Stick with companies that only make shoes or started as shoe companies!

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  1. Japanese Maple

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    I was once told to only buy shoes from companies who either specialize in shoes only, or whose main focus is shoes, particularly running shoe companies who also sell tennis shoes. This would include: Nike, Adidas, Asics, K-Swiss, Lotto, New Balance, and Reebox. Companies who do not specialize in shoes that I stay away from are: Wilson, Prince, Babalot, Yonex, Head, Lacoste, Diadora(they may specialize in shoes-not sure), and Fila. The best shoe technology for tennis comes from companies who do extensive research in running shoes-all the new innovations comes from running shoe research. Based on this premise and favorable reviews I just purchased the Asics Resolutions. Asics is primarily a running shoe company with cutting edge research. I also believe the best value regarding price/performance ratio is New Balance-again a running shoe company who keeps the cost of shoes down with no exorbitant player endorsements. The New Balance 803's are excellent performing shoe for an outstanding price! I would also take a look at the New Balance 1003's. Nikes are an excellent shoe, but way overpriced due to player endorsements.
     
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    i would disagree...nike could put anything in a box and sell it to you if it had a swoosh on it. the other companies pride themselves on quality, not quantity and put real value into materials, construction and technology.

    i would stay stick with companies that started as tennis brands - are true tennis brands and spend the time to understand tennis players best (wilson, prince, babolat, head)...not companies that have wandered into the tennis market to make a buck. Most of the true tennis brands have people designing shoes that understand the game better and have experience working at the adidas or nikes anyway. In fact, some of the best tennis shoes made come from these brands - though they may not be marketed as well because the marketing $'s for Nike and Adidas, New Balance are so big - they can sell you anything - think about those who advertise on TV and those who dont.
     
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    I wouldn't be too concerned about how a company started out. BMW made aircraft engines and motorcycles long before making cars, and their cars seem just fine. I think Yonex started out making something like boat pontoons before taking up tennis racquets, and Wilson was in the cattle slaughtering business before starting up with tennis string and then racquets. Buy what you like.
     
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  4. Japanese Maple

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    Head, Wilson, Yonex. Prince, Babalot, Fila, ect. do no research that I am aware of and sell 2nd rate shoes as compared to running shoe companies, or companies whose main focus and sales come from shoes such as Nike, Adidas, Asics, New Balance, K-Swiss, Lotto, and Reebox. All tennis shoe innovations and technology come form running shoe research and this can not be disputed! Your lack of evidence regarding my premise demonstrates that I am correct in my statements. However, I do believe Nike's are overpriced and don't last very long.
     
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    How many Atp touring pros actually wear a shoe from Wilson, Head ,Prince, and Yonex? None that I am aware of. Pros wear what they are getting paid for but they would never put those shoes on listed above because of lack of quality.
     
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    Well, I'm disputing it because you're very wrong. "Head, Wilson, Yonex. Prince, Babalot, Fila, ect. do no research..."? Where do you get this stuff? How many pairs of Prince shoes have you owned? They are some of the best tennis shoes on the market and have been for a long time. They are very well cushioned as tennis shoes should be for the pounding on hardcourts. In contrast, the NB 780's and the Reebok Match Day Pumps felt like boat anchors on my feet - nothing leads me to believe they came from running shoe companies. I also find Lotto and Asics tennis shoes offer very little lateral support which you need for tennis but not for running. That's where a shoe company that specializes in running shoes falls short when also trying to make tennis shoes.
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    You just answered your own question. Those companies generally don't pay the pros to wear their shoes. It's all marketing. And it seems you fell for it hook, line, and sinker as they intended. Looks like all those millions of dollars the "brand name" shoes companies spent on marketing was well worth it - in your case at least.

    What counts is what people who have to spend their own hard earned money on shoes wear, and I see lots of recreational players wearing Prince and Wilson shoes. They know better than to be fooled by marketing.
     
