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10 Best Tennis Shoes 2021 | Men's & Women's Guide

10+ Best Tennis Shoes 2022

Men’s & Women’s Guide

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By Jon Crim
TennisCompanion

Tennis shoes are a vital part of a player’s equipment, and it pays to invest wisely to protect your feet and avoid injury.

However, there is a wide variety of considerations when searching for the perfect shoe, including comfort, durability, and cost, to name a few, making tracking down the ideal footwear challenging.

In this guide, we’ve pulled together reviews of the ten best tennis shoes for men and women, along with tips to keep in mind when buying a new pair or replacing your existing kicks.

Here’s a quick snapshot of our top picks for men and women to get us started – keep scrolling to learn more about each shoe.

MenKey Feature
Nike Air Zoom Vapor ProLightweight
Asics Court FF 2Stability
adidas SoleCourt BoostDurability
Asics Gel Resolution 8Comfort
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 4Stability
New Balance LavComfort

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WomenKey Feature
Nike Air Zoom Vapor ProLightweight
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 4Comfort
Asics Solution Speed FFStability
New Balance 996v4Lightweight
Asics Gel Resolution 8Comfort
Wilson Rush Pro 3.5 Lightweight

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The Shoe I’m Using Now

The Shoes I'm Using Now Side

Before we dive too deep and cover my picks for the best tennis shoes, I thought I’d share what shoes I’m currently using.

Not only is it a question TennisCompanion members and readers frequently ask me, but I think it’s helpful to help underscore that the best shoes are unique to each individual, despite how I or any other website ranks tennis shoes.

The Shoes I'm Using Now Forehand

As of now, my go-to pair of tennis shoes is the Asics Gel Resolution 8, which I have ranked as the fourth-best shoe overall. Let me explain.

Although I’m not old by any stretch, at 38 going on 39, I’ve been wearing the Gel Resolution shoes primarily because of comfort. Beyond that, they’re incredibly well-rounded, so it’s an ideal match for me.

The Shoes I'm Using Now Volley

To be honest, I prefer the lightweight, low to the ground feel and overall performance of the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro, and if I were back in college competing, they’d be my top pick despite the lower durability.

However, the Vapor Pro is harder on my body, and I feel the effects of using them more than I used to, so I’ve prioritized comfort.

The Shoes I'm Using Now Ladder Drill

If you’re wondering why I don’t use the Asics Court FF 2 since they top my list and outperform the Gel Resolutions in a few areas, it’s two-fold. First, I prefer the overall feel of the Gel Resolution 8, which I find rides a bit lower to the ground. Second, I like the style of the Gel Resolution 8 and find the Court FF2 to look a bit bulky.

With all that said, I thought I’d touch on this before diving too deep as a reminder to keep your priorities top of mind. Each shoe in this guide has its unique attributes, so I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love.

Tennis Shoe Anatomy

Tennis Shoe Anatomy

Throughout this guide, we’ll refer to the different parts of a shoe, so let’s quickly review the core elements before diving too deep.

Outsole

The outermost layer of rubber at the bottom of a tennis shoe provides lasting durability and traction. Some players prefer their shoes to have rock-solid grip, while others prefer a bit of give when stopping or sliding.

Midsole

The midsole is the thickest part of a shoe’s sole and a primary source of comfort. It sits between the outsole and the insole. Thinner midsoles will keep a player close to the ground for a more responsive ride, while thicker midsoles will reduce shock.

Insole

The insole is the top layer of a shoe’s sole that resides above the midsole to provide a cushion and protect your foot from the stitching that attaches a shoe’s upper to the sole.

In most shoes, the insole is removable. Insoles come in varying thicknesses, and some do a better job of wicking away sweat than others.

Shank

A rigid piece of material added toward the middle of a shoe’s midsole to provide stability and prevent twisting is called the shank. Some are visible at the bottom of the shoe, while others hide in the midsole.

Upper

A tennis shoe’s upper is the material covering or wrapping a player’s foot and attaches to the sole to form the shoe. Much of a shoe’s ventilation comes from the upper’s material and construction.

Tongue

The piece of material that sits below the laces for added comfort is called the tongue. Many shoes opt for a bootie or sock design without a distinct tongue. However, the purpose of that section remains the same.

Collar

The collar sits at the back of the shoe and is a layer of cushion that wraps around your ankle to help keep your foot in place and protect your heel from the heel counter while adding comfort.

Heel Counter

At the back of a shoe, you’ll find the heel counter – a stiffer material reinforces the heel and adds stability. Often, you can’t see a shoe’s heel counter because manufacturers weave them into the shoe’s upper.

Toe Guard

The portion of a shoe’s outsole that extends up the front of the shoe to provide protection and added durability for this high-impact zone is called the toe guard. Some lightweight tennis shoes provide limited toe guards.

Toe Cap

Sitting above the toe guard and extending to the sides at the front of a tennis shoe is the toe cap, which provides a layer of added protection and stability for the shoe’s front. Materials and durability will vary.

Toe Box

The section of a shoe that surrounds a player’s toes is the toe box. The toe cap sits outside the toe box at the front of the shoe. Players who have wider feet will usually prefer a wider toe box.

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list of the different parts of a tennis shoe, it should provide you with some of the critical elements to keep an eye on when purchasing your next pair.

Hopefully, it will serve as a helpful reference as we discuss them within the remainder of this guide.

Finding The Perfect Fit

Finding the Perfect Fit

Hands down, the most important thing to get right when purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes is the fit. Let’s walk through a few different topics to keep in mind when evaluating shoes.

Size

The size of your shoe is perhaps the most obvious when it comes to achieving the right fit, but are you sure you have it correct?

Ideally, you’ll have roughly a half-inch or 13 millimeters between the tip of your big toe and the front of your shoe. A quick test that works reasonably well is to use your thumb’s width to check this space.

Adequate room at the front of your shoe helps avoid jamming your toes and prevents blisters while also allowing them to breathe and stay cool.

Tennis shoes that are too large, on the other hand, can also lead to excessive movement of your foot, which can lead to blisters and issues with your calf muscles and Achilles.

Helpful Tip
It’s common for people to have different size feet. If that’s you, you’ll want to use your larger foot as the basis for measuring space at the front of your toes to ensure you have proper space.

