make intense movements. This is especially the case if you will play for an extended period. Your feet will be subjected to pressure. This, however, can be provided if you just wear the right tennis shoes for low arches.

Poor Body Support

Having a flat foot can also be problematic when it comes to support. Without proper body support, posture can also be weaker. You may be unable to stand and move properly. When you are already experiencing discomfort, you might find it hard to concentrate on your gameplay.

Final Words

In sum, having flat feet may seem painless at first, but if you play tennis or any other sport that will require a lot of lateral movements, you will realize that it can actually be a burden in more ways than one.

With the best tennis shoes for flat feet that have been mentioned in this post, there is no need to worry. The right footwear will alleviate the negative impacts of flat-footedness, making sure that you perform at your best on the court and take home the victory!

Top 14 Tennis Shoes for Wide Feet 2018 Review

The right shoes when playing tennis is important not only for your comfort but to reduce the likelihood of suffering from an injury. However, take note that not just any footwear will suffice. If you have wide feet, it becomes more important to choose one that will be suitable for your needs.

Looking for the best tennis shoes for wide feet? If you are clueless on which brand and model will be the ideal pick, keep on reading the rest of this post and we’ll briefly tackle some of the best options that will be worth considering, as well as the reasons why they are impressive in more ways than one.

14 Best Tennis Shoes for Wide Feet Review

Nike Men’s Revolution 3

This is made by one of the most famous brands in the world, which should be more than enough to believe that this is indeed a top choice for tennis shoes with wide toe box. It is a combination of both form and function, making it stylish and comfortable.

The mesh upper of the shoe is one of its greatest features. It does not only reduce the weight of the footwear, but it also encourages air circulation to keep your feet dry.

To make it even more comfortable, it also comes with a padded tongue and collar, unlike others that are quite stiff and can cause abrasion on the skin.

The midsole is made of EVA foam, which is also soft and comfortable. It provides the foot with a comfortable place to rest.

Lastly, it also comes with a traction outsole. The latter is made of flexible rubber that allows it to move easily. Regardless of how aggressive your movement is, you can expect that it will deliver superior responsiveness. It is also great that it has exceptional traction on different surfaces.

Pros:

  • Flexible and responsive
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent traction

Cons:

  • Non-removable insole

Adidas Barricade Classic Wide 4E Tennis Shoe

Made for power players – this is one thing that you can expect from this shoe, which the manufacturer claims will significantly improve your performance on the court! Aside from being designed to accommodate wide feet, it also has added stability to keep your balance, even during an intense game.

Looking at its features, one that we like the most is the use of synthetic and mesh on the upper part of the shoe. Mesh is a good choice not only because of its minimal weight but also because it improves air circulation.

The midsole, like in the case of most tennis shoes, is made of EVA, a material that is known for the cushioning that it provides.

Meanwhile, on the outsole, the shoe is incorporated with AdiWear 6 rubber. The latter is a material that has been exclusively developed to provide excellent traction and flexibility. The best thing is that the outsole comes with a 6-month warranty, which should be more than enough to provide you with peace of mind.

Pros:

  • Excellent design
  • Comfortable
  • Made of breathable materials

Cons:

  • Can still be too snug for some

ASICS Men’s GEL-Foundation 12

This is another option with high-quality construction and innovative features, which make it worth being listed as one of the best tennis court shoes for wide feet.

It has rearfoot and forefoot Gel Cushioning Technology, which has been exclusively developed to lessen shock during impact. It also allows the transition to be easier, which is important in a sport that is as fast-paced as tennis.

The Dynamic Duomax Support System is another innovation worth highlighting. This improves the support and stability that the shoe provides. It also minimizes the overall weight of the footwear.

Meanwhile, it also has Guidance Line Midsole Technology. The main function of the latter is to improve the efficiency of the gait.

The users of this tennis shoes will also like the cushioning as it has SPEVA Foam midsole, which has an excellent bounce back and is not also easily prone to wear and tear.

