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Top 5 Tennis Shoes for Hard Courts + Our Favorite Shoes For Clay Courts

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Choosing the right pair of tennis shoes generally boils down to personal preference, but it’s equally as important to consider the type of player you are, how much force you exert, as well as what surface you regularly play on.

While it’s true that many shoes today are designed to cater to all-court play, it doesn't necessarily mean that your shoes will perform equally well on all surfaces.

Below you’ll find insights from our expert on the best shoes for Hard Court play, why we recommend them, and a BONUS - our favorite shoes for play on Clay Court.

Nike Zoom Vapor Cage 4

This new Cage 4 is the most durable Vapor to date. Innovated to last, Nike integrates durable rubber and tough plastic in high-wear areas. The medial lace eyestays are covered for added durability while sliding. The Vapor Cage 4 features responsive cushioning with the Zoom Air unit beneath your forefoot creates a springy sensation with every step. The Vapor 4 has a very supportive fit thanks to unique lacing that wraps around your foot for support while you move. The shoe features a stiff frame on the lateral side which creates an extra stable feel during side-to-side movements.

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Asics Gel Resolution 8

All-new for 2020, the Gel-Resolution 8 tennis shoe promotes a responsive stride with a close-to-the-court feel - perfect for playing on hard court surfaces. The Gel-Resolution 8 comes with a Flexion Fit upper provides form-fitting support with the integration of Dynawall technology, which offers added midfoot stability during lateral movements and coast-to-coast coverage. Implementing a torque control feature in the heel counter, this shoe is also designed to help maintain a locked-in feel during quick transitions. Creating an accelerated response with a natural close-to-the-ground feel, the Gel-Resolution 8 tennis shoe allows you to approach your matches with confidence.

K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2

How did K-Swiss one up itself this year? By adding Surgelite midsole technology the Hypercourt Express 2 becomes even lighter and more comfortable while keeping its trademark breathability and generous fit - ideal for hard court play. Additionally, the brand introduces Durawrap Flex, giving the shoe more support with no break-in period. The new upper design instantly makes the model fresh and modern looking which will impress current and new tennis players who wear the shoe.

Babolat Propulse Fury

The new Babolat Propulse Rage All Court men's tennis shoe is designed for powerful, explosive players and features X support and a full insock that wraps the ankle for excellent support and comfort. A KPRS-X shock absorption system adds tennis specific cushioning, and Michelin Premium DIN20 technology in the sole reduces wear and abrasion specific to tennis movement for excellent durability. The Babolat Propulse Fury also comes with a 6 month outsole warranty.

adidas Ubersonic 3

The Adizero Ubersonic 3 tennis shoe is uber-fast and lightweight, allowing you to move quickly and comfortably without sacrificing durability and stability - ideal for flying around on the hard court. These shoes provide the advantage of speed with an improved lightweight fit and better responsiveness, An adidas Primeknit upper provides a natural fit, while Sprintframe construction and midfoot webbing offer lightweight stability. Also includes an adiwear rubber compound with engineered mesh reinforcement to save weight and provide durability and traction.

Bonus: Top Shoes for Clay Courts

Asics Solution Speed FF Clay

Asics Solution Speed FF clay court tennis shoes are lightweight and supportive with a form-fitting Flexion fit upper, Gel cushioning systems in the rearfoot and forefoot, and a FlyteFoam midsole for excellent cushioning. A high abrasion rubber outsole offers exceptional durability. This shoe is the perfect blend of moderate support and speedy ride with comfort and support for even the most aggressive, agile players.

Babolat Jet Mach II Clay

The Babolat Jet Mach II Clay Court tennis shoe offers ultimate responsiveness in a quick and supportive shoe. This shoe has a unique Matryx upper made with Kevlar and polyamide fibers for lightweight stability and a custom fit feel. KPRS-X cushioning cushions the heel and foot, and Active flexion technology provides maximum responsiveness on the court. It also includes a Herringbone outsole pattern for optimum traction on clay.

Yonex Eclipsion 3 Clay

Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion clay court Tennis Shoe, is updated for 2020 and offers improved flexibility and support. The upper of the Power Cushion Eclipsion 3 features a PU protective cage that affords great breathability thanks to its mesh underlay. Midsole cushioning at the forefoot and heel from Power Cushion+ technology make this a comfortable shoe for any clay court player. Yonex has includes "Power Graphite Drive '' a graphite sheet that is inserted at the midfoot for increased stability and to propel you forward to the next shot. Durable one-piece outsole from toe to heel for more stability. Overall, the 2020 Eclipsion 3 is perfect for players looking for added stability with maximum support out on the court.

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