Shoes by Foot Type Request

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  1. srvnvly

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    Would it be possible to categorize shoes according to the appropriate foot type - Supinated, Neutral, and Pronated?
     
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    This would make sense for running shoes, but not necessarily for tennis shoes. Specific running shoes are built to be motion control shoes, whereas all tennis shoes are designed to be motion control shoes.

    As tennis involves movement in all directions, tennis shoes are designed to offer the support needed to cradle and stabilize your foot. The exact same technologies and techniques are used in motion control running shoes to help correct over-pronation etc.

    Chris, TW.
     
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    I have been searching for "the right" tennisshoes for me for quite some time now and thus far, I haven't succeeded. I hope, because you have got a lot knowledge and experience, you could recommend me tennisshoes to try.

    Background:

    High arches
    Right foot supinates
    left foot pronates
    My left leg is longer than my right leg.(approximately 6-8 mm)

    I feel that if a play with "normal" tennisshoes, I can't transfer my weight sufficiently/efficiently from my right leg to my left leg during a forehand. It is like the pronationstability of the the right shoe pushes me back to the right and I can't get the desired weight transfer to my left foot.

    I hope you can help me.

    These are the ones I have already tried:

    Asics Gel Challenger 8
    Adidas Barricade team 2.0
    K-swiss Stabilor Omni
    K-swiss Outshine indoor
    Nike Vapor tour 9
    Nike Courtballistec 4.1
     
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    You are going to want a shoe that is extremely supportive given your fit issues. I have found that the Asics shoes are the most supportive, specifically the Gel Resolution 5. They may be a bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for, and they will give you the support and stability you need to relieve your aching feet.

    Andy, TW
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply,

    I'll check them out.
     
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    I have tried the Gel Resolution 5 and they are, without a doubt, the best tennisshoes I have ever tried. However, I would like a snugger fit. My heel slips a bit. Lengthwise they are perfect, they are just a little too wide. Is there anything I can do about that, or is there a different shoe you might recommend?

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    There isn't much you can do about it other than trying to lace them up a little tighter. Another great shoe to try would be the Wilson Rush Pro. They are very supportive and stable, low-to-the-ground feeling and have a more snug, glove-like fit compared to the Gel Res 5. Maybe give those a try for a little tighter fit.

    Andy, TW
     
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    You can also try two-pairs of socks to try and fill the shoes out widthwise if you still have enough length room. A Thorlo Level 3 crew is one of the thickest socks out there and will do the same thing. I have narrow feet and play in two-pairs of socks most of the time to get a good width fit -- it also can help prevent blisters.

    Chris, TW
     
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    Thanks, I'll check them out!
     
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    Thanks, I'll try that also!
     
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