Looking for a Good Shoe (Heavier Guy)

RJB11

New User
Hello All! I was reaching out because I am trying to find the right shoe, for a heavier set guy. Not overweight by a ton but a bigger guy. Mostly play on hard courts.

When I was in my playing days I used to swear by Nike Zooms and Adidas Barricades. I want something that will fit me well, but also be forgiving on my knees a bit (I know go play on Clay, if only I could)

If you could give me any suggestions I would appreciate it!
 

RJB11

New User
Well thank you sir I appreciate the answer. There is a name I hadn't heard in a long time. Such a classic design nice to see they exist still!
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Bigger guy here also. Prince Scream was the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn...like having pillows under your feet...not sure if they're available anymore.

Have heard nothing but good things about Yonex for cushioning...never tried them though.

I now wear Asics GR's and might be trying the Nike zoom zeros.
 

skydog

Semi-Pro
The best shoes I have found for comfort/performance have been the Gel Res 7’s. The new Babolat SFX 3’s are great shoes, especially if you have a wider foot, but they are not quite as cushioned as the Gel Res 7. I liked the Adidas Barricades 2015 and later for a while, but then started having some comfort issues with their width after a foot injury. The Barricade Boost shoes have some of the best cushioning in the heel I have experienced if they fit your foot well.
(Heavy tennis player as well)
 

dkmura

New User
I'm 5"11" and 210 lbs, and the GR7's fit my CC-width feet like a glove. I also use a custom orthotic and there's plenty of room for it in the GR7, so it's aces all the way around!
 

Big Bagel

Professional
I'm quite large for a tennis player as well. In fact, I'm large anywhere at 6'5" and around 270, but I love the New Balance 996v3 shoes. Used to use the Barricades, then the Vapors, then the 996v2 and I've stuck with this shoe family for a couple years now. They have an outsole guarantee too.
 

Fanman

Rookie
I'm 5'9", 220-ish. Also take a look at the K Swiss Hypercourt Express. Just a little bit wider than medium for bigger feet, great cushioning & really good support & stability.
 
I liked the prince t22... built like a tank. As a fit 216-220 with a reconstructed ACL I felt I needed to prioratize my knees again and am loving the Kswiss Hypercourt express. Kswiss makes very comfortable shoes. I went with the express because my movement and court coverage is pretty good and I wanted the speed around court. I hear the barricade boosts are well cushioned I just didnt like their color options in boost atm. Ive been using regular barricades for the past 5 years.
 
@RJB11 ,

Look into the Adidas crazylight Boost 2018. Fantastic cushioning that doesn't break down !
Great shoes... I also thought basketball and tennis shoes are very similar, only issue is sole durability because they are made to play on indoor basketball court... but they are great for tennis if durability is not a concern go for it.
 

Ramon

Legend
@RJB11 ,

Look into the Adidas crazylight Boost 2018. Fantastic cushioning that doesn't break down !
I agree. If you’re not afraid to try a basketball shoe and don’t mind the lesser durability of basketball shoes, this is a great option. It’s made for explosive basketball players, and no one needs cushioning more than them.

I get knee pain as well from lack of cushioning. Of the tennis shoes mentioned I can vouch for the cushioning in the Prince T22 and Adidas Barricade Boost. The Barricade Boost actually feels pretty firm, but they never let my knees down, and that’s what counts. I played with the Asics Gel Res 6 but was disappointed. They felt soft, but my knees ached during long matches, so that was a deal killer. The Gel Res 7 has the same cushioning so that would most likely give me the same results. My favorite Asics shoe is the Gel Court FF. It’s expensive but you can usually get a colorway that’s on sale. It’s the lightest and fastest out of all the shoes I mentioned and the cushioning is surprisingly good for such a light shoe.


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mctennis

Hall of Fame
I agree. If you’re not afraid to try a basketball shoe and don’t mind the lesser durability of basketball shoes, this is a great option. It’s made for explosive basketball players, and no one needs cushioning more than them.

I get knee pain as well from lack of cushioning. Of the tennis shoes mentioned I can vouch for the cushioning in the Prince T22 and Adidas Barricade Boost. The Barricade Boost actually feels pretty firm, but they never let my knees down, and that’s what counts. I played with the Asics Gel Res 6 but was disappointed. They felt soft, but my knees ached during long matches, so that was a deal killer. The Gel Res 7 has the same cushioning so that would most likely give me the same results. My favorite Asics shoe is the Gel Court FF. It’s expensive but you can usually get a colorway that’s on sale. It’s the lightest and fastest out of all the shoes I mentioned and the cushioning is surprisingly good for such a light shoe.


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I do not mind spending more money on a good shoe, as long as it fits well and does not end up hurting my feet or I get knee pain. I have spent way more money on ill fitting shoes over the years rather than well fitting ones.
 
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