Pros:

  • Excellent ability to absorb shock
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • High-quality outsole

Cons:

  • Arch support can be better

Adidas Performance Men’s Barricade Court 2 Wide Tennis Shoes

This extra-wide tennis shoe has a style that is sure to turn heads, which is why many people use it even as a casual footwear.

Similar to many of the other shoes that are manufactured by Adidas, one of its defining features is the Adiprene rubber outsole, which is known for being long-lasting. It can withstand abuse. Sadly, the same thing cannot be said about the side of the shoe, which can be easily prone to wear compared to the other parts.

The mesh upper is also a plus, which is what I personally prefer in tennis shoes. This material is known for its breathability, which is especially great if you are playing on a hot day.

It also comes with a molded foam insole, which provides comfort to the feet. The cushioning will make you complain less about pain, even if you have a wide foot.

Pros:

  • Good propulsion
  • Made of breathable materials
  • Has herringbone tread pattern

Cons:

  • The side of the shoe can easily deteriorate

Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 16

If you are on the lookout for wide tennis shoes, this is one more option that you might want to consider. It is made specifically for running, but as many would agree, it can demonstrate the same exceptional performance when on the tennis court.

The upper part of the shoe is made of a combination of mesh and synthetic. The insole, on the other hand, is made of a removable molded foam that takes the shape of your foot, making it effective in providing personalized comfort.

It also has Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar, an innovation that sets it apart from other athletic shoes. The latter is a triple-density midsole that allows pronation control. This makes it a great choice not only for people with wide feet but also for those who are overpronators.

Pros:

  • Comes with a removable insole
  • Responsive to shock
  • Good stability

Cons:

  • Sole quality can do better

ASICS Men’s GT-2000 4

If you are searching for ASICS wide tennis shoes, take the time to consider what this pair has to offer. It is a running shoe but will also perform well if you use it in tennis.

One of its notable features is the Impact Guidance System Technology. This is the one that improves the natural gait of your toe, providing you with the freedom to move.

With the FluidRide midsole, on the other hand, you can expect that it will have an exceptional bounce back while providing impressive cushioning. This also makes it durable and lightweight.

The midsole also has the Guidance Technology, which also enhances the efficiency of gait.

Another design feature worth noting is the design of the eyelet. They are independently positioned in such a way that they can provide enhanced fit and customized comfort.

Pros:

  • Comfortable insole
  • Easy lace system
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • A bit thin on the toes

Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 12

Another top choice for the best men’s tennis shoes for wide feet, it has a wealth of technologies that set it apart from the competition. One of the most notable is the Double Fan Wave technology. With the latter, the sole comes with a plastic plate, which will significantly improve shock absorption while also making it more durable.

The improved upper construction, compared to the older model from Mizuno, is also a plus. It comes with a supportive design that helps to improve structural integrity while still keeping it soft and comfortable.

Another feature worth noting is the U4iC midsole platform. The latter improves the ground contact while also making sure that your feet will not feel too much impact once it touches the ground.

Lastly, the outsole is made of rubber. It is known not only for its softness but also for traction. It does not only provide better grip, but it also has lesser noise.

Pros:

  • Has a well-balanced design
  • Breathable materials
  • Has excellent underfoot comfort

Cons:

  • A bit heavy

ASICS Men’s Gel-Kayano 22

As it is made by ASICS, its features are similar to the other shoes from the same manufacturer that has been mentioned in this post. It has the revolutionary gel cushioning system, which is incorporated on the rearfoot and forefoot. The main purpose of the latter is to attenuate shock and to make you feel more comfortable.

The Heel Clutching System Technology is another reason why this is a product that is well-received by many users. There is an exoskeletal heel counter, which provides a good fit and enhanced support.

It also has FluidFit Upper. It comes with a multi-directional stretch mesh, which is also good if you have a wide foot as it can expand and will not add pressure. It provides a glove-like fit in the absence of having to compromise your comfort.

Pros:

  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Helps you make soft transitions
  • Good cushioning

Cons:

  • Poor arch support

Brooks Men’s Ravenna 7

Among others, the Element mesh upper is one of the reasons why this is a top-rated option for the best athletic shoes for wide feet. The upper protects the foot from external elements while making sure of breathability.

