using crosstraining shoes for tennis

ShooterMcMarco

Hall of Fame
When I went to the new nike outlet store nearby, I asked if they had any tennis shoes, and the guy said that they didn't have any. He said I could use normal crosstraining shoes and it will work just as fine. Does anyone agree with this? Why or why not? I tried on a pair that felt great, and it was cheap as hell, 39.99 from 100.00 originally.
 

MChong

Semi-Pro
I guess they're light enough to work, but if you drag your toes, you'll just shred them up; I've tried.
 

nw tennis

New User
mcenroe used to use cross trainers to play tennis. they're usually lighter, but the soles don't last nearly as long as tennis shoes do. cross trainers, unlike running shoes, do provide lateral support.
 

raftermania

Banned
Not sure about yours, but cross trainers usually have more of a tread underneath which wouldn't be allowed on your local clay courts because they would tear them up. Tennis shoes are also built more for lateral movements, so the sides of your shoes might break up. But, they shouldn't effect your game, they just might not last as long!
 

brinkeguthrie

Professional
wore the gray nike mcenroe CTs for years, would buy ten pair of them if I could find them. loved them, almost industructable.
 

Stuck

Rookie
cross trainers mark up any court severly. You would be asked to leave my club if not wearing tennis "specific" shoes
 

goober

Legend
crosstrainers have better lateral support than running shoes, but they don't usually have as good as lateral support as tennis specific shoes. Many cross trainers are not as good on traction either. Personally if money is an issue, I would still get a 39.99 shoe made for tennis such as Diadora champs or Head Games before I would buy a Nike Cross trainer.
 

ShooterMcMarco

Hall of Fame
ok, thanks for the input. right now, i do wear actual court shoes. i was just looking into this whole idea since they were on sale, and they were attractive looking shoes.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Shooter, noticed locally most Nike, Adidas, and Reebok outlets have no tennis shoes. Don't want to drive 1-2 hrs to find out the hard way. Cannot find Fila outlet stores locally which had plenty of tennis shoes and apparel
 
Tennis shoes are built for the stop start and quick movement and change of direction where as cross trainers are for running and don't last 1/2 as long.
 

VictorS.

Professional
I was interested in this very topic. The tennis shoe selection at many sporting goods stores and athletic shoe places are very slim to say the least. In addition, having a size 13 shoe doesn't exactly help either.

I recently had a pair of the updated Nike Air Trainers which incorporated the zoom technology. I personally loved the shoe. It had good ankle support with the mid-cut, in addition the shoe was fairly light. Unfortunately, like some of you have already pointed out...they didn't last very long in comparison to most tennis-specific shoes. However, from a performance standpoint, they are probably one of the better shoes I've ever worn. I realize that some shoes may indeed be harmful to clay courts however for the most part, aren't many of the these shoe soles coming in similar herringbone patterns?

I was actually thinking of purchasing some low-cut basketball shoes to play tennis in. Particularly the Jordan Serve'm Lows. These shoes were specifically designed for the outdoor game, so I'm thinking they should last longer than most bball shoes. In addition, they look very clean and conservative which is rare I would say for a basketball shoe (they're also on sale for 50 bucks!). I will post a link to a picture of the shoe. Let me know what you guys think (good or bad):


http://images.channeladvisor.com/Sell/SSProfiles/12058603/Images/309168103.JPG
 

raftermania

Banned
Check out the June edition of Tennis Magazine. Look in the instructional sections, some of the players are wearing Jordans.
 

cheecl

New User
Other than the racquet, shoes are the next most important equipment for anyone playing tennis. Get the right equipment if you want to avoid injury. I personally feel cross trainers do not have enough support for tennis. Not even all tennis shoes guarantee good support. Comfort and support are both important, but I'd choose support first before comfort.
 

VictorS.

Professional
Seriously, Basketball shoes are built for extreme cutting, stopping, and going. I can't imagine them hurting your tennis game much. If anything they are probably more suitable for high-performance than most tennis shoes on the market.
 

goober

Legend
VictorS. said:
Seriously, Basketball shoes are built for extreme cutting, stopping, and going. I can't imagine them hurting your tennis game much. If anything they are probably more suitable for high-performance than most tennis shoes on the market.

BBALL shoes are the best nontennis shoes I have found for tennis however they have some problems.
1. they aren't made for toe dragging.
2.You also have to make sure that you get ones that are made for outdoor play or they won't last that long.
3.High tops also seem too bulky for tennis although you can get low and mid cut basketball shoes.
4.phreaky color and designs

I just stick with tennis shoes :D
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
If you're going to buy shoes anyway, why would anyone buy basketball shoes instead of real tennis shoes to play tennis in? I don't get it? :confused:
 

raftermania

Banned
For the less advantaged, they use basketball shoes for both tennis and basketball.

In some areas, there are not too many if any tennis shoes offered! My local scores in town don't offer very good stuff and what stuff they do is over-priced and crappy.

I've always had to buy quality, good priced tennis shoes in Toronto, on TW or in the States!
 

VictorS.

Professional
BreakPoint said:
If you're going to buy shoes anyway, why would anyone buy basketball shoes instead of real tennis shoes to play tennis in? I don't get it? :confused:
Well, did you know in the late 80s that a number of grand slam winning champions (Wilander and McEnroe) actually preferred wearing the Nike Air Trainer 1's instead of "true" tennis shoes. Now I'll admit that the tennis shoe technology and selection has certainly improved since that time. However, I prefer nike shoes because of my narrow feet and on websites such as this...the nike shoes rarely go down that much in price. Basketball and cross training shoes on the other hand can often be found at bargain prices if you're willing to wait. Also wearing other sport shoes isn't that new. John Stockton of the Utah Jazz (one of the greatest players ever) actually wore Agassi's signature shoe for quite some time.