Also, keep in mind that not all shoes run true to size, so you may need to adjust what you typically buy, especially when switching brands.

Width

For a large portion of the world’s population, standard or regular width shoes do the trick, but if you fall outside of this range, then it’s crucial to find the correct width for the health of your feet.

The systems for denoting a shoe’s width vary internationally, but you can find a high-level look at the most common North American system below.

WidthMenWomen
ANarrow
BStandard
CNarrowWide
DStandard
EWide
EE
EEE
EEEE
F
G

When it comes to men’s tennis shoes, you’ll find the majority are standard width, with some wide and extra-wide available.

On the women’s side, you’ll find a few shoes that run narrow, but the majority are standard width with a decent selection that is wide.

Toe Box

The available space for your toes in a shoe will correlate with the width of a shoe. However, since most shoes are standard size, you’ll find that some have tighter or more roomy toe boxes.

If you’ve found the front of your foot and toes to feel a little cramped in the past, then keep your eyes peeled for options that offer extra room toward the front of the shoe, or considering measuring your feet to see if you’re a candidate for a wider shoe.

It’s common for adidas tennis shoes to have a little extra room in the toe box.

Ankles

Although this isn’t typically a problem for most, some may find that the bones at the outer edge of their ankles (fibula and tibia) contact their shoe’s upper edge and cause discomfort.

When you first try on a shoe, it’s worth watching out for any rubbing around your ankles, which playing tennis will amplify and may lead to discomfort.

Heel

A properly sized shoe should prevent the heel of most players from lifting out of their shoe, but some models emphasize the design at the heel to keep your foot locked in place.

If you’re dealing with a shoe that doesn’t provide enough support in the heel, then you may want to pay closer attention to this feature. Of course, getting the size right is crucial as well.

Shoe Buying Considerations

Shoe Buying Considerations

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck with a new pair of shoes that felt good out of the box, but didn’t meet your expectations after hitting the court, then you know how frustrating it can be.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to track down the perfect set of shoes, and more often than not, we end up making tradeoffs.

In this section, we’re going to run through some key attributes that you can use to help evaluate your next set of shoes.

We find it helpful to nail down the most critical two or three before we begin our search because it helps narrow our options.

Comfort

By nature, tennis shoes tend to be stiffer than many other types of shoes because they need to support a wide range of motion, including the lateral movements essential when hitting the court.

Despite that, some tennis shoes place a greater emphasis on comfort than others. Typically, you’ll want to look for shoes that offer a generous midsole. However, the insole can also provide added support, which you may consider replacing if it’s removable for extra comfort.

Stability

When playing tennis, sharp or abrupt movements are common. Whether you’re moving side to side hitting groundstrokes, coming forward and approaching the net to volley, or moving back to track down a lob, your shoes must provide adequate stability.

The stability of a shoe can come from a few different places. For example, the width of a shoe’s sole can help provide a platform for balance, which allows the shoe to feel stable.

Furthermore, the sole of a shoe needs to have enough rigidity to handle the quick start and stop movements around the court. Many shoes will use a rigid plastic insert called a shank toward the middle of their sole to increase stability and prevent twisting.

Last but not least, a shoe’s upper is often associated with stability, particularly at the ankle, but also with how secure your foot feels wrapped in the shoe. Ideally, you want your foot to feel locked in place so that it’s not sliding forward as you start and stop.

As a result, a shoe’s lacing system tends to play a role in stability too.

Durability

Most tennis players enjoy the sport on hard courts, so shoes must be durable enough to stand up to the beating they take.

One of the most critical components of a shoe’s durability comes from the outsole at the shoe’s bottom, which is in constant contact with the court. However, it’s not the only part of the shoe that must be durable.

The toe of a tennis shoe also frequently comes in contact with the court, and the forward upper section of the shoe can scrape the court periodically during a slide or lunge.

Different styles of play can lead to wear in unique areas of a shoe, and every player has distinct movements that can also lead to unexpected wear. For example, some players tend to drag their feet when serving and, therefore, may require a more durable toe cap for their shoes to last.

Before buying your next pair of tennis shoes, it can be useful to inspect your current shoes to see which areas need extra protection and then keep that in mind as you evaluate shoes.

Weight

The weight of a tennis shoe is a feature that many players associate with speed. For most players, a lightweight shoe feels fast, while a heavier shoe may feel somewhat sluggish.

Shoe manufacturers often make a tradeoff between weight, stability, and durability to strike an appealing balance. If you remove material from a shoe, it will become lighter, but there is usually a sacrifice in the shoe’s stability or durability.

It’s worth keeping in mind that as the size of the shoe changes, so does the weight, and one factor to keep in mind as you consider moving up or down a size to achieve the ideal fit.

The adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3 is an example of a lightweight shoe that’s popular for both men and women.

Arch Support

Different shoes come with varying levels of arch support, which can help alleviate pain. The vast majority of tennis shoes feature moderate to low-end arch support to appeal to the broadest range of players.

However, if additional arch support is needed, it’s common for players to replace the insole of their tennis shoes with a custom insert.

Ventilation

Depending on the climate you play in, ventilation may be more or less of a priority. In hot weather, proper ventilation can be crucial to help keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.

Also, keep in mind that your shoe’s color will play a role in how hot your feet get. Light colors reflect the sun’s heat, and darker colors absorb it, which will cause your feet to get warmer.

The Nike Air Zoom Vapor X is an excellent example of a shoe that prioritizes ventilation, keeping weight down.

Helpful Tip
The type of socks you wear can play a role in how cool and dry your feet stay, so it’s worth considering the socks you wear. Plus, you can always bring a change of socks to swap out during a match.

Traction

The outsole of a tennis shoe is directly responsible for the traction a shoe offers. Players tend to appreciate shoes that offer excellent grip on hard courts, but at the same time, provide a bit of give when stopping.

The material, texture, and pattern of the outsole contribute to the traction a player will feel when moving around the court. Of course, the court surface makes a huge difference as well.

For example, clay court tennis shoes use a herringbone tread or pattern throughout the bottom of a shoe, which helps clay release naturally during movement on the court while also providing consistency or predictability in slides.

Level of Play

Generally, the more expensive a tennis shoe, the more features it will offer that cater to an advanced player’s needs.

Keeping that in mind, beginners might consider opting for a less expensive tennis shoe that provides reliable performance but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles.

