Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Diadora Speed Blushield 2 AG

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Diadora Speed Blushield 2 AG Playtest

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bigserving

Hall of Fame
Played in some Diadoras waaay back in the day. Comfortable, soft ride, but not so durable back then. They seemed to disappear from tennis, at least from my tennis world. Glad to see them back in the fold with some impressive looking offerings.
 

McLovin

Legend
Played in some Diadoras waaay back in the day. Comfortable, soft ride, but not so durable back then.
Recently, I was wearing the Speed Star K line. Extremely comfortable, but not very durable on the toe (I'm a toe-dragger). Burned through the top well before the sole. These Speed Blueshield 2s look like they have more protection right where I was wearing through. Bummed I missed this playtest (although I probably wouldn't have been selected since I just did the Babolat SFX).

I'll be checking in on this to see what the verdict is. Enjoy!
 
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mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I do know that Diadora’s been around for a long time, but what do they exactly specialize in? My lack of knowledge on the brand had me thinking it was a gimmicky sneaker company, like the LA Gear shoes that was once popular with the girls.
 

rader023

Rookie
I do know that Diadora’s been around for a long time, but what do they exactly specialize in? My lack of knowledge on the brand had me thinking it was a gimmicky sneaker company, like the LA Gear shoes that was once popular with the girls.
Soccer?
 

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Attention playtesters:

Selected playtesters have been notified.

Your shoes are shipping on Friday 8/22.

Your reviews are due Tuesday 9/25.

Have fun!
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Playtesters were notified about a week ago via email. I wonder what colorway they are sending out. I saw Robin Hasse wearing the Blue/Red in Washington DC, i think. Those are probably my favorite, though all 3 that TW carries look really good.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
I do know that Diadora’s been around for a long time, but what do they exactly specialize in? My lack of knowledge on the brand had me thinking it was a gimmicky sneaker company, like the LA Gear shoes that was once popular with the girls.
Wow, to compare diadora to LA Gear is some serious lack of info. They were giants in soccer (football) before nike decided to attack that market and kill everybody, except adidas. Also, they were a big name in tennis for a long time (from Borg all the way to Guga and Kafelnikov.) They were making some great cycling shoes, together with racing flats as well. Ben Johnson wore diadora in his infamous Olympic final.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I remember seeing the girls wearing 3/4 or the hi-top version that was more fashion based (Reebok and LA Gear in the Mid to late 80’s) than athletic. I could see the company being specialized in soccer shoes. Just thought at the time, the designs were geared more towards the girls. It will be interesting to read the reviews.
 

sphinx780

Hall of Fame
Diadora has been putting out great tennis shoes for the past 10 years, but it seems like they struggle to get traction in the market and even lost their us distributor once in time frame. I wouldn't play in anything else. For my feet, great fit, feel, comfort and the tread lasts me 2x as long as Nike and 3x as long as Adidas. They have the 6 month guarantee but I've never had to use it like I did with the bigger players in the market.

Ivan Ljubicic got them a little notice, but Lukas Lacko isn't bringing in the mass appeal, lol.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Mine delivered today. They look great (red and blue cloroway) and initial feel is wonderful. I’ll walk around the house all day in them before hitting the court tomorrow night.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
Mine came in today too. The red/navy isn’t really my cup of tea, but they feel great...like I’ve wanted the gel-res to feel like for years
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I have about 1 hour of live ball and 1 hour of coaching on these shoes. Replaced the insoles with superfeet black.

Lets see how they go.

Last pair of Diadora shoes I had were carbon soled with 1 velcro strap and 2 ratchet straps :) Miss those...
 
I got mine in yesterday as well and wore them the rest of the day. Super comfortable, with no break-in period needed. I wear a size 14 and they seem to fit pretty true-to-size for me. Someone with a more normal size should share the weight of the shoe, I don't want to shock people with my numbers. They certainly don't feel heavy or bulky. The heal area and cushioning looks to be pretty substantial (kinda reminiscent of the Adidas BOOST stuff). Also, from the looks of it, i expect to like the sole/traction.
 

Chace

Professional
Mine came in today. Looking forward to hitting the courts with them in a couple of days. I will try to post some pics.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Initial thoughts: received them yesterday and wore them around the house all evening. Very comfortable. Played 3 sets of dubs tonight. NO BREAK IN at all. Completely comfortable. Felt very light. Absolutely loved the traction - a fair amount of squeaking which to me says they grab the court. it was dubs on hard courts so few occasions to slide, but the couple times i did they were very stable and not a slippery feeling at all.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Initial thoughts: received them yesterday and wore them around the house all evening. Very comfortable. Played 3 sets of dubs tonight. NO BREAK IN at all. Completely comfortable. Felt very light. Absolutely loved the traction - a fair amount of squeaking which to me says they grab the court. it was dubs on hard courts so few occasions to slide, but the couple times i did they were very stable and not a slippery feeling at all.





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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I remember seeing the girls wearing 3/4 or the hi-top version that was more fashion based (Reebok and LA Gear in the Mid to late 80’s) than athletic. I could see the company being specialized in soccer shoes. Just thought at the time, the designs were geared more towards the girls. It will be interesting to read the reviews.
They weren’t geared toward towards the girls. Very much a very high quality shoe using kangaroo leather for the high end tennis shoes. They were very popular on the ATP Tour with players in the 80’s and 90’s Pat Cash, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Guga, Kafelnikov to name a small few.
 
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djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I had/have plantar fasciitis and identified it to a certain shoe as well as then going on flip flop vacation. Through shuffling of shoes and stretches as well as KT Tape it has gone away. I think my feet aren't agreeing with these shoes but will see. An hour into the day then my pain goes away.

Early thoughts

No break in and the cushion is wonderful. I did have to replace the stock insoles to get a bit more arch support. They felt like all day type of shoes...a pair good for coaching but maybe not so much a fast match shoe.

I've played a couple sets here and there but last night was the first serious test for these feet/shoes. Got is 3 sets of doubles and the shoes did feel very fast and gripped the court well. I may try another shaped insole and see if it helps with the plantar issues.
 

DanS

Semi-Pro
I do know that Diadora’s been around for a long time, but what do they exactly specialize in? My lack of knowledge on the brand had me thinking it was a gimmicky sneaker company, like the LA Gear shoes that was once popular with the girls.
They have always been huge in Soccer cleats.
 

DanS

Semi-Pro
I'm actually mad at myself for not looking in here sooner. I've been intrigued by these shoes for a while. Ugh.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Drama with UPS getting delivery, but they are here now. First glance is that the colorway is quite different, but it seems to quickly grow on people. So far, a thumbs up from six out of seven people on the look.

