Indoor shoes used outdoors - pros and cons?

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  1. hyamanak

    hyamanak New User

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    Hi all,

    Really want to get a pair of ASICS gel resolution but finding it very tough to find an online dealer that will ship ASICS into Canada. However, I found a Canadian distributor who is selling a wide range of ASICS indoor shoes.

    are there major pros and cons of using indoor shoes for outdoor/indoor play?
    I can only think of durability - but I play a few hours a week, nothing super-hardcore.

    Thanks,
    H
     
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  2. goober

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    Durability is big factor. The soles on indoor shoes are very soft and you can expect I would guess half the lifespan. The traction will go quicker when the treads are gone.

    I don't know about Asics indoor shoes, but I would be concerned about cushioning. Hardcourts demand a high level of cushioning in shoes especially if you are older.

    If they are supercheap you may want to just buy a single pair to see how they work out. Otherwise get shoes that are made for hardcourt IMO.
     
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  3. brownbearfalling

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    I've never heard of separate tennis shoes having the variation of indoor and outdoor type. The court surface is the same regardless of the environment that is what tennis shoes are made for. The asics that you found are most likely not tennis shoes. Please let us know more information about the asics you found.
     
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  4. brownbearfalling

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    Model name, year and price would help out a lot.
     
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  5. Dags

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    If these shoes are squash or badminton shoes, then in addition to the durability issue they will be much lighter than a regular tennis shoe. I wouldn't want to play tennis in one of those shoes, as the stability is not the same as you'd need on a tennis court: footwork in squash and badminton are very different from tennis.

    If, however, they're marketed specifically as an 'indoor tennis' shoe, then it might be worth a try. To increase lifespan, I would only wear them on the court, using other shoes to travel in.
     
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