8 Best Women’s Tennis Shoes 2020 | The Strategist

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Although we often refer to sneakers as tennis shoes, if you’re at all serious about tennis, you don’t want to wear your sneakers on the tennis court. One distinction between your casual tennis shoes and shoes specifically made for tennis is their tread. According to Mike Layton, owner and CEO of Westside Tennis, “running shoes have more of a one-direction tread.” They’re not made for 360-degree movement like tennis shoes. While they may have pretty good grip, “if you start changing directions in a running shoe, you might hurt yourself because you are not going to be able to pivot on the ground as easily as you will with a tennis shoe.”

The other big difference is the structure and support of a tennis shoe, which are essential for handling those quick changes of direction. Because of that, “tennis shoes are typically a little bit heavier than running shoes, and they have better lateral support on the inside and outside of the shoe,” he says. “They are more solid around the whole perimeter of the shoe.” To novice players, this can be an adjustment, says Karen Moriarty, co-owner of the Tennis Professionals — Sportech. “You might be shocked when you put a tennis shoe on and think, ‘Oh my God, these feel so much stiffer than my running or walking shoes,’” she says.

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