At first look, they seem to be rather intelligently constructed. There is extra lateral support built in where there should be extra support the heel, and the mid-foot area. There is good support arch area, and in the toe.

I share the same observation as others that they are incredibly soft right out of the box. If that soft feel can hold up, these could turn out to be some exceptional shoes. Time will tell.
 
I was selected for the play test and my shoes arrived last week.

As is perhaps befitting a shoe review I will preface my initial thoughts with a reference to my feet! I wear a size 13 across most brands. My heel is somewhat narrow and my fore-foot more wide with a high arch. Historically, I’ve therefore proven difficult to properly fit. I’m also just under 6’2” and weigh 180 pounds. Without the proper support, my body can take a beating at age 56! This is something I have a little, or no interest in! Therefore, shoes have become increasingly important to me over the years.

To wit, after some issues with plantar fasciitis. a torn meniscus and hamstring injury I’ve been very careful about what shoes I wear. I’ve tried multiple offerings, including the current Vapor X (too narrow), the most recent Barricade Boost (too narrow) and finally the ASICS Gels and Speeds (neither offered a proper fit, nor sufficient cushioning, especially the speed line).

Now, onto the shoe! I too received the blue and red color way. Honestly, I love the look! Comfort was terrific directly out of the box, with little or no break in seemingly required. I typically use a custom insert on top of the one provided by the manufactures but at first this was not possible owing to the inner “height” of the shoe. However after a couple of times hitting the shoe sent to relax or break in to some degree and I was able to continue go with my preferred “layered” approach using both the “stock” insole and my custom. This arrangement provides absolutely tremendous cushioning, shock absorption, and comfort at the expense of a slightly higher ride and increased weight. It was my preferred configuration for the shoe.

The shoe fits my foot very nicely. it has terrific north/south and east/west stability.I also found the grip was noticeably better then The recent Nike, Adidas, or ASICS shoes I’ve been trying. Someone else mentioned lots of “squeaking“ which I definitely observed as well. It made me feel as if my feet were active!

I’ve played several times the Speed AG’s with absolutely no visible signs of wear on the soul. This is especially important to me as I can go through a pair of Nike Vapors in one month literally (playing on average 3 to 5 times per week).

Although I’m still early on in using the shoe my impression so far has been very positive. I’ll have to admit a bias: the Diadora has the advantage in my mind of its association with all of the wonderful memories of the great pros who used this iconic brand over the years, including of course Borg, Becker, Cash, and Courier.

Despite these many positive feelings I have never played in Diadora shoes before (I tried the KStar but the fit wasn’t good) but I can certainly understand now why they have long been so popular with professional players.

Finally,I may have a very exciting opportunity later this week on the court. If it materializes as I suspect it will I will dazzle you with video evidence of the shoe’s mobility!!

I will check back in with a more comprehensive review, including photographs and possibly video, as the end of the play test approaches. But for now the Diadora Soeed AG 2 is getting a very big thumbs up from yours truly.

If you are in the market for new tennis shoes and are looking for incredible comfort, support, stability, and treadwear this shoe should definitely be on your shortlist of candidates!

Best,

BHBH



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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I was selected for the play test and my shoes arrived last week.

As is perhaps befitting a shoe review I will preface my initial thoughts with a reference to my feet! I wear a size 13 across most brands. My heel is somewhat narrow and my fore-foot more wide with a high arch. Historically, I’ve therefore proven difficult to properly fit. I’m also just under 6’2” and weigh 180 pounds. Without the proper support, my body can take a beating at age 56! This is something I have a little, or no interest in! Therefore, shoes have become increasingly important to me over the years.

To wit, after some issues with plantar fasciitis. a torn meniscus and hamstring injury I’ve been very careful about what shoes I wear. I’ve tried multiple offerings, including the current Vapor X (too narrow), the most recent Barricade Boost (too narrow) and finally the ASICS Gels and Speeds (neither offered a proper fit, nor sufficient cushioning, especially the speed line).

Now, onto the shoe! I too received the blue and red color way. Honestly, I love the look! Comfort was terrific directly out of the box, with little or no break in seemingly required. I typically use a custom insert on top of the one provided by the manufactures but at first this was not possible owing to the inner “height” of the shoe. However after a couple of times hitting the shoe sent to relax or break in to some degree and I was able to continue go with my preferred “layered” approach using both the “stock” insole and my custom. This arrangement provides absolutely tremendous cushioning, shock absorption, and comfort at the expense of a slightly higher ride and increased weight. It was my preferred configuration for the shoe.

The shoe fits my foot very nicely. it has terrific north/south and east/west stability.I also found the grip was noticeably better then The recent Nike, Adidas, or ASICS shoes I’ve been trying. Someone else mentioned lots of “squeaking“ which I definitely observed as well. It made me feel as if my feet were active!

I’ve played several times the Speed AG’s with absolutely no visible signs of wear on the soul. This is especially important to me as I can go through a pair of Nike Vapors in one month literally (playing on average 3 to 5 times per week).

Although I’m still early on in using the shoe my impression so far has been very positive. I’ll have to admit a bias: the Diadora has the advantage in my mind of its association with all of the wonderful memories of the great pros who used this iconic brand over the years, including of course Borg, Becker, Cash, and Courier.

Despite these many positive feelings I have never played in Diadora shoes before (I tried the KStar but the fit wasn’t good) but I can certainly understand now why they have long been so popular with professional players.

Finally,I may have a very exciting opportunity later this week on the court. If it materializes as I suspect it will I will dazzle you with video evidence of the shoe’s mobility!!

I will check back in with a more comprehensive review, including photographs and possibly video, as the end of the play test approaches. But for now the Diadora Soeed AG 2 is getting a very big thumbs up from yours truly.

If you are in the market for new tennis shoes and are looking for incredible comfort, support, stability, and treadwear this shoe should definitely be on your shortlist of candidates!

Best,

BHBH



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I'm having the exact same issues with the Asics, Nike, and adidas as you are having.
 
I'm having the exact same issues with the Asics, Nike, and adidas as you are having.
Interesting! Now, if I can only acquire your level of knowledge concerning Tennis frames!

As a point of reference, I have used the Nike Vapor line since it first became available all of those years ago. Although the fit is good the lack of durability has become more and more annoying, not to mention costly, as the pricing has escalated. I feel as if the 9’s and 9.5‘s wore out in absolutely no time at all.

With regard to the Vapor X, I was ultimately given a nearly new pair by a friend who found them uncomfortable. They were simply too narrow (and perhaps more relevant to the group as a whole) nothing short of slick. If I recall correctly Bethany Matek Sands also mentioned this in her tennis warehouse review. I’m told the intent was to use a rubber that would have better durability. So kudos to Nike for that idea. I’m not sure why, but the traction just wasn’t there. Maybe the next iteration will have a balance between grip and treadwear??