Ultimately, it’s a preference, and there’s nothing wrong with springing for a high-end pair, but newer players won’t typically put as much stress on their shoes, so you may find the premium features overkill.

It’s a similar recommendation we make for buying a beginner tennis racquet.

Price

Last but certainly not least, price tends to be a significant consideration when evaluating or purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes.

Setting a budget before shopping around for shoes is a great way to narrow your options. Plus, you don’t need to overspend to find a quality tennis shoe as many affordable models offer excellent performance.

If you’re looking to save some money, it’s best to avoid buying the latest and greatest shoes when they first come out at their highest price. Instead, waiting a season or purchasing last year’s model is a great way to save.

Helpful Tip
Another great reason to wait a season before buying a newer model shoe is to see how they fair with other tennis players. Purchasing shoes that have received positive reviews from hundreds of customers will help make for a confident purchase.

Tennis Shoes & Court Surfaces

Tennis Shoes & Court Surfaces

Although most of us play tennis on hard courts, it’s worth noting that different shoes are available for various surfaces.

If a shoe doesn’t call out a specific court type in the description, it’s safe to assume the shoe will perform well on hard courts.

Hard Courts

Tennis shoes for hard courts emphasize comfort and durability to stand up to the unforgiving surface. They also feature non-marking soles that protect the court from unsightly scuff marks.

Most tennis shoes feature design characteristics well-suited for hard courts because it’s the most popular surface.

Furthermore, hard court tennis shoes can be used on clay and grass courts, although a specialized design is ideal as we’ll cover next.

Clay Courts

Clay court tennis shoes have a few unique features that help maximize their performance on this surface.

First and foremost, these shoes typically feature a herringbone tread pattern throughout the outsole to provide grip on the slick surface. However, this tread pattern is also beneficial because it helps release clay efficiently, ensuring the shoe maintains its traction.

Furthermore, clay court shoes don’t require as much cushioning or stability via the sole, so you’ll find design tweaks taking that into consideration, which often helps them shed some weight.

On a more subtle note, clay court tennis shoes tend to use mesh sparingly or feature tighter mesh compared to their hardcourt counterparts to prevent clay from entering through the shoe’s upper.

Grass Courts

These days, grass courts are in the minority when it comes to court surfaces, but if you’re lucky enough to regularly spend time on this surface, there are a few design characteristics to keep in mind.

Most notably, grass courts are slick, so tennis players will use shoes that feature flatter soles covered with tiny studs or pimples to maximize traction.

Of course, they have to be subtle to avoid damage to the courts. Wimbledon has stringent rules regarding this particular design of the shoes players use on their courts.

Unfortunately, grass court tennis shoes that feature the studded design are hard to come by due to low demand.

Breaking Tennis Shoes In

Breaking Tennis Shoes In

Break-in refers to whether or not a shoe will cause some discomfort if a player wears their new shoes for an extended period and aggressive play right out of the box.

These days, most tennis shoes don’t require a break-in period for comfort, but some players do find exercising caution with a new pair of shoes helpful to avoid any unintended consequences like a nagging blister.

To break in a new pair of tennis shoes, you can wear them casually off-court for a few days or a few shorter practices so that the shoe’s materials loosen up and become more forgiving.

If a shoe is causing discomfort after a few practices, it may be that the shoe’s design isn’t well suited for your feet.

Don’t Forget About the Socks

Don't Forget About the Socks

Often overlooked, tennis socks can make or break a player’s comfort and reduce the likelihood of blisters.

Athletic varieties are usually more durable than your average socks, providing added cushion and wick sweat.

Companies use a variety of materials to create socks for tennis – here’s a few that are common:

  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Acrylic
  • Lycra
  • Spandex
  • Teflon
  • Profilen
  • Olefin

When buying a pair of socks, you might consider the materials as a factor for gauging the type of performance they’ll offer.

If comfort is a priority, look for socks with added padding in the toes, forefoot, arches, and heels. You may also appreciate socks that are moisture-resistant and breathable to help keep your feet dry.

Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong answer to which socks are best for players, but they’re certainly worth your consideration.

10+ Best Men’s Tennis Shoes 2021

To help simplify finding a great pair of kicks, we’ve narrowed down and reviewed our picks for the ten best men’s tennis shoes for 2021.

For quick reference, here’s a snapshot and comparison of each shoe. Keep scrolling to review details for each.

ShoeComfortStabilityDurabilityTractionVentilationAverage
Asics Court FF 29.49.29.19.08.49.02
Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro8.89.18.58.99.28.90
adidas SoleCourt Boost8.99.09.39.28.08.88
Asics Gel Resolution 89.38.89.09.08.28.86
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 49.09.18.58.78.98.84
New Balance Lav8.98.98.58.89.08.82
Asics Solution Speed FF9.38.78.78.78.48.80
KSwiss Ultrashot 38.88.98.78.78.48.70
Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo9.48.68.68.88.08.68
Nike Air Zoom Vapor Cage8.88.78.78.88.38.66
Fila Axilus 2.5 Energized8.58.68.68.98.68.64
adidas Barricade8.28.88.88.88.38.58
Babolat Jet Mach III8.58.48.68.98.48.56
Nike React Vapor NXT8.38.38.78.98.58.54
New Balance 9968.38.58.48.88.68.52

Asics Court FF 2

Asics Court FF 2 Black Men's

Currently, our favorite shoe for 2021 is the Asics Court FF 2, which does pretty much everything well. It also happens to be the shoe of choice for Novak Djokovic.

The shoe’s outsole features Asics’ extra-durable AHAR rubber outsole that offers plenty of traction with a unique herringbone-like tread pattern that works particularly well on hard courts.

The outsole also provides some extra protection higher up on familiar wear areas at the inside of your foot, which we appreciate.

At the midsole, the Court FF 2 features Asics proprietary FlyteFoam, which offers exceptional comfort that they claim provides 76 percent better cushioning while being 55 percent lighter than standard EVA foam.

The upper continues the shoe’s excellence with a super comfortable bootie design that is near perfect. If it would provide a bit more breathability, we’d have no complaints.

