The Best Cushioned Tennis Shoes for Comfort and Relief

born_hard

Rookie
Hi,

which are the best cushioned or dampened shoes for comfort on the court? I have knee arthrosis and after playing lately too much my knee is inflamed again and cant walk without pain for days after a match. Cant wait for the outdoor season her ein Europe, we play on clay and its not that hard for the joints, but anyway just want to ask which are good dampened tennis shoes? I need also a broader front section...
Thanks
 

babar

Professional
Cushioned and broader forefoot. . . hmm?
I would have to go with Babolat Jet Mach III.
I just recently tried these on and they were broader in the forefoot than many of the other shoes I tried and they are very cushioned. Ortholite insole and whatever foam midsole they have work very well together.
 

RF2017

New User
@dr325i Have you tried the ON Roger Clubhouse Pro and how does it compare to something like the speed ff3, lacoste aglt23, and nike vapor 9.5?
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Cushioned and broader forefoot. . . hmm?
I would have to go with Babolat Jet Mach III.
I just recently tried these on and they were broader in the forefoot than many of the other shoes I tried and they are very cushioned. Ortholite insole and whatever foam midsole they have work very well together.
I found the Mach III to be overrated on the cushion part, but yes, they are comfy, and roomy up front.
But for ultimate cushion and roominess -- ON Roger Clubhouse Pro. See the thread in the link above
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Diadora Blushield Torneo 2
Mizuno Wave Enforce Tour

Both are super cushioned but still supportive
My shoe of choice (and I always come back to them) is the Mizuno WET. So far, for me the best combo of the width, stability, foot lock and cushion AND 6-month sole replacement warranty! I always get 2 pairs for $140. But the bottom sole durability is not the best in class
 

babar

Professional
I found the Mach III to be overrated on the cushion part, but yes, they are comfy, and roomy up front.
But for ultimate cushion and roominess -- ON Roger Clubhouse Pro. See the thread in the link above
I've only tried them on the carpet at home. Haven't played in them yet.
Always worried about how long the Ortholite insole will last and how will the cushioning feel after that.
 

babar

Professional
My shoe of choice (and I always come back to them) is the Mizuno WET. So far, for me the best combo of the width, stability, foot lock and cushion AND 6-month sole replacement warranty! I always get 2 pairs for $140. But the bottom sole durability is not the best in class
If it wasn't for the stupid tongue design on Mizuno shoes, I would have bought 4 pairs of the Exceed Tours by now!
That one feature keeps me from pulling the trigger. I don't understand why anyone thought that was a good idea. . . :rolleyes:
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
If it wasn't for the stupid tongue design on Mizuno shoes, I would have bought 4 pairs of the Exceed Tours by now!
That one feature keeps me from pulling the trigger. I don't understand why anyone thought that was a good idea. . . :rolleyes:
Absolutely no issues with the tongue and I use the runner knot holes for extra regular lacing.
 

babar

Professional
So, I've pretty much tried on everything now to try and find a replacement for my Vapor 9.5s.
My needs are good heel lockdown, good cushioning, a toebox that actually fits.
Everything else just needs to be good enough to not be annoying.

Last 3 contenders were the Jet Mach 3, Eclipsion 5, and Solution Speed FF2.
I pretty much felt that these 3 options gave me the closest thing to the Vapor fit.
Many of the other options were really good, but were missing one of the 3 needs I have.

I've decided to go with the SS FF2 because it has the best combo of the 3 things I need.
Jet Mach 3 didn't feel as cushioned but fit the other 2 needs very well.
Eclipsion 5 was so close, but the heel lockdown just knocked it down by a smidge.

To complicate things, I ordered a pair of the Diadem Court Burst just out of curiosity.
They would have won hands down if the toebox wasn't too wide for my foot.
Everything about that shoe was perfect and it looks really nice in person.
However, the toebox was quite wide, so I wasn't sure how much that would hurt my feet and toes once on the court.

So, Solution Speed FF2 it is.
 

jimmy8

Legend
New Balance Fresh Foam X is amazing cushion that is still responsive. And New Balance medium width is pretty broad. And I think all of their shoes are available in 2E is you need very broad. And some shoes are available in 4E if you need very, very broad. Try 1007 model or CT Rally.
 

Crocodile

G.O.A.T.
I go for the New Balance as well because they are comfortable and they come in broader foot sizes including 2E and 4E.
Incidentally if you need even more support maybe consider going to a podiatrist and get them to make you a foot insert based on your gait, and injury,
 

babar

Professional
I tried the CT Rally and the 996 from NB. CTR felt really tight in the toe box for D and too wide for 2E.
996 felt good but heel lockdown wasn't good.

I think the reason I'm having a hard time finding the right shoe is the design of the Vapor 9.5.
Because the sides of the shoe have those "fingers" that pull down and cinch your foot from the sides up to the top of your foot when you pull the laces down, your foot feels like it's being secured from all around, No pressure points.
Everything else I've tried feels like my foot is in the shoe, but the shoe isn't "hugging" my foot like the Vapor 9.5s.

The Diadem Court Burst feels like it hugs my foot all around except the forefoot. That feels very loose.
Maybe a 1/2 size down? Who knows. . .
 

babar

Professional
So, Solution Speed FF2 it is.
Okay, so I've waffled again.
I decided to give all of my choices (Jet Mach 3, Eclipsion 5, and Solution Speed FF2) a side-by-side chance in the store.
Trying them on in succession, really brought home how much more secure my heel was in the JM3 than the others.
So, I took my choices and made a decision based on what my foot pain pts have been lately and since my heel was sore along with needing more cushioning, I decided on the JM3. All of them have very good cushioning, with the Eclipsion 5 being out front and the JM3 and SSFF2 about the same. Overall comfort was better in the SSFF3 but overall fit was better in the JM3. Mostly, my heel felt like it was most secure in the JM3 and the price was very good!
I decided to return the Diadem Court Burst also due to the wide forefoot fit in that one. I liked the cushioning and fit, but just couldn't get over the toebox.

So, Jet Mach 3 it is! ;)
 

R_Gasquet

New User
Diadora Blushield Torneo 2 is among the most cushioned shoes I have ever tried (alongside Adidas SoleCourt Boost). It is also pretty wide that I had to go down half a size for my medium-width foot. Only downside is its relatively heavy weight - not the most speedy shoe for sure.
 

naylor73

Rookie
I tried the CT Rally and the 996 from NB. CTR felt really tight in the toe box for D and too wide for 2E.
996 felt good but heel lockdown wasn't good.

I think the reason I'm having a hard time finding the right shoe is the design of the Vapor 9.5.
Because the sides of the shoe have those "fingers" that pull down and cinch your foot from the sides up to the top of your foot when you pull the laces down, your foot feels like it's being secured from all around, No pressure points.
Everything else I've tried feels like my foot is in the shoe, but the shoe isn't "hugging" my foot like the Vapor 9.5s.

The Diadem Court Burst feels like it hugs my foot all around except the forefoot. That feels very loose.
Maybe a 1/2 size down? Who knows. . .
Agreed about the CT Rally. I have always worn D width in NB and these were just plain uncomfortable in the toe box. That being said I still really love the Lav2.
 
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