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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Interesting! Now, if I can only acquire your level of knowledge concerning Tennis frames!

As a point of reference, I have used the Nike Vapor line since it first became available all of those years ago. Although the fit is good the lack of durability has become more and more annoying, not to mention costly, as the pricing has escalated. I feel as if the 9’s and 9.5‘s wore out in absolutely no time at all.

With regard to the Vapor X, I was ultimately given a nearly new pair by a friend who found them uncomfortable. They were simply too narrow (and perhaps more relevant to the group as a whole) nothing short of slick. If I recall correctly Bethany Matek Sands also mentioned this in her tennis warehouse review. I’m told the intent was to use a rubber that would have better durability. So kudos to Nike for that idea. I’m not sure why, but the traction just wasn’t there. Maybe the next iteration will have a balance between grip and treadwear??


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I wish I had your video making abilities. They're awesome!

About the Vapor X. I had to go up a half size and they were still a little snug for me. They were pinching the inside of my forefoot by my big toe. Nike has completely changed their last. My big complaint about the Vapor 9 and 9.5 was how hard the midsole would feel after a few weeks.

I have been so pleasantly surprised and happy with the Diadora Blueshield 2. My feet have not had that soreness after a long match like with the Vapor's. It also seems like Diadora has an old school last from the 1990's that actually fit my feet.
 
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There is some really good squeak on hard courts with these shoes. I like a squeaky tread, so that's a plus.

One other early reaction is that the fit seems to be really good for me. My feet move ever so slightly in Adidas Barricades (heel to toe). Meanwhile, my most recent Kswiss Hypercourts has a tongue that tends to slide over to the side as i get started playing. I don't have either the heal to toe or side to side minor issues with these Diadoras. I feel like the top of the Diadoras are a little fuller than on those other two pairs, and that seems to give a snug yet comfortable fit.
 
Still loving these shoes! Over time they flex a bit, improving the comfort even more. My foot is nicely locked in with tremendous traction and very little tread wear despite lots of time on court with my 180# frame! Must try for the narrow heel, wider forefoot, high arch crowd!!! BHBH


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sadowsk2

Rookie
Tennis experience/background: I am currently clinging to a 4.5 rating and am 42 years old. I’ve played high school tennis back in the day, and continue to play all year around in regular local leagues in the area. I typically hit an average of 4 days a week with most of my time devoted to singles play.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I’m predominantly a baseliner who likes to strike first and use my big serve and forehand as my weapons. I’m not much of a grinder.

Current shoe: Adidas Barricade Boost

How many hours did you play with the shoe?: I’ve played approximately 30 hours on this shoe model on hard courts since I received it, with about 75% of that time in singles play with the remaining time dedicated to doubles and drills.

Normal Size: US Men’s Size 11.5 / EU 46

Play Testing Size Provided: US Men’s Size 11.0 / EU 44

Comments on shoe performance: Overall, I am absolutely in love with this shoe and how it performs. I never considered Diadora before, however, the shoe provided excellent stability and traction (once broken in) and the comfort of the shoe I would characterize as simply best-in-class. I found the durability to be very good, however, I should note that I do not “slide” on hard courts. Overall, I really like the shoe and may likely switch to this shoe from the Barricades I currently use due to its comfort.

-Comfort (10/10): I wear a US Men’s size 11.5 for all my shoes (dress/work shoes, flip flops, casual sneakers, etc) and play-tested a size 11.0 and found this shoe to fit very close to my 11.5 Barricades. I generally have slightly wider feet- I wear a width “E” in my casual sneakers, and found this shoe to provide comparable lateral room for my feet. I periodically played back-to-back days totaling 4 hours and I had no issues with my feet as a result of these shoes. My feet felt great and I didn’t have any chaffing, rubbing, soreness, etc from my entire duration using these shoes. I’m pleased to say the shoes were comfortably snug with an exceptional level of cushioning, and I never experienced any “toe-jamming”, and my heel/Achilles’ was suitably secured for all movements on the court.

Regarding break-in for the shoes, I felt they did require just a minimal amount of breaking in- specifically for the rear part of the shoe where it has a reinforced plastic mold that wraps around the Achilles.

Again I was so thoroughly impressed with the comfort this shoe provides I found it beat my old Babolat Propulse 2’s, Vapor 9s, Barricades, and K-Swiss Hypercourts. My feet didn’t hurt, or feel “worn out”. The tongue of the shoe has ample cushioning to provide nice support to the top of the foot and the tongue stayed in place. Regarding comfort I couldn’t find, or notice anything to nit-pick on- its quite simply a very comfortable shoe for my foot.

-Arch Support (9.0/10): I have a medium arch and this shoe model did its job providing the necessary support and comfort to the arch and overall bottom surface of my foot.

-Stability/Support (9.0/10): After playing a lot of singles and point play in the time I had with thisshoe I felt it effectively delivered the stability and support on hard courts I would come to expect. I played mostly on very fast hard courts that have more minimal grit embedded in the paint, consequently its important to me that my foot be stabilized inside the shoe, and the shoe itself shouldn’t have much flexing or give to it. I was so impressed with how the shoe molded to my foot that I would rate this model slightly ahead of my Barricades. When moving laterally side to side, I didn’t feel my feet rolling or the shoe flexing. As I alluded to above, this shoe has a reinforcing gray plastic wrapping around the Achilles/heel region of the shoe. This resulted in exceptional heel support and stability when planting and/or pivoting forward and back on the court. Around the 2ndday of wearing these shoes, and getting that plastic molding broken in, I really felt in tune with the support the shoe offered and it quickly earned my trust in freely moving around the court.

-Ventilation (7.0/10): I had the opportunity to play a lot with this shoe in mid-80s weather with relatively high humidity and felt the shoe delivered an above average degree of ventilation. The fabric of the shoe that makes up the shell mold has a lot of porous openings to allow air to vent. However, some of these holes are covered up by the thin molded pattern that gives the shoe its appearance. Additionally there is reinforcing material around the inner big toe to the “ball of your foot” that has no ventilation. Bottom line- my feet weren’t soaking wet after hitting for 2+ hours but the were on the moist side- on par with my Barricades.

-Sole Durability (8.0/10): The soles of these shoes have held up quite well for the 30+ hours I’ve played on them- as a comparison I’d say the soles are currently more durable than some of the older Babolat & Nike model shoes I’ve worn, and on par with my Barricades. The sole’s tread pattern looks great with none of it exhibiting any premature or unexpected wear. Again, I played exclusively on very fast/smooth hard courts consequently I would expect more wear on a grittier surface. However, given my history with my shoes and playing at this location, I’m confident the sole durability of these shoes would be in the upper range of performance relative to what’s on the market.

