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7 Best Cheap Tennis Shoes for Men & Women in 2022

7 Best Cheap Tennis Shoes

For Men & Women in 2022

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By Jon Crim
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Despite what many players and marketers will tell you, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a quality pair of tennis shoes.

If you’re just getting started learning how to play tennis, then a pair of cheap tennis shoes might be the ideal choice, but there are also some reasons you might consider springing for a high-end shoe.

This guide discusses what makes a great tennis shoe, covers the differences between affordable and expensive shoes, and shares my favorite pairs for men and women.

MenKey Feature
Asics Gel Dedicate 7Comfort
adidas CourtJam BounceComfort
adidas GameCourtComfort
adidas Adizero Club 2Comfort
Asics Gel Game 7Comfort

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WomenKey Feature
K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2Comfort
Asics Gel Dedicate 7Comfort
adidas CourtJam BounceComfort
adidas GameCourtComfort
Asics Gel Game 7Comfort

View All Women’s Shoes

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What Makes a Great Tennis Shoe

What Makes a Great Tennis Shoe

Regardless of how much you spend, it’s crucial to purchase a pair of tennis shoes that protect your feet and support longevity on the court.

Luckily, you don’t need to spend much, but there are a few key features to consider when buying a cheap pair of tennis shoes.

All of the shoes I’ve selected to share in this guide meet these criteria, but let’s take a look at each and why they’re essential.

Stability

One of the most critical features of a tennis shoe is stability, which is necessary because of the common multi-directional movements a player will move through when hitting.

As a tennis player, you’ll find yourself moving forward, backward, side to side, and diagonally – frequently with quick starts and abrupt stops.

As a result, the shoe you’re wearing must be stable to support your feet and ankles to prevent injury.

Traction

Right behind stability, traction is another essential ingredient for a great pair of tennis shoes.

Like stability, traction helps ensure solid footing as you move around the court, especially as a player makes quick or sharp movements. Two components help give a tennis shoe proper traction.

First, the rubber material of the outsole contributes to traction, so manufacturers have to strike a balance when aiming for the optimal rubber compound. If it’s too soft, it will lack durability and wear quickly. Conversely, it will be slick and dangerous if it’s too stiff.

Second, the tread pattern also plays a role in how well the shoe grips the court and can differ depending on the surface.

  • Hard Courts: You’ll find the most variety in the tread patterns with shoes for hard courts. However, manufacturers use a herringbone pattern or a variation on the herringbone pattern more often than not. Not only does this pattern work well for hard courts, but it also transitions nicely to clay and grass for players that periodically mix up their court surfaces.
  • Clay Courts: Some tennis shoe models offer clay court versions that come with a true herringbone pattern throughout the entire length of the shoe’s bottom. This pattern provides the best traction on clay, but it also helps ensure consistent and confident slides while naturally releasing debris as a player moves around the court.
  • Grass Courts: Although grass courts are the least common, you can still find them in certain areas where the environment is ideal. Grass court tennis shoes include small studs or pimples on the outsole, providing superior traction for the surface. As you might imagine, the tread has to be somewhat subtle to avoid causing excessive wear to the courts.

Most less expensive tennis shoes will feature outsoles and tread patterns ideal for hard courts, which also cross over to clay and grass when a player has the opportunity.

Despite that, it’s worth noting that players should not use clay and grass court shoes on hard courts because the soles are usually softer and less durable, so they’re insufficient to handle the abrasive surface.

Of course, you could use clay or grass court shoes on hard courts, but you’re going to wear through the outsole much quicker, so you’ll end up having to replace them more often. If you do, make sure the soles of the shoes are non-marking to prevent trashing the court.

Comfort

Hard courts are the most common surface in tennis, and over time, they can be unforgiving and demanding on a player’s body. As a result, one of the top features many players seek when purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes is sufficient cushion.

When you buy new tennis shoes, you’ll want to find a pair that offers adequate comfort while keeping in mind that tennis shoes tend to be stiffer than your average shoe for stability. With that in mind, don’t expect the same level of cushion that you find in a running shoe.

Regarding comfort, the majority will come from the shoe’s midsole. However, the portion that wraps your foot, called the upper, also contributes significantly to a shoe’s overall comfort.