Overall, the Asics Court FF2 is a premium tennis shoe that will no doubt remain one of the top shoes for the foreseeable future.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Borna Coric

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight14.8 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Green, Red

Ratings

Comfort 9.4
Stability 9.2
Durability 9.1
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.4
Average 9.02

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro - Men's Tennis Shoe

The Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro is the evolution of the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X and one of the most popular tennis shoes on the market with a star-studded lineup who wear them, including Nick Kyrgios and Andrey Rublev.

One of the main reasons we love this shoe is because it delivers excellent performance in a lightweight package. As a tradeoff, one of the shoe’s biggest pitfalls is durability because Nike sheds protective weight wherever possible, referred to as data-driven generative design, which also helps aid traction.

At the shoe’s heel, you’ll find Nike’s low-profile Zoom Air technology combined with a soft foam throughout the remainder of the midsole, offers responsive comfort that’s not too mushy or harsh.

The Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro also features a breathable mesh upper that makes it one of the best-ventilated tennis shoes on the market, but it’s also part of how the shoe maintains a lower weight. We’re also fans of the new internal sleeve that offers a glove-like fit.

Furthermore, asymmetrical laces pull snug, and a full-length plastic foot frame help provide added support and stability.

Last but not least, this is our pick for the most stylish tennis shoe on the market, and you’ll find it available in more color combinations than almost any other shoe out there to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Responsive comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Andrey Rublev
  • Lorenzo Musetti
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • Nick Kyrgios
  • Taylor Fritz
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Jack Sock
  • Feliciano Lopez
  • Hyeon Chun
  • Karen Khachanov

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.9 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Red, Blue, Teal

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 9.1
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 9.2
Average 8.90

adidas SoleCourt Boost

Adidas SoleCourt Boost Grey Men's

One of our favorite tennis shoes right now is the adidas SoleCourt Boost, which delivers all-around performance in a comfortable, stable, and durable package.

The outsole features a durable herringbone pattern for great traction on all court surfaces, and we appreciate the prominent toe guard that stays high as it wraps the inside front edge of the shoe.

At the midsole, the Boost technology provides excellent comfort while still maintaining excellent response.

The SoleCourt Boost’s upper is a comfortable and stable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material, which adidas has covered with small dots at the front of the shoe to provide added abrasion resistance.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Dominic Thiem
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium-high
Weight15.5 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey

Ratings

Comfort 8.9
Stability 9.0
Durability 9.3
Traction 9.2
Ventilation 8.0
Average 8.88

Asics Gel Resolution 8

Asics Gel Resolution 8 - Mens

The Gel Resolution series of tennis shoes have been one of Asics’ most popular, and their release of the Gel Resolution 8 continues the trend as one of our favorite.

The shoe’s outsole features Asics’ durable AHAR+ rubber material used in a wide range of their footwear to provide plenty of traction and twice as much durability as standard rubber.

One of our favorite parts about these shoes is the gel midsole, which provides exceptional comfort as a standout feature.

Beyond that, the Asics Gel Resolution 8’s upper offers comfort and stability that snug around your foot with its Flexion Fit design.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Gaël Monfils
  • Marin Cilic
  • Pablo Cuevas

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight15.4 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy

Ratings

Comfort 9.4
Stability 9.2
Durability 9.1
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.86

adidas Adizero Ubersonic 4

adidas adizero ubersonic 4 - Men's Tennis Shoe

Another lightweight tennis shoe that we love is the adidas Adizero Ubersonic 4, which performs exceptionally well across the board.

The outsole features a durable herringbone tread design that’s denser on the inside or medial portion for added durability and more spread apart on the outside for easier sliding. As a result, this tread is now best suited for hard courts.

For the midsole, adidas introduces Lightstrike, a responsive and lightweight compound that delivers comfort while retaining excellent response for quick movement.

adidas’ Primeknit upper uses a breathable mesh bootie construction that’s super comfortable. Over the top, you’ll find a protective layer of Primegreen material that provides abrasion resistance and added stability, which combine with Adituff panels in high wear areas for extra durability.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Weight

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Alexander Zverev
  • Fernando Verdasco
  • Lucas Pouille
  • Gilles Simon
  • Ernests Gulbis
  • Mischa Zverev

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium
Weight13.5 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsWhite, Grey, Blue, Green

Ratings

Comfort 9.0
Stability 9.1
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.7
Ventilation 8.9
Average 8.84

New Balance Lav v2

New Balance Fresh Foam Lab 2 Men's

Our favorite shoe from the New Balance line is the Lav, which Milos Raonic endorses.

The Lav’s outsole features NDurance rubber, which helps provide maximum durability and traction on the court.

At the midsole, the shoes get an upgrade with Fresh FoamX, an update to the original Fresh Foam that optimizes the shoe for comfort at the heel and stability at the forefoot.

For the upper, you’ll find NDure tech for extra durability along with a synthetic mesh dubbed FitWeave for responsive yet stable comfort.

The Lav 2 also incorporates a visible heel counter for extra stability at the shoe’s heel. A prominent toe cap is present at the front for added durability, especially during toe drags.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • ComfortVentilation

Top Players Using

  • Milos Raonic
  • Reilly Opelka

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight14.3 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlue/Purple, Orange/Grey

Ratings

Comfort 8.9
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.82

Asics Solution Speed FF

Asics Solution Speed FF - Mens

The Asics Solution Speed FF is an ultra-light tennis shoe that offers premium comfort and performance on the court.

The shoe’s outsole is AHAR rubber, the same material you’ll find on the Court FF 2, and comes with a herringbone tread for maximum traction.

At the midsole, you’ll find FlyteFoam, which is lightweight EVA foam that makes for a super comfortable ride, as well as their Gel technology at the front and back of the shoe to absorb shock. In the mix is a Twisstrust suspension system that helps prevent twisting and maintain stability.

The upper for the Asics Solution Speed FF offers comfort and support with Flexion Fit technology and a protective abrasion-resistant covering. The Ortholite insole will help keep your feet dry and adds to the shoe’s cushion.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • David Goffin
  • Alex De Minaur
  • Vasek Pospisil

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.7 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy, Grey, Red

Ratings

Comfort 9.3
Stability 8.7
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.80

Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo

Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo - Mens

One of Nike’s latest releases, the Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo, replaces the Air Zoom Zero, offers exceptional comfort and all-around performance.