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    these are very ignorant things to say
     
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    Like some of the other posters... i dont' think u know what u're on about tbh.

    #1. I've had a pair of cheap wilson shoes and they fitted better than either of my barricade 3s or 4s or my nike breathe free 2s... just that they didn't last long (because they were cheap ones).

    #2. The new Head Prestige shoes got quite a nice review from TW.

    #3. Yonex make the best badminton shoes... i have a pair and they're gorgeous. According to your logic, the best tech comes from running shoes ? What like running in a straight line ? Nuh uh. Badminton shoes are more a like that running shoes since both involve changes in direciton and require good ankle support.
     
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    Nalbandian , Hewitt wear Yonex. Roddick wears Babolat. Seriously, these companies don't cough up millions of dollars for endorsements doesn't mean their shoes are bad.

    I have worn shoes from many companies and the most comfortable shoes for me have been from Yonex and Asics. Shoes all depend on how they fit on your foot and not how many pros they pay to wear.
     
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    I have always felt that way about shoes.
     
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    completely agree with this one here. i have a pair of yonex badminton shoes and they are the best shoes i ever used for a specific sport. they do a lot of research into this and i believe all companies have done enough research on every one of their products to sell it without this ignorance. shoes are a very personal piece of equipment because no feet are the same, in fact your own two feet aren't even the same, so like a racket it must feel right to whoever is using it. the end.
     
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    im sure there are loads of pros on the tour wearing wilson,head,prince,and yonex. Some of them may not be fame but they are on the tour ( http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/player.html?ccode=LHEWITT ) for 1 hewitt is on the tour and wears yonex
     
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    The pros wear the shoes that they can get for free or are paid by the manufacturers to wear. Most pros don't have a lot of money so they don't have the money to spend on shoes so they take whatever they can get for free. And Nike and Adidas give away free shoes to the pros. That's the reason why you see so many pros wearing those two brands.
     
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    "top F1 team"

    my last sentence should have read "they're not #1 in F1."
     
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    I don't care about which company makes it, I just buy what I like and feel comfortable. :)
     
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    Japanese Maple smacks of agenda. And has done no research that I am aware of ;-).

    Cool name, though, like an ad for Boast. Too bad the guy can't even spell Babolat. I realize that is a ''foreign'' name, not easy for the average child, and that Babolat has only been in the tennis industry internationally for 5 decades or so.

    But this poor man consistently seems to think that company's name is Babalot, indicating that he has limited exposure to the tennis industry. I personally do not read opinion pieces by people with his lack of credibility. I stick with opinions by people who only know tennis companies or started out as tennis people.;-)

    EDIT: or at least people who have read enough about tennis to know that it's Babolat and not Babalot. That's not unreasonable, is it? Oooh, I hope not. Better stop smoking the ''kaedi''.
     
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    Prince make amazing shoes...
     
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    Just get what feels good on your foot. I don't care if Dell makes a good feeling shoe, I am wearing it. Now if I was getting paid to wear a brand of shoe, that would be a different story.
     
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  21. Japanese Maple

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    Slice bh-Babolot , Babolat, or Babalot who cares. Obviously you can't intelligently refute my premise when all you can do is pick on spelling. Do you have any facts to refute my claim that running shoe research is what drives new tennis shoe technology, or that a better quality shoe actual comes from companies whose main focus is shoes first or whose genesis is in the running shoe industry. Lets face it Wilson shoes are crap and so are Heads-although their new Pestige is a step in the right direction.
     
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  22. Return_Ace

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    And all you seem to be able to do is conveniently reply to all the posts which have either insulted you or your topic and even more conveniently avoid replying to any posts which have put forward valid points such as comments from people who have actually used the shoes etc.

    However for your own ease i shall summaries what has been said:

    Breakpoint and Nickb - Prince shoes are actually good.

    TW review says that the Head Prestige is a decent shoe.. not as high scoring as the Barricades etc. but still a good score none-the-less.

