In the exciting world of tennis, choosing your workout attire is almost as important as choosing your racket. From flexible, breathable clothing to properly fitted shoes, careful consideration of what goes on your body will go a long way toward enhancing your performance and preventing injuries. When possible, purchase your athletic shoes from a specialty store, regardless of your preferred sport. Elysium Tennis has an outstanding Online Pro Shop, and with a knowledgeable friendly staff, we’re here to answer any questions you might have.
Here are some things to keep in mind when your Elysium Pro Shop order arrives and you get to put your new shoes on for the first time:
- feet are largest at the end of the day or after a vigorous workout; this is the best time to try on shoes.
- wear the same type of socks you plan to wear when playing tennis.
- you should be able to wiggle all of your toes without cramping or discomfort when the shoe is on and laced up.
- lace your shoes beginning with the farthest eyelets, apply even pressure while creating a crisscross lacing pattern up to the top of the shoe.
- ensure that there’s a firm grip between your heel and the shoe; your heel should not slip around when you walk or run.
A sport-specific shoe is recommended if you participate in said sport at least three times a week. There are several categories of athletic shoes (running/training/walking, court sports, field sports, track sports, and specialty sports such as golf or those that involve water) to choose from. Tennis enthusiasts will want to look at Tennis Shoes specifically, or at Cross Trainers, which share features from multiple sport-specific shoes that are advantageous in shoe design.
With the rapid side-to-side movements and sudden shifts in weight that come with playing tennis, players need a shoe that can support these actions. You want stability on the inside and outside of the foot and a flexible sole under the ball of the foot for those quick forward movements.
* If playing on soft courts, then wear a softer soled shoe which allows better traction. For hard courts you want a sole with greater tread.
There is no break-in period for specialty shoes—they should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. Go ahead, walk around, run a few steps. Smile. Now get your racket and hit the court!