The outsole comes with the durability you’d expect from Nike and offers varying degrees of protection based on common wear patterns. Nike uses their full-length Air Zoom Strobel unit previously found in the Zoom Zeroes for all-over responsive comfort for the midsole.

The upper offers comfort and durability with premium materials. A unique woven mesh that’s translucent or see-through is present toward the front and over the shoe’s arch on the inside. You’ll also find Nike’s Dynamic Fit lacing system present at the top for finding that perfectly secure fit.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Traction

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthSlightly Small
Arch SupportSlightly Narrow
Weight16.2 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Yellow, Orange, Multi

Ratings

Comfort 9.4
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.0
Average 8.68

K-Swiss Ultrashot 3

KSwiss Ultrashot 3 - Men's Tennis Shoe

The Ultrashot 3 is a premium tennis shoe from K-Swiss that delivers excellent comfort, durability, and stability.

The outsole of this tennis shoe uses Draggaurd 7.0, a high-density rubber compound that’s extra durable and offers reliable traction. In the shoe’s midsole, you’ll find Surge 7.0 for comfort combined with a midfoot TPU shank to prevent twisting and aid stability.

K-Swiss tops off the Ultrashot 3 with DuraMesh for protective comfort and support and a No-Sew Slidegaurd on the outside of the forefoot to enhance durability during slides.

Finally, DuraWrap overlays the inside edge of the shoe’s upper just above the outsole for protection from foot drags.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium
Weight15.3 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.7
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.70

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4 - Men's Tennis Shoe

Endorsed by Rafael Nadal, the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4 is one of Nike’s most durable and stable tennis shoes that doesn’t skimp on comfort.

Nike features a durable rubber compound for the outsole blended with Kurim for added protection in high wear areas and wraps up the midsole for slide protection where it’s needed most.

At the midsole, you’ll find a thick foam for comfort combined with a Zoom Air unit at the forefoot for added response and energy return. A hard plastic foot frame provides stability on the outside or lateral edge of the shoe’s midsole, especially during side-to-side movement.

You’ll find thick and supportive materials that offer good breathability for the upper, which tops off with a specialized lacing system that hides the medial eyelets for durability while hugging your foot for maximum support.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Rafael Nadal

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthNarrow
Arch SupportMedium
Weight15.6 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Green, Grey, Purple

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.7
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.3
Average 8.66

Fila Axilus 2.5 Energized

Fila Axilus 2.5 - Men's Tennis Shoe

The Fila Axilus 2.5 is a bit of a sleeper when it comes to quality tennis shoes, but it’s a well-rounded option that’s lightweight and wraps our list of the best men’s tennis shoes.

The outsole features a two-piece durable EverGrind rubber for traction on various court surfaces with a familiar tread pattern.

At the shoe’s midsole, you’ll find Fila’s latest Energized Rubber for added comfort and energy return with each step you take. For stability, the shoe incorporates a midfoot TPU shank, which also helps prevent twisting.

The shoe’s upper provides ventilation through its breathable mesh, while the Molded Cage at the front of the shoe provides protection and added stability. Inside the shoe, you’ll also benefit from anti-slip nylon to help keep your foot securely in place.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort

Top Players Using

  • Andreas Seppi
  • Diego Schwartzman
  • John Isner
  • Sam Querrey
  • Reilly Opelka

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthSlightly wide
Arch SupportLow
Weight13.7 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Blue, Grey, Beige

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.64

adidas Barricade

adidas Barricade Men's

In 2021 tennis fans worldwide were treated to the return of the iconic Barricade shoe, which adidas suspended production of in 2018, allowing their team to take a step back on the design.

Known for its durability, stability, and striking silhouette, the 12th generation of the shoe is a modern take on a classic, rebuilt from the ground up to incorporate new technologies while staying true to its roots.

For the outsole, the Barricade uses an Adiwear rubber compound with a herringbone style tread that’s thicker on the inside for added durability and easier sliding while thinner on the outside for optional traction.

The shoe features Bounce 2.0 for responsive comfort at the midsole and a stabilizing mid-foot shank for confident side-to-side movement.

The Barricade’s upper includes:

  • A soft neoprene tongue for comfort and breathability.
  • Asymmetrical lacing for a secure and adaptive fit.
  • Hidden lacing loops for protection.
  • Protective RPU at the toe and inside of the shoe.

Overall, the shoe delivers excellent durability, stability, and traction but leaves room for improvement in comfort and ventilation.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Stability
  • Traction

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort
  • Weight
  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Sebastian Korda

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthTrue
Arch SupportMedium
Weight14.2 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack/Yellow/Blue, Blue/White, White/Blue/Green, White, Red/Black, Black/White

Ratings

Comfort 8.2
Stability 8.8
Durability 8.8
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.3
Average 8.58

Babolat Jet Mach III

Babolat Jet Mach III Men's

If you’re in the market for a lightweight tennis shoe that delivers solid all-around performance, then the Babolat Jet Mach III, which weighs in at 12.1 oz in a men’s size 10.5, is well worth checking out.

The Jet Mach III features premium Michelin DIN20 rubber for optimal durability and traction for the outsoles – ideal for hardcourts.

At the midsole, KPRS-X EVA foam delivers excellent shock absorption throughout the entire length of the shoe, with emphasis on the heel.

Babolat introduces MATRYX EVO for the upper, a technical fabric developed in partnership with Chamatex. Aramide and Polyamide fibers help provide stability and added durability against abrasion while retaining flexible comfort.

Although their weight moderately reduces the shoe’s stability and durability, they’re best-in-class for these areas relative to other lightweight shoes that suffer more noticeably.

Why We Love Them

  • Lightweight
  • Traction
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Stability
  • Durability

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.1 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Black/Purple/Orange

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.4
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.56

Nike React Vapor NXT

Nike Air Zoom Vapor NXT Men's

A brand new model released in 2021 from Nike, the React Vapor NXT is an edgy new offering that delivers solid durability and traction.

The outsole is a classic offering from Nike, which incorporates a data-influenced generative design for optimal protection in high-wear areas.

At the midsole, the shoe uses a surprisingly thick layer of React foam for responsive comfort toward the arch, while players will find a firmer foam on the outside edge for stability. Around the heel and outside edge, a semi-transparent foot frame wraps the shoe for extra support.

