Multi-purpose shoes (tennis/basketball)

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  1. lawrence

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    Looking for some advice/suggestions on some shoes I can buy. I always play in Free Runs (bad idea, I know) and after putting my ankles through some pain this week I decided I need a pair of shoes with more support. Not only that but the concrete has shredded up my Free's quite nicely too.

    I'm trying to be tight here and kill 2 birds with one stone, so I wanted a pair that would work for both tennis and basketball.

    I only have 2 requirements I guess:
    - Durability (hardcourts and outdoor basketball courts)
    - Decent ankle support

    I was looking at the Ballistec's, they have the XDR sole for durability - but I'm not sure about how they would go for support. The vapor's looking very comfortable, but I can't imagine they would last long. Not very familiar with other brands so I'm open to suggestions!
     
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  2. Al Czervik

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    I actually think the Vapor would translate well to basketball shoes. They are very Air Jordanesque to me. The only problem might be that the rubber is a bit too hard if you use them for indoor basketball. Going the other way, I think Kobe shoes would work well for tennis, except for the durability.
     
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  3. lawrence

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    The rubber being too hard is not really a problem for me, I can't remember the last time I played on indoor, when I play basketball it's either on concrete or a surface similar to tennis hardcourts. Most of my tennis is done on synthetic grass now, though every now and then if the grass courts are booked out I have to go to the hardcourts.

    To be honest I do like the look of the Vapors.. beautiful shoe. Just wasn't really sure if it was worth it compared to the CB's
     
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  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    DO NOT try the Vapors on indoor basketball courts, it's like wearing skates.
     
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  5. Fedinkum

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    Really? I just wore them at an indoor basketball court last weekend and played badminton. I was doing alot of sudden shift movements and it was very good (traction and support wise). The close to ground feel was also a plus. Personally, I think the vapor 9 totally pass as a mid cut basketball shoe (look and function wise).
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Maybe the indoor court I was on was extra glazed. But then again, everyone else was fine and they were squeaking away. I didn't, if I wanted to change direction, I would have just kept going in the original direction, :(

    Also, my Vapors aren't brand new.
     
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  7. mpournaras

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    I play in my Barricade 7s for basketball (indoor and out)... No slippage or rolled ankles thus far :)
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Forget what I said, just checked my Vapors and one side of the tread is gone... -.-

    It's just a flat surface and I'm starting to see the 2nd layer underneath.
     
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  9. mr_fro2000

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    me too... barricades for tennis and bball. although if i played a ton of bball i would get bball shoes that have more ankle support.
     
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  10. loosegroove

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    If the fit is good for you, then maybe the Prince T22 mids?
     
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  11. BLX_Andy

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    "Jordanesque?" Well Tinker Hatfield did design them, along with the Air Jordans III through the XV, XX, and the XX3.
     
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  12. Fintft

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    I used to play tennis for a while in LeBron(Addidas)bball boots, maybe 6 years ago, on public courts.

    They were ok but not great. No way one could turn back on a dime with them, as with tennis shoes.

    Same for playing basketball in Nike Court Ballistec’s 4.3,; it was ok, but not ideal. Not only they don’t have the same comfort, but you are of course at the risk of rolling an ankle playing basketball in shoes, rather than boots.
     
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  13. mmk

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    If you want ankle support, think about using something like an ASO ankle brace with whatever shoe you like. I used to wear mid-tops for ankle support, but I feel far more secure and stable with ASOs and GR4s .
     
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  14. Chotobaka

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    Don't be a "Cheapie Charley". Get sport specific shoes. Your feet are too important to live with severe compromises just to save a few bucks.
     
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    ^^^^
    Ah no, I'm pretty sure that I can move better around the court in tennis shoes (Nike CB's 4.3, Barricades, etc) then in LeBron's bball boots...

    The opposite is true as well, I feel better doing lay-ups in bball using LeBron boots, rather then tennis shoes.
     
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  17. BLX_Andy

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    What are you talking about? LeBron's basketball shoes are Nike.
     
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  18. thejuice

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    How serious of a basketball player are you? It doesn't sound like you play competition ball so I'd recommend the Cages. If you play real ball and not just for fun (recreational with the family or whatever) then get bball specific shoes.
     
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  19. Fintft

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    I stand corrected (I had to go look at them), sorry. My point remains the same, as comfortable as they are for basketball, they don't really allow for aggressive enough move on a tennis court.
     
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  21. BLX_Andy

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    Well don't all high-top shoes restrict you like that? It's been a while since I played basketball so I can't really comment on them (miss my Jordan XIII's).
     
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  22. Fintft

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    To me a tennis shoe allows for better movement on a tennis court, while basketball boots provide better cushioning when jumping (i.e. for layups) in basketball (but are a tad wobblier to turn, push hard on one foot etc).
     
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  23. illuminotti

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    Vapor Tours all the way. But the soles will wear down on the tennis court with the quickness, so be wary. But you are honestly better off just buying a cheap pair of basketball sneakers. I did the same thing and rolled my ankle. Not fun.
     
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  24. banter

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    I am still on the asics Gel Resolutions 3. I have used them on the tennis court as well as hardwood for basketball and racquetball. I have the outmost confidence in them because of their traction. Even if the court is slick and everyone is sliding around, the gr3's will squeak with grip. They do raise me off the ground some, but it's a small price to pay for the ability to move whichever way you want. The gr3's are no longer in production, I imagine the gr5's have similar characteristics.

    I have also used the nike 2.3 court ballistics, but I didn't like them because they had me sliding.

    My experience with the adidas barricades (5) have been pleasant.
     
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