With the plush tongue and collar, on the other hand, you will feel more comfortable. This is unlike others that are quite stiff and can irritate the skin.

From the midsole to the outsole, you will also notice that it is a great shoe in terms of responsiveness. Even if you are moving fast, you will be happy to know that the shoe can easily keep up with your speed.

Lastly, we also loved the Brook’s Ravenna 7 because it is incorporated with a mid-foot crash pad, which is effective in making sure that your transitions will be smooth.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Great stability
  • Allows you to transition smoothly

Cons:

  • Size can be inaccurate

Brook’s Addiction 12

This is another running shoe that can also be a justifiable choice for the best wide tennis shoes. It is made of a combination of fabric and synthetic materials.

Feature-wise, the Textile Element lining is one of the reasons why you will love this shoe. The latter has the ability to wick away moisture. This does not only make you feel more comfortable, but it also prevents bacterial growth.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer also provides an adaptive cushioning in the midsole. This gives a fit that is customized to the shape and size of your foot.

With the heel-segmented crash pad, on the other hand, you will land on the ground smoothly and the shoe will absorb most of the impact, not your foot.

Lastly, it has Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, which will make the shoe impressive both in terms of comfort and stability.

Pros:

  • Has padded tongue and collar
  • Stable sole
  • Provides great support

Cons:

  • Upper can be more durable

New Balance Men’s M1340 Optimal Control

This is another shoe that is made of synthetic and mesh combination. By now, you should know that these materials are preferred by many because they are lightweight and breathable, making them great to improve your performance.

There are plenty of innovative features that you can find in this model. One of the most notable is the ACTEVA, a special foam that has been formulated to be supportive while maintaining minimal weight and providing unrivaled flexibility.

With ABZORB, on the other hand, it has a rubber that provides a cushion for your feet. It also resists compression and absorbs shock, making it a great way to minimize fatigue even during an intense game.

Another cushioning innovation that gives this an edge over its competitors is N2 technology, which improves the responsiveness of the footwear.

Pros:

  • Provides extraordinary comfort
  • High-quality sock liners
  • Has a supportive foam

Cons:

  • Some might find it too bulky

New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam 1080v6

The steep price of this shoe can make you hesitant in having it purchased. However, I would personally say that the price will be worth it. To begin with, it has a style that can turn heads. It also has exceptional features that make it a good choice for the best tennis shoes for wide feet.

The lightweight construction of the shoe is one of its best assets, which can be attributed to the use of materials like mesh. Because of its minimal weight, it can easily keep up with the speed of your movements.

As it is named, it comes with a Fresh Foam midsole, which is one thing that sets it apart from the other New Balance shoes. It provides just the right level of cushioning that your feet need.

It also comes with Ortholite sock liner, which will keep the shoe smelling fresh, even after a long day of playing tennis.

Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Mesh upper
  • Lightweight construction

Cons:

  • Expensive

New Balance Men’s MC806 Tennis Shoe

One thing that makes this different from the two New Balance shoes mentioned above is that this one is designed specifically for tennis and not running. For people with wide feet, comfort is assured since it has enough room to make sure that your feet will not feel constrained.

It has a number of advanced features, one of the most impressive of which is known as Ndurance. The shoe is incorporated with a rubber compound in the areas that are easily prone to abuse. This rubber will greatly contribute to the durability of the shoe.

The compression-molded midsole is also a great feature of the product. This gives your foot a comfortable place to rest and will have a positive impact on your performance.

Lastly, it has a herringbone outsole, which will deliver improved traction regardless of the surface of the court where you are playing.

Pros:

  • High-quality outsole
  • Excellent lacing system
  • Good stability

Cons:

  • The insole can be better

K-swiss Women’s Hypercourt Express-W Tennis Shoe

For the best women’s athletic shoes for wide feet, specifically for tennis, this is an option that will be hard to match. It is not only made by a trusted brand, but it is also stylish. This makes it an ideal option for women who would like to look fab even when on the court.

