Best shoes for clay?

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  1. archman

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    I currently wear Prince T22's but I don't really want to wear them on the clay. I won't be playing on clay too much so I'm looking for some inexpensive shoes for around $60. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Carolina Racquet

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    You might want to consider the Wilson Trance Strikes or shoes with a similar herringbone pattern, which is key in a good clay shoe if you prefer to slide while looking for decent traction.

    For a few $ more, the Yonex SHT307 Clay will probably give you the best traction due to their 'pebble' sole. The red version is being closed out and you can get them for around $80. If you're not used to clay, these will give you the best traction and if you don't play often, they should last a long time.
     
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    Thanks Carolina. Is there a big difference between the Yonex ones SHT307 clay and regular kind?

    I guess I can increase my price range if anyone has other suggestions. I just won't tell my wife :)
     
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    IMO Yes. The Yonex are known for great comfort and you'll get great traction with the pebble sole. For those not used to clay, it will give you the best footing.

    You might need to look around the web for the closeout model, but you'll find them.

    How many matches a year do you anticipate playing on clay?
     
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  5. archman

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    I would have to say maybe a dozen? Would i notice a big difference between the Yonex clay and Wilson Trance?
     
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    The Babolat V pro clay for $89 great option.
     
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  7. Carolina Racquet

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    The Wilson Trance has a good herringbone pattern which is pretty good for traction and is great for sliding.

    The biggest difference would be 1. Comfort... and 2. Pivot/movement traction. In short, you'll be more sure-footed with the Yonex and have more comfort. For$30 bucks more, you'll get a much better shoe.

    Re: the suggestion for the V-Pro Clay. I really love the sole. I did feel like it was "higher from the ground" in the heel than the T-22 or Yonex. For the same price, if you can find them, I'd still go w the Yonex if you want a good "T-22 shoe for clay".
     
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    Thanks for posting this thread! I'm planning on playing clay around a dozen times this year as well and I'm looking for shoes for it. :)

    These suggestions are great!

    -Fuji
     
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    Wilson (M) Trance Vision
     
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  10. archman

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    I ordered the Yonex SH307 clay and they are so narrow I can hardly get my foot in them.
     
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