The React Vapor NXT’s upper takes advantage of a comfortable bootie construction wrapped with a flexible, supportive, and breathable Flyweave layer. Finally, a thick plastic pane waps the toe and lateral side of the shoe for extra abrasion resistance and durability.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Traction

Area for Improvement

  • Stability
  • Weight

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium-Low
Weight15.8 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack/White, White/Black, Blue/White, Grey/White

Ratings

Comfort 8.3
Stability 8.3
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.5
Average 8.54

New Balance 996 v4.5

New Balance 996 v4.5 Men's

At 12.4 ounces in size 10.5, the 996 v4.5 is New Balance’s flagship lightweight tennis shoe that’s one of the lightest options on the market.

Starting with the outsole, you’ll find New Balance’s NDurance rubber for excellent traction and durability. However, unique to this shoe, low-wear areas use an alternate rubber that’s lighter weight.

Moving up to the midsole, you’ll find FuelCell EVA foam that’s lightweight and highly responsive with a 55% rebound as you move.

Finally, the upper’s Hypoknit construction is a key ingredient that helps the shoe maintain low weight and excellent breathability.

As with many lightweight offerings, the 996 v4.5 shes material to keep the weight low. As a result, these shoes aren’t the most supportive, and the less pronounced toe guard lacks a bit of durability.

Why We Love Them

  • Lightweight
  • Traction
  • Ventilation

Area for Improvement

  • Stability
  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium-Low
Weight12.4 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsWhite, White/Blue, Purple/Black

Ratings

Comfort 8.3
Stability 8.5
Durability 8.4
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.52

10+ Best Women’s Tennis Shoes 2021

Next up, we’re taking a look a the ten best tennis women’s tennis shoes for 2021 to help you quickly find a pair you’ll love.

For quick reference, here’s a snapshot and comparison of each shoe.

ShoeComfortStabilityDurabilityTractionVentilationAverage
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 49.29.18.79.29.09.04
Asics Solution Speed FF9.59.08.99.08.69.00
New Balance 9969.38.88.89.09.08.98
Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro8.88.88.88.99.28.90
Asics Gel Resolution 89.29.08.98.98.48.88
Asics Court FF 29.08.99.09.18.28.84
New Balance Lav v28.88.98.68.68.98.76
Wilson Rush Pro 3.58.78.68.88.88.78.72
adidas SoleCourt Boost8.68.79.08.88.48.70
K-Swiss Ultrashot 38.58.79.08.88.48.68
K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 28.88.88.88.78.28.66
Fila Axilus 2.5 Energized8.58.68.68.98.68.64
Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo9.18.68.68.88.08.62
Babolat Jet Mach III8.68.68.78.98.38.62
adidas Barricade8.38.98.98.88.28.62

adidas Adizero Ubersonic 4

adidas adizero Ubersonic 4 - Women's Tennis Shoe

The adidas Adizero Ubersonic 4 is a comfortable option that delivers excellent breathability and all-around performance.

The outsole of this pair of shoes uses one of our favorite, Adiwear, which provides excellent traction. New to this generation is a tighter tread on the inside portion for extra durability and a wider tread toward the outside for easier sliding.

At the midsole, adidas now features their updated Lightstrike cushioning system for maximum comfort without giving up that responsive feel for optimal movement.

The Primeknit bootie is a seamless piece of fabric that’s lightweight and breathable, which forms the upper. Over the top, adidas adds Primegreen material for extra stability and abrasion resistance. Strategically placed around the shoe’s upper, you’ll find Adituff, an abrasion-resistant material for additional protection.

The result is a well-rounded shoe that offers terrific performance across the board.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Kristina Mladenovic

Specs

SizeSlightly large
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight11.6 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Orange, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 9.2
Stability 9.1
Durability 8.7
Traction 9.2
Ventilation 9.0
Average 9.04

Asics Solution Speed FF

Asics Solution Speed FF - Women's

The Asics Solution Speed FF is one of our favorite women’s tennis shoes that offers all-around performance in a lightweight package.

The outsole features a high abrasion rubber dubbed AHAR to provide excellent traction along with an all-court tread. The shoe also receives a bit of added protection at the front with a prominent toe guard.

At the midsole, you’ll find Asics’ FlyteFoam cushioning (one of the key upgrades from the prior model), which offers 76 percent better cushioning while also shedding 55 percent of the weight found in your typical midsole.

The Asics Solution Speed FF also features a comfortable single-piece upper wrapped in their durable AHAR rubber to provide a protective wrap around the entire shoe.

All in all, this is a popular lightweight shoe that’s worth checking out.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Weight

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Daria Gavrilova
  • Julia Goerges
  • Daria Gavrilova
  • Monica Puig
  • Jennifer Brady

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight10.6 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy, Pink, Orange, Red

Ratings

Comfort 9.5
Stability 9.0
Durability 8.9
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.6
Average 9.00

New Balance 996v4

New Balance 996v4 - Women's

The New Balance 996v4 is a standout lightweight women’s tennis shoe that offers excellent all-court performance.

For the outsole, you’ll find NDurance rubber used sparingly for maximum durability while keeping the shoe lighter than its competitors.

For comfort, the midsole puts New Balance’s FuelCell foam to use throughout the entire length of the shoe for the highest level of energy return – a responsive feel you’ll love.

Keeping with the New Balance 996v4’s minimalist theme, the upper’s Hypoknit construction offers lightweight breathability, and a PU toe cap helps provide a bit of extra protection upfront.

If you’re on the hunt for a lightweight tennis shoe, then this one is well worth checking out.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Coco Gauff
  • Heather Watson
  • Misaki Doi
  • Nicole Gibbs

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight9.8 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack, White, Pink, Blue, Grey

Ratings

Comfort 9.3
Stability 8.8
Durability 8.8
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.98

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro - Women's Tennis Shoe

On the men’s and the women’s sides, the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro remains one of the most popular lightweight tennis shoes on the market.

The shoe’s outsole is somewhat minimalistic compared to other tennis shoes, which helps keep the shoe’s weight low. Nike adds and subtracts where players experience high or lower areas of wear.

The Vapor Pro’s midsole includes a slim Zoom Air unit at the shoe’s heel for low-profile responsive comfort that’s lightweight and keeps players feeling connected with the court. The remainder of the soul provides comfort through a light and responsive EVA foam to complete the package.