By the way, I just recently purchased some Air Jordan shoes made specifically for outdoor basketball. They're low-cut and conservative in appearance. In addition, they also have a toe-guard to protect the leather on the shoe. I was able to get these shoes at a relatively good price at 50 dollars.

John Stockton in Agassi signature shoes: http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=52488229&cdi=0

McEnroe wearing cross-trainers: http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51956356&cdi=0
 

goober

Legend
VictorS. said:
Well, did you know in the late 80s that a number of grand slam winning champions (Wilander and McEnroe) actually preferred wearing the Nike Air Trainer 1's instead of "true" tennis shoes. Now I'll admit that the tennis shoe technology and selection has certainly improved since that time. However, I prefer nike shoes because of my narrow feet and on websites such as this...the nike shoes rarely go down that much in price. Basketball and cross training shoes on the other hand can often be found at bargain prices if you're willing to wait. Also wearing other sport shoes isn't that new. John Stockton of the Utah Jazz (one of the greatest players ever) actually wore Agassi's signature shoe for quite some time.

By the way, I just recently purchased some Air Jordan shoes made specifically for outdoor basketball. They're low-cut and conservative in appearance. In addition, they also have a toe-guard to protect the leather on the shoe. I was able to get these shoes at a relatively good price at 50 dollars.

John Stockton in Agassi signature shoes: http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=52488229&cdi=0

McEnroe wearing cross-trainers: http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51956356&cdi=0
I am glad you are happy with your Air Jordans but you could still get great tennis shoes at your price range if you wanted to. You could have gotten the Nike Air Resolves for $10 more. A lot of the older modeled FILA shoes which are for narrow feet go for around $50 if you do a search on them. New Balance also has a lot "B" width tennis shoes around $50 range.

BTW I am not sure what showing a picture of Johnny Mac from 1988 is suppose to prove. I can't even tell what shoe he is wearing, but if you really want to convince me, since I think most of the shoes from the 80s are crap compared to those in 2005, show me a 2005 photo of ANY professional tennis player using crosstrainers (for playing tennis of course not running or working out:p)
 

Michelangelo

Professional
I disagree. Tennis shoes have specially designed lateral supports as well as heels and toes for frequently stop and go situation, while crosstraining shoes are mainly for static situation. If your tennis is just drilling with your partner every single shot at the same position, then you don't need to run around and crosstraining shoes would be fine. However, for real tennis, you'll suffer.
 

VictorS.

Professional
Michelangelo said:
I disagree. Tennis shoes have specially designed lateral supports as well as heels and toes for frequently stop and go situation, while crosstraining shoes are mainly for static situation. If your tennis is just drilling with your partner every single shot at the same position, then you don't need to run around and crosstraining shoes would be fine. However, for real tennis, you'll suffer.
I think it depends on the type of cross trainer. A lot of new trainers are now geared towards off-field football training which usually consists of a lot of stop-and-go, quickness, and speed training. I don't want to beat a dead horse. Obviously, all things being equal I think tennis shoes are probably best to play tennis in (for obvious reasons). But to me, tennis shoes are often very bland and unimaginative. I admire the style you see in many of the basketball and cross training models. And although it may be superficial, I think how you look on the court has an influence I think on you feel and play.
 

nViATi

Hall of Fame
VictorS. said:
Well, did you know in the late 80s that a number of grand slam winning champions (Wilander and McEnroe) actually preferred wearing the Nike Air Trainer 1's instead of "true" tennis shoes.
but the pros can afford to buy new shoes every match.
 
VictorS. said:
McEnroe on the Senior Tour (yes, they are professionals) wearing what looks like an updated version of the nike air trainer 1's: http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51811089&cdi=0

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51819479&cdi=0
I wore a pair of those Air Trainers at the same time as Mac. I was surprised how long they lasted and they were great shoes. However, I would be wary now of anything non tennis as I wear through so very quickly.

The legend is that Nike was trying mightily to provide Mcenroe with shoes he liked and that they brought many pairs to a meeting with him to try, he didn't like any of them. The Air trainers had been brought by accident and were placed aside in the corner and after he tried all the tennis shoes, he said "what about those?" and tried them and liked them.
 

RiosTheGenius

Hall of Fame
I have to agree with Michelngelo. if you really play tennis you shouldn't ever play with anything but tennis shoes, in fact this is a very important piece of equipment and is well wirth spending at least 80 bucks for a decent pair. you need lateral support and ancle support, cross training shoes don't have that, and please basketball shoes are way too heavy.
proper shoes are very important I think.
 

ShooterMcMarco

Hall of Fame
yeah, i inquired because i saw a great deal, but wasn't sure. if i did buy them, after reading all this i would use them as gym shoes. i'll stick with the wilsons i got now, theyre still in good condition.
 

Indiantwist

Semi-Pro
I have played with Cross trainers and specialist Tennis shoes and my opinion is ...the differences if any are pretty minimal.

Having played with some expensive tennis shoes and cross trainers..i would prefer cross trainers simply due to their availability and wide selection.

The aspects of support ,lateral , spiral is over exaggerated and not tangible.
Durability wise Cross trainers lasted same time as Tennis shoes with a difference. I also used to Jog,GYm and play cricket with Cross trainers !!
 

POGO

Hall of Fame
ShooterMcMarco said:
ok, thanks for the input. right now, i do wear actual court shoes. i was just looking into this whole idea since they were on sale, and they were attractive looking shoes.
Ahhhh...so the decision is asthetics vs functionality. :)
 
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