In terms of construction, the upper is made of a combination of synthetic and mesh, which is pretty much the case with the shoes mentioned in this post. The outsole, on the other hand, is made of Aosta 7.0 rubber, which is known for being flexible and durable. It also has a strong grip on the surface to provide you with the guarantee that you will not slip, even when you are moving aggressively.

For the best in terms of cushioning and stability, other features that you can find in this shoe include K-EVA board, 180-PCS midfoot support chassis, and dual-density midsole.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and stable
  • Durable construction
  • Stylish

Cons:

  • Can have sizing discrepancy

Why You Should Choose Proper Shoes for Wide Feet

By default, men’s shoes have a D width category and B width category for women. This will be enough for most people, but not for those with wide feet. If you are wide-footed, you need to choose a wide shoe to make you feel more comfortable.

What are Wide Feet?

As it is already obvious, having wide feet is a condition where your foot is wider than the normal size, which is why you need to choose shoes that are also wider. While most of us pay attention only to the length of the footwear, you should also take a look at the width if you have this condition.

How to Check if you have Wide Feet

If you want to check if you have wide feet, the first thing that you have to do is to tape two pieces of paper on the floor. Wear socks and stand on the top of the paper. Trace the right and left foot on the paper. Measure the width of the widest part of the shoe. Subtract 1/8-inch from the number and this is the width of your foot.

Now that you have the width measurement, go online and look for a shoe sizing chart. Look at the length of the shoe size and compare it with the width. The chart will indicate if you have a wide foot.

What are the Causes of Wide Foot

Among others, genetics is one of the most common causes of having wide feet. The weakness of the arches, tarsal coalition, and suffering from an injury are other possible causes.

How Does Wide Feet Affect your Performance?

Wearing the right tennis shoes for wide feet is important to make you deliver your best performance in every game and without the need to complain of pain and discomfort after you play.

It Causes Pressure on your Foot

This is what happens when you wear shoes that are too narrow for your wide feet. The pressure that is applied on the side can cause strains. If you are playing for a long time, this will make you feel uncomfortable. You will lose concentration and may end up losing your game. When you take off your shoes, the pain will be apparent.

It Limits your Movement

This is another thing that results from the foot being restricted because you are wearing narrow shoes. If there is no room for the foot to breathe, your movements will be limited. This might be one factor to blame for your loss in a sport where speed is a critical factor, such as in the case of tennis. Without the right shoes, you will feel like your feet is being compressed.

Final Words

Now that you have reached the end of this post, I hope that you were enlightened on some of the top picks for the best tennis shoes for wide feet.

Having wide feet may be seen by some people as a curse, but do not let this be a burden! There is something that you can do about it. While there is no medicine or surgery that will work like magic, the good news is that there is always the right shoe that you can use. With the right footwear, it will be easy for you to be the best on the court and dominate your game!

Best Tennis Players: Be Inspired by Their Greatness!

Who are the best tennis players in the world? For sure, if you ask any fan of the sport, they will have different answers depending on their favorites. This is one thing that can be subjective in nature.

If you want to know who the greatest tennis players of all time are, keep on reading the rest of this post and we will have a brief rundown of some of the names you should know and why they are considered as legends in the sport.

John McEnroe

You cannot be serious – this is the phrase popularized by McEnroe. In 1999, he became a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame. He also holds 77 career titles and 7 Grand Slams in singles, including three from Wimbledon and four from the US Open, making him deserving to be named as one of the top tennis players in the world. One of his most memorable games was in 1980 Wimbledon Final where he fought with Bjorn Borg. All in all, he was also able to record a total of 149 wins in tournaments.

Rafael Nadal

With his positive outlook on every game, Nadal is one name that is inevitable when listing down the best men’s tennis players. One of his greatest matches was in 2008 where he ended up in victory at the Wimbledon against Roger Federer. He holds a total of 17 Grand Slam titles, a record that is definitely hard to match. He has a total of 75 titles. Also, throughout his career, it is estimated that he was able to make more than $94 million, making him not only one of the most famous tennis players, but also one of the richest.

