Are tennis sneakers any different from regular sneakers?

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  1. Faris

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    We are not talking about kenyans using custom shoes though or that lighter necessary is better...just that difference in weight does start to catch up...offcourse high level athletes do whatever they can to gain an edge in any field...but 100g diff is not negligible dont kid yourself dude...especially if its on u the whole duration...actually given the lower fitnes of rec players it would matter more to them and they would start feeling lead foot earlier than more fitter pro athletes...will have to disagree here with you completely
     
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  2. Tennis_Hands

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    I am not talking about custom shoes.

    I have seen them with my own eyes in Africa, far from the cameras using whatever they see fit ( including shoes from companies they are not endorsing).

    I am not saying that a difference in weight cannot be felt. I am saying that choosing a shoe based primarily on its weight, is a practice detached from reality for many reasons, and especially in the context of the questions of the person that I was responding to, quite a meaningless distinction. Indeed, the difference in such context is negligible to non existent in the real world.

    As to your other claim that it adds up: it doesn't add up, compared to much much bigger factors, such as your movement, playing style, body weight etc. It is a minor detail, and I am yet to find a person that chooses his shoes for their weight over fit, cushionung and price. Not in the long run.

    Now, if you think that I still do not understand the concept of weight with athletic shoes, look again what I said that I am using.

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  3. mctennis

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    If you have troble lifting your leg with tennis shoes, hit the gym and do some leg lifts!
     
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  4. tennisgurl

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    Anyone who has used Barricades and Ubersonics knows the difference between them. And this is just one example. Barricades are stability oriented heavier and bulkier compared to light weight Ubersonics. I gave my bf Barricades for Christmas and he couldn't play in them since they felt heavy and he said he felt like he was tired and his feet were dragging by the end. He is 6ft 200 lbs and was a three star recruit in high school. Pretty fit. We swapped for Ubersonics and hes happy now. Difference between them? About two and a half or three ounces max. As a varsity cross country runner myself I can easily tell you guys that 4 oz on shoes is pretty damn noticeable. Try running a couple of miles and you won't ever worry about whether 4oz make a difference or not.
     
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  5. Tennis_Hands

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    Now we know why Djokovic has "only" 12 Majors and not more.

    It is the Barricades!

    Jeebus.

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  6. RVAtennisaddict

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    Ankle/lateral stability is better in Tennis shoes. The uppers are usually reinforced for longevity (toe drags and what not). And at my club you have to wear non-marking tennis shoes. Many running shoes the soles mark the court all up...
     
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  7. Harry_Wild

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    I just started playing in black basketball short top shoes. They are a little heavier but more solid. I getting use to them and kind of like them now. Kyrios may eventually convenience Nike to let him play in basketball shoes.
     
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  8. mctennis

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    The club I belong to actually put up a sign about not wearing shoes that mark up the courts. They had resurfaced the courts three years ago. They had to resurface the courts again late in 2017 because so many people, younger players- juniors mostly, were wearing shoes that messed the surface up so badly. They used to have water coolers ( those 3 gallon igloo ones filled with water) by each court as well. However, the juniors again, were not careful with using the water so the courts around the water coolers. They would make a mess with the water and it started making the court surface around the water coolers peal up and break up the surface around the net posts. People!

    ( sorry just a small rant about people not watching what they do or what shoes they tend to wear on the courts)
     
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  9. nytennisaddict

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    lol, if i take that to the other extreme, i'd be rockin' yeezy's
    but it is a good question, "what does spending extra money actually buy me?" (cushioning and support)
    that said, i think we'd be all better off buying no say new balance clay court sneakers (no sponsorships integrated into the price!), and playing on clay (for the cushioning).
     
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  10. FiReFTW

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    I never rolled my ankle in my whole life, what say you to that?
     
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  11. Wolfie1

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    All I can say is...

    Burnt through a set of tennis shoes. Couldn't decide what to get, so for approximately 3 months, I used a running shoe that had lost its cushioning. For those that are runners and perhaps a little older, you know what I mean. You run, and next morning, you've got knee and ankle pain, and get a new pair. Run with the new shoe and no pain next morning. You could use the old pair for tennis, right? They look perfectly good.

    First time I rolled and ankle in tennis, using the old running shoe. Didn't even pay attention to the soles for the first while, then looked at the sole to see that my toe wasn't too far from coming through the footbed. I never would have that much wear in a tennis shoe in that time.

    If you've never rolled an ankle, that's good. I've done it in volleyball as well. If you can get away with a shoe that's not sport specific, go ahead. Use your soccer cleat is that works. But there has to be advantages to a shoe specific to a sport, though on the outside they do not look that different.
     
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  12. nytennisaddict

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    I say I’m a clutz! i’ve rolled my ankle more times than I can count... most due to skateboarding,.. but plenty of times doing other sports...
     
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  13. FiReFTW

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    Maybe one part of it for sure, but also depends on ur ankle and ligaments, some are prolly much more prone to injury on certain parts.
    I did land very clumsy a few times I remember, like full speed run and then kind of landing on the side that my ankle twisted tho I always react quick to it and seems like o have crazy tough ankle ligaments or something lol
     
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