We get asked all the time if a hard court shoe will be suitable on a clay court or even a grass court. While you can get away with it, there is a reason why there are specific shoes for specific surfaces. Each surface plays a little different and your game and footwork can change depending on what surface you are playing on. So let’s take a look at what the distinctions are between these three types of shoes.
As June is upon us, we’ve gone through the heavy playtesting spring season, although that doesn’t mean it’s over. I’ve picked two of the most cushioned shoes we’ve playtested this year, the KSwiss Hypercourt Express and Diadora Speed Star K III, to do a side by side comparison.
A quick note on my foot profile so you’ll know if you’re a foot match with me: Wide forefoot (wide enough to wear a New Balance D width), low to flat arches, pronator (mostly on my right foot). I am also a toe dragger.
1. There’s a size for you! Offered in sizes small through extra large, the D-Evo socks come in a size to fit everything from a women’s size 6 shoe (that’s me) to a men’s size 14.
2. No yucky rubbing on the toes. DeFeet calls it an “imperceptible toe seam.” I call it magic. Really it’s a seamless toe construction, which minimizes rubbing on the top of the toes — where tennis players can experience a lot of friction. That in turn means less chance for blisters on the tops of your toes.
3. The heel tab. That’s going to protect your heels from unwanted rubbing as well as help keep your socks up (stop your shoes from “eating” your socks).