Novak Djokovic

When Djokovic defeated Federer in the 2014 Wimbledon, he became the first to beat Federer in four Grand Slams, which was his defining moment and made him deserve the title as one of the top ten tennis players of his time. It was in 2003 when he turned pro and it is estimated that he has already made $110 million throughout his career. In the 2016 Grand Open, another achievement was added in his belt when he became the eight-player to make a career Grand Slam. In 2017, however, his career was a bit underwhelming as he suffered losses at the Australian Open and became unable to play at the US Open because of an elbow injury.

Bjorn Borg

Another great male tennis player, Borg turned pro in 1973 and is estimated to have made a total of $3.5 million throughout his career, playing both singles and doubles. He also has a total of 64 titles. A lot of you may no longer know him because of his age, but his record is still something that many may find hard to surpass. He was barely 18 when he got hits first victory at the French Open. At the age of 15, he was already playing at the Davis Cup.

Pete Sampras

Known as Pistol Pete, Sampras is another name that should be listed in the top ten tennis players of all time. It was in Wimbledon 2000 when he was able to etch a name as one of the greatest in the field. His combined earnings from singles and doubles victory reached an estimated amount of $43 million. He retired in 2002, but he has a playing record that still many people would consider as one of the best. Throughout his career, he was able to collect 14 Grand Slam titles under his belt.

Rod Laver

Although he has earned only an average of $1.5 million in his career, Laver is still often named as one of the tennis greats. He has 200 singles titles, which is considered to be the highest in the history of the sport. Nonetheless, what really made him a recognizable tennis players name is the fact that he won the Grand Slam two times. The first was in 1962 when he was still an amateur and the second was in 1969 when he was already playing as a pro.

Martina Navratilova

The list of the best 70s and 80s tennis players will be incomplete without a mention of Navratilova. Her physical fitness gave the power that separated her from many other players during her time. She left Czechoslovakia in 1975 when she was only 18 years old. She knew that staying at home won’t unlock her true potential in tennis. In her career, she was able to make 18 Grand Slams in singles. All in all, she has a total of 177 doubles titles and 167 singles titles.

Serena Williams

The other half of the Williams siblings who made history as one of the top tennis players of all time, Serena has an estimated career prize money of $84.5 million. In 2016, she was also recognized as the highest-paid female athlete in the world. Between 2002 to 2017, she has been named by the Women’s Tennis Association eight times as the number one in singles. She has seven Wimbledon crowns and a total of 71 career titles. Playing with her sister, Venus Williams, the pair made a total of 14 Grand Slams in doubles.

Steffi Graf

Hailing all the way from Germany, Graf may have passed her prime, but her name remains one of the most commonly mentioned when listing the best tennis players ever. She earned her first international ranking at the age of 13, which made her the youngest person to achieve such a record. Her powerful and intense forehand made her a known name in the sport. She has a total of 117 titles, out of which, 22 are major titles. She earned these titles throughout her career that span from 1982 to 1999. She has swept four Grand Slams and also played in the 1988 Olympics.

Roger Federer

When talking about the greatest tennis player of all time, the name of Roger Federer is one that will be frequently mentioned. A native of Switzerland, Federer has been ranked by the Association of Tennis professionals as the number one in men’s singles tennis. While he played many memorable games, one that allowed him to ink a name for himself was when he defeated Pete Sampras at the age of 19. At that time, Sampras has been the Wimbledon champion for seven times. In 2017, he was ranked number four amongst the highest paid athletes in the world. As such time, it is estimated that he has won $108 million throughout his career. He is perhaps the greatest of all time and no one would disagree with me on that!

Best Tennis Matches Ever: Games That Made History

What are the best tennis matches ever? Find out the answer as we list down the most exciting games that have been played in history. Truly, they are one for the books and any true aficionado of the sport will surely know these matches!