Durability

Durability most frequently comes into play on hard courts, which are abrasive and can cause the sole of a shoe to wear quickly.

Much of a tennis shoe’s durability will come from its outsole or bottom layer because it’s in constant contact with the court.

However, you’ll also want to look for a shoe that provides sufficient protection at the forefoot of the shoe (especially around your toes), which often come in contact or drag on the court as well.

Ventilation

Depending on the climate or season when you spend most of your time on the court, ventilation may be more or less critical. However, since many players take advantage of the warm summer months to play tennis outside, it’s worth mentioning.

A well-ventilated shoe will often feature a breathable mesh upper that lets cooler air in and allows hot air to escape. However, a shoe’s lining can also contribute to how hot a shoe feels on a player’s foot.

If you find yourself limited in the selection or availability of shoes that highlight ventilation as a key feature and it’s important to you, consider the color when making a purchase. Darker colors will absorb heat and be hotter on your feet, while lighter colors reflect it.

Non-Marking Soles

By default, a shoe designed for playing tennis will offer a non-marking outsole to prevent leaving scuff marks on the court. The only exception would be clay and grass court shoes, which you won’t want to use on a hard court.

Assuming you’re sticking to the most popular tennis shoe brands, you shouldn’t have any issues with this, but if you venture outside them, make sure to confirm they won’t mark a court. It’s good etiquette, and most clubs and public courts require them.

Expensive vs. Cheap Tennis Shoes

Cheap vs. Expensive Tennis Shoes

Although it’s not necessary to empty your pockets for one of the best pairs of tennis shoes, it’s good to be aware of why the prices are different.

Let’s review a few of the key factors that determine the price of a tennis shoe, so you can decide if they’re worthy of your consideration or not.

Latest Models & Styles

As you’d expect, the latest models and styles of tennis shoes will always command the highest prices.

Top brands are continuously investing in new technologies, materials, and construction methods, and eventually, someone has to foot the bill. If you want the latest and the greatest, you’ll have to pay for the privilege.

It will likely come as no surprise that these are the shoes that the top pros endorse and wear on the court.

Materials

Generally, more expensive tennis shoes will use advanced or modern materials compared to their more affordable counterparts. They’ll also be more inclined to use a wider variety of materials.

On the other hand, cheap tennis shoes will use tried and true materials that have been around for years and have reached a point where they’re more affordable to produce.

For example, a more expensive tennis shoe might offer a unique new outsole that’s more durable and lighter than the inexpensive option.

Construction

Expensive tennis shoes will be more inclined to feature fancy or more complex construction methods to achieve optimal performance, while cheap tennis shoes will keep it simple.

In many cases, less expensive tennis shoes will simply remove certain features that the expensive options offer, making the shoe construction more straightforward and, therefore, less expensive.

Endorsements

Last but not least, endorsements matter. Tennis brands know that consumers are more likely to pay a premium to use the same shoe the best tennis players wear.

Of course, we all intuitively know that wearing Roger Federer’s shoe model won’t make us play like him, but that doesn’t stop us from letting go of our hard-earned money to buy them.

When Should You Spend More?

If you’re new to tennis, then I’d argue you don’t need to spring for a high-end pair of tennis shoes because you won’t be moving around the court the same way an advanced player does.

However, as your skills develop and you become more competitive, the additional features a shoe offers will likely become more important. As a result, you’ll be able to justify the extra expense if you choose.

For example, while stability is essential for every tennis shoe, you may require extra support as your movement improves, which a higher-end shoe can deliver.

Similarly, as you spend hours a day on a tennis court, maximum comfort may become more critical than when first starting, where you might only play an hour at a time.

Buying Expensive Shoes for Less

Buying Expensive Tennis Shoes for Less

Although it’s hard to beat the bargain prices available for many cheap tennis shoes, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to buy top-of-the-line shoes for less.

Be Patient

If you can resist the urge to buy the latest model of a tennis shoe when it first comes out, then you’ll eventually be rewarded with a discount.

Most retailers offer seasonal bargains, with the deepest discounts typically coming right before releasing a new model.

If you have a popular shoe size, this can become tricky as retailers eventually won’t backfill inventory for a shoe when a new model comes down the pipe, but it’s one route you can take.

