The Decline of Proper Cushioning

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
My vote is for the Nike Zoom Zero. Good stability too.


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tend to agree. I used to think babolat SFX cushioning was great but that thing breaks down after just 2 weeks. and that Gel FF is too low to the ground, great at absorbing impact and molding to the feet but too low to the ground so I felt like it wasn't like I was walking on cloud of pillow. Yonex power cushion is great at giving back energy and very cushy soft foam like feel but that also start to lose it after 4 weeks. and Yonex made total failure with Eclipsion 2, Power cushion Plus ??? LOL, more like power cushion fail cement. power cushion plus is biggest fail of Yonex
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Am trying the Asics gel-court speed (herringbone).

The herringbone is the clay court sole.

Playing this gel on hardcourt and artificial grass, not on clay!

Cannot say it really offers much, is a bit of a cheap shoe (and to buy) with no lateral movement support. Tons of grip obviously and very little slide thus.

Not providing much cushion at all and seems like another dud in the long line of steady decline...
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
I've been reading the topic recently and haven't seen the Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 to be mentioned much. What do you guys think? I recently purchased them and they feel great, very comfy and light.

I have sciatica issues and my hip is pretty good at identifying shoes with not enough cushioning. Opinions?
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Reviving an old thread,,
I often wonder why their is not enough padding under the balls of your front foot,, thats where we are inpacting the court first,, most of the the time,,,
were constantly reminded to stay on our toes,, but yet very little cushioning placed under the toes for repeated contact,,,,
this notion is nothing new,, so what gives?
Lateral stability is needed, as is ankle support,, but come on, shoe makers,, without impact hotspot machines, I can see how many sports could use better padding in that spot..
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I recently asked mizuno about shoes for me, they replied they only make 1 kind, low fast moving shoes with lots of feel,
that tells me its low cushion, low to the ground, flexible, not very durable and it's driven by profit (needs to be replaced often),, reminds me of nike
I need shoes that last, have lots of cushioning, wide forefoot and arch support,,
ive settled on prince t22.lites,,
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Perhaps we are asking for the impossible? Perhaps once you pad up a tennis shoe, and 'feel' is lost the shoe becomes unresponsive, heavy, and for pete-profit's sake doesn't wear out!

I consider it a bit of a mystery. Basketballers get through shoes at a rate of knots, and hardcourters do too. Tennis shoes seem sort of oddly underdeveloped technologically, as if we're still wearing volleys on grass, as if they haven't caught up with the demands of the faster h/c game.

(There again I did have a pair of Barricade 3s I think it was that had a second life as demolition boots!)

I would add a lot of modern equipment is fairly tough on the body, you don't feel that younger. But poly, stiff frames, low to the ground speed shoes aren't big on comfort...
 

airchallenge2

Professional
^^^ $80 for a pair of insoles is very steep!
I use some Callaway PU inserts and they make any of my shoes to feel great, with a nice spring in the forefoot.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
^^^ $80 for a pair of insoles is very steep!
I use some Callaway PU inserts and they make any of my shoes to feel great, with a nice spring in the forefoot.
I thought more expensive means more professionally made with material that is more expensive which would hold up better over time and provide better cushion and support ?
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Reckon they cld knock your size up a half or maybe whole size.

So there could be knock-on expenses from the insole to buying a whole new shoe??!!?!/
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Reckon they cld knock your size up a half or maybe whole size.

So there could be knock-on expenses from the insole to buying a whole new shoe??!!?!/
in the past, that has not been the case. even if buy very thick insole, my shoe still fit. it will be slightly tighter but difference is so small, no need to buy a new shoes
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@Nostradamus
I tried superfeet, and it hurt my foot,,
I like softer feeling insoles,, I went with "softsole",, I ve worn these for 7years now,, swap them out every few years, on all my shoes,, I got 4pair of t22lites that I rotate daily, each with its insole
I found the combination that works for me,,
but cushioning on the tennis shoes, can and should be improved
 