    Martin8768 both agree that Yonex make brilliant badminton shoes and thus disproves your thoughts on shoe companies making the best shoes for a specific sport.

    Also i pointed out that technically, running shoes are in no way suited for playing tennis since they only cater for "running" (forward/straight line) whilst Tennis shoes require much more lateral support and stability... something that Yonex have had to cater for with their badminton shoes from the start.
     
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  23. slice bh compliment

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    Oh, I picked on you for more than spelling. I made fun of your logic. I also made fun of your ''research''. Sorry you did not pick up on those. Too subtle. Mea culpa.

    And, you are correct, engineering from running research is a major component of tennis shoe research. Thank you, Captain.

    Great thread, BTW.
     
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  24. slice bh compliment

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    Yes, they do. Why not do a little research yourself, there, kid.
     
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    JMaple, may I ask, what level do you play at and how long have you been playing?
    First point: No one needs to "refute your premise" because the person making a claim is YOU, not the rest of the TW community. YOU need to support that claim, something you haven't really done. Repeating your argument over and over is not support, at least for intelligent people.
    2nd point: I'm a 5.0 player, competed in tournaments 10 years ago and still play quite often these days. I've worn Nikes, Reeboks, Asahi, Diadoras, Adidas, Wilson and Prince shoes. I'm older now, have more mileage on my knees, my feet are more sensitive, and I have more cash to spend. I've worn the BF II's, barricade II's, the match points, and many of the most popular shoes. Let me say, the best shoe I've ever worn in my nearly 18 years of playing tennis are my current shoes, Prince T9 roadsters. I also have the cage I's because they were on sale; the Nikes feel like $20 shoes compared to the prince shoes. I must admit, the BF II's were up there in my top 5 all time but the cages suck.
     
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    BFII's = Breathe Free 2s ?

    This is probably another example of different shoes/different people since i didn't really like my BF2s that much... they've worn out ever so fast and even the fabric etc. tore quite early... My barricade 3s on the other hand seem much tougher and definitely more cushioned and supported.

    That doesn't stop me from wearing my bf2s casually though because they still look the business 8)
     
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  27. Japanese Maple

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    Slice bh-the best tennis shoes come from companies whose main focus is tennis shoes, using research from running shoe technology-Nike, Adidas, Asics, New Balance, K-Swiss, and Diadora . Companies that do not specialize in tennis shoes but merely slap their name on a shoe with lesser quality would be Head, Wilson, Yonex, Prince, and Fila. Babalat is too new in the shoe market to determine what quality of shoe they will consistently produce. Thats the key-consistent quality over the long term. I am sure some of the lesser quality shoe companies listed above from time to time have produced a decent shoe but not consistently do they put out a quality product to compete with Nike, Adidas, ect. Pros do generally wear what they get paid for, but would never wear an inferior shoe that could cause injury regardless of money paid.
     
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  28. Return_Ace

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    Still

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  29. El Guapo

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    No she hasn't, but her stance is softening. Total cake.
     
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    The laughing you hear right now is coming from Madison Ave, Big Tennis and footwear manufacturing magnates in southern China and south-east Asia. They've just read some of the slavish, brand-centric comments here from the sorta consumers Naomi Klein or Seth Godin would devote a chapter to.

    C'mon...who gives a flying forehand which brand makes your overpriced kicks? Fact is they don't - they merely market them to malleable little tennis minds like ours. Your favourite brand outsources to their preferred sweatshop whereupon the workers will stich your shoes together for a pittance. Moreover, these sweatshops will make shoes for other tennis/non-tennis brands and licensees (no different to Mr Kunnan Lo of Pro-Kennex), a nano-percentage from each pair indirectly paying for the Asian Shoe Tycoon's kids U.S college education.

