Originally Posted by slowfox
For example, Stan Smith Adidas or Vilas Pumas? Does a 3.5 really need the latest Vapors? I can get the Pumas in the "casual" section for $40, whereas Vapors cost $120...
IF you are playing 3.5 doubles and you are not moving around much- you will be fine.
If you are on the heavy side, run around a lot or have any kind of ankle/foot stability issues you could have problems.
The thing you have to remember is that you do NOT have to spend $120 on a pair of tennis shoes for good support or cushioning. Get last years high end models or when they are on clearance. You can get a lot of good shoes with good support and cushioning for around $40-60 if you shop around.