DJTaurus

Professional
@Nostradamus
I tried superfeet, and it hurt my foot,,
I like softer feeling insoles,, I went with "softsole",, I ve worn these for 7years now,, swap them out every few years, on all my shoes,, I got 4pair of t22lites that I rotate daily, each with its insole
I found the combination that works for me,,
but cushioning on the tennis shoes, can and should be improved
Green superfeet which is the most known hurt my feet too. Orange superfeet are the most soft and helped me a lot.
 

tomato123

Semi-Pro
@Nostradamus
I tried superfeet, and it hurt my foot,,
I like softer feeling insoles,, I went with "softsole",, I ve worn these for 7years now,, swap them out every few years, on all my shoes,, I got 4pair of t22lites that I rotate daily, each with its insole
I found the combination that works for me,,
but cushioning on the tennis shoes, can and should be improved
I can also vouch for Sofsole, which was recommended by many posters on this forum (I used Athlete). The fact that the gel on these insoles get to the point of looking like they've been splattered off the insoles after I've used them for a while shows how hard tennis can be on the feet, or maybe for me at least.

I also used superfeet, but felt too hard for tennis for me as well, but it would probably be great for my work shoes. But I use powerstep insoles for my work shoes and they are great.

I think the unfortunate thing is that the aftermarket insoles are so heavily catered to runners and us tennis players are left trying to make due with what we have available. I guess it makes sense since running is the big market.

@Nostradamus if you live in the US, might be worth checking to see if there is a store called "Road Runner Sports" in your location. It's a running shoe store, but they have a gimmicky setup where they will have you walk/jog for a few seconds on their treadmill with cameras recording your feet, and they'll give you their full analysis of your feet and running tendencies, and will recommend certain types of shoes based on that. What could be relevant for you is that towards the end, they have you stand on a pair of insoles that get molded to your exact foot, and they'll let you try on their shoes with those insoles and you have the option of buying the insoles for something like $70 or $80. The nice thing is that you know for sure those insoles will be as close to a "perfect fit" as it can get for your feet, but I personally did not buy them because I didn't feel comfortable with the price point. But since they don't require you to buy anything after all that, it might be worth a try and you can even see how they feel on their running shoes to get an overall feel for the insoles.
 

NuBas

Legend
Before I considered cushioning, I had worn down a shoe so much that it started to hurt my foot. However since then I have found a good solution that works for me. Spenco Polysorb Cross Trainers and I also improvised and added some additional padding underfoot so now its more comfortable.
 

NoCompromise

New User
I'm a middle aged pickleball player and I created an account here to thank the people who recommended the Adidas Crazy Light Boost. I play very aggressively, with lots of sprinting and jumping. The last couple of years my knees were giving me pretty serious issues and pain that physical therapy didn't solve.

I tried the best cushioned tennis shoes, including the Yonex Eclipsions, to no avail. After some time off and the CLBs, I've been playing more than ever with zero knee pain. The support, stability, traction and cushioning are out of this world. I do agree with the assessment that they lack durability compared to tennis shoes. I obviously don't toe drag on serves, but I do lots of extension and fast movements that immediately began wearing the shoe upper.

I read through other threads about shoe preservation, but I haven't seen this recommended:

Kg's Boot Guard

I painted it over the wear areas (black shoes) and it's held up great, although somewhat worn now, over the last couple months of playing.

Thanks again and sorry if this violates the sanctity of the forum. :p
 

Ramon

Legend
Can you use it on clay courts?
That’s the Crazylight Boost 2018. The tread pattern almost looks like it was made for clay. It’s herringbone-like and the grooves are set far enough apart that you won’t get too much material stuck in them. I use the CLB 2016 on clay and it works great. Clay is actually a good surface for it because the outsole will last longer than it would on hard courts.


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tomato123

Semi-Pro
I'm really interested in the basketball shoe recommendations here, like the Crazylight Boost and KD10's, and I might also just go down to the local outlet mall and check out some shoes I could potentially use for tennis since there's always good deals on basketball shoes from Nike/Adidas/UA, while none of those sell tennis specific shoes at the outlets.

But I am not sure if I belong in the category of toe dragger or someone who would wear out basketball shoes pretty fast on hard court - I don't think I am based on the fact that I don't slide, but I did own a pair of Reebok Iversons back in high school for daily hard court tennis and those wore out pretty fast.

