Looking to buy actual tennis shoes. Reccomendations?

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  1. BirdWalkR

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    I've been playing tennis seriously for about 2 years and i've always just worn nike running shoes but they wear down sooooo quick and i'm not sure there giving my feet the best comfort. So im buying my first pair of legitimate tennis shoes and i need a decent pair that i dont have to shell out alot of cash for. Reccomendations? I'd like to have that mesh so my feet can breath (Idk if most tennis shoes have this or not) And i"d like them to last for at least a year or two? I play tennis about 2-3 hours everyday so this might not be possible lol
     
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  2. gplracer

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    Adidas Barricade
     
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  3. jonnythan

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    Whichever shoes fit you best.
     
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  4. bcart1991

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    This. Fit is more important than brand, price, etc.
     
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    lol tennis shoes wear down fast too.
     
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  6. boomboomserve

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    Asics Gel Resolution 3

    A little pricey, but it does come with 6 months guarantee. I wear these shoes and they're perfect for my flat feet. Three other guys on my team have recently switched to them and they all say it's one of the most comfortable shoes they have every owned.

    Go try them out at your nearest tennis shop. :)
     
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  7. duusoo

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    Prince T22
     
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  8. corbind

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    Try on as many pairs as you can at the stores. I tried on over 20 pairs of tennis-specific shoes locally and all were not good. So I bought Asics Gel Resolution 3 here at TW. I hated Barricades yet they are a very popular shoe. This just goes to show you have to try on a bunch of shoes.

    There is so much variability in feet that no shoe can do it all. And for more fun, this is what my old running shoes looked like after approximately 15 days of use over 2 months....

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  9. canadad

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    You really have to try them on first. I have owned many different brands over the years, but the last time I bought, I actually had a difficult time. I had bought and paid for at two different times, Adidas Barricades and then Nike Court Ballistecs. I wore them around the house after thinking I was satisfied at the store and found that I really couldn't stand them.
    I finally settled on a pair of Head Prestiges. They are the best shoes I have ever worn. My advice is to not cheap out on tennis shoes, you really do get what you pay for.
     
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  10. OldButGame

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    +1 on the T22s,....I'm gettin another pair when my current ones wear out...
     
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  11. Smasher08

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    Asics or New Balance. Best shoes for your feet.

    NB especially has the best shock absorption and energy return cushioning. Asics is almost as good and fits narrower feet incredibly well.
     
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  12. Ben Hadd

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    Asics feel great, but I swear I can wear a set out in a week or 2. K-Swiss has always been my go to, but gonna get some Barricades next.
     
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  13. SirGounder

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    Go give them a try. You do get what you pay for generally. You can save money by getting older models. A lot of the higher end shoes have 6 month warranties so you can take advantage of that as well.
     
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    Gel Resolution 3s
     
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    Prince T-22. Most cushioned shoe I've ever worn. Little to no break-in required.
     
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    Nike Zoom Breathe 2K11 !
     
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  17. teAlexis

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    It depends on which type fit you like. There's the snug tapered fit which I'm starting to like. But I do need to be able to move my foot around inside the shoe a bit. AT first I thought I coud roll over my ankle too easily. I feel I have enough horizontal movement so I won't roll over.

    I was use to wearing sneakers that had wide forefronts and toes. And these actually were clumsy and I did roll over my ankle. Too much width can make you trip over your own show. I don't see anything good in having that type shoe to play in.

    I don't like the extremely contoured shoe. I want a ittle space so my foot can move a bit, I also want my shoe to have cushioning so that when I stomp on the pavement, I do NOT feel the pavement. Cushioning is what I've always had an will always go towards.

    As far as weight goes, I want a shoe grips the pavement and stops me from continuing to run. I use to think the lighter the better but not anymore. Somewhere between 11-13 # is a good weight, imo.

    Now the question is how do we get these big time sporting goods stores to sell us sneakers that we want. Have you noticed how often the profes are turning their foot over or strapining it. Not surprising is it.
     
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  18. Ramon

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    You've made a great decision by not wearing running shoes for tennis anymore. Running shoes don't have the lateral stability you need for changing directions and making sudden stops.

    Some tennis shoes have mesh, and the good ones have a stiff webbing around the mesh to add support (ex. Nike Zoom Breathe, Babolat Propulse). I personally prefer a leather type of upper for support, which to me is more important for a tennis shoe than breathability.

    I have fairly expensive tennis shoes, but I disagree that you need to spend a lot of money to get good tennis shoes. TW just did a favorable review on the Babolat Drive which costs under $40. There are also older models that sell for a fraction of their original price and even some of the newer less expensive models are similar to popular top-of-the-line models from the past. It's tough to find a "bad" shoe from Adidas, Nike, or Asics as long as you're getting tennis shoes, not cross trainers.
     
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  19. *Val*

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    This. Best shoe, most durable.
     
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