Excelent cushioned shoes

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  1. HappyLefty

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    I´ve been experimenting some pain in my knees and I believe the problem is related with my current shoes (NewBalance CT 1002)

    http://www.newbalance.com/sports/tennis/CT1002/


    Reading knee issues, I concluded I need to change ASAP my shoes for a pair with more cushioning. Which brand/model do you recommend me for a flat feet player?
    Light side is a plus.

    thks ;)
     
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  2. snoflewis

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    reebok MDPs and nike breathe 3s.
     
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  3. Craig Sheppard

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    I don't have any other recommendations as I haven't bought anything for spring yet, but I used the CT1002 last summer and I thought they were about the worst "performance" shoe that I've used. The cushioning was not very impressive and they feel very "clompy" or bulky around the court. I'm not surprised to hear your knee problems with them. I was looking for some new shoes pretty soon after I got them.
     
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  4. OrangeOne

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    If you're having knee problems and looking for better shoes - go talk to a physio about shoes.

    More cushioning is often not necessarily the solution. My knee surgeon did some video analysis of me running in Nike Air shoes (big air, like Max, but still), and he *laughed* at the footage (showed me how my foot, which has a tendency to roll-in, was rolling in and the shoe wasn't pushing it back in any way like it should). Sent me off to buy one of three brands (Brooks, NB or Asics - coincidentally the 3 brands biggest in running / triathlon), and he directed me to specific models within each. They're cushioned *well*, but feel much harder to joe average.

    If you have knee pain, especially if it's significant, go see a sports physio, they'll also find the source of the pain, and help you fix it. Often it's a muscular strength / stretch / tightness imbalance, and can be fixed with a stretching program you do in your own home....
     
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  5. HappyLefty

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    I forgot to mention next tuesday I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. Thanks Orange.
     
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  6. OrangeOne

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    Excellent! :). Hopefully they have a sports-bent, even if they don't I'm sure they will know sports shoes backwards.

    I hope it's almost a silly-obvious suggestion to say wait until you see the doctor? Especially as you're paying for his advice!

    I was shocked at how well my surgeon knew shoes, he basically said "these three brands, either of these two models in each", that said that was running shoes, and there's much better technical shoes available for running as opposed to tennis! Running shoes are like racquets - so many different designs and purposes, yet most people just buy (so wrongly) just on price and what feels squishy in the store.

    I would expect an orthopod to know shoes even better than a surgeon. My knees were much better with my phyio-designed-orthotics and my recommended shoes.
     
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  7. D Wilson

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    I have two pairs of them. Use them everyday for tennis. I believe they are great shoes only if you have wide feet and can control your court positioning well. THEY ARE AWESOME THOUGH. I do agree with you on the cushion. That's why I put special cushions in my shoe. Try it. I would have the same injuries if I didn't do it.
     
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  8. HappyLefty

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    Just curious, what brands and models did he recommend you?
     
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    Ya, I tried on a pair of 1002's at the local NB outlet and noticed they didn't seem as cushioned as the 1001's which I used to play in, and which I would recomend if you can still find them.
     
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    I have two pairs of K-Swiss that are very very comfy. Also, the new Prince MC4 shoe is a nice compromise between comfort, stability, and weight.

    Tennis shoes must have enough stability to prevent ankle rolls, yet, for older folks they need good cushioning. Balancing those two interests can be difficult for a shoe manufacturer.

    Btw, I will never buy another pair of any shoe made by Wilson unless they come with an unconditional, satisfaction guaranteed, return postage guaranteed, 1 year warranty. I guess never means never. :)

    -Robert
     
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  11. OrangeOne

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    Brooks, Asics, New Balance.

    Ah, well it seems running shoes come in three groups - Brooks uses:

    Cushioning-->Stability-->Motion Control

    From softest (for people with a neutral 'gait') through to hardest (for 'overpronators') in that order. Asics seem to use a similar scale, I'm guessing NB do too. I need "motion control", and I ended up buying and repeating buying Brooks. For me, that's Beast or Addiction looking the current range, I bought Beasts once and was happy with them, I've stuck with them...
     
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  12. DC Tennis Fan

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    I have had the Prince MC4 shoes for about two months and I am extremely pleased with them. They definitely have a lot of cushioning and fit like a glove which is how I like my shoes to feel on court. I don't like to feel sloppy on court since tennis involves so much stopping and starting and changes of direction. Also, the Prince MC4's are great because my orthotics fit so well in them. These are definitely the most comfortable, stable shoes out there for tennis that I have ever had.
     
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  13. HappyLefty

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    reading its review, it seems to be great in the comfort department. I`m seriously considering this model.
    Thanks TennisFan.
     
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