Newer "Outdoor" Basketball Shoes Suitable For Tennis?

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  1. Raul_SJ

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    My understanding is that basketball essentially has the same forward/backward/lateral movement as tennis, but indoor basketball shoe soles will wear out much quicker on tennis hardcourts.

    Would that issue be resolved with the newer "Outdoor" basketball shoes?


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    Even Jordan Brand is getting into the outdoor hoop action with the recently released Jordan B’ Mo. Another hoop shoe with an outdoor specific pattern and XDR outsoles, the Jordan B’Mo won’t make you B’Mo aggressive on the court but you’ll look fresh and stay comfortable. Mesh side panels are in place for lightweight breathability while the midsole house a full length Air unit for cushion.

    http://sneakerreport.com/news/the-10-best-basketball-shoes-for-street-ball/7
     
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  3. Raul_SJ

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    What is the issue??
     
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  4. Chotobaka

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    Sole wear, lateral support, overall durability. Forget about toe dragging. Basketball shoes are just not up to the task of serious play on the tennis court. There have been several threads on this topic where you could get additional information.
     
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    Okay, you're saying that even these newer basketball shoes designed for outdoors hardcourt play will still have sole, support and durability issues.
     
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    I think that basketball shoes would be fine in the support and stability categories. But I agree even "outdoor" shoes probably wouldn't be up to the task in sole durability, particularly in the toe area. Tennis just puts wear on shoes in a different way.
     
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    nooooooooooo! sweet jeebus, you'll wear a hole in those in no time. I used to get cheap $40 tennis shoes with thicker outsoles than that, also outsole wrapped around to protect above toe area. I stopped buying the cheap tennis shoes because I was wearing holes through them in less than a month. that shoe looks like it would stand no chance against hard court tennis.
     
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    basketball shoes doesnt have the necessary things that a tennis shoe has. there is a lot of threads addressing this topic on basketball shoes
     
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    I believe the main issue is toe dragging.

    Since I don't drag my toes often, I would feel fine about playing tennis in outdoor basketball shoes made for concrete and asphalt hoop courts.

    As a kid I did fine playing basketball in tennis shoes and tennis in basketball shoes depending on what I owned at the time.

    One of the best players when I coached high school tennis used high top basketball shoes to play tennis.
     
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    So a $105 basketball shoe. Which is basically the price of your average retail tennis shoe, and you can even get them on sale for lower. Why would you get a $105 basketball shoe to playing tennis when you can have a tennis shoe to play tennis at roughly the same price (of not lower)? :-|
     
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    They're fine, you know, if you were going for the idiotic look.
     
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    I agree that they would not be suitable for tennis wear and tear.

    But, would certain basketball shoes be suitable from a performance perspective, providing the necessary support, etc. for tennis?

    I wouldn't do it, but it is an interesting question. You see all sorts of causal players wearing all sorts of shoes (whenever I see them in running shoes I wince thinking they're going to turn their ankle). Again, I'm not advocating basketball shoes for tennis, but some do share a lot of qualities with tennis shoes - to some degree they're both "court" shoes.
     
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    Lots of the new outdoor basketball shoes use a very similar sole material to modern tennis shoes.
    Most don't have as much toe reinforcement, but if you don't drag your toes....
    Most are slightly heavier.
    Most work just fine, but look stupid.
     
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    Basketball shoes is not for me because I drag my toes.
     
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    Don't know about you, but my toe drags would tear that Jordan apart...
     
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    Even though basketball shoes have a certain degree of lateral support, it is not nearly as pronounced as it is in tennis shoes. Furthermore, even though "outdoor" basketball shoes may have placed an emphasis on sole durability, I can guarantee you with 100% certainty it does not have the same sole design and intentional durability that you would find in tennis shoes. Although there is some lateral movement in basketball, most basketball shoes are designed for up and down movement (running up and down the court). Tennis shoes are the exact opposite- they are designed for side to side movement and hard/sharp cuts. Also, as many others have mentioned, they also factor in toe-dragging, which is common in recreational tennis. Plus basketball shoes are generally much heavier then tennis shoes which definitely makes a difference during a 3 hour match. All in all I wouldn't go as far to say that they are as different as apples and oranges, but more like grapefruits and oranges (?? I tried) similar, but definitely not the same!
     
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    I've played tennis for 5 years only with basketball shoes because i had serious problems with my ankles , so i needed them to support my ankles.
    I've only played on clay courts and they lasted a lot longer then the tennis ones (that i use now), but the lateral movement was drastically reduced due to the higher ankle support.
     
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    All of this dicussion has me wishing Nike would bring out an update version of the air tech challenges with technology suited for today's game.
     
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    Agree... looking for this setup built into a shoe.

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    The Nike zoom crusader shoe comes with the XDR out sole. The ankle support is better than regular tennis shoes. I got a pair and played with them on HC. They are excellent. [​IMG]
     
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  22. T21D

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    If you want to play in basketball shoes, play in basketball shoes. You're going to get a million different "expert" opinions.
     
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  23. martini1

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    True, but some basketball shoes are just too easy to burn thru the outsole on HC. And some are very bulky and more fashion than for playing. And they are expensive. $200-275 retail for some.
     
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    I have been playing tennis in high top basketball shoes as well as 3/4 high top tennis shoes for many years. If you have basketball shoes with an outdoor-ready sole (harder rubber), they will be fine. In fact, my longest lasting pair of tennis shoes was a pair of Adidas high top basketball shoes. By the way, I do not toe drag.
     
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    I know nike came out with a pair from the Kobe Line. Zoom Venomenon 4. Meant for outdoor hoop. Hoping to snag a pair from the outlets sometime to play in.

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