    JapaneseMaple---suffice to say you should revisit those non-shoe brands you're poo-poohing...Head's Prestige is a pretty decent spec (and could only be improved if it came in all-white), as is the Wilson Trance and I'm pretty partial to the cushioning and support offered by the FILA Alfa. It doesn't take a specialist footwear company pedigree/history to know that tennis players need -as a minimum- cushioning and lateral stability...heck if a string brand offered this in a shoe and at a lower price than Nike etc, I know which one I'd buy.

    Personally, a pair of soft kangaroo leather Diadora Borg Elites is not something I'd care to run around in again on hardcourts over five sets (cushioning)...nor the garment leather and flimsy midsole of the Reebok Phase I's - both from so-called "dedicated shoe companies".
     
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    Couldn"t agree more...
     
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    The reason why the guys playing tennis for years here are passionate in response is because it is a known fact amongst tennis players that running shoes are HORRIBLE for tennis. I would like to see evidence that running shoe technology helps tennis shoes. I think some of the people that post here are either non-tennis players or they are NOT runners. The 2 have little to do with each other. You can take a pair of Gel Kayano and blow them out on a tennis court in a matter of days and then have to chalk up a nice sized bill for a rolled ankle. If you go out and hit with your grandmother once a week they may work but if you hit with courts with a group of 4.0's the only good thing that will come of it is that one of the 4.0 guys is probably a doctor and they get to jam you with a bill for the sprained ankle. For the record, Nike, Adidas, etc are NOT shoe tennis shoe specialized companies. Adidas makes everything from tennis shoes to bags for hauling softballs and Nike makes watches (are Nike watches junk just because they don't specialize like Rolex?)
     
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  33. BreakPoint

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    Exactly! About 12 years ago I bought a pair of the original Nike Oscillates from a shoe store because they looked kind of "cool". At the same time, I ordered my first pair of Prince shoes online, one of the original Prince NFS models. The Prince shoes cost about half as much as the Nike shoes. When I got them, I compared the Prince shoes to the Nike shoes. No comparison and no contest. The Prince shoes were 10 times better in every category! The quality of workmanship, materials, support, comfort, cushioning, everything was just so much better in the Prince shoes. The Nike shoes looked and felt like cheap supermarket shoes with almost no cushioning nor support in comparison. If no one had told me, I would have guessed that the Prince shoes cost 4 times more than the Nike shoes instead of actually being 1/2 the price. You can tell right away that Prince puts their money into the shoes themselves instead of putting their money into marketing and paying the pro like Agassi and Sampras as Nike does.
     
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    Again, where exactly is your research to support this claim? You state it as if it was fact, just like you stated in another thread that you "know" that TW makes more profit from selling Adidas and Nike shoes than from selling New Balance shoes, but it is merely YOUR OPINION. You have NO FACTS to back up any of your claims.

    I highly doubt you have even owned and played in several pairs of EACH of the brands of shoes you've listed above to even conduct a personal comparison, let alone any sort of scientific research.

    Asics running shoes are great but I am afraid of their tennis shoes because they don't seem to offer as much lateral support as some of the "tennis brands". I've also tried New Balance tennis shoes and I think they're nowhere near as good as some of the "tennis brands". K-Swiss? Most are too heavy, clunky, and wear out too fast. Diadora? Forget about it! My most recent pair of Diadora shoes had zero support, little cushioning, and I literally wore out the soles after wearing them on the court only 4 times. But they were very comfortable to walk in. Just don't try playing tennis in them. My most recent pair of Lotto shoes were a bit more durable but support was also lacking. Again, very comfortable though. It seems the Italian brands are more about comfort than performance, IMO.
     
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    this thread is crazy! i am just waiting for all this hidden "research" to stop hiding! i personally could not care less how a company that makes shoes started. if yonex started as some pencil company but now makes great tennis racquets then i will use them. if prince started as a tennis company and now makes great tennis shoes, i will wear them! who cares how the company started if they make a great product?
     
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    I used to use NFS shoes on clay courts. Really comfortable. I also own a pair of Yonex badminton shoes and they are really comfortable. However for tennis, I go with the Barricades as they last longer and I don't really want to buy shoes every month.
     
