Tennis vs. Squash Shoes

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
A friend of mine recommended trying squash shoes instead of tennis shoes in that they would have more cushioining. Does anyone have any experience with this?
 

WildVolley

Legend
I'm not sure why this would be, though I've never worn squash shoes. My best guess would be that squash shoes would be far less durable on a hardcourt than tennis shoes. Squash shoes are made for playing on surfaces like wood that are potentially far slicker than coated concrete or asphalt.
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
I wouldn't say they have more cushioning, just a different feel. Key points I would mention:

- They are typically a lot lighter than tennis shoes.
- As WildVolley states, durability is likely to be an issue as they are not designed to be worn on an abrasive surface.
- They often run half a size or so smaller than tennis shoes. I think this is by design, as most squash players will wear their shoes tighter than you would tennis shoes. As always, this can vary with manufacturer, so you would need to be careful if you don't try before you buy.

They're a different beast to tennis shoes. You change direction very sharply when playing squash and so they would be considered stable (unlike a running shoe, which is only designed to move in one direction), but it's a different kind of stable to what you get with a tennis shoe: you don't get that 'solid' feeling about them.
 

jetlee2k

Banned
if you have the $$, squash shoes are much much better for tennis than tennis shoes.. The only draw back is the bottom will worn out quickly.. Squash shoe is harder to design than tennis shoe.. You got to account for the heel, low the ground, and great cushioning.. I sometimes use squash shoes for playing tennis b/c I am too lazy to change it.. it's just wonderful in my opinion.. Try the one Hitec SYS4 .. fit like a glove, great support, great cushioning, low to the ground with ergonomic heel..
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
I'm not sure why this would be, though I've never worn squash shoes. My best guess would be that squash shoes would be far less durable on a hardcourt than tennis shoes. Squash shoes are made for playing on surfaces like wood that are potentially far slicker than coated concrete or asphalt.
His reason is that the soles (gum rubber I believe) would offer more shock absorbtion than regular tennis shoes. And while I understand the durability issue, I would gladly spend the money on shoes in exchange for less pain in the knees.
 

martini1

Hall of Fame
A friend of mine recommended trying squash shoes instead of tennis shoes in that they would have more cushioining. Does anyone have any experience with this?
If cushioning is what you are after why not try Nike Air models or Asics Gel Res 2? If that's not enough add another gel insert.

Indoor court shoes are often not built to withstand any weather elements. Not to mention if you move around the court a lot on hard surfaces they will only last you a few months max.

The only non-tennis shoes I will wear on the court are basketball shoes, for the days I need some extra ankle support but don't want a brace.
 

jetlee2k

Banned
If cushioning is what you are after why not try Nike Air models or Asics Gel Res 2? If that's not enough add another gel insert.

Indoor court shoes are often not built to withstand any weather elements. Not to mention if you move around the court a lot on hard surfaces they will only last you a few months max.

The only non-tennis shoes I will wear on the court are basketball shoes, for the days I need some extra ankle support but don't want a brace.
Nike Air or any other tennis cushion shoes do not come even close to a good squash shoes.. Squash shoes are designed for sudden stop, lunching, lateral support.. I meant imagine Nadal tennis playing style, 2 good squash players can make one point last over 5 mins.. The shoes are extremely important in squash.. yes, if you got the cash, use the squash shoes but for sure it won't last long though b/c of those gummy bottom..

In opposite, you wear tennis shoes playing squash? yes you can as low level player but at high level, for sure you will twist your ankle, slip and hurt your heel when you run and pinch into the wall.. !!
 

martini1

Hall of Fame
Nike Air or any other tennis cushion shoes do not come even close to a good squash shoes.. Squash shoes are designed for sudden stop, lunching, lateral support.. I meant imagine Nadal tennis playing style, 2 good squash players can make one point last over 5 mins.. The shoes are extremely important in squash.. yes, if you got the cash, use the squash shoes but for sure it won't last long though b/c of those gummy bottom..

In opposite, you wear tennis shoes playing squash? yes you can as low level player but at high level, for sure you will twist your ankle, slip and hurt your heel when you run and pinch into the wall.. !!
You can wear whatever you wanna wear. If squash shoes are so great for tennis then everybody would be wearing them a long time ago don't you think? I am sticking with my tennis shoes... that are made for the game of tennis and NOT squash. There is reason why tennis shoes are made the way they are, especially the high end ones. Nobody has won any titles wearing squash shoes. lol
 

jetlee2k

Banned
You can wear whatever you wanna wear. If squash shoes are so great for tennis then everybody would be wearing them a long time ago don't you think? I am sticking with my tennis shoes... that are made for the game of tennis and NOT squash. There is reason why tennis shoes are made the way they are, especially the high end ones. Nobody has won any titles wearing squash shoes. lol
It seems like you never wear squash shoe or play squash.. A good pair of squash shoe can cost easily up to $130-150usd.. Adidas made them, wilson made them, Hitec, prince, head they are all made squash shoes.. The cost is not really good for their business as well as squash is not popular as tennis.. The real cost of a pair Nike, Adidas tennis shoes cost less than $10dollars.. People don't wear squash shoes playing tennis b/c they worn out quickly and they are design for squash which is much more involved technical details, lateral support, heel support, arch support.. cushioning and etc.. yes you can wear anything you want but squash shoes are much better designed shoes than tennis shoes..
 

