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.
What: DeFeet D-Evo socks. Tabby Groovy and the Tabby.
My take: Get them. Your feet will thank you. Here are five quick reasons why:
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).
We are offering the adidas Barricade V Classic in mint for $49.95 for our Mother’s Day sale. That’s an amazing deal. There aren’t many shoes currently available to offer comparisons to these adidas shoes. The Barricade V is truly unmatched in terms of stability and durability. Plus, the cushioning is plush. Be warned, however, if you’re not an initiated member of the Barricade V club, take note that you’ll need to spend a good week to two weeks breaking in these shoes. Sure it sounds like a lot, but trust me, those efforts are rewarded in a big way.
I’ve picked a couple of outfits, one for training and one for match day, to match these shoes. For training, I went with an Under Armour ensemble. I like the Charged Cotton (that’s what CC stands for) Novelty Tank in black. It actually looks grey because it’s on the sheer side. Charged Cotton is really comfortable and technical as well. With this tank top’s sheer quality, pick a fun sports bra to go underneath. Pair it with another affordable Under Armour item, the Play It Up Short. These are super comfy but don’t have ball storage so if you’re training on the court, pair them with a compression short underneath or tuck the ball into the back waist.
For match day, Tail’s Coastal Serenity collection is a nice match to the mint color of the Barricade V Classic. I like the Athena Tank, especially with the back detail, and the Tia Skirt is a mix of a mint green and jade, so the outfit is cohesive without being too matchy matchy.
If these outfits aren’t your cup of tea, did you know you could search our apparel offerings by color? Check out all of our green tank tops here.