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Pushmaster
04-21-2004, 05:45 AM
I'm a 6' 3" 230 lb. baseliner, and my feet really take a pounding. :cry: None of the shoes that I've tried have helped. Are there ANY shoes out there that can give a big guy cushioning, and support? BTW, I have a very high arch. Suggestions are welcome.

fastdunn
04-21-2004, 05:43 PM
In my experiences, Reebok shoes with DMX cushion(like
Bonzer) and Addidas shoes with a3 were among bests.
Good luck....

MorpheusX51
04-21-2004, 07:43 PM
I, too, am a big guy with high arches and I have found that the entire Fila line has very good cushioning and higher arches. I really like the US Open speed 2 shoes. Also the barricades have medium to high arches. Reebok shoes, as well as Nike, tend to have lower arches. I haven't tried the a3 but I bet their cushioning is good as well. The nice thing about the Filas and the barricades is that they have 7 and 6 month warranties on the outsoles, respectively. Bigger men tend to wear the shoes out a little faster. Hope that helps.

robkat
04-23-2004, 06:32 AM
Reebok shoes with DMX are comfortable but are not durable. Adidias BIIs are as comfortale and more durable then the Reeboks. BIIIs from what I have read, are comfortable and durable as well.

AndyC
04-30-2004, 12:19 PM
Maybe try a custom insole? I should expand a little here.. I recently got custom insoles made by Sidas (www.sidas.com) called Conform'ables. Cost was 25 which can buy u a pair of shoes really but the benefits are truly priceless. I have a strange arch on my left foot (sort of two camel hump shaped) and shoes have never really fit that foot well. As I've grown older the left foot definitely doesn't take the pounding as well leading to not only forefoot pain but also shin pain from all the serving and volleying I do.

I wasn't sure the custom insoles would be any good but took the risk and I've got to say I wonder why everyone doesn't have a pair. The foot pain has disappeared completely and I'm now left with a pair of tired feet but both feet actually feel much better after a game as well. I can't recommend them highly enough.

Bring_da_pain
05-03-2004, 07:03 AM
Adidas Barricade II have thick midsoles, and really good cushioning (in my opinion).... Nike air Implosions have a nice springy feel due to the zoom air, but probably wont last as long...... durability vs. ride....

Capt. Willie
05-03-2004, 04:06 PM
I'm not a big guy (5' 10" 160) but for whatever it's worth the most cushioned shoes I have ever had were the Adidas A3. However the durability on them were flat out unexceptable. I burned through them in just over a month and have since gone back to the Barricades.

vishente
05-04-2004, 02:39 PM
asics: gel enqvist plus

Ronaldo
05-04-2004, 04:56 PM
Head Games are better than A3s. Nearly any Nike shoe with full length air is really plush.

Pushmaster
05-19-2004, 12:09 PM
Head Games are better than A3s. Nearly any Nike shoe with full length air is really plush.
I agree that the Head Games are very cushy, but they have a very low arch support. I've been playing w/ the Nike Air Resolve and I'm not impressed, stiff uppers that never get that broken-in feel, poor forefoot cushioning, and no arch like all Nike's. The Wilson DTS 02 is overall the most comfortable shoe I've used, if it had a little more cushioning it would be perfect.

ashwincr
11-02-2006, 12:41 PM
sorry to dredge up such an old thread, but I am in the same boat as pushmaster was. i am 6' 3" and 230 lbs, plays more of a SV game and have recently developed achilles tendinitis. I currently use the nike BF2's they are great initially, but I pop the air bubble in like a month or so and then the cushioning is really bad. Are the new a3's any better? is there any other shoes with good heel cushioning anybody here can suggest for big guys?

Pushmaster
11-02-2006, 05:52 PM
sorry to dredge up such an old thread, but I am in the same boat as pushmaster was. i am 6' 3" and 230 lbs, plays more of a SV game and have recently developed achilles tendinitis. I currently use the nike BF2's they are great initially, but I pop the air bubble in like a month or so and then the cushioning is really bad. Are the new a3's any better? is there any other shoes with good heel cushioning anybody here can suggest for big guys?
I thought this thread looked familiar... The Reebok MDP's are the most cushioned shoes I've used to date. They are on the heavy/bulky side, but once they're broken in I really didn't feel it. Also, at $50 they're a great deal. I agree that the BF2's suck for cushioning, especially in the forefoot. The Prince MC4 seems promising, though I havn't tried them yet. I plan on buying them next, or maybe the Oscillate (due to great review/feedback of them).

Rafa's best friend
11-02-2006, 05:55 PM
i think Nike breth free 3

Pushmaster
11-02-2006, 05:59 PM
i think Nike breth free 3
How much do you weigh?

backcourt
11-03-2006, 07:34 AM
sorry to dredge up such an old thread, but I am in the same boat as pushmaster was. i am 6' 3" and 230 lbs, plays more of a SV game and have recently developed achilles tendinitis. I currently use the nike BF2's they are great initially, but I pop the air bubble in like a month or so and then the cushioning is really bad. Are the new a3's any better? is there any other shoes with good heel cushioning anybody here can suggest for big guys?

You and I are around the same size, and I developed plantar faciitis a couple of years ago. I recomend Reebok Upset DMX, which has great cushioning and a nice toe for toe draggers. If you can deal with the funky color, TW is selling them in the white / shiraz color for $39 right now. I bought a couple of pairs (one in blue) since they've been discontinued. I also use a NB high arch insole which offers additional cushioning.

I also recently bought a pair of Reebok 3D Premire pro's, which like the Upsets have a nice wide forefoot. But IMO they do not have as good cushioning in the midsole, which I assume is because they don't have DMX.
Never tried the MDPs.

amx13
11-07-2006, 08:07 AM
i think Nike breth free 3
I have to agree on that... Im 6' 1" 178 lb. and had a horrible time with the cushioning of the adidas barricade II, but the Breathe 3 are great.

nicegameyousuck
11-07-2006, 08:26 AM
I have to agree on that... Im 6' 1" 178 lb. and had a horrible time with the cushioning of the adidas barricade II, but the Breathe 3 are great.

did you try the breathe 2 at all? is the 3 better?

AndrewD
11-11-2006, 05:13 PM
I was told, at one of our specialty sports footwear stores, that the very best shoes in regards to cushioning are Asics and Mizuno (neither of which they sold but were happy to recommend) and the worst support system is Nike (which they did sell).

Don't know if Mizuno make a court/tennis shoe these days but there are a few Asics models to choose from.

Rafa's best friend
11-11-2006, 05:15 PM
Breath free 2 is supposed to be better but it is a discontinued model and hard to put on than free3.

blubber
11-11-2006, 08:47 PM
Reebok Netmaster IIs are also good for cushioning.