The most significant change for the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro comes with the redesigned upper that combines a bootie construction with mesh for lightweight and breathable comfort. Plus, a new asymmetrical lacing system hugs your foot for added stability.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Responsive comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Bianca Andreescu
  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Paula Badosa
  • Sloan Stevens
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Donna Vekic
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Belinda Bencic
  • Petra Kvitova
  • Barbora Strycova
  • Daria Kasatkina
  • Marketa Vondrousova

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight11 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Blue, Pink, Purple

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.8
Durability 8.8
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.86

Asics Gel Resolution 8

Asics Gel Resolution 8 - Women's

The Asics Gel Resolution 8 offers terrific all-around performance that’s stable, comfortable, and durable.

The shoe’s outsole consists of AHARPLUS that delivers abrasion resistance three times greater than traditional rubber and a prominent tread pattern for performance on any court surface.

For the midsole, you’ll find Asics’ Gel cushioning to help reduce shock, which feels great at the heel and ball of your foot. FlyteFoam, throughout the length of the shoe, provides all-over comfort and performance.

The Gel Resolution 8’s upper features glove-like comfort with Flexion Fit, while the shoe’s Dynawall technology helps it maintain stability.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Johanna Konta
  • Caroline Garcia
  • Samanta Stosur
  • Monica Niculescu
  • Iga Swiatek
  • Leylah Fernandez
  • Coco Vandeweghe

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium-tight
Arch SupportLow
Weight11 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsWhite, Navy

Ratings

Comfort 9.2
Stability 9.0
Durability 8.9
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.88

Asics Court FF 2

Asics Court FF 2 Women's

The Court FF 2 is a high-performance offering from Asics that delivers well-rounded performance with few downsides.

The shoe uses an AHAR+ rubber outsole that delivers excellent traction and significantly better abrasion resistance and durability than standard rubber. As a bonus, the outsole wraps up the shoe’s inside edge and further up the toe than most for extra protection.

The midsole for the Asics Court FF 2 takes advantage of FlyteFoam for exceptional lightweight comfort, while gel cushioning at the heel and forefoot helps absorb shock, especially on hard courts. A midfoot Twisstruss shank helps reduce twisting and aids side-to-side stability.

The shoe’s upper has a mono-sock construction for a glove-like fit that adds to the shoe’s stability, along with a durable outer PU cover that helps resist abrasion while further adding support.

Overall, the Asics Court FF 2 doesn’t disappoint in many areas except for ventilation, where the shoe could improve breathability.

Why We Love Them

  • Support
  • Durability
  • Stability
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.7 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsGrey, Blue, White, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 9.0
Stability 8.9
Durability 9.0
Traction 9.1
Ventilation 8.2
Average 8.84

New Balance Lav v2

New Balance Fresh Foam Lab 2 Women's

The New Balance Lav v2 is a fresh take on the original version, which delivered stability and durability.

The latest generation features New Balance’s Ndurance outsole for reliable traction and durability while helping keep the shoe’s weight down.

Fresh FoamX provides players with extra cushioning at the midsole through a data-influenced design that helps optimize comfort.

Finally, a lightweight mesh FitWeave upper allows for flexible comfort without giving up support for stability.

Aggressive movers will appreciate their durability and stability but should be aware of their slightly stiffer feel and lower ventilation.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort
  • Ventilation

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.3 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsPink, Green, White

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.76

Wilson Rush Pro 3.5

Wilson Rush Pro 3.5 - Women's Tennis Shoe

The Rush Pro 3.5 is Wilson’s latest iteration of their flagship all-court tennis shoe that offers comfort and durability.

The shoe’s outsole makes use of Duralast, a high-density and durable rubber compound that resists abrasion and provides players with excellent traction on all court surfaces. Baked into the midsole, you’ll also find Wilson’s 4D Support Chassis, which helps maintain stability along with a midfoot TPU shank.

Wilson uses a highly-compressed and proprietary EVA foam called R-DST+ at the shoe’s midsole to deliver optimal cushion without adding too much weight to the shoe.

The Wilson Rush Pro 3.5 features a minimalistic layered upper dubbed Sensifeel 2.0 that incorporates mesh for maximum ventilation. The shoe uses a Drag Pad on the inside or medial portion toward the front for drag protection. Finally, the inner Endofit sock helps ensure comfort and a locked-in feel.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Stability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.8 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsWhite, Blue, Teal

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.8
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.7
Average 8.72

adidas SoleCourt Boost

adidas SoleCourt Boost - Women's

The SoleCourt Boost is a high-end tennis shoe from adidas line that offers stability and durability that lasts.

The shoe’s outsole features Adiwear rubber to stand up to the abrasion of hard courts while also providing traction with a herringbone tread that works well on clay and grass too.

At the midsole, the shoe offers Boost cushioning from the middle to the heel for responsive comfort that absorbs shock and returns energy to the player. EVA foam at the front of the foot provides a familiar cushion feel.

The adidas SoleCourt Boost tops things off with a premium upper that wraps comfortably around the foot with generous foam ankle support. For added durability, rigid polyurethane dots cover the front of the shoe to protect against abrasion.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Garbine Muguruza
  • Andrea Petkovic
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Qiang Wang

Specs

SizeSlightly large
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight14.2 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack, White, Red

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.7
Durability 9.0
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.70

K-Swiss Ultrashot 3

KSwiss Ultrashot 3 - Women's Tennis Shoe

The K-Swiss Ultrashot 3 is a welcome revision to the previous generation offering top-notch durability and respectable stability.

The shoe’s outsole features a combination of durable Draggaurd 7.0 rubber that resists abrasion protects the toe and heel while delivering excellent traction with a dense herringbone tread pattern.

For the midsole, the shoe uses Surge 7.0 cushioning, which delivers lightweight comfort along with a 360 PCS midfoot shank that helps ensure maximum support and stability.

The Ultrashot 2 uses a lightweight mesh upper to keep the shoe well ventilated and layers it with SlideGaurd along the outside of the shoe to enhance durability during slides.

Finally, the shoe features a DuraWrap molded rubber overlay on the shoe’s inside edge for drag protection.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Venus Williams

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.3 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsWhite, Green, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.7
Durability 9.0
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.68

K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2

K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2 -Womens Updated in 2020, the Hypercourt Express 2 from K-Swiss delivers all-around performance while emphasizing comfort and durability.

