I always play in running shoes!
I've found that running shoes definitely have more cushion than tennis shoes, and so it really helps keep my knees tendinitis-free.
Also, I argue that running shoes actually reduce my risk of rolling my ankles. Tennis shoes have wider base and hard edges, while running shoes have much softer edges.
Once you start to roll in tennis shoes and get past the point of no return, you've rolled it. Now you're out for a few weeks.
But with running shoes -- and the softer edges -- there is no point of no return. When you start to roll a little, you can always catch yourself.
I used to roll my ankles fairly severely and frequently until I swtiched to running shoes 5 years ago. Now I know that tennis shoes are dangerous and high risk for my ankles.
By the way, I am being 100% serious -- this post is no joke.
BLX Blade 98. 13.58 oz., 12.55", 366 SW. 16x20 (outer mains skipped)
Pre-Stretched Ashaway Kevlar 18g/ZX Monogut Natural 16g, 66/46 lbs
Last edited by travlerajm : 10-26-2011 at 10:57 PM.