Here is a picture of my current Barricade Boost that I've been using for ~4 months, playing on hard court about 2-3 times per week, and once on clay this week. I don't see much wear, but I can't tell if this is more of a testament to the Barricade durability or if I'm not too hard on my shoes.



For comparison, here is my old Court FF, which I used for about 4 months, which looks relatively more worn compared to the Barricades:



Based on what you see, how much do you estimate shoes like Crazylight Boost or KD10's or other basketball shoes mentioned here would last me?
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm really interested in the basketball shoe recommendations here, like the Crazylight Boost and KD10's, and I might also just go down to the local outlet mall and check out some shoes I could potentially use for tennis since there's always good deals on basketball shoes from Nike/Adidas/UA, while none of those sell tennis specific shoes at the outlets.

But I am not sure if I belong in the category of toe dragger or someone who would wear out basketball shoes pretty fast on hard court - I don't think I am based on the fact that I don't slide, but I did own a pair of Reebok Iversons back in high school for daily hard court tennis and those wore out pretty fast.

Here is a picture of my current Barricade Boost that I've been using for ~4 months, playing on hard court about 2-3 times per week, and once on clay this week. I don't see much wear, but I can't tell if this is more of a testament to the Barricade durability or if I'm not too hard on my shoes.



For comparison, here is my old Court FF, which I used for about 4 months, which looks relatively more worn compared to the Barricades:



Based on what you see, how much do you estimate shoes like Crazylight Boost or KD10's or other basketball shoes mentioned here would last me?
Lifetime
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, that is pretty minimal wear.

The thread of the Barricades looks practically new.

However, some people that have used CLB complain that they don't last, so the opinions are controversial (probably based on style and wear patterns).

:cool:
Own the Barricades and the CLB. Barricades show little wear after a season but lost their cushioning even after replacing the insole. CLB show no wear after 3-4 mos.
 

Ramon

Legend
I'm really interested in the basketball shoe recommendations here, like the Crazylight Boost and KD10's, and I might also just go down to the local outlet mall and check out some shoes I could potentially use for tennis since there's always good deals on basketball shoes from Nike/Adidas/UA, while none of those sell tennis specific shoes at the outlets.

But I am not sure if I belong in the category of toe dragger or someone who would wear out basketball shoes pretty fast on hard court - I don't think I am based on the fact that I don't slide, but I did own a pair of Reebok Iversons back in high school for daily hard court tennis and those wore out pretty fast.

Here is a picture of my current Barricade Boost that I've been using for ~4 months, playing on hard court about 2-3 times per week, and once on clay this week. I don't see much wear, but I can't tell if this is more of a testament to the Barricade durability or if I'm not too hard on my shoes.



For comparison, here is my old Court FF, which I used for about 4 months, which looks relatively more worn compared to the Barricades:



Based on what you see, how much do you estimate shoes like Crazylight Boost or KD10's or other basketball shoes mentioned here would last me?
If durability is a big concern the majority of basketball shoes will probably disappoint you. Most of them are made for indoor wooden floors and the shoe companies have figured out that they make more money if their shoes don’t last that long. Basketball shoes made for outdoor courts would do better, but there aren’t many of them. I wear my Crazylight Boosts only on clay, and I’m not hard on my shoes, so it works out for me, but I know the soft soles aren’t going to last long on hard courts for someone who’s hard on shoes.


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Ramon

Legend
I have around 30 hrs with the CLB and almost no wear, but others say differently, so maybe good to know.

:cool:
That’s great! I think it’s probably worth spending more money to replace worn shoes if you like the shoes a whole lot more than the durable ones. I like CLB’s enough that I’d probably rather buy 3 pairs of CLB’s than 1 pair of Barricades.


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airchallenge2

Professional
My personal experience with Air max from nike is nothing to write home about it. It looks cool for sure. I just find it hard and very much prefer foam based cushioning instead.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I'm really interested in the basketball shoe recommendations here, like the Crazylight Boost and KD10's, and I might also just go down to the local outlet mall and check out some shoes I could potentially use for tennis since there's always good deals on basketball shoes from Nike/Adidas/UA, while none of those sell tennis specific shoes at the outlets.