-Toe Durability (7/10): These shoes have an acceptable amount of rubber that wraps up around the toe area and quickly tapers down as you move out from the center-toe region. I didn’t see any appreciable toe wear, or feel anything abnormal to my toes while playing. I would venture to guess over the long term that the durability and ruggedness of the front toe area would be on par with the Barricade model of shoe (and lagging behind the more robust Hypercourt shoe). Again, I never wear out the toe area of my shoes but based on the material thickness and location I think this should perform on average with what’s generally on the market.

-Traction: (9.0/10): Much like the comfort of this shoe, I felt this shoe shined in terms of traction. However, right out of the box the rubber tread felt a little slippery and the shoe was VERY squeaky. During that initial hour or so out-of-the-box session I was worried about planting my foot aggressively and had doubts about the shoe. However, once the tread got scuffed up a little the shoe’s performance began to shine. I found it bit down as needed when planting laterally, and provided excellent performance when I had to suddenly rush up to the net. Traction is important to me and I felt this shoe did an outstanding job performing in that area- but only after breaking the tread a little.

-Weight: (7.0/10): From predominantly a Barricade user, I had no issues with the weight of this shoe as the weight difference felt negligible from the Barricade Boosts I currently use. I think the comfort and traction that the shoe offers offsets the weight of these shoes. I didn’t come off the court feeling the shoes on my feet.

General reaction/comments on overall performance (9.5/10): Without hesitation I would highly recommend this shoe to any serious player and I felt it truly excelled in areas most important to me: comfort, stability, and traction. The comfort level of the shoe to me was where it made its mark- as mentioned earlier I could play and come off the court and enjoy NOT having the bottoms of my feet sore. After breaking them in, I felt in sync with the shoes, never worrying about making those sudden cuts or sprints to the ball. The price point of the shoe relative to some competitor models makes this shoe, to me, even more attractive. If I absolutely had to nit-pick things about the shoe it would be the following two things: 1.) Subjectively speaking, the most disappointing thing about the shoe was the appearance/pattern of the shoe. I’m not a big fan of the crazy red lines randomly crossing over the shoe and I found it a bit much for my liking. The shoe would’ve benefited IMO from the “less is more” approach and they just kept it a more solid blue shoe. 2.) The shoe could use a little more ventilation but again, I certainly wouldn’t say the shoe is below average in that regard.

Overall, I was very, very impressed with this shoe and love it. For those who may have glanced over this shoe brand in the past (myself included), I would definitely recommend giving this particular model (and it has a 6mo. Guarentee) a look as I found it to be a truly exceptional product- especially for the price.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Tennis experience/background:

*Interclub Tournament Weekend Warrior & Aspiring USPTA Coach
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):

*Not a tried and true S&V player but I look for chances to get to the net. Moderate topspin on semi-western FH and eastern OHBH. My serve is my biggest weapon both to my opponent and to myself as some days I just can’t get it working. I play about 90% doubles and feel comfortable at the net with volleys. I can provide my own power for my game and enjoy hitting against other solid strikers
Current shoe:

*Rotation of the following

***Head Nitro Team / Nike Lunar Ballistic / Nike Air Zoom Ultra React

How many hours did you play with the shoe?

*About 25 hours of court time plus another 80 hours of daily wear
Normal Size:

*12 US Mens
Playtesting Size:

*12 US Mens


Comments on shoe performance:


-comfort: With the stock insole it was very VERY soft and comfortable. With my aftermarket insole it was slightly less soft but very enjoyable all the same. The shoe did not have any hot spots or pinching/high pressure areas.


-arch support: With the stock insole the arch support was lacking. I put in an aftermarket insole from Superfeet. Depending on shoe, I will use either the light blue or the black insole


-stability/support: I felt locked in with these shoes and did not feel like I was going to move in an awkward situation. The shoe I would say had a medium to a medium-high ride height but felt very fast all the same. There was a nice bounce to the shoe without feeling like you were walking on an exercise floor matt.


-ventilation: During the first couple weeks of testing I was wearing various socks of standard thickness. The temperatures during that time in SoCal were fairly warm but I did not feel over heated. I did switch over to the Level 3 Thorlos to help a healing sore/corn that I got prior to the shoe test. Those socks can get a bit warm but was just fine as the end of summer temperatures started to roll in. The top/forefoot/tongue might be the area I felt it get most warm so it appears that the numerous ventilation slits helped regulate the foot temperature in those areas.


-sole durability: At 40+ lbs over my younger years in competitive cycling, I am really a terror on my shoes. However I think I would have to consider these up against the Adidas Barricade and Nike Ballistics along with other shoes that have a 6-month guarantee.


-toe durability: The common toe drag motion I have is on my left foot for when I hit my BH and it shoes a little wear. It is most noticeable when I place the shoes together but otherwise the durability seems very good for me. I do not have the athleticism to slide but I think these will hold up well to those type of players


-traction: YES – YES - YES. Bottom line I think these have great traction. It is on par if not better with the shoes I have in current rotation. I play on a few different hard courts and a couple of them are really worn out. Anyone would most likely slip on those on a hard turn in the worn out areas. I did feel a bit of slip but not to the point where I lost my confidence. The shoes are really squeaky and reminded me of the Resolution line from Asics. In my line of work I am on polished concrete and vinyl. I was squeaking almost all the time when walking.


-weight: The shoe looks like it is in the same bulky category as the Barricades and Ballistics however felt fast/light. It can probably rival the Nike Vapor line but has the durability of the former.


General reaction/comments on overall performance:

I don’t have much history wearing Diadora shoes as of late. I did have some random Diadora runners when I was a pre-teen. I did have some carbon soled cycling shoes from Diadora and I enjoyed those thoroughly.

A few people were surprised to see Diadora shoes and commented mostly in a positive manner. The color way if anything was something that 1 or 2 people mentioned they did not like. I attended a Head Demo day and they matched the Radical line with a similar Spiderman appeal.

This shoe has my interest. If the stock insole worked out for me I would jump on these shoes as a next purchase. Doing that is still on my mind regardless of the insole. At this time though I have a few shoes in rotation and I am not hard pressed on getting shoes.

The toe area is supple but yet supportive. I noted before that I have a sore/corn recovering and this toe-box is wonderful for that. I also believe that this shoe will not give me any type of sores/jammed toes as I had experienced in other shoes. The shoes that often give me problems are those with a molded/firm toe-box.

I believe this shoe fits right between the tank like type shoe and a super light shoe. The durability is great. The stability the shoe provides gives you confidence in movement while not weighing you down


Thank you DIADORA and Tennis Warehouse for this play test opportunity
 

appdach96

Rookie
Tennis experience/background: I am a 4.5 doubles player. I play at least 3 days a week & try to play 5. Just finished a state tournament this weekend in which my team won!

