Shoes with good traction?

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by Zachol82, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Zachol82

    Zachol82 Professional

    Dec 8, 2007
    Can someone recommend me one or maybe several shoes that are known to have good traction?

    I am, of course, looking for the whole package here, meaning that if a pair of shoes have good traction but it fails in every other aspects, then I probably will not want to use it.

    Comfortability and lightness is a big factor for me as well, but I am prioritizing traction right now.

  2. RNEast

    RNEast New User

    Sep 6, 2010
    Actually, I have not seen a tennis shoe lately that did not have good traction, and so many of them look largely the same.

    This didn't seem to be the case 25 years ago when I was playing a lot, but it almost looks like manufacturers have stolen each others best designs for so long they are all starting to look alike.

    I have some dirt-cheap Tredz, some New Balance, and some Lottos, and the soles are awfully close! I'd just shop online and view the pics of the soles to get an idea what's out there, or go to your favorite store and inspect them in person.
  3. dman72

    dman72 Hall of Fame

    Nov 7, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I don't know, I have a really cheap pair of New Balance and the rubber in the soles is definitely different from the rubber in the soles of my cheap Adidas Tirand III's...the Addidas are a softer rubber and give better traction.
  4. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation G.O.A.T.

    Oct 20, 2006
    You'd be smart to figure out your foot type and narrow down your choices according to the shoes that match your feet. I've got a narrow, somewhat flat foot and I've found great success with the Asics Gel Game 2. My new pair are giving me terrific traction, but if they were too wide or maybe let my feet pronate too much, they'd be murder on my legs and their traction would be irrelevant.

    The layout of these shoes provides my feet with a natural connection to the court surface. I try to encourage others to find a similar good "link" with the court by tracking down shoes that are built to accommodate their particular foot. It allows for moving with better feel and confidence, but also helps prevent tendonitis, etc.

    In any case, my new pair are so much better than my older, worn out set that these new ones feel almost like soccer cleats when I'm tearing around on the hard courts. I suppose that if they had any more traction, they'd make my legs buckle if I tried to change direction too fast.
  5. dufferok

    dufferok Rookie

    Feb 26, 2004
    Babolot All Court 4 has great traction and is light as a running shoe. The shoe runs a 1/2 size small. I bought these shoes last month and LOVE them. The best "tennis" shoe I've purchased to date.
  6. JT_2eighty

    JT_2eighty Hall of Fame

    Mar 11, 2009
    clearing out my collection
    Agree. I'm using a pair now, and found especially in the beginning, to have "too much(?)" traction. It was just more 'grippy' on the hardcourt than most shoes (if not all) I've tried.

    They are also among the lightest court shoes on the market, and comfortable out of the box, like a glove.

    The only downside is the lack of a durable toe-guard in the upper and the upper is not as supportive compared to a Barricade type shoe.
  7. TennisKid1

    TennisKid1 Semi-Pro

    Dec 3, 2009
    The most grippy tread patterns I have used thus far are the Barricade and CC Genius series
  8. hcb0804

    hcb0804 Hall of Fame

    Jul 18, 2009
    Lunarlite Vapors!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha:twisted:

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