Barricades are so friggin uncomfortable.

Circa

New User
I bought Barricade V shoes awhile ago. Whenever I play in them, my toes jam and my knees get sore. And I bought them half a size up from my real shoe size - toes still jam. It's really annoying. They're durable, sure, but what a price to pay for durability. It's hardly worth it. I'm not going to use them often...

Any suggestions for very comfortable hard court shoes? And ones that aren't too pricey?

Does New Balance make great tennis shoes? I have NB running shoes and they're awesome.
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
The best are the Barricade IIs.
I found that most people feel this way, and I think Adidas noticed too. That's why they still make the II but not the III. :D The V was an attempt to reduce tha weight of the IV and still maintain the durability.

OP: Shoe comfort is person to person. Did you not like the II, III and IVs as well?
 

WhiteSox05CA

Hall of Fame
Maybe I'm lucky, but the Barricade IV's really hold my mid-foot very well. The shape is just perfect. The seem somewhat bulky, but really not that big an issue for me.
 
hmm well the barricade really isnt the best shoe out there. You might want to try this new fila tennis shoe released. We recently got it directly from the factory and it has red and blue soles. Partly mesh.
 

dpfrazier

Rookie
I bought Barricade V shoes awhile ago. Whenever I play in them, my toes jam and my knees get sore. And I bought them half a size up from my real shoe size - toes still jam. It's really annoying. They're durable, sure, but what a price to pay for durability. It's hardly worth it. I'm not going to use them often...

Any suggestions for very comfortable hard court shoes? And ones that aren't too pricey?

Does New Balance make great tennis shoes? I have NB running shoes and they're awesome.
After using Nikes for many years, I have had good luck with NB shoes the last few years. I've used the 1002, 801, 652, and 820 models. The 1002, 801, and 652 are mostly about support and durability; the 820 (my favorite) is lower profile and lighter, but still has good durability. All are comfortable right out of the box.

Give them a try.
 

vinnier6

Professional
i had the same problems with the barricade 3, knees started hurting...found some nike breathe free 3's and they are extremely comfy...i am getting another pair as we speak...i will probably try out the cage next...
 

AV1

New User
Anyone find the V's run narrower than the IV's and III's?

I ordered a pair of V's but ended up returning them.
 

Bad Dog

Semi-Pro
I bought Barricade V shoes awhile ago. Whenever I play in them, my toes jam and my knees get sore. And I bought them half a size up from my real shoe size - toes still jam. It's really annoying. They're durable, sure, but what a price to pay for durability. It's hardly worth it. I'm not going to use them often...

Any suggestions for very comfortable hard court shoes? And ones that aren't too pricey?
For examples of shoes with better cushioning and knee protection, take a look at my post number 8 in this thread:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=179193
 
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TennisandMusic

Guest
I think the Barricades are the best shoes I have used yet, by far. I have used the Nike Breathe Free II's, the Yonex SHT 304's, Prince MV4's, and Babolat Propulse's. The 304's wore down in perhaps 3-4 times out! No durability whatsoever. The rest of the shoes just aren't as comfortable, nor do they perform as well for me. Not everyone's foot will fit shoes the same obviously.

I wonder, for all these people having knee pain etc, how much do you weigh and what kind of shape are your legs in?
 

Bottle Rocket

Hall of Fame
I was about to make a new post, but I guess it would be easier to make it here... I sincerely hope that others will read this thread and the others about Barricade IV and V issues.

I've been using Prince MV4's as well as Prince MS4's for the last year or so, which is about 6 total pairs of shoes. Prior to these Prince shoes, I was using Barricade IV's.

I switched from the Barricade IV's because they never quite fit me right. They were always a little too big and my foot slid around. I also experienced knee pain while wearing them, but I had never attributed that to the shoes. I just thought it was the way I was playing, how often I was playing, and the fact that the pair of shoes I was wearing were getting fairly worn out. So I tried the Prince shoes after trying them on at the local tennis shop.

The Prince shoes were perfect. They fit incredibly well, were extremely stable, and didn't feel nearly as bulky. They even pay for return shipping when you return your old pair for warranty replacement.

For some reason I felt the need to switch when it came time for a new pair of shoes... I tried on some Barricade V's. They felt a little more secure than the IV's, so I figured I would give them a shot again just to change things up. I guess I sort of gave into the marketing... A really idiotic thing to do.

