Most Cushioned Shoe?

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  1. JMcQ

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    What does everyone think is the most cushioned shoe? I just had my meniscus removed and because I play on hard courts, want to minimize the pounding on my knee.

    I currently have the GRIII (which seems to have great cushioning) and the Breathe Cage (okay cushioning).
     
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    I think my vapor 9s are really cushioned and really soft. But I haven't tried on any other shoes that have been released this year so I can't really compare them to anything else. My dad has pretty bad knee problems and uses the same shoes and says they're easier on his knees than his other shoes.
     
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    Shoes with Air Max heels like the Court Ballistecs do a great job of warding off impact, and are much thicker in the sole than other Nikes.

    But why switch from Asics? If you want to stick with the brand, the GR4s look great.

    Whatever shoe you get, I'f get a top of the line insole. No point taking chances after a knee op like that.
     
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  4. Boricua

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    Yonex 308 is a great cushioned shoe and has great stability. I had the Asics and the Yonex are better for me. Check out the Lotto Raptor Ultra also, if you have narrow feet.
     
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    Yonex 308 without a doubt
     
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    How durable are the 308s?
     
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  7. Boricua

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    I have used the 307 and they are pretty durable. Great quality shoe. Considering the 308 is an upgrade of the 307, I would say they should be durable, considering obviously the usual wear that will come along.
     
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    By any chance have you tried the Lotto Raptor Ultra tennis shoe? By reading some reviews. it seems like a quality shoe also.
    I agree Yonex is a very cushioned shoe, great quality and has good stability also.
     
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    I know they're ugly & not "cool" shoes, but I got some Prince T10 shoes; I had been having some leg pain issues and my legs have been feeling better since wearing the T10. T10's are getting hard to find, but the T22 has the same midsole and sole as the T10. Maybe check them out!
     
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    The Lottos look interesting. Anyone else have experience with them? I've only seen the Yonex shoes in pictures but they don't seem to be my cup of tea style-wise. (I know I shouldn't care but I do.)

    Anyone have suggestions regarding socks or insoles as well? With no meniscus, the issue is the pounding on the knee, not stability. Therefore, my doctor recommended "no tennis" which simply wasn't an option. Accordingly, I'm trying to do anything possible, short of playing in a wheelchair, to save my knees and still play.
     
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    yea, i also wanna hear more about the Lotto's.
    especially their support and durability.

    thanks.
     
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    A lot of people use these, specialist running stores recommend these too.

    http://www.superfeet.com/store/Green.aspx

    Socks don't really add any shock absorption, but these are my favorite readily-available socks for blister cushioning and breathability. They are sold in 3-pair packs at just $5 pair and have far better ventilation than the more expensive Elites.

    http://**************/us/en_us/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-464748/pgid-579057

    As regards the Lotto Raptors, a good friend of mine loves his and they have held up well to his grinding style at 5.0. He'll be getting another pair, just remember they do fit slightly slimmer than most.
     
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    I've found the Big Shots to be the most cushioned shoe for myself. I'm a pretty heavy guy and I always got sore feet from Vapors & Barricades after a good hitting session or match, & I've never had that prob with the K-Swiss.

    As for Yonex, I got A pair of SHB-92 for badminton and they are the most comfortable shoe I've ever wore. Super cushioning so I could imagine their tennis shoe would be similar.
     
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    Hey JMcQ, let me start off by saying I'm sorry to hear about the meniscus. Have been there and done that. I have now had both knees replaced. So the doc says I shouldn't do tennis either. But you can't keep me off the courts. I have tried most of the brands out there. Trying to find the most cushioning. I have not tried the raptors though. But of all the shoes I have tried Yonex has been the best by far. I play with the 307's; not the 308's. Really love the cushioning and they are really light. Didn't like the Asics. Too heavy and not as much cushion as you would think. Give the Yonex a shot. You will get used to their looks LOL. I will also sometimes switch them out for Wilson Tour Spin II's. They have a pretty good cushion also. Hope this helps.
     