Be Flexible With Colorways

Invariably, some colorways for a given shoe model will be more popular than others. If you can avoid buying the most popular, then you’ll likely save yourself some extra cash in the long run as these shoes will tend to feature deeper discounts to move inventory.

It might not be clear which colorways will have the highest demand when a shoe first comes out, so you’ll have to keep an eye on retailer websites to spot these deals.

Check All Retailers

If you’re used to buying your shoes from a website that specializes in tennis gear, then you might consider broadening your horizon and checking other websites periodically.

The same holds if you most commonly buy your shoes on the most prominent retail sites – be sure to check some of the specialized stores, which often offer discounts to clear inventory.

Sign up for the email lists on various websites that sell shoes so you know when one of their sales hits. You’ll want to be one of the first to take advantage of these types of offers since sizes will often be limited.

Where to Buy Cheap Tennis Shoes

Where to Buy Cheap Tennis Shoes

Eager players can find inexpensive tennis shoes at a variety of locations, especially since it’s often all about timing.

With that said, you might not be familiar with some of the best websites for digging up bargain deals – so let’s explore some of the options.

Specialty Tennis Online Retailers

These retailers will be some of your best options for finding a great deal on tennis shoes. Although they specialize in tennis, they do a lot of business because enthusiasts appreciate their niche focus.

You’ll also find that these retailers tend to offer the broadest selection of styles and colorways, and they offer plenty of discounts throughout the year.

  • Tennis Warehouse: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Tennis Express: Houston, TX
  • Midwest Sports: Cincinnati, OH
  • Do It Tennis: San Marcos, CA
  • Tennis Plaza: Orlando, FL
  • Holabird Sports: Baltimore, MD

Outside of the US, Tennis-Point, based in Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany, is an excellent online retailer to check out.

Speciality Local Retailers

These days, many players will research and explore products online before ever stepping into a local store. However, there’s often a missed opportunity to get advice from knowledgeable owners and score deals on shoes the same way you would with the larger online retailers.

Plus, you’ll be able to try on a variety of sizes to get the right fit, and if you find what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to take them home and use them the same day vs. waiting for shipping.

Here are a few places you might track down your next pair of shoes:

  • Tennis Shop: Small, independently owned tennis shops may be fewer and far between these days, but they still exist, and it’s excellent when you can support them as their owners are members of your community. A quick search on your favorite search engine should help you dig up any nearby.
  • Tennis Club: Tennis clubs often have pro shops and usually carry a limited supply of gear. Although they’ll cater primarily to their members, they’re generally happy to sell to non-members.
  • Public Tennis Facilities: Like tennis clubs, larger public tennis facilities will often have pro shops, which are worth checking out if you are looking for a deal on your next pair of shoes.

Of course, it will never hurt to give them a call before you jump in your car to see if they have any shoes in stock.

Additional Online Retailers

Beyond specialty tennis retailers, plenty of other large online retailers carry shoes where you can find a great deal.

A few worth checking out are:

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Zappos
  • Amazon
  • Walmart

Of course, a few of these also have local big box stores to check out if you have one nearby.

7 Cheap Men’s Tennis Shoes

Although inexpensive, this selection of affordable men’s tennis shoes offers fantastic performance considering their price points.

I’ve pulled together a quick comparison of the shoes below, and you’ll find additional details for each shoe in the sections that follow.

ShoeComfortStabilityDurabilityTractionVentilationAverage
Asics Gel Dedicate 78.78.58.58.68.58.56
adidas CourtJam Bounce8.78.28.38.68.98.54
adidas GameCourt8.88.18.38.68.88.52
adidas Adizero Club 28.78.18.18.48.88.42
Asics Gel Game 78.78.08.08.68.68.38
Asics Gel Court Speed8.67.98.08.68.78.36
Prince T-22.58.68.28.18.48.58.36

Asics Gel Dedicate 7

Asics Gel Dedicate 7 - Men's

The Asics Gel Dedicate 7 comes with a mid-range price tag and delivers comfort in a mid-weight package.

This pair of shoes features a solid rubber outsole for durability, which delivers average abrasion resistance and provides plenty of traction.

At the midsole, the Gel Dedicate 7 uses GEL Cushioning and a standard EVA midsole, which will help absorb shock to provide comfort on all court surfaces.