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal (2017)

Two of the best names in the sport in one game – this is a dream come true for many fans, making it one of the most famous tennis matches in the history of the sport. This clash happened in finals of the Australian Open 2017. The scores were 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, and 6-3, making Federer the winner. This match marked the 18th Grand Slam victory for Federer, which cemented his reputation as one of the best athletes of his time. This also marked Federer’s fifth win in the Australian Open, with the last time of which being in 2010.

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal (2012)

This Australian Open Final game is another one that deserves to be included on the list of the most legendary tennis matches. The game lasted five hours and 53 minutes, which kept fans all over the world holding their breaths to see who will emerge victoriously. At its duration, it is considered as the longest game of tennis to have been recorded in a Grand Slam finals match. In the end, it was Djokovic who took home the win at scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, and 7-5. The show of athleticism and endurance made the game one of the most talked-about in the world of sports.

Serena Williams vs Elena Dementieva (2009)

This game was a semi-final at the Wimbledon and has been a defining point in the sports career of the two players, making it another one worth including in the list of the greatest tennis matches in history. In the third set of the game, Williams was held at match point, making her fans nervous. However, as she was always known for, she did a fierce comeback and eventually won the Wimbledon title. It was a disappointing game for Dementieva as this has hindered her goal of achieving a Grand Slam title.

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal (2008)

Any match played by these two greats is sure to be historical. No wonder why their Wimbledon Finals in 2008 is also ranked as one of the top ten tennis matches of all time. In the 2007 Wimbledon, the two fought with Federer ending up being the winner after a five-set game. In 2008, the two met again and played for four hours and 48 minutes, making history as the longest Wimbledon final that has ever been played. After an exciting game, Nadal took home the coveted trophy.

Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi (2001)

This game was played in the US Open Quarter Final. In combination, the two players had 20 major titles and they were already at the twilight of the careers when the match happened. They also have different playing styles. With scores of 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, and 7-6, Sampras ended up as the winner. To many who have witnessed the game, it is an acrobatic performance that showcased the strengths and speed of the two players.

Jimmy Connors vs Aaron Krickstein (1991)

When Connors played in this game, he was already 38 years old, which many experts would consider as being already ten years past his peak. A year prior to that, he had a wrist injury and a surgery, which made him play only three matches, all of which he lost. In the 1991 US Open, however, he proved that he is ageless and he still got what it takes to dominate the court. It was also his 39th birthday, which made the win more special.

Chris Evert vs Martina Navratilova (1985)

Oldie, but goodie – this is what this match is all about. A lot of our younger readers may no longer recognize the two, but their French Open Finals is one worth mentioning when listing down classic tennis matches. The two players have contrasting styles, which made their game more exciting and interesting. The tension is highly-evident between the two and you can tell that both of them wanted the win badly.

Bjorn Borg vs John McEnroe (1980)

Played at the Wimbledon Final, the game has so much drama, making it one of the greatest tennis matches of all time. In this game, Borg won over McEnroe with a score of 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, and 8-6. It may not have started well for Borg, but he was able to reclaim himself in the succeeding sets, allowing him to take home the trophy of the finals. Another reason why it is one of the best tennis matches is due to the glaring contrast between their playing styles. It was a game of a righty versus a lefty and a defender versus an attacker.

Rod Laver vs Ken Rosewall (1972)

This is another game that may no longer sound familiar to most of you. According to Rod Laver, in his memoir, this game at the 1972 WCT Finals is perhaps what made tennis in the US. At that time, Laver was 33 and Rosewall was 37. They have already played against each other for 137 times, including those games played while they are still amateurs. It is one of the classic tennis matches since it was televised, a big thing to happen in 1972. It made a record-breaking 23 million audience throughout the world.

Suzanne Lenglen vs Helen Mills (1926)

Lenglen, at that time, had six Wimbledon wins and eight Grand Slams. Her opponent, Mills, had 19 Grand Slams. Two of the most dominant players during their time, they met and played only once, which was during this small match in Carlton Club in Cannes. One thing that makes this game intriguing is that in one of the sets, the crowd had to make a call and not the linesman. At the end of their game, it was Lenglen who emerged the winner.