White shoes

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  1. derski

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    On a recent business trip I visited a local tennis shop and their shoe offerings caught my eye. The Asics GR5 they had in stock that fit me was in the white/blue color way. The sales person knew I was balking at the shoe due to the color and was quick to state, "every player should own a pair of white shoes." I don't know exactly if she was trying to sell me these kicks, or was truly making a valid statement. I haven't worn a predominantly all white shoe since my years in Catholic school - and that's only because Mom thought it looked best with blue corduroy pants. Needless to say I didn't buy the shoes.

    My question to the populace, do you own one pair of white tennis shoes, and do you agree with the statement, "we should all own at least one pair of white."
     
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  2. murrfan1

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    I guess I do. I own three pairs of tennis shoes, 2 black and one white. Good for smart club play and it's a classic color. Outside of a tennis court, not too keen on white shoes (especially leather ones) apart from the odd pair of Chucks.
     
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  3. CaptainCool309

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    When I first started playing tennis I wore all black shoes, but my friends told me that wasn't proper etiquette because I'd leave black skid marks on the hardcourts. I listened to their advice and today I always have at least one pair of white shoes I can play in.
     
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  4. BLX_Andy

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    I always wore white tennis shoes just because I like how they look. Classy and classic. The only other colored shoes I wore was when I wore the Polarized Pink Vapor 9's. Loved them but they barely went with anything in my wardrobe.
     
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  5. Fedinkum

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    Same, one of my local club reserves their nice courts to players with white outer soles only, worrying colour soles leave markings onto their beautiful courts (abit of a w@nk really, but rule is rule.) So I leave a white in my car all the time incase something like this happens again.

    I love black shoes generally but white is classic, and great for summer.
     
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  6. endorfin

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    I'm currently wearing the white/black stripes/red heel strap B8s and I LOVE them. Not an all-white shoe, but still...

    Not sure if "everyone should own a pair of white tennis shoes". Unless of course you're playing Wimbledon! :p
     
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  7. gavna

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    Just remember.........no white after Labor Day.
     
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  8. Tamiya

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    Tennis pumps should be white.

    Now will you please pass the strawberries and Pimms, old fruit?
     
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  9. PBODY99

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    Early black soles did mark up courts, the newer compounds do not.
    I live near several "all white clothing & shoes" clubs, so my spare kit complies.
     
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  10. StringingIrvine

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    I wish mens GR5's came in an all white with no color accents. I'd even take an all black GR5
     
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  11. Overdrive

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    So, does the colored soles leave permanent marks on the court or something? I was going to suggest watering the courts periodically, but I guess that does not work.
     
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  12. Overdrive

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    Okay, an all black GR5 sounds good. Heck, I would even like an all-white GR5 (even though I hate white shoes). I would probably only wear them on grass courts.
     
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  13. NJ1

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    Outdated club rule being that most colored soles have been "non-marking" for years. And, unless the court was white, even white leaves the same non-permanent marks as its just the rubber delaminating.

    That said, white tennis shoes are great for playing in the summer sun as they run much cooler than dark shoes. I have black shoes for clay, but my HC and grass shoes are white (but with colored accents as all-white shoes look like orthopedic shoes to me)
     
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  14. Vlad_C

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    So many arguments in favor of white tennis shoes...
    - they look good
    - they match with any outfit you might want to wear
    - there are clubs that still require all-white attire, including shoes. While such clubs are often populated exclusively by rich old f#rts and other d-bag types, and you might not have the slightest intention of becoming a member any time soon, you might end up having to play matches there on occasion, as part of league play or other tournament. So that's a very valid reason why every player should own one pair of white shoes, and possibly what the salesgirl had in mind when she said it.
     
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  15. StringingIrvine

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    I just feel like an all white colorway does not draw any attention to myself.

    Except now I have super highlighter bright yellow shoes that can be seen from space. I got a deal I couldn't pass up so I pulled the trigger of them. Bye bye barricades.
     
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  16. Herdsman76

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    I've never been a fan of white shoes because when I was a kid, my tennis shoes pulled multi-duty as school, yard work, casual, etc. type shoes. Back then I was a serious toe dragger as well. Not only were my shoes totally beat up, there were nice worn spots and holes around the toe box. I was elated when Reebok released the black tennis shoes with the pump technology. Even with beating them up, you couldn't see how badly they were worn. Of course now as a middle ager, I don't tear up my shoes much but I still don't own a pair of predominately white shoes...
     
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  17. BLX_Andy

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    Actually, I like white tennis shoes with some colored accents (black is fine). I don't want to be walking around in nurse shoes.
     
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  18. SCRAP IRON

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    I agree that you should own at least one pair of white shoes, just in case you find yourself playing at the All England Lawn & Tennis Club.
     
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  19. Team10

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    Black/colored shoes all day for me. I find white tennis shoes to be boring.
    I used to wear white ones when I first started playing but now I mostly get black and colored ones. I don't mind the color on court. Brings some excitement (plus you can usually find good deals on colored shoes like the bright orange cb 4.3 ect).

    Really digging the blue barricade 8.0's atm. The shanghai ones look pretty sick too.
     
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