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    To me the Yonex has more cushioning. I really like the Raptors, but it's fairly obvious when you've used them both that Yonex has more cushion.
     
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    So the Yonex shoe seems to be the consensus. Anyone know how to paint a shoe? :)

    (You know someone is vain when he/she cares more about the look of the shoe than his/her own health...)
     
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    I know you're only joking, but there are shoe-repair specialty shops that sell all sorts of dyes for painting shoes.

    I think it's pretty much a 3-step process. You use some chemicals to take the original coating off (rub, scrub, whatever else necessary), paint, and then you apply a coating that protects the dye.
     
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  18. JMcQ

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    I'm really sorry to hear about the knee replacements! If I may ask, how old were you when you had your knee replacements? Was the recovery as bad as I've heard? Now that you are presumably playing again, were the surgeries worth it?
     
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    The Prince T22s are one of the most cushioned shoes around and also the new Babolat SFXs are very cushioned too.
     
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    Singing praises of the T10 Prince again.....I had been wearing T10 for a while, then wore my B7's for a change one day. My Achilles was sore, glutes and hammies in pain. I went back to the T10's for my match on Tuesday on a hard court, and no Achilles soreness, no leg pain. I wish Prince still made the T10. Great shoes, great cushioning and support.
     
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    Hi JMcQ, I was 49 when I had my left knee replaced and 51 for the right knee. I feel it was the best thing I ever did. Yes it was rough to say the least. The first knee was the worst but was back playing in two months. The right knee was much easier. I was back playing one day shy of a month (don't tell my doc though). My movement will never be like it was when I was younger. But I can play a decent game of singles and am still killer at doubles. If it comes to that with arthritis I wouldn't hesitate. It has given me a new lease on life. Hope your doing better.
     
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    Reviving this thread on account of my 55 year old feet could use some relief.
    Asics. Would love to find something in the sale bin if I could. Currently wear RF's (last years model) Considering Gel 4 or what?
    -C
     
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    Reviving this thread on account of my 55 year old feet could use some relief. Would love to find something in the sale bin if I could. Currently wear RF's (last years model) Considering Gel 4 or what?
    -C
     
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    I was really disappointed with my Asics Gel Res 2s. An okay amount of cushioning, but very minimal support. Felt like a pad of rubber underfoot. . . in a bad way, not a good way.

    I have Asics running shoes which work well. Any comment on the Gel Res 2's? Or are they like all the Gel REzs (and I should avoidO).
     
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    My vote is Prince T-22's, then the Asics Rev 3 or 4 and finally the barricade 5's (and 2's - I still think Adidas should have never stopped making them).
     
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    Adidas Stan Smith / Rod Laver / Forest Hills / Tennis Comfort.
     
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    Yonex 308. On sale, great fit, very cushioned. I am 59, & my feet love 'em.
     
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    Best cushioning

    I routinely play with Nikes Vapor 9, 2k12, Lotto Raptor, Diadora Speed Star and Asics shoes, but every time i feel my knees need a break from the hards pounding they get playing on hard courts all the time, i turn to my Yonex SH 308.
    They are, by far, the most forgiving shoes for worn-out knees. They feel like slippers, are light and stable and provide good traction.

    The Raptor isn't bad, but my gripe with those is the lacing system which sometimes becomes loose.

    In summary, the Nike zoom air unit is comfortable enough, but when additional TLC is required for my knees, i go to my trusted Yonex.
     
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    The Asics Solution Speeds are the most cushioned tennis shoe I've ever worn.
     
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    Babolat SFX are the most well-cushioned shoes I've ever worn. Really wide, too.
     
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    I tried them on this weekend, I liked them a lot except that for me the arch was too far back (too close to the heel).
     
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    They are decent but I prefer the Vapor 9s and Adidas Featherlight 2s with the Vapor 9s having better support and fit.
     
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    I played in the Stan Smiths back in the mid-70's, thought they were a great shoe. I wouldn't mind trying them again, but having trouble finding them online. Can you suggest a source? Most sites I've found that carry them have really limited sizes. Thanks.
     
