The G.O.A.T. of Shoe

The GOAT of Shoes?

  • Barricade V or any (post which)

    Votes: 37 29.4%
  • Vapor V or any (post which)

    Votes: 20 15.9%
  • Asics Gel Resolution

    Votes: 12 9.5%
  • Cages I or II

    Votes: 11 8.7%
  • Breathe Free I or II

    Votes: 21 16.7%
  • Feathers I, II, or III

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • Propulse

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • Match Day Pump

    Votes: 4 3.2%
  • SHT 306

    Votes: 2 1.6%
  • Others

    Votes: 17 13.5%

  • Total voters
What is your GOAT? currently I have the say the BV's. Although I have a rising suspicion that I would like the Vapors more:twisted:, However, that will have to wait till I can actually try on a pair. Yes I know that I am missing a lot of shoes w/this poll thats why I put in an other option. Please post what you like about you shoe, and if other, which shoe.

edit: these are simply shoes off the top of my head. Like I said if your GOAT ain't up there, chose other and post which one it is please!! ;)
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Well, I played w/ the New Balance 653's for a while (I have a verry wide foot), which are really great shoes. But, I noticed after a while that their too heavy and slow me down. I plan to get the 654's, which are lighter and from trying them on @ a store, feel just like the 653's. They'll probably be my holy grail.


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I voted for the Breathe Free II's because they fit me great and are soft and cushioned. My only reservation is that they look like running shoes.


Kind of funny naming shoes that have only been out for a year or less as GOAT:) Seems like there should be at least a 3 year + rule to make it to GOAT.

My choices:




Wilson Prostaff
Adidas Stan Smith


asics gel resolutions

lighter than any of the barricade, vapor, or breathefree series
same or better lateral stability and foot support as a barricade
extremely plush ride without the high heel of the barricade III, IV, or V, or the BFII
cheaper than all of the above
excellent traction

now, some may take issue with the lack of a durability guarantee. if you're a toe dragger or you really rip through shoes quick, then i can understand not wanting to spend money on a pair of shoes that will last you 3 weeks. however, if you tend to be a bit easier on your soles, these are, in my humble opinion, the best shoes made so far

Klatu Verata Necktie

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I chose the Barricade option. The Barricade II have the perfect combination of lateral stability, weight, comfort, and design. They are to Adidas what Oscillates are to Nike. Classic shoes.


A pair of $35 wilsons I bought like 5 years ago. They lasted like 4 years. I was using them for tennis and work. I looked for them but couldn't find them. They didn't have a model name on them but they were nice and tight and blue and white They had a blue toe guard and sides were blue. I am still looking for them. Similar design to Wilson Qualifier.


Breathe Free II...just thought everyones comments were overblown till i bought a pair...and commenced the "being blown away" process


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i haven't played with enough shoes to vote. i have recently only used barricade IVs and Vs. both are pretty solid shoes. probably not the best performance shoes, but great bang for the buck imo.


New User
i like to use bII & I cause i drag my feets a lot and rip the seams. this one time i had a pair of k-swiss and tore them up in 3 days


Is a really nice shoe, next time i'll try BV just to see if they are better, but this is a great shoe, and very durable, i have for about 3 month now, and they have minor wear in the outsole, i play about 5 hrs a week, but in the last 2 weeks i play about 7-8 hrs.


The poll indicates (brand-wise):

- Barricade line is leading (maybe due to most voters located in US where HCs are common?) but there's only 1 vote so far for Feathers which mean Adidas flagship tennis shoes for HCs are most popular
- Yet, if all the nike shoes combined (diverse votes between vapors, breathe frees and cages) then Nike is leading the HCs shoes popularity with more options than adidas


i like the B5's the best. most comfortable, durable, supportive shoe hands down. the bf2 just wore out too quick, had mediocre support and wasn't all that comfortable. the only thing that stuck out was the ventilation.


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I have always been split between Barricade 2's and Breathe Free 2's. Both are very cushioned with excellent grip. Durability goes to the Barricade though so I voted for it. My new GREEN version of the Breathe Free 2's sure do look awesome though.

Hot Sauce

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Has anyone tried both the Vapor line and the Barricade line? Which line of shoes did you like better? I'm trying to decide on getting the Barricade IV or the Vapor IV.


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I'm a big fan of the Vapor IV, in fact I have owned four pairs but the durability is very low. Someone on this forum humorously compared the durability of Nike outsoles to cheese. That is true for the Vapor IV's. They are very cushioned and offer great support but the durability is not there.


1. Nike Wimbledon - orignal model with heringbone sole and light blue swoosh - the one that started it all for Nike in Tennis

2. Puma Hardcourt - Vilas shoe with the Green sole - it had the best advert as well with Pancho Segura writing the blurb - the absolute best!

3. Diadora Elite - Best looking and a great shoe