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I have a big serve and work my way into the net. I have decent defensive skills and can hold my own on the baseline. That being said because I play doubles, I prefer to come in.

Current shoe: Asics Gel Resolution 7, KSwiss Hypercourt 2.0 & Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 (I rotate)

How many hours did you play with the shoe?: I played around 30 or so hours on this shoe. I played doubles mostly with a few hitting sessions of singles. I played on clay, hard courts and synthetic grass. I won the trilevel state tournament wearing this shoe. :)

Normal Size: Ladies 7

Play Testing Size Provided: Ladies 7

Comments on shoe performance: This is a great shoe. It performed well on all surfaces. It had very good comfort, cushioning and support. I did experience some break-in, but it was very minimal. I felt confident in this shoe, loved the support.

-Comfort : I give this shoe a 8.5/10. The only true comfort issue I experienced was the heel, where the tab ran kinda high, it would run, even with tab socks on. Like I mentioned earlier, very little break-in time. Loved the plush cushion feel, and the shock absorption. I played over 5 hours in this shoe this past Saturday and my feet did not feel fatigued at all.

-Arch Support: These shoes provide great arch support. I have a medium to low arch and felt that my arches were supported.

-Stability/Support : As mentioned before I am quite impressed with the stability and support of this shoe. I felt very comfortable moving laterally as well as up and back. I would say this shoe feels just as stable as my Gel Res 7.

-Ventilation: Ventilation is fair on this shoe. Not overly good nor overly bad. I wore these Saturday for 4+ hours of tennis (2 matches) and I did have to change socks between matches but they were not terribly soaked.

-Sole Durability: These soles after much use still look almost new. They show some wear but not much.

-Toe Durability: I do drag my toe on my serve and forehand...some wear has shown but it is holding up just as well as my Gel Res.

-Traction: Traction was good with this shoe. It did squeak quite a bit on hard courts but I did not feel as if I would be in any trouble if I planted my foot. I do not slide (I wish I knew how, lol) so that was not an issue at all. It was sticky on the hard court but I liked it and had no issues whatsoever.

-Weight: These were not the lightest shoes I have worn but they are not the heaviest either. I felt good on my feet when I wore these shoes and felt like the weight was just right, especially considering how comfortable and supportive they are.

General reaction/comments on overall performance : This has been an awesome playtest. I have recommended these shoes to my friends. They have proven to be one of the best pairs of shoes I own. I feel as if this shoe excels in all areas, comfort, support, traction, and cushioning. I have been very impressed with this playtest, and will look into new colorways.

I would like to thank Tennis Warehouse & Diadora for this awesome opportunity!!
 

Chace

Professional
Tennis experience/background:
I am in my early 40s. Played high school tennis and a good amount of tournaments as a junior. I play mostly singles and some dubs on occasion. My rating is 4.5

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I would say I am mostly a baseliner and will come to the net when given the opportunity to finish off the point. I will mix in the occasional serve and volley. In dubs I will serve and volley the majority of the time. My serve and forehand are my biggest weapons.

Current shoe:
KSwiss Ultrashot and Asics Gel Resolutions

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
approximately 16 hours, mostly singles play, all on hard courts

Normal Size:
11.5

Playtesting Size:
11.5
Fit true to size

Comments on shoe performance:
-comfort:
The shoe is very comfortable right out of the box. Minimal to no break-in. No pinching or pressure points. Comfortable and nice cushioning. They have a nice plush feel to them.

-arch support:
The arch support was great. No issues with the arch support. I would say I have a medium arch and rarely have issues with arch support.

-stability/support:
Excellent stability and support. My foot felt locked in at all times. I had full confidence in changing directions on hard courts. Very nice support . The shoe doesn't really have that low to the ground feel to it but it still feels like a fast shoe.

-ventilation:
Ventilation is excellent. I live in Florida and most of the times I played it was humid and 90 plus degrees outside. Can only imagine what the actual temperature was on the hardcourt itself.

-sole durability:
Sole durability is great. I would say the durability is better than Gel Resolutions but not as good as Barricades.

-toe durability:
The toe durability is good. However I am not a huge toe dragger. There is only a little wear in the toe area. Comparable to my kswiss ultrashot and Gel Resolutions.

-traction:
These Diadoras have excellent traction. No issues what so ever with changing directions. Traction is comparable to Asics Gel Resolutions and better than my Kswiss Ultrashot. These shoes are squeaky and do make a lot of noise.

-weight:
The shoes look like they would be a bulkier shoe like a barricade. There are lighter shoes out there. However, I mostly go with shoes that have an outsole warranty. These shoes are on the lighter side when it comes to shoes that have an outsole warranty. Weight is comparable to Gel Resolutions.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
It has been awhile since I have worn Diadora tennis shoes. I had quite a few pairs back in the 90s when I was in high school. I really liked them back then and these shoes did not disappoint. Overall they are really nice shoes. The leather has that nice supple feel to it. The shoes are really comfortable and have very nice cushioning. They have a "fast" feel to them, especially for a shoe that has an outsole warranty. Excellent stability and a pretty lightweight shoe for one that has an outsole warranty. I can definitely see myself making these my go to shoes. It is a tough call between the Diadoras and the Gel Resolutions. I would definitely consider buying these.

Thank you to Diadora and TW.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Tennis experience/background: I'm a 36 year old male. I began playing tennis at 5 and started taking lessons around age 7 or 8. I continued private lessons and clinics as a junior through high school, but never really got into the USTA tournament scene. Played #1 in high school at a rural VA high school; our team won a state championship one year and the same year I was state championship runner up in singles and doubles. I played one year of club level tennis at Virginia Tech, but then studies and social agenda led me to give up tennis. I basically didn't pick up a racquet from 2001 until 2010 at which time I moved to a new city and joined a USTA league as a 4.0 self-rate. I played two years at 4.0 before getting bumped to 4.5 year end 2011. Since then I've been steadily improving and in my estimation I'm approaching the higher level of 4.5. My USTA league experience is in Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina; I've played in districts/states in all three and played USTA Southern 4.5 Sectionals (losing in the final - a match point in a match tie-break from making Nationals). In the spring I play men's 18+ and in the summer I play combo (9.5 last year and 8.5 this year); I haven't played mixed in many years. I have a wife and young son so I generally play once a week or twice if I'm lucky.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I have a semi-western grip forehand and two hand backhand, but I regularly use a one hand backhand slice. In singles I probably drive my 2HBH 70% and use the 1HBH slice the other 30% as a change of pace or because I'm pushed wide on defense. My best shots are backhand, backhand, backhand, backhand, volley, forehand, then serve. First serve I normally slice about 80% and hit hard and flat the other 20%. Second serve is not too far off my first serve but has a little more topspin and a little more toward the middle of the box. My preference is singles, but I regularly play both singles and doubles in both USTA league play and pick up matches. In singles I'd like to say I play an all court game, but the truth is I'm probably a grinder/counterpuncher/or the dreaded PUSHER. I believe in point construction and moving the opponent around to force a short ball before I get aggressive; but most of time opponents will make an error as I'm setting up the point. In doubles my primary goal is to set up my partner. So I may be a little more aggressive on first serves trying to force a weak return for my partner to pick off. Second serve I will serve and volley 75% of the time. Return of serve is my strength. At the 4.5 level I can handle most first serves fairly well and get balls at the S&V server’s feet. I probably play 80% on hard courts and 20% green clay. I’m really hard on shoes; I exclusively buy shoes with a 6 month durability guarantee and I do not remember not wearing out any shoe within the 6 month period since I got back into tennis some 8 years ago.