lwto

Hall of Fame
squash shoes have what others said, the gum soles and does not last as long.. plus they don't have the toe durability either.
 

martini1

Hall of Fame
It seems like you never wear squash shoe or play squash.. A good pair of squash shoe can cost easily up to $130-150usd.. Adidas made them, wilson made them, Hitec, prince, head they are all made squash shoes.. The cost is not really good for their business as well as squash is not popular as tennis.. The real cost of a pair Nike, Adidas tennis shoes cost less than $10dollars.. People don't wear squash shoes playing tennis b/c they worn out quickly and they are design for squash which is much more involved technical details, lateral support, heel support, arch support.. cushioning and etc.. yes you can wear anything you want but squash shoes are much better designed shoes than tennis shoes..
What an ignorant statement. How the heck do u know I don't have squash shoes? Yeah rave all you want about squash shoes. You just want to win an argument, that's all. LOL sure, all the professional shoe designer just purposely make squash shoes the best in the world while ignoring the huge market of Tennis players who pays top money for a pair of good shoes. Oh yeah, let's make some crappy shoes for tennis players but oh no, squash is so important we save the best designs for them...

That makes perfect sense.

NO, just the material on the outsole alone is not making your case on support and cushioning. That's just the traction and wear factor based on the surface.

Now are you going suggest playing tennis with a squash racket as well? I'd love to see that. Oh wait, may be some badminton gear would be better...:)
 

gonzalocatalino

Hall of Fame
talking about tennis and squash shoes...

well, i just have the chance to get some pairs of the Prince NFS III for cheap (for the argentinian standards of "cheap"), but i cant find much info on the web about those shoes...

As i play only on clay, the rubber sole should last for a reasonable time.
As anyone owned a pair of this prince shoes?
 

macs971

Rookie
What an ignorant statement. How the heck do u know I don't have squash shoes? Yeah rave all you want about squash shoes. You just want to win an argument, that's all. LOL sure, all the professional shoe designer just purposely make squash shoes the best in the world while ignoring the huge market of Tennis players who pays top money for a pair of good shoes. Oh yeah, let's make some crappy shoes for tennis players but oh no, squash is so important we save the best designs for them...

That makes perfect sense.

NO, just the material on the outsole alone is not making your case on support and cushioning. That's just the traction and wear factor based on the surface.

Now are you going suggest playing tennis with a squash racket as well? I'd love to see that. Oh wait, may be some badminton gear would be better...:)
Good point martini: squash IS different from Tennis
Tennis is more played than squash.
Tennis shoes are better than squash shoes for playng tennis: NO
Squash need highter grip, more rapid direction change (side support) and good heel ammortization.
look at the 4:SYS video before shooting statements: I'ts OBVIOUS that you never worn good squash shoes :)
Not only the 4:SYS are this way .. even the Adidas Stabil S..
Your mistake is in the statement:
it's like saying that a fiat is better than a ferrari because more people buy it...
Look the HI TEC 4:sys are unique for playing tennis and squash but they are very very less durable than any tennis shoes.If you use them for playing tennis they resit 2 month at least but only if you are not a toe dragger!! They put research in developing theese shoes and lots of passion, not only marketing...
Look for example at nike CB 2.3 outsole: the same from 5 years and look at the zoom Breathe 2k10 outsole.... wow fish spine.. the same as 1970..
the only tennis shoes that invest in research and material are Adidas and Babolat... Asics gel is 5 years old and nike only change colours and design. they failed every indoor court shoes that they made!!!
OH...If you want play tennis with squash racket.. this would be fery funny to see. PLS post a youtube of this :)
 

WildVolley

Legend
The advice has generally been good. Wear squash shoes if you'd like, but don't expect them to last long on hard courts. A lot of different shoes can be used for tennis, including volleyball and basketball shoes, but usually they are not as durable.

Also, there are a lot of good tennis shoe companies beyond Nike and Adidas. I don't wear Nike or Adidas, but prefer Prince and Yonex.
 

nicolaisidek

Semi-Pro
I play both games. I use my nike CB to play squash and I DO NOT have any problems with it. I'm faster than any of my opponents most of the time. Squash shoes are too expensive and useless on hardcourt. Trust me.
Macs197: I've tried playing squash using my APDC. Haha. Too funny :p
 

macs971

Rookie
I play both games. I use my nike CB to play squash and I DO NOT have any problems with it. I'm faster than any of my opponents most of the time. Squash shoes are too expensive and useless on hardcourt. Trust me.
Macs197: I've tried playing squash using my APDC. Haha. Too funny :p
next time i play tennis i swear i will use my dunlop shabana ultimante.. hope nobody will see me :)
the ridicolous thing will be the double handed backhand..
i also will try the CB 1.3 on court. hope i don't slip..
 

nicolaisidek

Semi-Pro
next time i play tennis i swear i will use my dunlop shabana ultimante.. hope nobody will see me :)
the ridicolous thing will be the double handed backhand..
i also will try the CB 1.3 on court. hope i don't slip..
The other day, I went on with my usual tennis shots (lasso whip forehand and 2hbh). Totally spoiled the game! Haha. And you won't slip, the grip is so hard.
 

macs971

Rookie
sadly i slip:
i tried my Breathe 2k10 on the court and swishhhhh swoshhhh in change direction meet the court.. i finally understand the meaning of the swoosh logo :)
 
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