Every few months Tennis Warehouse updates their best tennis shoes recommendations based on extensive tests performed by tennis players of all levels. While we’re waiting for their detailed list that rates the shoes based on durability, support, lightness, comfort, and value (similar to this one from 2021), the company gave us quick information about playtesters’ favorite models for some categories based on new arrivals in 2022.
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Best tennis shoes overall (women): Adidas Avacourt
Launched in March 2022, Adidas Avacourt has been engineered to complement the style of play of women athletes and the specific need of the female foot. The proportion, cushioning and treat pattern of this revolutionary women’s-only model is the result of extensive research of preferences, movements, wear patterns and scans.
Adidas Avacourt already exists in several colors: orange, white, animal print that complements the Adidas x Rich Mnisi collab, and the above-shown lime that was launched as part of Adidas’ Roland Garros 2022 collection.
Best lightweight: Mizuno Wave Exceed Tour 5 tennis shoe
The Mizuno Wave Exceed Tour 5 is comfortable right out of the box, no break-in required. The upper is very soft, supple and flexible. This is a lightweight model that feels super fast, although not as stable and supportive as some of the previous versions. The outsole provides excellent traction and comes with a six-month durability guarantee.
Best support: Diadora B.Icon tennis shoe
The Diadora B.Icon has special support features that provide superior stability. When it comes to the midsole, the shoe features some of the super foam technology from the running side and they have made it specific for tennis. The moment you put these Diadoras on, you will feel plush cushioning under foot, but the shoe is also super responsive and very low to the court.
This is a comfortable, quick, not too heavy, breathable model. Traction and durability of the outsole are also very good. Women have found it to be true to size, while men have found it to run a little bit big. Take a closer look at the Diadora B.Icon.
Best Value: Nike Zoom Pro tennis shoe
At the price point of $100, the Nike Zoom Pro is very comfortable and supportive. It has a lightweight upper and it is very breathable. Breatheable mesh on the uppers won’t be the most durable choice for sliders, and draggers, but will be great for those trying to keep their feet cool, and comfortable.
Best wide: Fila Axilus Energized, Diadora Speed Blueshield Torneo, K-Swiss Hypercourt Express
The Fila Axilus model is agile, loaded with support, and a responsive feel. A wider fit, comfort and durability are main characteristics of this tennis shoe backed by a six-month outsole guarantee.
The Fila Axilus 2 Energized was most famously worn by the recently retired top-ranked WTA player Ashleigh Barty. Other WTA stars playing in it are Karolina Pliskova and Shelby Rogers. Male Fila-sponsored players include Diego Schwartzman, John Isner and Brandon Nakashima.
Another good mix of comfort, stability and durability is the Diadora Speed Blueshield Torneo (formerly the Speed BluShield 5 AG). This is the right option for players of all levels.
The Hypercourt Express was built to be comfortable on the court, and with this second version, it feels lighter and faster. These shoes feel flexible without any break-in time and provide a cushioned ride on court.
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