Clay court shoes on a hard court?

Fintendo

Semi-Pro
Ok I just recieved my pair of nike air oscillates in the post from *********tennis here in the UK but they were the clay court sole version. They look cool and all but I was wondering that seeing as I play on hardcourt 99% of the time what the difference is? Will they rip to shreds? If so I will just keep them for clay court.
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
A clay-court specific shoe often has less cushoning (spl?) then a hard-court shoe. Since clay is so much softer to play on the clay-court shoes often has less cushion-material so they can be lighter (see for example the Adidas Feather)

Also, the out-sole on the clay-court shoe is often a little bit softer then on a hard-court shoe since the court don´t eat your shoe up in the same way.

I would keep those shoes for clay and buy another pair of the same company if it´s the prodi.. since they have huge savings right now...
 

Fintendo

Semi-Pro
Ok thanks on the site it doesn't actually say that they're clay court shoes. But I think they are still super rare seeing as I've never seen a pair of clay court nike shoes for sale before.
 

Loco4Tennis

Hall of Fame
the thread pattern i think is slighttly different for clay court play, but it will work on hardcourt,
some clay court thread patterns i beleive are designed for ease of slide on clay
sliding is never a good idea on hardcourt, people who do it have not hurt themselves yet, try to avoid it
durability of the soles should be a concern, but as mentioned earlier by "Hankenstein", cushioning is the major factor IMO; hardcourts are brutal on joints, you'll definately feel it alot more if you dont use a well cushioned shoe
 
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Noisy Ninja

Semi-Pro
Ok I just recieved my pair of nike air oscillates in the post from *********tennis here in the UK but they were the clay court sole version. They look cool and all but I was wondering that seeing as I play on hardcourt 99% of the time what the difference is? Will they rip to shreds? If so I will just keep them for clay court.
I have a pair of Adidas BII Clay; the shoe is exactly the same as the regular BII except for the sole (little round beads pattern in the clay version versus herringbone pattern in the regular version). Cushioning, quality, stability is exactly the same in both versions of the BII's. The clay sole pattern does seem to help grip better on clay and allows for better change of direction on clay.
The times I've played on hard court surfaces with the clay sole version of the BII, they held up fine with no slippage issue or big reduction in durability.
 
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