Indoor Carpet shoes necessary for Indoor Carpet?

Marshredder

Semi-Pro
Hi,

Just joined a club with 5 indoor carpet courts. Are indoor carpet shoes an essential for playing on it or can I use the same shoes that I wear on outdoor hardcourts?
 

tennisnoob3

Professional
Hi,

Just joined a club with 5 indoor carpet courts. Are indoor carpet shoes an essential for playing on it or can I use the same shoes that I wear on outdoor hardcourts?
wow, never seen indoor carpet shoes before, but the smooth sole seems extremely different from a normal outdoor shoe. i'd say buy a cheap pair of indoor shoes.
 

Carolina Racquet

Professional
The indoor carpet facilities are more popular in Europe than the US. According to a German friend, EVERYONE should wear the smooth outsole shoes.

They react better to the surface.
 

Gasolina

Professional
Yep you could easily slide with the smooth soles. I use an old beat up CB1.3 where the sole is almost smooth
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
I don't use them - it's certainly not mandatory at my club. So long as your shoes are clean and you don't tread dirt all over the carpet, everything is fine.

My main concern with specific shoes is that I hate changing between different models. When I was younger I used to play squash, and squash shoes are much lighter than tennis shoes. This meant that when I went from squash to tennis, I felt really sluggish (and conversely, when I went from tennis to squash I felt like lightning around the court). If I was switching between playing tennis indoors and out and the shoes were significantly different, then it would throw me.

I've never felt that regular tennis shoes were inadequate in any way. That said, you've now made me wonder if my footwork would go to another level if I did get a pair...
 

Lex

Semi-Pro
Interesting...

I had no idea that a shoe existed just for this surface. Good info!
 
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meltphace 6

Hall of Fame
Hi,

Just joined a club with 5 indoor carpet courts. Are indoor carpet shoes an essential for playing on it or can I use the same shoes that I wear on outdoor hardcourts?
I play on indoor carpet 30 hours per week and find them essential (ligaments, ...). Wearing outdoor shoes you've got to be very careful with your footwork.
 
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