Current shoe: That’s kind of a moving target. A few weeks before getting picked for this playtest I had gotten a new pair of Nike Cage 3’s. Prior to that I was on a bit of a Prince kick going through maybe 4 pairs of the T22 Lite. Before that was the Prince Warrior, Prince Warrior Lite, Asics Gel Res 5, multiple lines of Adidas Barricades, and the Nike Cage 2. I’m a bit of a bargain hunter, so most of the time I’m searching the clearance racks and last year’s models; the only real exception being the recent Cage 3’s (I was given a gift card).

How many hours did you play with the shoe? 15 hours – 8 hours doubles (6 hours clay, 2 hours hard) and 7 hours singles (all hard).

Normal Size: 10 or 10.5. On my foot the second toe is longer than the big toe and I have a pretty standard width so sizing can be tough sometimes. 10’s normally feel the best, but I get some toe jam. So I mostly go with 10.5 and wear two pair of socks and everything is A-Okay
Playtesting Size: 10.5.
Comments on shoe performance:
-comfort: Fantastic. I wore them around the evening I received them and played in them the next day and had no issue with blisters or toe jam whatsoever. The Prince shoes that I’ve been using are kind of utilitarian – they serve a purpose and they get the job done – they’re not uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t say comfort is high on the list of why I play them. The Diadora on the other hand felt noticeably great every time I’ve played in them.
-arch support: I’ve never had any arch issues with my feet so this is honestly an area I don’t feel like I’m qualified to speak positively or negatively as to the Diadora’s performance. But I will say these shoes had a very comfortable “airy” feeling almost like they were pushing up. Not like anything I’ve really noticed in a shoe before. I just recently played in my new Cage 3’s again just to compare to the Diadora and in comparison the Cage had more of a flat feeling and almost like I was leaning forward.
-stability/support: Great stability in the playtest. It’s fairly common for me to slide on hard courts and I never felt and weakness in support when doing so in the Diadora.
-ventilation: I’d say average. I sweat… a LOT. And my playtest was in the summer in South Carolina. When I play more than two hours of singles in this weather it’s not uncommon for me to sweat through my shoes (disgusting I know) and I did so in one of my sessions with the Diadoras. So I can’t really say they performed any better or worse any other shoe I’ve tried.
-sole durability: It’s difficult to tell in only a month but I’d say they’re probably holding up a little better than most shoes I use. I have worn some shoes out in the 2-3 month range and it doesn’t look like I’ll be even close to that with the Diadora.
-toe durability: Again difficult to tell in only one month. Also, I’m not really a toe dragger and given I normally wear out the sole in 6 months or so, I’ve never had a problem with toe durability in any shoe.
-traction: Outstanding. I never lost grip when pushing off or on quick changes of direction. This also held true on the green clay as well which isn’t always the case for me when playing on clay. I’ve never played a clay specific shoe, but I’d say these shoes played as well or better than any other shoe I’ve used on clay. The other part of traction for me is sliding on hard courts. I’ve come across some shoes that had a pretty unpredictable slide meaning I would slide when not planning to or vice versa. That’s not only annoying, but pretty dangerous. That never happened with the Diadora; it was very predictable.
-weight: The shoes felt pretty light and maneuverable to me. I’ve found a lot of the 6 month durability shoes have felt pretty bulky in the past, with maybe the Prince T22 Lite being an exception. I never had that bulky feeling with the Diadora.
General reaction/comments on overall performance: This shoe performed very well for me and I would not hesitate to buy another pair when the time comes (assuming the durability doesn’t take a nose dive) and makes me rethink buying from the bargain bin vs. shelling out a little more for a higher quality shoe.

I’m honored to be a part of the play test. Thank you to Diadora for putting out such a wonderful product and THANK YOU to Tennis Warehouse for including me!

(side note, my buddy @therecanbeonlyone was on the playtest as well. We talked about getting together for a joint video review, but our schedules never allowed for it. Quite a shame because I thought that would be pretty cool. Next time)
 
Tennis experience/background: I played as a little kid and then got serious and played/took lessons year-round from age 12-18, playing USTA tourneys. Eventually at the end of high school and the summer after freshman year of college, I helped coach/feeding balls at clinics where I trained. I didn't play for about a decade and have been back in the game for 9 years or so. I generally play once a week, or twice if I am lucky. I am more addicted to tennis now than I was as a kid though. So, when I do get on the court I appreciate and love it.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I'm an all court player. I am 6'3" and running a little thick in the middle presently at 215 lbs. I'm also a lefty. So, i mix up spins with aggressive positioning and try to make the other player uncomfortable from the start. I don't find a lot of utility in playing long points and generally look to control the point as soon as possible. I use a one handed backhand. Key for this playtest is that I am not a toe dragger. I take lots of small steps. I feel like my feet move even more in doubles than in singles...I may cover less ground, but take more steps.

Current shoe:
I've worn Kswiss Hypercourts for the past couple of years. This year I have also been alternating with a pair of Adidas Barricades. I wear a size 14.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
About 18 hours, all on hard courts. However, I wore these shoes pretty much every day for some portion of the day this past month. They went to 2 SEC Football games/tailgating. They went to a Jason Isbell concert. I wanted to get as much wear as I could and put them in situations where I was on my feet for long periods of time.

Normal Size:
14

Playtesting Size:
14

Comments on shoe performance:
I have already commented on the comfort and the traction/squeek earlier in this thread. Both get very high marks from me. I put these up there at least on equal *footing* with my favorite tennis shoes (Kswiss Bigshot and Hypercourt) and slightly above what I think are the most popular highly-rated tennis shoes (Asics Gel Resolution, Adidas Barricade).