Lastly, the shoe’s upper features synthetic leather to help ensure adequate support a comfortable fit. Although I appreciate the material’s abrasion resistance, it doesn’t offer the best ventilation. If that’s a concern, I’d encourage you to opt for a lighter colorway.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Weight

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium-low
Weight13.0 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsNavy, White, Black, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.5
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.5
Average 8.56

adidas CourtJam Bounce

adidas CourtJam Bounce - Men's

In many ways, the adidas CourtJam bounce is a close cousin to the adidas Gamecourt – the next shoe on the list. Both are affordable mid-range shoes with a similar style, but a few differences make each unique.

They feature the same durable Adiwear rubber outsole with an identical tread pattern for starters.

However, one of the primary differences between the GameCourt is the midsole of this shoe, which features adidas Bounce technology for comfort that I feel offers excellent support but a bit of extra response or feel compared to the GameCourt.

The shoe’s upper is a blend of mesh to provide plenty of ventilation, and a toe cap at the shoe’s front adds a bit of extra durability.

All in all, the CourtJame Bounce is another affordable offering from adidas that delivers solid all-around performance.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Weight

Area for Improvement

  • Stability

Specs

SizeSlightly large
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium-low
Weight13.9 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey

Ratings

Comfort 9.4
Stability 9.2
Durability 9.1
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.54

adidas GameCourt

adidas GameCourt - Men's

The adidas GameCourt is one of my favorite mid-range tennis shoes that offers excellent lightweight comfort.

The outsole is the same quality Adiwear rubber you’ll find across adidas’ range of tennis shoes, which provides plenty of grip in a herringbone pattern.

The shoe’s midsole makes use of Cloudfoam, one of my favorite materials for comfort, which offers plenty of impact-resistant cushioning.

Lastly, the shoe’s upper is comfortable but leaves us wanting in the stability and durability category. More specifically, I’d love to see a bit more cushioning in the heel’s collar and some extra durable material covering the front of the foot.

However, tennis players looking for affordable shoes that provide excellent comfort should check out the adidas GameCourt.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • weight

Area for Improvement

  • Stability

Specs

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

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.1
Durability 8.3
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.8
Average 8.52

adidas Adizero Club 2

adidas Adizero Club - Men's

If you’re looking for an affordable men’s tennis shoe that offers excellent lightweight performance, then the adidas Adizero Club 2 is worth considering.

The shoe’s outsole features Adiwear, a durable non-marking rubber in an all-court pattern to help provide traction.

The midsole provides the majority of a shoe’s comfort. For the Adizero Club 2, you’ll find Adiprene+ at the shoe’s heel for extra shock absorption and comfort, which, combined with a high-quality EVA midsole, ensures a smooth ride. The midfoot section also features adidas’ SprintFrame, a lightweight chassis for stability.

The Adizero Club 2’s upper mesh bootie construction provides a secure fit and integrates Climacool to wick away sweat for max comfort. The shoe also takes strategic advantage of Adituff for the shoe’s toe cap and the inside edge of the shoe to protect against abrasion.

One area where the shoe could improve is durability.

Why We Love Them

  • Lightweight
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

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

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.1
Durability 8.1
Traction 8.4
Ventilation 8.8
Average 8.42

Asics Gel-Game 7

Asics Gel Game 7 - Men's

Another all-around performer that’s easy on the wallet is the Asics Gel-Game 7, which offers comfort and stability.

For the shoe’s outsole, you’ll find a durable non-marking rubber with a reliable tread to provide traction on any court surface.

The shoe treats players to Asics’ Gel Cushioning for the midsole and combines it with a quality EVA foam to provide a high-comfort ride. An Ortholite insole provides added comfort and moisture control.

Furthermore, it incorporates Asics’ mid-foot Trusstic technology to improve the shoe’s stability and prevent unwanted twisting during sharp movements.

Last but not least, the Asics Gel-Game 7 offers a mesh upper that’s breathable with a synthetic leather overlay for added support and durability. Like many of the shoes in the more affordable range, I’d love to see a bit more durability out of this shoe.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight13 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Red, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.0
Durability 8.0
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.38

Asics Gel Court Speed

Asics Gel Court Speed - Men's

The Asics Gel Court Speed is an inexpensive yet popular tennis shoe that offers comfort in a responsive and lightweight package.