But I am not sure if I belong in the category of toe dragger or someone who would wear out basketball shoes pretty fast on hard court - I don't think I am based on the fact that I don't slide, but I did own a pair of Reebok Iversons back in high school for daily hard court tennis and those wore out pretty fast.

Here is a picture of my current Barricade Boost that I've been using for ~4 months, playing on hard court about 2-3 times per week, and once on clay this week. I don't see much wear, but I can't tell if this is more of a testament to the Barricade durability or if I'm not too hard on my shoes.



For comparison, here is my old Court FF, which I used for about 4 months, which looks relatively more worn compared to the Barricades:



Based on what you see, how much do you estimate shoes like Crazylight Boost or KD10's or other basketball shoes mentioned here would last me?
Throw those shoes away. the cushioning is probably dead by now. your jumping ability is gone now.
 

haqq777

Legend
I'm really interested in the basketball shoe recommendations here, like the Crazylight Boost and KD10's, and I might also just go down to the local outlet mall and check out some shoes I could potentially use for tennis since there's always good deals on basketball shoes from Nike/Adidas/UA, while none of those sell tennis specific shoes at the outlets.

But I am not sure if I belong in the category of toe dragger or someone who would wear out basketball shoes pretty fast on hard court - I don't think I am based on the fact that I don't slide, but I did own a pair of Reebok Iversons back in high school for daily hard court tennis and those wore out pretty fast.

Here is a picture of my current Barricade Boost that I've been using for ~4 months, playing on hard court about 2-3 times per week, and once on clay this week. I don't see much wear, but I can't tell if this is more of a testament to the Barricade durability or if I'm not too hard on my shoes.



For comparison, here is my old Court FF, which I used for about 4 months, which looks relatively more worn compared to the Barricades:



Based on what you see, how much do you estimate shoes like Crazylight Boost or KD10's or other basketball shoes mentioned here would last me?
My now discarded HEAD Sprint Pros say hi


You have definitely nothing to worry about.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
My personal experience with Air max from nike is nothing to write home about it. It looks cool for sure. I just find it hard and very much prefer foam based cushioning instead.
i agree with you. I had a lot knee pain after playing for a few years. Icing my knees down after I played. I thought the Air Max was good for my knees, i.e, softer. I was having my knees injected with HA twice a year to keep them from hurting so much. I bought a few pairs each year. Finally tried a different shoe because the Air Max variety did not have my actual size available. I was amazed at the difference the new shoes with the squishy Air Max feature made. I equate it to being on a marshmallow when you play and push off. It was actually putting more stress and strain on my knees , legs, and feet. I was so upset with myself for not figuring this out sooner. I was run the midget, softer shoes easier on the legs. I have thrown all the Air Max ones I had out and am using a foam based cushioned shoe instead. My knees and legs appreciate that.
 

gino

Hall of Fame
i agree with you. I had a lot knee pain after playing for a few years. Icing my knees down after I played. I thought the Air Max was good for my knees, i.e, softer. I was having my knees injected with HA twice a year to keep them from hurting so much. I bought a few pairs each year. Finally tried a different shoe because the Air Max variety did not have my actual size available. I was amazed at the difference the new shoes with the squishy Air Max feature made. I equate it to being on a marshmallow when you play and push off. It was actually putting more stress and strain on my knees , legs, and feet. I was so upset with myself for not figuring this out sooner. I was run the midget, softer shoes easier on the legs. I have thrown all the Air Max ones I had out and am using a foam based cushioned shoe instead. My knees and legs appreciate that.
when air max is coupled with high quality foam it really is terrific
 

tomato123

Semi-Pro
Thanks for the helpful input as always everyone - ordered a pair of crazylight boosts which is scheduled to arrive on Friday. With the current sale price it was a no brainer for me. (y)
 

Ultra 2

Professional
to each their own, what air max shoes have you tried?
Cool avy Gino.. I wished I never got rid of my classics, or (which are now) vintage Hosoi's.

Years ago, Nike encapsulated all of their visible air shoes (or Air Max) using dense polyurethane foam. Cushioning and stability was awful (prime example Air Ace). I'm pretty sure that's not what mctennis is referring to.

