Tennis shoes for clay courts?

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  1. crystal_clear

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    I heard someone was banned from playing on the court because she didn't wear shoes for clay court.

    What are the clay court shoes?
     
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  2. adista4

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    every tennis shoe company makes clay court shoes I guess, best I can think of is the adidas Feather line;)
     
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  3. mikeler

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    You need a shoe with a non-marking sole. See the pic below for an example:

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  4. Darth Federer

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    and that of Adidas Feather shoes...
     
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  5. goran_ace

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    Actually, 'non-marking' means it won't leave streaks of color on hard courts.

    Clay court specific shoes, like the those pictured above have a tight tread pattern to minimize the amount of clay that gets clogged in the tread pattern so you still have grip, yet they still allow you to slide.

    It is not uncommon for clubs to check your shoes before you letting play on clay. Clay courts require a lot of maintenance. They need to be rolled at least once a day to ensure a flat, uniform surface, and to secure the nails that hold in the lines. Clay courts re brushed after every use to remove ballmarks and even out the loose particles on the surface. If you play with something that has deep tread like a running shoe, you can gouge and chew up the clay, which will require rolling to fix.
     
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    It sucks when a newbie comes in and completely tears up a court b/c they are using the wrong shoe and that is the court you booked after them.
     
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    IMO - it's more dependent on the player and how well they slide on the court. the herringbone tread gives better traction on the clay.
     
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  8. woodrow1029

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    Even in the pros there is the problem of the players wearing grass court shoes on clay courts so that they could get better control and not slide when they didn't want to. They grip the courts better. They also put tiny holes in the court.

    A few years ago, at ATP and mens challenger events, we even had to ask the players at the coin toss to show us their shoes. If they were grass court shoes, they had to change before the match started. If they didn't have clay court shoes, they could be defaulted.
     
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    woodrow - understandably no grass court shoes (with spikes) on clay, but hard court and clay soles show little tread difference. any issues using either on clay?
     
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  10. bad_call

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    looked up the rules differentiating between hard court and clay:

    Players are required to wear tennis shoes generally accepted for play on clay courts. The Referee has the authority to determine that a tennis shoe's sole does not conform...

    maybe this is why TW doesn't appear to have a clay court shoe section.
     
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    Thanks everyone.

    The hard surface tennis shoes are not good for clay courts. There aren't many choices for clay court tennis shoes though.
     
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  12. bad_call

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    how did u deduce this? the rules post above doesn't support your post.
     
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    Hard court tennis shoes are generally OK for all surfaces. You won't get as good of traction as you would with surface specfic shoes, and you'll probably have to knock the clay out of the bottom of your shoes more often, but they won't damage the court.

    In fact, I would not recommend getting a pair of clay court specific shoes unless you play clay everyday. Even then, there are hard court shoes that will do just fine.
     
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  14. 10ACE

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    Here's my 2 cents- herringbone tread pattern is idealy the go to choice for clay courts.

    However, recently I have used a pair of 4 month old courtballistec 1.3's hard court sneakers and they felt great on clay. Granted the tread has been worn down but not entirely.

    I have even tried Omni soles on clay, the stop and go ability was fantstic but the feeling of being stuck at times sucked, I even caught a toe and rolled my ankle from the omni.
     
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  15. InsideOut94

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    Yea a clay court shoe has a flat surface on the bottom. Ballistics come really close and can be used as a clay court shoe but suprisingly, Yonex makes some pretty clutch clay court shoes..
     
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