The shoe features a durable two-piece rubber setup in a herringbone-style pattern for the outsole. A mid-foot Trusstic system separates the outsole at the middle for stability.

The midsole comes with generous EVA foam to provide comfort throughout the length of the shoe, as well as gel cushioning at the heel and ball of your foot for extra shock absorption.

At the top of the Gel Court Speed, you’ll find a comfortable mesh wrapped with synthetic material for added protection, and Asics’ PGaurd Toe Protectors help resist abrasion that’s common in that area.

My main knock on the shoe would be durability, like others on the list.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight13.1 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Yellow, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 7.9
Durability 8.0
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.7
Average 8.36

Prince T-22.5

Prince T22.5 Men's

The Prince T-22.5 is the evolution of the T-22, a time-tested, affordable tennis shoe with a respectable following of users who appreciate the shoe’s stability and comfort.

PRC 1000 makes up the shoe’s outsole to provide durability with a tread pattern that’s ideal for hard courts but will perform well on various surfaces.

The shoe’s midsole comes with your standard EVA foam to provide all-over comfort. However, players benefit from added shock absorption with a ShockEraser unit at the heel and a SoftSprint insert at the shoe’s front. A wYshbone mid-foot shank at the middle of the shoe provides stability.

For the upper, the T-22 features an open mesh construction for ventilation, and Prince wraps it with a few synthetic materials for added stability along with a toe cap for durability upfront.

The primary drawback of this shoe is its weight, but they’ve improved upon it from the prior generation.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Weight

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium-low
Weight15.3 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.2
Durability 8.1
Traction 8.4
Ventilation 8.5
Average 8.36

7 Cheap Women’s Tennis Shoes

If you’re looking for bargain performance that doesn’t disappoint, then I think you’ll love my picks for these inexpensive women’s tennis shoes.

Below I’ve provided a quick comparison of each shoe and then dive into extra detail about them in the following sections.

ShoeComfortStabilityDurabilityTractionVentilationAverage
K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 28.68.68.68.68.68.60
Asics Gel Dedicate 78.68.58.58.68.58.54
adidas CourtJam Bounce8.78.18.38.68.98.52
adidas GameCourt8.88.08.38.68.88.50
Asics Gel Game 78.68.58.28.58.68.48
Asics Gel Court Speed8.68.18.18.68.78.42
Prince T-22.58.68.28.18.58.68.40

K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2

K-Swiss Hypercourt Express - Women's

The K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2 is a popular tennis shoe for women, offering comfort and stability in a wide range of colors.

The shoe’s outsole uses Aosta 7 rubber from K-Swiss, a durable material that resists abrasion while providing excellent traction.

At the shoe’s midsole, an EVA foam sole provides cushion, while a more rigid plastic insert in the middle of the foot provides stability.

The K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2 features a breathable mesh upper with a Durawrap overlay for protection and extra support.

Finally, this shoe features a special insole that helps manage moisture through ventilation underfoot for added comfort.

The shoe’s main downside is durability, often a drawback to shoes with a lower price point.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.6 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Red, Pink, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.60

Asics Gel Dedicate 7

Asics Gel Dedicate 7 - Women's

The women’s Asics Gel Dedicate 7 is one of my favorite mid-range tennis shoes for women that offers comfort and stability at an affordable price.

The shoe’s outsole comes with a solid rubber with a familiar herringbone-style pattern for all-court grip and durability. You’ll also find a generous toe guard at the front of the shoe for enhanced protection.

The Gel Dedicate 7 combines Asics’ Gel Cushioning System to help absorb the harsh impact your feet sustain on hard courts with a responsive and lightweight EVA foam for added comfort. As you’ll find in most Asics tennis shoes, a mid-foot shank sits at the shoe’s bottom to provide stability and prevent twisting.

You’ll find durable synthetic leather for the upper, which provides stability without sacrificing comfort, but it could offer better ventilation.

At its price, the main drawback is durability.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight10.1 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Black, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.5
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.7
Average 8.58

adidas CourtJam Bounce

adidas CourtJam Bounce - Women's

Another mid-range shoe that provides solid all-around performance is the adidas CourtJam Bounce, which is comfortable and well-ventilated.

The shoe’s outsole comes with Adiwear, a durable rubber that offers excellent traction and is well suited for a broad range of courts.

