A pair of shoes which is fit, suitable for tennis will help you minimize risks during training and competition. Therefore, the way to choose a pair of shoes properly is the first thing you need to consider.
When playing tennis, to create a good balance on the pitch, feet and shoes play an important role. A good pair of tennis shoes which fits your feet and fits the field surface will help you compete more effectively. Vice visa, an unsuitable pair of shoes can make your skin blister, your knees and ankles painful and also decrease your ability of movement. Therefore, when choosing shoes, you need to pay attention to the following steps:
1. What is your feet type?
The first step in looking for a suitable pair of tennis shoes is that you need to know your feet type. There are three basic feet types, and you can easily sort them in a very simple way.
Let dip your feet into the water, then step straight onto the ground then observe. If you see that your footprints are concave and look like the crescent, you will affirm that your feet are relatively thin, and their width is quite large. Those who have this type of feet should have a pair of shoes that has comfortable vamps and create comfort for your toes. You also need to have additional pads to cushion for the concave parts of your feet.
If your footprints are full, not concave, it means that your feet are flat and thick. Those who have this type of feet need a skillful pair of shoes which is sewn and glued carefully on two sides.
If your footprints are the combination of two types above which are not too thin or too full, you will be the lucky people in choosing shoes. You can use most types of shoes.
2. Understanding the design of each pair of shoes
The next step you should do after having the basic understanding of your feet types is that you need to understand the design of the tennis shoes. Each pair of shoes includes 4 main components:
- Vamps (toes): The top part of each shoe, also known as uppers, is usually made from synthetic leather, genuine leather, or a combination of both materials. When you try wearing a pair of shoes, make sure that the shoes really are comfortable and not too tight. If you often stand on tiptoe when playing, let pay attention to durable uppers.
- Insole: This is the part where your whole feet set up but does not affect the ability of movement. If your feet get problems, let check to see whether the insole is removable or not. In case the insole is old, it is necessary for you to replace by the new one which can provide the better cushion.
- The body: The body of the shoes is usually made from synthetic plastic or other chemical materials. This is the cushion between the foot and the shoe surface. For players who often play two or three days a week, their body shoes usually are broken after 5 or 6 months. For players who regularly play tennis or move more, their body shoes are broken more quickly. If you feel that you are not provided the force from cushion as when the shoes are new, it means that the body cannot be used anymore and you need to buy the other for replacement.
- Outsole: This is the bottom part of the shoes which directly contacts with the surface of the pitch. The design of outsole can affect the traction that you have to create when playing. If you play tennis regularly, you should choose tennis shoes that have a warranty for the outsoles. If not, you can send to the producer and require them to replace. The design of the outsole will affect traction you will have to make when playing on hard courts and clay courts. If you play regularly, so look to buy the shoes warranty for outsoles. If not, you can return it to the manufacturer to ask them instead.
3. Light or heavy shoes?
This is the common question that many people often ask. And it seems that many of them tend to choose the light ones because they think lightweight shoes are more comfortable as well as help players to move easily. However, it is the fact that the lighter your shoes are, the more quickly you move. So why tennis shoes are always heavier running shoes? The answer is that the need for continuous running and stopping requires each pair of tennis shoes to have durable cushions and outsoles as well as good force support. Therefore, tennis shoes are always heavier.
4. Some other advice
Buying a pair of shoes which supports for playing tennis requires your investment in time, money and experience instead of choosing randomly like you are playing lotteries only. When to buy tennis shoes, you should consider these following points:
– Let go to buy shoes after you’ve played a tennis match, or in the late afternoon because your feet will be typically larger than 5 to 10% after the strong activity or the end of the day. And another important thing is that you should remember to wear the same socks that you use in the tennis match. By doing this step, you will know exactly the size of shoes you need.
– In some cases, many people have unequal feet, this foot is smaller and the other one is bigger. Therefore, it is better if you choose the shoes that fit your big foot.
– In the case you want to replace your shoes because the old ones are broken or old, instead of trying to explain with the sellers, you should bring your old ones with you. This step helps you to choose the suitable ones which can satisfy all factors you need.
– The last tip for those players playing regularly, you should try at least one or two different types of tennis shoes to choose the most appropriate ones.