Originally Posted by onehandbh
I think I might be ready to get some clay court shoes...
My worn out hardcourt shoes were deadly today... Slipped several times
and fell twice. Both times I fell was on the explosive first step.
Foot completely slipped and I bit the dirt.
The last time I tried my dunlop volleys and it was infinitely better, but not
sure if the canvas dunlop volleys will hold up over time.
That's the biggest difference between hard court vs clay. You cannot make a hard stop/start on clay and that is why you learn to slide into shots. Shoes will not make a difference there.
Clay shoes don't give you a deeper tread to grip the loose surface like a mud tire, clay shoes have a smaller tread so the clay doesn't get clogged in the tread (making your sole a smooth surface).