Like the Ultrashot 2, this model uses Aosta 7 rubber for the outsole to deliver durability and offers a unique take on the traditional herringbone style tread pattern for traction.

The midsole takes advantage of K-Swiss’ Surgeline technology for lightweight comfort without adding too much weight.

Finally, the upper mixes breathable synthetic mesh helps keep your feet cool with K-Swiss DuraWrap Flex for durability and stability without giving up the flex necessary for dynamic movement.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.8 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsWhite, Black, Grey, Purple, Aqua

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.8
Durability 8.8
Traction 8.7
Ventilation 8.2
Average 8.66

Fila Axilus 2.5 Energized

Fila Axilus 2.5 - Women's Tennis Shoe

Rounding out our list of the ten best women’s tennis shoes is the durable and lightweight Fila Axilus 2.5.

The shoe puts Fila’s Evergrind two-piece rubber outsole to work for durable traction with a familiar tread pattern, which is thicker on the inside and narrower on the inside to aid sliding.

The shoe’s midsole provides players with comfort by incorporating Energized Rubber to absorb shock while offering plenty of response, and a midfoot shank adds stability and prevents twisting.

The Fila Axilus 2’s upper is a breathable mesh with a protective outer cage that molds to the shoe and increases its stability.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort

Top Players Using

  • Ashleigh Barty
  • Kiki Bertens
  • Sofia Kenin
  • Shelby Rogers
  • Karolina Pliskova

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight11 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsWhite, Black, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.2
Average 8.64

Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo

Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo - Women's Tennis Shoe

The Nike Air Zoom GP Turbo is a durable women’s tennis shoe that shines in the stability department.

For the outsole, the GP Turbos feature a durable rubber compound that offers thicker grooves on the inside for durability and thinner tread on the outside to aid traction. There are also narrow cutouts at the front and back of the shoe to help aid with sliding.

Easily the shoe’s most unique feature is the full-length Zoom Air unit, which combines with thick foam for impressive comfort that adds a noticeable spring to your step.

The GP Turbo’s upper is a thick mesh, which provides generous all-over comfort along with a durable panel on the inside toward the front to aid durability with foot drags.

On the outsole, you’ll find one of the more distinct tread patterns in our women’s lineups of tennis shoes, which does a fantastic job of providing traction and is ideal for hard courts.

Finally, Nike uses their Dynamic Fit lacing system to help ensure you can achieve a locked-in and secure feel.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Naomi Osaka
  • Amanda Anisimova

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium-tight
Arch SupportLow
Weight13.5 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Pink, Blue, Purple

Ratings

Comfort 9.1
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.0
Average 8.62

Babolat Jet Mach III

Babolat Jet Mach III Women's

A lightweight performance shoe from Babolat, the Jet Mach III is a solid all-around performer ideal for speed and agility.

The Jet Mach III features a high-quality premium DIN20 rubber outsole from Michelin that’s highly durable and ideal for hard courts.

For a soft ride, the midsole incorporates KPRS-X foam for impact-resistant comfort, especially at the heel, which is 1 mm thicker than the prior model.

Finally, the shoe is topped with MATRYX EVO Aramid and Polyamid fibers for stability and support while retaining sufficient flex for comfort.

Our favorite part about the Jet Mach III is that it doesn’t suffer too much in its stability and durability despite its lighter weight, a common problem among other similar lightweight offerings.

Why We Love Them

  • Lightweight
  • Traction
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Stability
  • Durability

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight10.2 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsWhite, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.3
Average 8.62

adidas Barricade

adidas Barricade Women's

In 2018, adidas took a break from producing their Barricade line of tennis shoes, but in 2021 they returned with an all-new update. Although the shoe pays tribute to its predecessors, the 12th generation is a complete rebuild of the shoe.

For the outsole, players will find adidas’ ultra-reliable Adiwear rubber outsole that’s split into two pieces by a midfoot shank that aids stability. The tread is thicker for added durability on the inside edge, while the outside portion helps maximize grip.

The Barricades midsole incorporates Bounce 2.0 for responsive comfort that’s lightweight and impact resistant.

Finally, the shoe’s upper has a neoprene tongue for breathable comfort, an asymmetrical lacing system for a locked-in fit, and an abrasion-resistant outer layer to improve durability. To help cut down on wear to the shoelaces, adidas tucks away the lacing eyelets on the inside edge.

Although the shoe excels in the stability and durability departments, its extra weight and lower comfort are well-worth considering too.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability
  • Traction

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort
  • Weight
  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Maria Sakkari

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.5 ounces @ size 8.5
ColorsBlack/Gold, White/Organge, White/Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.3
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.9
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.2
Average 8.62

Tennis Shoe Durability Guarantees

Tennis Shoe Durability Guarantees

With most people playing tennis on hard courts, one of the most common knocks on tennis shoes is their lack of durability.

Frequently, players are frustrated when their shoes only last a few months, and it can become expensive to replace them continually.

Many retailers and shoe brands will offer durability guarantees for specific shoe models to help instill confidence in buying a new pair of tennis shoes. Typically, a guarantee will be valid for a set period, i.e., six months, and only for the shoe’s outsole.

If you buy a shoe with a similar guarantee, keep in mind that there are guidelines for replacement, which tend to be strict. More often than not, a player will have to wear completely through the outsole for a valid claim.

In our opinion, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. It’s great that you can request to have your shoes replaced if you wear through the sole that quickly. However, if you’re still playing with a shoe that’s anywhere near wearing through the outsole, then it’s less than ideal and can be dangerous because it means you have significantly less traction.

Last but not least, you’ll have to return your shoes to qualify for a replacement. If you don’t own more than one pair, then you may be stuck not playing tennis until they send a replacement.

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re just learning how to play tennis or an experienced player with years of experience, finding the right pair of tennis shoes that you enjoy is critical for the health of your feet and your body.

As you shop for the best pair of tennis shoes, it can help set a budget ahead of time and determine which features, i.e., comfort, durability, stability, etc., are most important to narrow your options.

Hopefully, our guide helps shed some light on how to think about buying a pair of tennis shoes while at the same time focusing your search on a tight selection of shoes you can feel confident in purchasing.

Of course, if you have any questions or have a pair of tennis shoe’s that you can’t live without, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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