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    I disagree wholeheartedly with the OP's premise. In my opinion, the worst tennis shoes being produced (worst in terms of build quality and foot protection- which should be the most important to a shoe maker) are made by Nike. Now, there's a company whose bread-and-butter is athletic shoes (running, initially) but who continually undermine any advantage that might give them with poor quality control and, what I perceive to be, a general attitude of indifference toward their customers (kind of goes hand-in-hand with poor quality control).

    Surprisingly, to me at least, I've also been very disappointed with the efforts of New Balance. Given their heritage I did expect them to pay more attention to foot protection in their tennis shoes but, unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. Adidas, outside of the Barricade line, seems to be better than Nike (not very hard to achieve) but a long way behind Asics (best of the 'shoe specific' brands by quite a long way) and not as good as some of the other brands that didn't start with shoes. Reebok also appear to be a good, solid choice. Lotto used to be 'functional', no idea what they're like these days. Same with Diadora.

    Of the ones that didn't start with footwear, I've found Yonex tennis shoes to be extremely good (very underrated, it would seem) and Prince to be very reliable in their product (not always the best looking but still very good). I wouldn't give Fila to my worst enemy and remain very suspicious of Wilson, apart from the old ProStaff leather and mesh.
     
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    I disagree AndrewD...

    Have you actually purchased the Vapors if not then what other Nike shoe did you try on court?

    I have Prince MS4 and they are fantastic and strong and give a lot of support, couldn't kill them with an axe.

    I have Vapor 4s (get a friend from the US to bring u back a pair). And they are thin and fast and probably won't be v durable.
    But that doesn't make them crap, nor are they a result of anything less than r&d.

    They fulfill a different purpose.

    I agree that Nike fashion shoes are worthless, but Nike remain a top-tier shoe in running and tennis for good reasons.

    What the Nikes are good at: glove fit, super fast, just-enough rubber, solid heel protection.

    If yr fast on your feet then Vapors or Cages are it.

    Tell me your not idly big-brand-bashing because it's easy. If you cannot see the value in their top of the line items then I'm stumped. Cheers nevertheless.
     
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    Yes I don't think brand-adherence is healthy or virtuous or gets you very far in life.

    But I think of Klein and Godin at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Or maybe that's waht you meant?

    I've used a lot of cheap tenn shoes: KMart, Target, Pay-Less, Aldi. Brands were Dunlop, Slazenger, Crane and...?

    I do think paying more for devoted tennis shoes, logically from tennis-centric depts of the brands discussed here is worth it.

    They aim to produce what we need: lateral support, outsoles with enough stick/slide, stability, toe drag protection.

    Such features are imitated only in the cheap shoes. Go on cut those cheap shoes up and look inside, then cut an expensive shoe up. There are differences in construction and materails used and that is what you pay for.

    The Head and Wilson you mention are finally good efforts by those guys, as there earlier stuff (which I own) was pretty poor.
     
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    I don't agree with OP's premise at all. I've played with great shoes from a wide variety of companies (Nike, Reebok, Asics, Prince, Adidas), whether they started in shoes or not.

    I've never liked Nike shoes (running or tennis) because they never fit me right, but I don't think their entire line is crap. That's also important to note. The same company can produce a great shoe and a crap shoe.

    I've had about 5 pairs of Adidas a3 Prevails in a row and really liked them.

    Just got a pair of Prince T20s and love them.
     
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    bert,

    check out the flex point on Nike shoes. In all but the very odd instance its pretty much dead centre. That's just not the sign of a well-made shoe. No, I don't own Vapors but that's due to the poor construction and their not being built to last as well as other brands. As for their cushioning, it's very poor in relation to the other key brands.

    Can't see where I called them crap, although I do think they're very poorly made. Nike make a product which is appealing to look at and feels okay on the foot but which does so at the expense of total foot security and cushioning. That makes it a poorly constructed shoe and I see absolutely no value in them.