Anyway, I am extremely dissapointed. After a few hours of wearing them, they feel too big just like my previous IV's did. More importantly, I am experiencing knee pain as well as lower back pain again. The same pains I felt over a year ago with the Barricade IV's.

I have no idea what the cause is, but it doesn't seem like a coincidence anymore. I will eventually go back to Prince.

Anyone want some size 10 Barricade V's?
 
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TNT16

Semi-Pro
I bought Barricade V shoes awhile ago. Whenever I play in them, my toes jam and my knees get sore. And I bought them half a size up from my real shoe size - toes still jam. It's really annoying. They're durable, sure, but what a price to pay for durability. It's hardly worth it. I'm not going to use them often...

Any suggestions for very comfortable hard court shoes? And ones that aren't too pricey?

Does New Balance make great tennis shoes? I have NB running shoes and they're awesome.
I am not surprised (about B5 causing knee pain). Bad Dog already posted a link the Barricade/Knee Pain thread.

I ended up going back to the B3 - that one works for me and no more knee pain! This result is confirmed for over a month now and I have been putting in a good number of hard court hours.

I know that many like the B2 -- for me it is too narrow and does not provide as much support as the B3.

Too bad about all this, really, I liked the way the B4 looked a lot and the B5 looks rad too -- but the good looks and the hype are not worth the knee pain.
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
I was about to make a new post, but I guess it would be easier to make it here... I sincerely hope that others will read this thread and the others about Barricade IV and V issues.

I've been using Prince MV4's as well as Prince MS4's for the last year or so, which is about 6 total pairs of shoes. Prior to these Prince shoes, I was using Barricade IV's.

I switched from the Barricade IV's because they never quite fit me right. They were always a little too big and my foot slid around. I also experienced knee pain while wearing them, but I had never attributed that to the shoes. I just thought it was the way I was playing, how often I was playing, and the fact that the pair of shoes I was wearing were getting fairly worn out. So I tried the Prince shoes after trying them on at the local tennis shop.

The Prince shoes were perfect. They fit incredibly well, were extremely stable, and didn't feel nearly as bulky. They even pay for return shipping when you return your old pair for warranty replacement.

For some reason I felt the need to switch when it came time for a new pair of shoes... I tried on some Barricade V's. They felt a little more secure than the IV's, so I figured I would give them a shot again just to change things up. I guess I sort of gave into the marketing... A really idiotic thing to do.

Anyway, I am extremely dissapointed. After a few hours of wearing them, they feel too big just like my previous IV's did. More importantly, I am experiencing knee pain as well as lower back pain again. The same pains I felt over a year ago with the Barricade IV's.

I have no idea what the cause is, but it doesn't seem like a coincidence anymore. I will eventually go back to Prince.

Anyone want some size 10 Barricade V's?
thanks for posting. i have been using the B4s this season, and they have been ok. what i needed most was obviously durability, and i will probably still go through the barricades in 3 months. but i have had plenty of knee and back pain throughout the season (which i think is partly playing so much on hard courts and partly the barricades). i will have to give those prince shoes a look after the season.
 

dgrave2

Semi-Pro
i just bought some adidas a3 prevails.. my foot was hurting but i think its just because it was the first use. It would stop hurting and it felt really comfortable.. so i guess i just have to break it in and get my feet used to them.
 

racingdad23

Semi-Pro
I wonder if there would be all these players speaking so highly of the B'cades if the name on the side said Puma and the shoes sold for 59.95???
 

eric892

Rookie
I use a Barricade IV and for me they are comfortable. Anyway why don't you try to use a thicker socks on your barr. V ?
 

CAM178

Hall of Fame
adidas just sent me the B V's, and I do not like them at all. The B IV's were a ton better. The B V's hurt the top of my right foot so badly that I had to wear flip-flops only for the next 2 days. It's a shame, as I bet they are good shoes. But I just don't want to have to tape up my feet to wear a pair of shoes. Instead of the B V's, I am opting to wear the Tirands, and the Ambition Logo IV's, which I modified quite a bit (I started a thread on what I did to the Ambitions, as I was really bored that day).

I feel sad when I walk into my closet and see those B V's just sitting there. . . :cry:
 

greenfan

Rookie
Well, maybe I'm an Adidas guy, but I find my Barricades IV, very comfortable. My previous choice was a pair of Nike Air, but I feel and play better with my Adidas...
 
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