Best shoe for dual duty street use?

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  1. steel_3d

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    Let me start off by saying that I'm not a serious player at all, I just play recreationally. I'm looking for a shoe that will work well on court, but is also comfortable to wear all day, or at least to the gym, for a short jog, etc. I can't justify the cost of a dedicated tennis shoe. So the question is, can a real tennis shoe like an Adidas Barricade be worn as a general purpose athletic shoe, or is that a bad idea? Any better suggestions? Thanks!
     
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  2. nicolaisidek

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    IMO, not the barricades or the CB. Vapors, sure. Try looking into other brands....
     
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  3. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    I wear Barricades to school and to the gym and whatnot, but not for running any kind of distance because they're horribly heavy and that becomes really noticeable when running longer distances, but just for walking (and obviously tennis), they work for me.
     
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  4. steel_3d

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    Any other brands? Honestly I'm having a hard time finding any model of vapors or barricades that I'd be ok with wearing in public :)
     
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    +1 the barricades feel like boats on your feet when you're running. They're great for tennis, very stable. But I like feeling lightweight when I'm running trails or treadmills.
     
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    in tennis mag they have stated that the acics gr3s make good cross trainers.
     
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    why is that? i wear my vapors and barricades everywhere
     
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  9. nicolaisidek

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    Barricades are not that comfortable for walking, really. Vapors are (and I do myself) but usually resort to my Supra.
     
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  10. zapvor

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    interesting. i love my barricades for walking around
     
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  11. just_visiting

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    I wear my tennis shoes for daily walking too, vapor, CB 2.3, CB 3.3, breath cage, breathe free, etc..
     
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    Nike Air Monarch, a cross trainer but should be given a fair consideration.
     
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  15. nicolaisidek

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    oh god the ballistecs? Really? How much do you walk in those? I usually spend an average of 2 hours walking (not counting sitting, eating, etc.)
     
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    I also wear my Neon 2.3's around and stuff. I love the way they look so much that I wear them just for the looks now and don't want to wear them out to the point that I can't walk around in them. Chicks dig the neon shoes too ;)
     
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    If you are just looking to hit around then you really don't need a tennis shoe. I have seen people play sets in running shoes and old chuck taylors. I wouldn't recommend it but I would recommend any shoe with some lateral stability. A cross trainer perhaps, or a basketball shoe. Nike makes a ton of basketball shoes and they have enough stability for a casual hit or a non competitive/just for fun set.
     
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    "BEST"? What's that??
     
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  20. georgerou

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    CB 2.3s are my favs
     
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  21. just_visiting

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    I would say a lot. Shopping, malls, night out to casual dinner, etc.. I'm a Nike fan boy as every sporting items of mine are Nike. I would not consider buying Adiadas, Filas, Reebok, etc.. of any sort.
     
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  22. steel_3d

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! Keep em coming. So far the consensus seems to be that Barricades are not great off-court. At least we learned something...
     
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  23. nicolaisidek

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    Trust me, I'm a Nike fanboy myself. But wearing them casually just doesn't seem to work. At one point I did use my ballistecs every single day. Then I found supra and never looked back since.
     
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