Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
It’s funny. After dabbling in both the Lottos and the Diadoras I’ve found myself back wearing my worn-in GR8s. They do not fit my foot as well as the Diadoras or Lottos, yet they perform better than both for me, good mix of cushioning and court feel and most especially energy return. I like both of the other shoes but the Diadoras, while amazingly cushioned, don’t have the same “spring” or responsiveness of the GR8s. I need to play in them some more but right now the GR8s are just solid performance wise. I just replace the laces and use the back eyelet (skipping the second to last) to better lock in the heel. And And while the shoes are a little narrow for me at the front, the positive side of that is there is no foot movement whatsoever, so my tennis-caused calluses aren’t bothered like they are in some of these other shoes where my foot moves a bit more. GR8s are not perfect but they just become super responsive and playing shoes after they soften up several hours in.
I hear what you are saying, but that is a lot of work to get the GR8s to play up to their standard - heel slippage, thin laces a hassle, painful front foot lacing, etc. I have found at least five shoes as stable and comfortable as the GR8s that do not have these issues. I feel that the Adidas Solecourt Boost, the Lotto Raptor Hyperpulse 100, the Asics Court FF2, the Nike GP Turbo, the new Adidas Barricade (just released), and the Diadora Blushield 5 are all better balanced and better performing shoes than the GR8. That's just my opinion - and I wore Resolutions for years!
 

JGads

Legend
I hear what you are saying, but that is a lot of work to get the GR8s to play up to their standard - heel slippage, thin laces a hassle, painful front foot lacing, etc. I have found at least five shoes as stable and comfortable as the GR8s that do not have these issues. I feel that the Adidas Solecourt Boost, the Lotto Raptor Hyperpulse 100, the Asics Court FF2, the Nike GP Turbo, the new Adidas Barricade (just released), and the Diadora Blushield 5 are all better balanced and better performing shoes than the GR8. That's just my opinion - and I wore Resolutions for years!
Well, each foot is a little different, and mine are still happiest these days in the GR8s. Funny thing is I actually cycled in my Diadoras today for the first time in awhile and they were so much better with some powerstep pinnacle insoles rather than stock - stock insoles just offer too little arch support for my high arch, and overall responsiveness just isn't there. All improved greatly with the new insoles, yet I still found myself feeling a touch slow and 'muddy' compared to my GR8s. Ended up playing again tonight (another hitting partner texted, and I said what the hell) and wore the GR8s and felt back 'home', just more energy return and performance and a natural feeling for my foot. This with stock insoles.

SC Boosts (blister city and a rubbed-raw ankle), GP Turbos and Court FF2s have all been No's for me for different reasons. So like I said, different feet just find different shoes to be just right, and in an odd twist, the GR8s are now that for me more than the others. The Diadoras are super solid, though. Just more at home with the GR8s.
 

FloridaAG

Professional
I am waiting to hear on my warranty - I am hesitant to buy another pair now that they are back in stock as if they do not honor the warranty I am not sure I want to stick with them even though for me the shoe is the best.

The Mizunos simply do not have enough cushion, are not connected to the Court and the uppers crease over my toes in a way that is not ideal. They are certainly ok and I am happy I have them in the meantime but they are not a permanent fix for me.
 
I am waiting to hear on my warranty - I am hesitant to buy another pair now that they are back in stock as if they do not honor the warranty I am not sure I want to stick with them even though for me the shoe is the best.

The Mizunos simply do not have enough cushion, are not connected to the Court and the uppers crease over my toes in a way that is not ideal. They are certainly ok and I am happy I have them in the meantime but they are not a permanent fix for me.
I sent them emails and pics one week back, however, they havent made the final decision and updated me .....weird...
 

FloridaAG

Professional
Was informed they are honoring the warranty but are out of stock on the Speed 5s (even though stores here have in stock) - they gave me the option of getting Fly 3s or Speed Competition 6s - I opted the Fly 3s and am looking forward to getting them and seeing if they work
 
Was informed they are honoring the warranty but are out of stock on the Speed 5s (even though stores here have in stock) - they gave me the option of getting Fly 3s or Speed Competition 6s - I opted the Fly 3s and am looking forward to getting them and seeing if they work
I haven't got any feedback. Sigh
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, each foot is a little different, and mine are still happiest these days in the GR8s. Funny thing is I actually cycled in my Diadoras today for the first time in awhile and they were so much better with some powerstep pinnacle insoles rather than stock - stock insoles just offer too little arch support for my high arch, and overall responsiveness just isn't there. All improved greatly with the new insoles, yet I still found myself feeling a touch slow and 'muddy' compared to my GR8s. Ended up playing again tonight (another hitting partner texted, and I said what the hell) and wore the GR8s and felt back 'home', just more energy return and performance and a natural feeling for my foot. This with stock insoles.

