Can cross training shoes work for a casual player?

kenmtb

New User
I am at best a 3.0 few times a week hitter and I am currently using Newbalance 623 extra wide cross training type shoes. It would be nice to get more lateral support to avoid heal issues.
Should I switch to actual tennis shoes? I had a hard time finding shoes that fit right and I would hate to invest in something that I can't even try on first.
 

chic

Rookie
I think investing in tennis shoes is always worth the cost. They're hardened more on the bottom to not get worn through not break the arches as easily. Also they provide a little better ankle support via a better platform and rounded edge that allows cutting side to side better on the hard gritty surfaces.

It may be a non issue, especially if you don't play that much, tend to have shorter points, and are in good health/ lower weight. But for a $40-60 pair of NB shoes that will likely fit the potential injury prevention is worth the cost.
 

kenmtb

New User
I looked on the web but could not find any way to demo or even try on shoes.
Is there a place that has demos?
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
Almost all major shoe websites have free return shipping. There is no reason to not buy tennis shoes if you are playing as often as you say.

my feeling is that tennis is hard enough. Don’t make it harder by using bad equipment.
 

golden chicken

Professional
You could also try emiling New Balance customer service and asking them if I wear X shoe, then which tennis shoe Y they make is closest.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Please invest in tennis shoes :) There are some great deals out there as well, so it won't even be too much of an investment. AND, while I would never recommend a cross trainer for tennis, I definitely do know there are some great tennis shoes that work well as cross trainers!

Here are a few I would suggest taking a look at that won't break the bank:

If you have a wider foot, these have width options and lots of cushioning: https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/New_Balance_MC_786_Mens_Tennis_Shoes/catpage-MSNEW786.html

Wider fit, cushioning, support and stability -- https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/K-Swiss_Bigshot_Light_Mens_Tennis_Shoes/catpage-MSKSBSL.html

Wide and soft, super comfortable, supportive, stable: https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_SFX_Mens_Tennis_Shoes/catpage-MSBABSFX.html

Let me know if you have any further questions,

Michelle, TW
 

GeoffHYL

Semi-Pro
As part of the wide foot club, there aren't that many 4E width choices on the TW website. Can TW work with NB to get more stock in 4E shoes? The 806 model seems to be the only one consistently in stock, but at $105 I prefer a lower price point shoe.

To the OP, I played with my NB 623 accidentally once, and it was okay, but certainly not as good as tennis-specific shoes.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Here are all the 4E options currently:

New Balance MC 1006 4E Pigment/Blue\Men's Shoes 114.95

New Balance MC 786v2 4E Petrol/Flame\Men's Shoes 69.94

New Balance MC 996v3 4E Red Men's Shoe 79.94

New Balance MC 786v2 4E Grey/Pacific\Men's Shoes 74.95

New Balance MC 1006 4E Black/Silver\Men's Shoes 104.95

New Balance MC 786v2 4E White/Blue\Men's Shoes 69.94

New Balance MC 1006 4E Wh/Navy\Men's Shoes 104.95

New Balance MC 806 W 4E\Men's Shoes 104.95

Hopefully one of those work! We do our best to get a wide range of widths but can only do so much if the manufacturers don't produce the shoes -- some decent price points above though and we have a few more coming in the following months!

Michelle, TW
 

GeoffHYL

Semi-Pro
Hi Michelle, thanks for the info, but the only shoes available in more than one or two sizes are the 1006 and 806 models. I forgot about the 1006 model, but also in the $105 price range, so why can't there be more choices in the lower price points? Is this a supply issue from NB?
 

darklore009

Hall of Fame
I would rather invest in a tennis shoe than going with cross trainers as they are engineered to prevent rolled ankle, dense cushioning, and proper grip on the court. Plus, an injury would cost much more than a pair of tennis shoes.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Hi Michelle, thanks for the info, but the only shoes available in more than one or two sizes are the 1006 and 806 models. I forgot about the 1006 model, but also in the $105 price range, so why can't there be more choices in the lower price points? Is this a supply issue from NB?
@GeoffHYL

Yes, it is a supply issue. There are some lower price points coming at the end of the year/beginning of 2020 in 4E. But yes, something we can bring up with them, but I think they realize it as some wider shoes are coming well under $100.

Michelle, TW
 

GeoffHYL

Semi-Pro
I think I will try out the NB 806
Re the 806 vs. the 1006, the 806 has leather upper and is heavier vs. the 1006 with synthetic uppers and a little lighter weight. I haven't tried either one yet. Would probably go with the 1006 with the 6 month durability warranty, even though the upper on the 806 might be superior.
 

zaskar1

Rookie
I am at best a 3.0 few times a week hitter and I am currently using Newbalance 623 extra wide cross training type shoes. It would be nice to get more lateral support to avoid heal issues.
Should I switch to actual tennis shoes? I had a hard time finding shoes that fit right and I would hate to invest in something that I can't even try on first.
ken
i would opt for tennis shoes, as cross trainers lack the lateral stiffness needed for tennis
you can checkout some of the online tennis suppliers and see what their "return policy" , but i think
that some manufacturers will make wide shoes
z
 
I am at best a 3.0 few times a week hitter and I am currently using Newbalance 623 extra wide cross training type shoes. It would be nice to get more lateral support to avoid heal issues.
Should I switch to actual tennis shoes? I had a hard time finding shoes that fit right and I would hate to invest in something that I can't even try on first.
Not only does New Balance make shoes with various widths, they also make shoes with various footbed shapes. This tends to frustrate people when one style fits perfectly, but a different model in the same size doesn't fit at all. However, it also ensures that most people can find at least a few models that will fit them well. I would suggest that you contact New Balance directly and ask them which tennis shoes they make that have the same footbed shape as the NB 623v3. That would help narrow down your choices and increase your chances of getting a shoe that fits.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
I cannot recommend anything but court shoes for tennis. But back in the day, I lost a tournament 4.0 match to a guy wearing running shoes. He was sandbagging but still. I also played a 4.0 doubles match against a guy who routinely played in flip-flops. Won that match.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Choosing the correct shoe for the sport you’re participating in, is extremely important. Regardless of how often you play, wearing the right shoes will help prevent injuries, last longer and give you the ability to perform better.
 
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