which tennis shoes have the most cushioning?

mrj1813

New User
My feet get so sore after playing on hard courts. I have asics gel challenger's. When I trail run I wear hoka one which are great with lots of cushioning. Which tennis shoes have you all found that are the most cushiony-est? Thanks!
 

cortado

Professional
I've played Nike Airmax Wildcard, Nike Vapor X, Mizuno something, Adidas Ubersonic 4. Ubersonic 4 most cushioning by a long way.
 

London007

New User
I agree, through necessity I have tried many many different shoes. Fundamentally foam based cushioning does not retain its ‘bounce / cushion’ for very long.

Trapped air bags and gel technologies are better over the life of the shoe.

As an aside the Nike Cage 4 has great cushioning under the forefoot but the Nike GP Turbo with full length Zoom AND Air cushioning (for me) a) has the most cushioning and b) the cushioning lasts the life of the shoe.

However the very best cushioning can be found in basketball shoes as basketball players are kg for kg heavier and require more cushioning with identical requirements for support as tennis.

The downside is that many basketball shoes have a more garish design and do not have specific tennis functionality e.g., generous amounts of protection for sliding / toe dragging or extra durable outsoles (although if you customise your Nike basketball shoes you can specify the grey durable XDR outdoor court sole).

I have used the Nike KD12 in the past and that has had the very best cushioning of all, however the outsole lasts about 3 matches on an acrylic or asphalt tennis court!

For reference I am a heavier but dynamic player so am applying lots of force into my shoes when I play (none of this translates into great shots though!)

Oh, and another thing, I also use Sorbothane Double Impact insoles which are amazing.

I don’t work for Nike btw.
 

Heck

Rookie
GP Turbo but a narrowish fit for a wide foot. 8 months one of the air bags went flat on me so I was out of luck as the shoe had plenty of life left in it.
Dr sholes work boot gel insoles I use in most of my shoes.
 
GP Turbo but a narrowish fit for a wide foot. 8 months one of the air bags went flat on me so I was out of luck as the shoe had plenty of life left in it.
Dr sholes work boot gel insoles I use in most of my shoes.
I love the GP turbo but i had one of the air bags go flat on me after 3 times of playing. It was in the middle of a match and I had no backup pair. It is one of the most irritating things that has happened to me equipment wise on a tennis court. Have been turned off to the shoe ever since. I like the gel resolution 8 for cushion and support.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
I love the GP turbo but i had one of the air bags go flat on me after 3 times of playing. It was in the middle of a match and I had no backup pair. It is one of the most irritating things that has happened to me equipment wise on a tennis court. Have been turned off to the shoe ever since. I like the gel resolution 8 for cushion and support.
Did you try ff court 2 also ?
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Adidas Barricade Boost are commonly known to be the single most cushioned sneaker on the market.
They have sponge foam in the heels
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I haven't been impressed with the durability of the air units in Nike shoes, which is the concern. Maybe going to Asics or Yonex would be a better idea. The only Adidas Bounce shoes I've worn didn't impress with their feel and I gave them to my son who has younger feet - wish they still had Boost as an option.
 

London007

New User
As an aside, the full length air insole in the GP Turbo feels deflated when the shoe is not being worn. However once you play in the shoe the air heats up and expands in the pad providing a decent cushion. I guess I mention this as I thought the shoes were defective out of the box.

Although I am clearly a Nike fanboi for the record I think the GP Turbo has gopping ugly styling and the upper material is a bit low rent.

That said, the thread is about cushioning. The Asics FF is the best looking tennis shoe ever.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
Asics gel resolution has been my go to shoe for years. I think it is spenceco or somebody like that that makes a generic insert (approx. $25) that is air pocket in the back and gel in the forefoot. the combination works quite well. (6'6" 230 lbs. hard court player here)

tried yonex, but the high heel collar rubbed my bony ankle bone so bad it bled on the very first time I tried them.
Retailer gave me some grief about returning them (even for store credit) because they had been worn on the court (for about 20 minutes)
and therefore could not be resold as new. Then I showed the bloody sock and blood stain on the shoe and asked if they really wanted that associated with their
store on social media. We agreed on a store credit. I bought some AGRs from him and all was well.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Yeah, I haven't been impressed with the durability of the air units in Nike shoes, which is the concern.
For you players who experienced this issue—

Try to reach out to Nike. The Air™ insole is their pride & joy patent and they built their brand on its reliability.

If they are blowing out it's a manufacturing or materials defect. Back in my day in track with their running shoes you could run them until you had mostly midsole left (probably 1000+ miles) but they *never went flat.*

I don't have any contact info but that's what I would do.

/Acey
 
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