SC Boosts (blister city and a rubbed-raw ankle), GP Turbos and Court FF2s have all been No's for me for different reasons. So like I said, different feet just find different shoes to be just right, and in an odd twist, the GR8s are now that for me more than the others. The Diadoras are super solid, though. Just more at home with the GR8s.
Yep, I haven't thought of shoes since getting my GR8 wides. They have been perfect.
 

jeep2008

Rookie
Excellent shoe so far BUT the toe box on top of my big finger ,only on my left shoe though,is really hard and low and keeps on bruising my nail.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I hear what you are saying, but that is a lot of work to get the GR8s to play up to their standard - heel slippage, thin laces a hassle, painful front foot lacing, etc. I have found at least five shoes as stable and comfortable as the GR8s that do not have these issues. I feel that the Adidas Solecourt Boost, the Lotto Raptor Hyperpulse 100, the Asics Court FF2, the Nike GP Turbo, the new Adidas Barricade (just released), and the Diadora Blushield 5 are all better balanced and better performing shoes than the GR8. That's just my opinion - and I wore Resolutions for years!
Yeah I disagree there.
 

FloridaAG

Professional
Fly 3s are definitely snugger than the 5s. Other than slihjt pinch on outside of big toe they feel plush and nice. Will have to try on Court and hope they break in
 

FloridaAG

Professional
Ore the Fly 3s on Court for the first time this morning. 2 hours singles and 1 hour of doubles. Incredibly comfortable out of the box - no break in. Will have to see how the stability and durability are. Perhaps even better than the Speed 5s. The toe box does appear narrower but did not give me problems and I had no rubbing or hot spots even with my high arches. Going to be hard to go back to the Mizunos as I plan to wear them out to get my warranty pair
 
Okayyy… bought a pair of Blushields on Sale. The black and white ones. Nice shoe, very comfy and loads of grip.

Worn them a few times now, but today I tore through one of the eyelets. It’s the one “odd eyelet” halfway up the foot. The one that is not connected to the outer construction of the shoe, but to the inside.

Anybody else have this?
 

FloridaAG

Professional
I just bought another pair of Speed 5s. Still wearing the Flys I got as a replacement but everyone is already running low on stock so I pulled the trigger to have them when I need them so I do not have to go hunting for an alternative again if everyone is out of stock of everything again
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
I just bought another pair of Speed 5s. Still wearing the Flys I got as a replacement but everyone is already running low on stock so I pulled the trigger to have them when I need them so I do not have to go hunting for an alternative again if everyone is out of stock of everything again
This means you will be putting the Fly in storage so you can use the (new pair of) Speed warranty?
 

FloridaAG

Professional
Most likely - the Flys are comfortable but not quite stable or supportive enough and while the cushioning is good - it is not as good as the Speed.
 

jeep2008

Rookie
Report back after some months of use.The front of the shoe is extremely hard.It is so hard that reminds me of army boots!If you drag your shoes ok but if you are a senior looking for a plush shoe to play doubles this is a deal breaker.The nail on my left big toe is permanently bruised and black...
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
@FloridaAG I bought a pair of the ON Federer's. They are the most comfortable out-of-the-box shoes I've ever worn (or can remember I guess). But......they are not the easiest on your knees. That award goes to the Diadora Blueshield. I'm on my 4th pair now and have they continue to be a fantastic choice for me. I had to buy my last two pair from TW Europe.
 

FloridaAG

Professional
@FloridaAG I bought a pair of the ON Federer's. They are the most comfortable out-of-the-box shoes I've ever worn (or can remember I guess). But......they are not the easiest on your knees. That award goes to the Diadora Blueshield. I'm on my 4th pair now and have they continue to be a fantastic choice for me. I had to buy my last two pair from TW Europe.
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