It's important for all players to choose the right tennis shoes.
It's not always as easy as it seems - there are a lot of things to keep in mind to make sure your feet feel good on the court and to prevent injury. Are you looking for comfort? Do you need energy return? Do you want to be light on your feet? Follow our guide to find your perfect pair of tennis shoes!
Size is the first thing to get right when it comes to your shoes. Take the same size you usually wear. For the best support, you should have about a centimetre between your toes and the tip of the shoes.
Comfort is the key feature that brands work on when designing their shoes. It's the first thing you feel when you try on a pair of shoes at the store. It's essential that you feel good in your shoes as soon as you put them on. So what makes a shoe comfortable? There are three main components that affect comfort: the upper and its materials, the insole, and the tongue.
• The upper: For the most comfort, opt for an upper in 3D mesh (a lightweight, ventilated fabric) with memory foam at the ankle.
• The insole: the insole should be fairly thick and fit the shape of your heel. It should be of good quality for maximum comfort. You may even want to take it out of the shoe when you're trying it on to check the quality.
• The tongue: choose a tongue made with dense, soft foam that will support your foot. With these three features, you'll have a good idea of how comfortable you can expect a shoe to be. But more importantly, trust your first impressions when you try on different shoes!
A second very important consideration is cushioning! When you're on the court, your heels take a lot of impact. This is why you need shoes with good cushioning to protect your feet and prevent injury. What determines good cushioning? Here again, you'll need to take three criteria into account:
• Midsole: opt for a midsole in EVA foam for cushioning and comfort.
• Sockliner: made from PU (plastic component) and EVA (foam) for a lower weight and durability.
• Technology: there are several technologies that optimise shoe cushioning. These include the DiaPad 3 (a heel insert for enhanced, more durable cushioning) and the In’Up, which offers energy return at the forefoot. By considering these aspects, you can find a shoe with good cushioning that suits your style of play.
Artengo knows what you need!
To better meet tennis players' expectations, Artengo takes into account their specific needs and body types. After creating our shoes, we have panels of different players of all skill levels, from beginners to intensive users, test our products in France. Blind testing is even conducted at times to compare products! The Artengo design team takes its job very seriously to create products that meet the needs of tennis players.
Finally, durable shoes are another consideration when choosing shoes. Here are the things you should keep in mind to see how resistant a shoe will be. The following are all exterior elements of the shoe:
• The upper: opt for an upper with areas reinforced with PU (a dense plastic component) at the forefoot and toe. When you play tennis, these are the areas that are prone to wear, especially when serving and running.
• The sole: it should have several areas that are reinforced in high-wear zones. Although the sole is always made from rubber, the characteristics can differ. At Artengo, you'll find our high-quality Rublast technology for superior durability and resistance.
The benefits of comfort, cushioning and durability are all tested in the lab and on the court both before and during the design stage to ensure excellent quality in our products. Each product benefit has its own test and a product cannot move on to production if it doesn't meet the design team's specifications and quality requirements.
And there you have it. You now know everything you need to know to choose a great pair of tennis shoes. Trust your instincts when you're trying on shoes, and make your choice based on your needs and playing style! The Artengo team is here to answer any questions you might have!