As for the Air Max Wild Card above, it sits low & appears to be caged in well by the lunarfoam, and also appears to have an lightweight/flexible/breathable upper. And a nice toe guard for us neanderthals. Why it comes in at that weight is inexplicable. I am all for losing some lateral stability, but not at the price of increased weight. Hopefully that's a typo.
 

gino

Hall of Fame
Cool avy Gino.. I wished I never got rid of my classics, or (which are now) vintage Hosoi's.

Years ago, Nike encapsulated all of their visible air shoes (or Air Max) using dense polyurethane foam. Cushioning and stability was awful (prime example Air Ace). I'm pretty sure that's not what mctennis is referring to.

As for the Air Max Wild Card above, it sits low & appears to be caged in well by the lunarfoam, and also appears to have an lightweight/flexible/breathable upper. And a nice toe guard for us neanderthals. Why it comes in at that weight is inexplicable. I am all for losing some lateral stability, but not at the price of increased weight. Hopefully that's a typo.
Appreciate that SC love, born and raised in Santa Cruz so naturally I'm a big loyalist to SC Skate. Those old Hosoi decks are the coolest, always wanted to collect a few to use as art

I totally get the concern with weight. But if you're using well-cushioned shoes, you have to make the assumption that they're naturally heavier and more bulky. The breathe cage (i and ii), air max cage, and lunar ballistec series were all extremely heavy shoes, but did a great job protecting joints and providing cushion. I think we've moved too far in the direction of speed oriented shoes and at what point you sacrifice all of the things that make a great shoe in order to feel quicker on the court? I don't know, but the lack of cushion in the Vapor X surely concerns me.
 

Ultra 2

Professional
Yeah, love the SC area. We used to frequent the Pajaro Dunes, Cannery Row/Carmel Valley further south, and HMB to the north. Mendo has been are go-to lately. Norcal Coast is absolutely breathtaking.

There has always been a trade off between added cushioning and increased weight. This one appears to have a modified running shoe mid-sole I imagine the cushioning is sufficient. I always preferred lighter more agile shoes.. being well versed on the toll the body takes when using them. Still may try the Max's.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
to each their own, what air max shoes have you tried?
I really liked them until they made my legs worse when I played more than twice a week. They were Air Max Persistance. I should have put my statement differently as " I, personally, would not take chance on using them." with my experience with them. You are right, to each their own. What works for one may not work for others. That is why there are so many shoe varieties out there to choose from.
 

gino

Hall of Fame
I really liked them until they made my legs worse when I played more than twice a week. They were Air Max Persistance. I should have put my statement differently as " I, personally, would not take chance on using them." with my experience with them. You are right, to each their own. What works for one may not work for others. That is why there are so many shoe varieties out there to choose from.
I get you had a bad experience, but from what I can see, these are a total budget model with concealed/half heel air max bag (a recipe for disaster).:



I definitely recommend that you try other Nike air max tennis shoes before you make a blanket statement that might influence the opinions of others.

Have you tried any of the flagship air max nike models in the past 10 years?

Breathe Cage 1/2, Courtballistec, or air max cage?
 

airchallenge2

Professional
I get you had a bad experience, but from what I can see, these are a total budget model with concealed/half heel air max bag (a recipe for disaster).:



I definitely recommend that you try other Nike air max tennis shoes before you make a blanket statement that might influence the opinions of others.

Have you tried any of the flagship air max nike models in the past 10 years?

Breathe Cage 1/2, Courtballistec, or air max cage?
When was Tunned Air a budget technology? From what I know it was and still is, sold as a premium Air cushioning!
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
I get you had a bad experience, but from what I can see, these are a total budget model with concealed/half heel air max bag (a recipe for disaster).:



I definitely recommend that you try other Nike air max tennis shoes before you make a blanket statement that might influence the opinions of others.

Have you tried any of the flagship air max nike models in the past 10 years?

Breathe Cage 1/2, Courtballistec, or air max cage?
Mine had no red in the heel area. These were not the ones I had. Perhaps I was wrong about the Max model name. Mine had a different color toe edge , like a gray color. I know they were over $100+ when I bought them. I normally never buy the budget model, just for the reasons you mentioned.
 
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