The midsole uses Bounce, a proprietary EVA foam from adidas, to deliver shock absorption and a comfortable ride. At the same time, a rigid mid-foot shank provides stability and helps limit twisting of the shoe.

Last but not least, the adidas CourtJam Bounce’s upper helps keep your feet cool and comfortable with a soft mesh, which is topped off with a more durable TPU material as an outer wrap to provide added protection and stability.

The CourtJam bounce does most things well, but some may find it lacks a bit in the stability department.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Ventilation

Area for Improvement

  • Stability

Specs

SizeSlightly large
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportLow
Weight12.1 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Grey, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.1
Durability 8.3
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.9
Average 8.52

adidas GameCourt

adidas GameCourt - Women's

Another of my favorite wallet-friendly shoes from adidas is the GameCourt, which like the CourtJam model, offers comfort and all-around performance.

The shoe’s outsole features reliable Adiwear rubber for exceptional traction with a tread pattern that will perform well on all court surfaces.

The GameCourt uses its Cloudfoam EVA midsole to deliver a smooth ride and shock absorption for comfort.

The upper’s full bootie construction offers comfort to complete the shoe while keeping it lightweight and breathable.

Like the CourtJam bounce, I wish they provided a bit more stability.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Ventilation

Area for Improvement

  • Stability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight10.8 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.0
Durability 8.3
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.8
Average 8.50

Asics Gel-Game 7

Asics Gel Game 7 - Women's

An affordable shoe from Asics, the Gel-Game 7 is comfortable without sacrificing stability.

The shoe’s outsole features a durable rubber with plenty of traction that you can use on any court surface.

The midsole makes use of Asics’ Gel Cushioning with an embedded Trusstic mid-foot shank that’s stiff at the shoe’s midfoot to provide stability.

The no-frills upper is lightweight and breathable to help keep your feet cool and showcases a bit of extra durability up around the toes.

All in all, this is a great shoe, but it could be more durable.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium-tight
Arch SupportMedium-low
Weight10.5 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Red, Blue, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.5
Durability 8.2
Traction 8.5
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.48

Asics Gel Court Speed

Asics Gel Court Speed - Women's

Another terrific offering from Asics is the Gel Court Speed, a mid-range shoe that offers excellent performance on the court.

The outsole comes with Asics High Abrasion Rubber for the same all-court traction you’ll find in the top-of-the-line Asics models.

At the midsole, you’ll find super comfortable FlyteFoam, one of the shoe’s more significant upgrades from the last model. Asics adds a supportive Trusstic resin shank for stability to prevent twisting in the middle.

Finally, the shoe’s upper is a comfortable and breathable mesh that provides adequate stability.

I’d love to see the shoe offer a bit more durability, but other than that, it’s an excellent offering from Asics.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.5 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Black, Navy, Pink, Yellow

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.1
Durability 8.1
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.7
Average 8.42

Prince T-22.5

Prince T22.5 Women's

As Prince’s most popular women’s tennis shoe, the T-22 stands the test of time, providing players with comfort and stability. However, the T-22.5 is the company’s latest update and an excellent refresh.

The durable PRC 1000 outsole has a herringbone-style tread that seeks to bump up traction and works on a wide range of court surfaces.

The midsole of the T-22s comes with Prince’s ShockEraser unit at the heel and installs SoftSpring technology at the front of the shoe for dealing with impact. An EVA foam completes the midsole to provide comfort, while a wYshbone mid-foot shank ensures stability.

For the upper, you’ll find breathable mesh, which Prince protects by wrapping with a mix of synthetic materials that add to the shoe’s stability and serve to ward off hard court abrasion.

The main knock on the shoe is its weight, which may feel heavy for some players used to other shoes in this price range. However, the latest generation is lighter than the older model.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Weight

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight13.1 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.2
Durability 8.1
Traction 8.5
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.40

Wrapping Up

As you can see, there are plenty of affordable men’s and women’s tennis shoes available, which also offer essential features to keep you healthy and performing your best.

When you’re first starting, an inexpensive shoe might be the ideal choice, but learning about the different types of tennis shoes can help you make the right decision on which to buy.

Hopefully, this guide helped you find your next pair of shoes or, at the very least, helped point you in the right direction.

If you have questions about any of the shoes or have another pair of reasonably priced shoes to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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