-comfort:
Fantastic right out of the box. Length and width fit me very well. I have commented on the tongue of the shoe being maybe a little fuller, which I felt comfortably locked my foot and cut down on front-to-back and side-to-side movement. I had no issues with rubbing, sliding, or tongue movement inside the shoe. No complaints here.
-arch support: I am not too sensitive to arch support issues until something goes wrong. For some reason I've only been bothered by one pair of shoes in the arch (Asics Gel Speed 2, i think). With the Diadoras, I never felt any discomfort while playing. I did notice after driving 1.5 hours and then going to a concert, that my right arc got tired (maybe tired is the right word) about 2.5 hours into the concert where we were standing constantly. No lasting problems there though. Maybe it was just me...who knows.
-stability/support: I always felt stable. I am lucky to not have sensitive/injured ankles. I only took one misstep actually during the first match wearing these shoes where I started to go over sideways on an ankle, but recovered without a fall or injury and stayed in the point. For me, that's pretty good stability/support.
-ventilation: These aren't as ventilated as some, just from the materials and construction of the shoe. That said, I play in a very warm and humid climate and didn't have problems.
-sole durability: I think this will be a strong highlight of this shoe. Mine look pretty much new still to this day. I usually wear out the insole/cushioning before I wear out the outsole, so I'm guessing I will be able to wear these into 2019 with maybe just an insole swap. I expect the squeek will continue as well.
-toe durability: I'm not a toe-dragger, so not the best judge here. They look like they are reinforced well. For me, they'll offer all the toe durability I will need, plus some.
-traction: Great traction. At first, I was a little surprised how grippy they were. Not sure if that was just in comparison to my normal kicks getting worn down or what. If I'm designing a shoe, I want it to have traction just like this Diadora. I enjoy the squeek, and the ability to change direction quickly.
-weight: Honestly, they seemed on the heavy side while holding them in hand. I am a big boy though, so a couple of ounces of weight on a size 14 shoe aren't going to worry me. As long as they feel stable and I'm able to accelerate and run down a tennis ball, you won't hear me complain about the weight.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
I would definitely buy these shoes. These are going maybe to the top of my list. I'll keep wearing these as my main shoe during the fall seasons. I will make sure to pop back in here when the soles start to wear down, which I think will take several months. Also, if @winchestervatennis and I get some downtime at the same time, I'll try to get a video of me running him side to side so you can all marvel at his sliding technique and, of course, the shoe's performance. Thanks for the playtest, Diadora and TW!
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
To all wide-footed tennis players:
Look out! Here comes Spider-Shoe!


scotus' review of Diadora Speed Blueshield 2AG

Tennis experience/background: Recreational player, current level around 4.0. I go up and down between 4.0 and 4.5.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): All court player with a penchant for S&V.

Current shoe: adidas barricade boost 2015/16, asics gel resolution 7, adidas defiant bounce.

How many hours did you play with the shoe? Around 30 hours.

Normal Size: 10.5

Playtesting Size: 10.5. Length fits true to size. Width is wide, and the toe room is ample, which makes this shoe a welcomed news for those with wide feet. Are you forced to buy New Balance 4E? You seriously need to try this shoe.

Comfort:
Upper material is extremely comfortable. No break-in period required.

The midsole cushion is above average. For the most part I did not experience heel pain, except one time when I stomp-volleyed hard, I felt a jolt from the heel right through my shin bone. The cushion is not as good as adidas boost material, but it is quite good, probably a tad better than Asics Gel Resolution 7 and a whole lot better than adidas defiant bounce.

One quirky thing about cushioning on this shoe has to do with the forefoot cushioning. There is a bulge in the toe area that sits below the 2nd to 4th digits. You will get used to it after a while, but I thought it felt weird the first few times I wore the shoe.

Arch support:
Perfect for me, which probably means there isn't a whole lot of arch support. I am somewhat flat-footed and strong arch support usually causes pain.

Stability/support:
Stability and support is excellent. I didn't notice even a hint of instability. In this department, I would choose this shoe over the barricade and gel resolution.

Ventilation:
Feels fine to me. My feet never got drenched in sweat. They are just as good as my usual shoes.

Sole durability:
Excellent! These are far better than adidas defiant boost, better than asics gel resolution 7, and even though I'd have to wait longer and see, it seems almost as good as the legendary Barricade durability.

Toe durability:
Incredibly wear-resistant.

Traction:
Top-notch. The treads/grooves are seriously deep. These will last a long time!

Weight:
Weight is on the heavy side, but since I am used to wearing ankle braces, it does not bother me. Barricades are known to be heavy and I don't find them heavy, and this diadora is in the same league.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
This is a very stable, relatively fast and comfortable shoe. Although I am more into more conservative style (solid black, for example), I have received compliments from several players about the shoe that I think would look great on Spider-Man! Many thanks to TW and diadora for including me in the playtest. I will continue to enjoy playing in this shoe for months to come.
 
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winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Tennis experience/background: I played as a little kid and then got serious and played/took lessons year-round from age 12-18, playing USTA tourneys. Eventually at the end of high school and the summer after freshman year of college, I helped coach/feeding balls at clinics where I trained. I didn't play for about a decade and have been back in the game for 9 years or so. I generally play once a week, or twice if I am lucky. I am more addicted to tennis now than I was as a kid though. So, when I do get on the court I appreciate and love it.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I'm an all court player. I am 6'3" and running a little thick in the middle presently at 215 lbs. I'm also a lefty. So, i mix up spins with aggressive positioning and try to make the other player uncomfortable from the start. I don't find a lot of utility in playing long points and generally look to control the point as soon as possible. I use a one handed backhand. Key for this playtest is that I am not a toe dragger. I take lots of small steps. I feel like my feet move even more in doubles than in singles...I may cover less ground, but take more steps.

Current shoe:
I've worn Kswiss Hypercourts for the past couple of years. This year I have also been alternating with a pair of Adidas Barricades. I wear a size 14.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
About 18 hours, all on hard courts. However, I wore these shoes pretty much every day for some portion of the day this past month. They went to 2 SEC Football games/tailgating. They went to a Jason Isbell concert. I wanted to get as much wear as I could and put them in situations where I was on my feet for long periods of time.

Normal Size:
14

Playtesting Size:
14

Comments on shoe performance:
I have already commented on the comfort and the traction/squeek earlier in this thread. Both get very high marks from me. I put these up there at least on equal *footing* with my favorite tennis shoes (Kswiss Bigshot and Hypercourt) and slightly above what I think are the most popular highly-rated tennis shoes (Asics Gel Resolution, Adidas Barricade).

