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vin 05-08-2004 08:02 PM

Shoes for clay
 
How important is shoe tread on red clay? I'd like to wear my old pair of Air Zooms so that I don't get dirt inside my new ones, but the soles pretty much have no tread left on them. Based on the sliding done on clay, I'm wondering if this would result in me falling on my butt.

Thanks,
Vin

bfonz7 05-11-2004 07:28 AM

I dont think there are certain shoes designed for clay persay, just look to the pro's they have the same shoes they wear year round.

Your best bet is to buy a pair your comfortable with and designate one pair for hard courts and one pair for the dirt. Just my 2 cents

baseliner 05-11-2004 11:40 AM

The pros most certainly do have different shoes for different surfaces. May look same upper but the sole is different. My thinking wuld be used the more worn shoe on clay. When I used to play solely on clay I used to know it was time to get new shoes when after playing I would hit the bottom of my shoe and no clay/grit would fall out. Another pair worn out time to reload.

Steve F. 05-11-2004 04:43 PM

worn treads on clay will be like bald tires on mud - it'll hurt you when you're changing direction or accelerating toward a ball. clay shoes typically have a dimpled, softer tread instead of the hard durable rubber that tears up the surface. I've used Adidas Feathers because they fit well and have great traction on clay, I'm sure other makers have clay specific shoes.

Capt. Willie 05-11-2004 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve F.
worn treads on clay will be like bald tires on mud - it'll hurt you when you're changing direction or accelerating toward a ball. clay shoes typically have a dimpled, softer tread

Absolutely correct. I agree 100%

Duffclown65 05-12-2004 05:44 AM

How much will clay (I'm going to play on green) will effect a brand new pair of shoes? (I'm getting some Barricade 2's.

Bring_da_pain 05-12-2004 09:16 AM

I play with Barricade IIs on Green Clay, and I din't have any issues at all, It's still holding up too thanks to the thick sole..

Duffclown65 05-12-2004 07:50 PM

^^Alright, thanks a bunch pain. :)


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