    Don't see how I can be 'big-brand-bashing' when Nike is the only big name shoe brand I consider to be sub-standard (Wilson and Fila are in a different class) but I consider Asics, Prince and some Adidas to be of the highest quality.
     
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    ^^^^^^ BS. Show us your test with BFIIs or V5s.
     
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    Ok will check out flex-point in the Nikes though I think I did and they are strong in the arch and just bend at the toe-base (under foot pad) which is good.

    Eek, I don't want to cut up my vapors jus yet but I have cut up worn-out wilson and slazenger, neither looking particularly brill inside.
     
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    I'd watch who you'd call out on saying bs...

    A new-ish poster is one thing, but an older and respected member of the board is another.

    Technically I feel AndrewD is right in it seems that Nike appear to be pushing the light and less durable shoes (but still costing much) compared to the heavier more durable shoes..

    As i stated before, my BF2s wore out very quickly, under 6 months whilst my Adidas Barricade IIIs have lasted me an age.

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    I wear the exact same colourway for B3 right now.
     
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    Breakpoint-you couldn't be more wrong about the quality and technology of the Nike Air Oscillates, the shoe worn exclusively by Pete Sampras throughout his playing career and numerous other pros. To me where superior technology comes into play is the ability to blend comfort/cushion, support/stability, durability(sole and mid-sole), and weight. What amazed me about the Air Oscillates is how light they were, but at the same time had outstanding lateral support and stability-clearly one of the best shoes every made. The Oscillates were clearly a high performance match shoe that were not high in comfort and sole durability for the everyday player who isn't getting free shoes. To compare the Nike Oscillates to any Prince shoe demonstrates your ignorance and Prince bias. Two things Sampras would never compromise on for money is his racquet/strings, and shoes. There are alot of shoes you could criticize, but not the Nike Oscillates worn exclusively by a 14 time grand slam champion!
     
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    Breakpoint-obviously you have never played with the New Balance 803's-comfortable, light weight and outstanding lateral support and stability! For the price they are clearly the best value for tennis shoes today-I just wish they were not so bland. I don't think it is a badge of honor to play with numerous shoes from numerous companies. If you stick with a quality company whose specialty is shoes you wouldn't have to be constantly searching for the ideal shoe by trying every company under the sun! Stick with Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and now Aasics. I just received the new Aasics Resolutions and played in them yesterday and they are excellent-comfortable, light weight, and good lateral support/stability. Compared to my Adidas Barricade IV's, they felt like slippers but still gave me the stability/support I need for my big frame and all court game-great match shoe. I will be anxious to see how long the mid-sole lasts in comparison to the Barricades.
     
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    Because Sampras paid for all his strings/shoes :roll:
     
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    The Red-as I stated to Breakpoint, I don't think it is a badge of honor to have played with so many different shoes from so many companies. If you stuck with a good shoe from one of the main shoe companies perhaps your feet and knees would not be giving you problems today! Could you imagine Sampras trying a different shoe from numerous companies throughout his career-doesn't make sense! I stick with quality shoes from quality companies along with putting in a shoe insert like Spenco or Sof Sol, and I have had no foot, ankle, knee, hip, or back issues. Long before the soles wear out the mid-sole goes and I am quick to replace them when this happens. Most people wear their shoes way too long when the mid-sole is shot-this is where problems start occuring do to the extra shock being transmitted up the leg to the back area.
     
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    Running shoe technolgy that the tennis industry uses is mainly in new lightweight materials that are durable and comfortable in the mid-sole area. Obviously for tennis you tailor the materials to provide more lateral support/stability than is needed for running shoes, but all new materials generally come from the money spent in running shoe research. For the record, Nike and Adidas started as shoe companies who continue to spend millions on new shoe research to stay ahead of their competition and continue making a quality shoe that dominates the market.
     
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