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    Really? I found those shoes really hard on my feet and ankles. Not to mention extremely slippery soles. I recommend V9 or 308.
     
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    Because of issues I've had with my feet, I have bought or tried on just about everything looking for the maximum amount of cushioning. First off, the mention of Nike, Adidas, Asics, or Lotto has no place in a conversation about shoe cushioning as these brands tend to have the LEAST amount of cushioning compared to some other brands.

    Now for the winners in this category: Prince (T series are my favs), Wilson Tour Ikon, Yonex, Fila, and some KSwiss models. The Wilson and Prince shoes have the most cushioning I have yet to find in a shoe. Fila's are nice for comfort but lack in stability and durability. KSwiss Bigshots have a nice amount of cushioning, they just don't fit my feet quite as well as Wilson or Prince. Can't go wrong with Yonex though; they are a fantastic all-around shoe with substantial cushioning.

    Hope this helps -
     
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  36. Ronaldo

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    What insoles do you put into these shoes? Found the SorboAir and Tulis Roadrunner Insoles to really add cushioning.
     
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    Those are both great, and I can also recommend Superfeet and Spenco Polysorb (although these are rather thick and require a shoe with a deep heel cup). My favorite insoles so far are the custom-molded Footbalance insoles, which I use in my Wilson and Prince shoes.
     
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    Good to hear your well-considered thoughts but it must be said that this is all in your opinion. Just because you perceive these to have less cushioning does not make it so, I find the cushioning of Wilson shoes too soft and squidgy and offering poor response to compression compared to say Asics Gels or B7s.

    What works for one of us may not work for others. Good luck with the knees, it's great to be able to pick from such a variety of shoes that allow us to keep playing this game.
     
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    I had that trouble too; had to switch to Forest Hills (which are close, just heavier/bulkier), but now even those are gone. Tried some of the hightly-touted "tennis" shoes, but thought they were horrible. Tried some cheap ones -- those tore up on me in 4 outings.
     
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    6pm but not sure if the re-issues are as good as the original.
     
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  42. JGads

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    Asics has no place in a conversation about cushioning? Huh? The Gel Resolution 3s and 4s are some of the cushiest things out there.

    And not sure about other Lottos, but the Lotto Syn Raptor II was my very favorite shoe of all time. Pillows, but fast feeling. Just loved them. Would have stocked up but by the time I needed another pair they were nowhere to be found. The next version of the Raptor unfortunately became a skinny-foot shoe, but those Syn Raptor IIs were bananas good.
     
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    Agreed. I go 6'3", 225# and the Asics Res 3 and 4 are near the top for me. I love the Lotto cushioning system but they don't fit my foot shape/type. Same with me for Yonex...cushioning feels nice but similar to TW Chris' review, they seem to force my foot into pronation (only other tennis shoe that did that was the old Mizuno Lendl model), making them unwearable. I have the NB 996 on order and if they don't work out, it's Asics for me.
     
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    Curious about those 996s. I loved the 851s as a match shoe. SO fast feeling. Minimal cushioning though. But all in all was a big fan.
     
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    It all depends. I have 308s and bought GR4s. Both comfortable but I feel the 308s give me much more stability to protect my feet especially my ankles. Gr4 have a running shoe fit. I prefer the 308 much more.
     
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    I like the v courts by babolat the most
     
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    I have owned the Gel Resolution 2 through 4 (had to sell these), Barricade 2 (four pair),3, and 6, and Lotto Raptor Ultra 2's. None of these shoes come close to the cushioning of Prince T series, Wilson Tour Ikons, or Yonex 308. Fact.
     
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  49. KFwinds

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    Tried the Asics Resolution 2,3, and 4. They were anything but "cushy".
     
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    Babolat shoes are actually not that bad when it comes to cushioning. I tried on a pair of the SFX and would have made the purchase, but the forefoot was a bit "sloppy" (too much extra room) for my feet.
     
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