-comfort:
Fantastic right out of the box. Length and width fit me very well. I have commented on the tongue of the shoe being maybe a little fuller, which I felt comfortably locked my foot and cut down on front-to-back and side-to-side movement. I had no issues with rubbing, sliding, or tongue movement inside the shoe. No complaints here.
-arch support: I am not too sensitive to arch support issues until something goes wrong. For some reason I've only been bothered by one pair of shoes in the arch (Asics Gel Speed 2, i think). With the Diadoras, I never felt any discomfort while playing. I did notice after driving 1.5 hours and then going to a concert, that my right arc got tired (maybe tired is the right word) about 2.5 hours into the concert where we were standing constantly. No lasting problems there though. Maybe it was just me...who knows.
-stability/support: I always felt stable. I am lucky to not have sensitive/injured ankles. I only took one misstep actually during the first match wearing these shoes where I started to go over sideways on an ankle, but recovered without a fall or injury and stayed in the point. For me, that's pretty good stability/support.
-ventilation: These aren't as ventilated as some, just from the materials and construction of the shoe. That said, I play in a very warm and humid climate and didn't have problems.
-sole durability: I think this will be a strong highlight of this shoe. Mine look pretty much new still to this day. I usually wear out the insole/cushioning before I wear out the outsole, so I'm guessing I will be able to wear these into 2019 with maybe just an insole swap. I expect the squeek will continue as well.
-toe durability: I'm not a toe-dragger, so not the best judge here. They look like they are reinforced well. For me, they'll offer all the toe durability I will need, plus some.
-traction: Great traction. At first, I was a little surprised how grippy they were. Not sure if that was just in comparison to my normal kicks getting worn down or what. If I'm designing a shoe, I want it to have traction just like this Diadora. I enjoy the squeek, and the ability to change direction quickly.
-weight: Honestly, they seemed on the heavy side while holding them in hand. I am a big boy though, so a couple of ounces of weight on a size 14 shoe aren't going to worry me. As long as they feel stable and I'm able to accelerate and run down a tennis ball, you won't hear me complain about the weight.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
I would definitely buy these shoes. These are going maybe to the top of my list. I'll keep wearing these as my main shoe during the fall seasons. I will make sure to pop back in here when the soles start to wear down, which I think will take several months. Also, if @winchestervatennis and I get some downtime at the same time, I'll try to get a video of me running him side to side so you can all marvel at his sliding technique and, of course, the shoe's performance. Thanks for the playtest, Diadora and TW!
No bonus points for football games and concerts. I dare you to post a video of your dancing skills in the Diadoras!!!!
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Tennis experience/background: I played as a little kid and then got serious and played/took lessons year-round from age 12-18, playing USTA tourneys. Eventually at the end of high school and the summer after freshman year of college, I helped coach/feeding balls at clinics where I trained. I didn't play for about a decade and have been back in the game for 9 years or so. I generally play once a week, or twice if I am lucky. I am more addicted to tennis now than I was as a kid though. So, when I do get on the court I appreciate and love it.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I'm an all court player. I am 6'3" and running a little thick in the middle presently at 215 lbs. I'm also a lefty. So, i mix up spins with aggressive positioning and try to make the other player uncomfortable from the start. I don't find a lot of utility in playing long points and generally look to control the point as soon as possible. I use a one handed backhand. Key for this playtest is that I am not a toe dragger. I take lots of small steps. I feel like my feet move even more in doubles than in singles...I may cover less ground, but take more steps.

Current shoe:
I've worn Kswiss Hypercourts for the past couple of years. This year I have also been alternating with a pair of Adidas Barricades. I wear a size 14.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
About 18 hours, all on hard courts. However, I wore these shoes pretty much every day for some portion of the day this past month. They went to 2 SEC Football games/tailgating. They went to a Jason Isbell concert. I wanted to get as much wear as I could and put them in situations where I was on my feet for long periods of time.

Normal Size:
14

Playtesting Size:
14

Comments on shoe performance:
I have already commented on the comfort and the traction/squeek earlier in this thread. Both get very high marks from me. I put these up there at least on equal *footing* with my favorite tennis shoes (Kswiss Bigshot and Hypercourt) and slightly above what I think are the most popular highly-rated tennis shoes (Asics Gel Resolution, Adidas Barricade).

-comfort:
Fantastic right out of the box. Length and width fit me very well. I have commented on the tongue of the shoe being maybe a little fuller, which I felt comfortably locked my foot and cut down on front-to-back and side-to-side movement. I had no issues with rubbing, sliding, or tongue movement inside the shoe. No complaints here.
-arch support: I am not too sensitive to arch support issues until something goes wrong. For some reason I've only been bothered by one pair of shoes in the arch (Asics Gel Speed 2, i think). With the Diadoras, I never felt any discomfort while playing. I did notice after driving 1.5 hours and then going to a concert, that my right arc got tired (maybe tired is the right word) about 2.5 hours into the concert where we were standing constantly. No lasting problems there though. Maybe it was just me...who knows.
-stability/support: I always felt stable. I am lucky to not have sensitive/injured ankles. I only took one misstep actually during the first match wearing these shoes where I started to go over sideways on an ankle, but recovered without a fall or injury and stayed in the point. For me, that's pretty good stability/support.
-ventilation: These aren't as ventilated as some, just from the materials and construction of the shoe. That said, I play in a very warm and humid climate and didn't have problems.
-sole durability: I think this will be a strong highlight of this shoe. Mine look pretty much new still to this day. I usually wear out the insole/cushioning before I wear out the outsole, so I'm guessing I will be able to wear these into 2019 with maybe just an insole swap. I expect the squeek will continue as well.
-toe durability: I'm not a toe-dragger, so not the best judge here. They look like they are reinforced well. For me, they'll offer all the toe durability I will need, plus some.
-traction: Great traction. At first, I was a little surprised how grippy they were. Not sure if that was just in comparison to my normal kicks getting worn down or what. If I'm designing a shoe, I want it to have traction just like this Diadora. I enjoy the squeek, and the ability to change direction quickly.
-weight: Honestly, they seemed on the heavy side while holding them in hand. I am a big boy though, so a couple of ounces of weight on a size 14 shoe aren't going to worry me. As long as they feel stable and I'm able to accelerate and run down a tennis ball, you won't hear me complain about the weight.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
I would definitely buy these shoes. These are going maybe to the top of my list. I'll keep wearing these as my main shoe during the fall seasons. I will make sure to pop back in here when the soles start to wear down, which I think will take several months. Also, if @winchestervatennis and I get some downtime at the same time, I'll try to get a video of me running him side to side so you can all marvel at his sliding technique and, of course, the shoe's performance. Thanks for the playtest, Diadora and TW!
No bonus points for football games and concerts. I dare you to post a video of your dancing skills in the Diadoras!!!!
 
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