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beginner16
07-28-2008, 11:36 AM
I'm relatively new to tennis and wanted to know about K-Swiss. I know that people used to wear K-Swiss all the time to play tennis. Has this changed? Are K-Swiss not popular anymore / does anyone buy their shoes? If not, where would you rank them in popularity to other brands? Any advice would be helpful.

goosala
07-28-2008, 11:08 PM
K-Swiss make very comfortable and cushioned shoes but the knock against them is their durability. Of course you could get the Defier model which is built to last. I have owned maybe three pairs through the years and they were all comfortable. I am not hard on shoes so durability is not my primary concern.

bertrevert
07-29-2008, 03:06 AM
I recaLL there was a thread here that basically listed many reasons many people didn't like them. Research would help eh?

I've got some which feel like tanks and are very hot in summer. Saying that though they have lasted a phenomenally long time.

Low down on my list of shoes...

Gugafan_Redux
07-29-2008, 07:29 AM
I had a bad experience with K-Swiss. I played for years in Wilsons, never had any injury. Had a pair of K-Swiss one summer, had them laced too tight, I realize now, trying to get the support I was used to with Wilson. Tore a tendon and fractured a bone in the top of my foot, just through routine play.

Have played 4 years just as hard on the same surfaces, in Wilson and New Balance high-stability shoes since then and not had any injuries.

K Swiss is off my list. I wouldn't put them on my dog.

bertrevert
07-29-2008, 06:23 PM
yes agreed, ok found the gripes:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=182389

Virtua Tennis
07-29-2008, 09:39 PM
I'm relatively new to tennis and wanted to know about K-Swiss. I know that people used to wear K-Swiss all the time to play tennis. Has this changed? Are K-Swiss not popular anymore / does anyone buy their shoes? If not, where would you rank them in popularity to other brands? Any advice would be helpful.

Kswiss are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn. There is almost no break in period for the shoes. I love the KSwiss Staiblor so much that I bought 6 pairs just so I have enough for the next few years.

Cross-Strings
08-01-2008, 07:50 AM
I highly recommend K-Swiss shoes. I've been playing tennis for over 20 years, and I have found this brand to be the best, overall, for tennis, especially hard court tennis. Nike shoes tend to look good and may be lighter, but offer far less stability and cushioning, which is very important on hard courts. New Balance is good for running and basketball, but as far as tennis goes, they are a bit stiff. Both New Balance and Nike shoes have led to slight injuries in the past for me. Wilson tennis shoes, depending on the model, are OK as well, but still not as solid as K-Swiss.

Il Mostro
08-01-2008, 08:16 AM
I have 2 pairs of Ascendor SLT's. Great heel cushioning. Good fit for my feet: big enough toe-box and forefoot width and narrower at the heel. Super ventilation and they are light. Nice snug glove-like fit. Amazing traction. Not good for toe draggers though. Overall, this is a fairly minimalist shoe.

As light and comfortable as they are, if I am playing hours on end, day after day I need more support for the outside of my feet (I under pronate) and get it from my Barricade V's and especially my new Yonex SHT 306's (hands-down, the *best* support for the outside of my feet).

So long as you do not have a need to compensate for supination, hard to beat this K Swiss model.

MAX PLY
08-01-2008, 08:36 AM
Big K-Swiss fan. Used to wear the Ultrascendor now wear the Stabilor. Super comfort, super stability. But, at the end of the day, everyone's feet are different and you have to use what works for you. Good luck.