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Playing Tennis With The Right Shoes

Sep 3, 2008
A kind of athletic shoe used for tennis is made of a special flexible material with a sole made of rubber. Initially, the tennis shoes were termed as sports shoes but these days they are categorized as casual wear and are considered different from the other sports shoes. However, it is very important to buy the correct pair of tennis shoes that can suit your feet and provide you with complete comfort. In this regard, the buying of tennis shoes can simply be compared with going for a date.

Just like, you would like to know about the history of the person you are going out on a date with, you should be familiar with all the features of the tennis shoes before buying it. This is important because, if you do a thorough research and then select your shoes, it will result in a long lasting and a comfortable relation. On the other hand, a wrong selection can result in a lot of blisters and twisted ankles. There is also another important point of similarity between the two conceptions. Just like at times, we do not want to go for the looks of the person and try to find out the good qualities in them; likewise, in tennis shoes it is suggested to go for the comfort and support the shoes can provide and not its design.

Before buying a pair of tennis shoes, it is important to know about the kind of feet you possess. Either the feet can be supinated or pronated. Supinated feet are wider with a high arch and leave a crescent shaped footprint. Hence, these kinds of feet require shoes that can provide enough room for the toes. Also, the supinated feet require a shoe with special cushioning in the arch region. On the contrary, the pronated feet are flatter and require shoes that can offer complete support all around the foot especially on the medial side of the foot. These types of feet preferably require mid-cut tennis shoes.

Tennis is a sport that requires speed, agility and endurance not only of the players but also of the equipment. However, it is not possible to have a proper serve and an excellent backhand without the perfect tennis shoes. A good tennis shoe is a one that can handle running, jumping, lunging, side-to-side court coverage, constant movement back and forth to the net and the quick pivots that are required in a tennis match. Hence, all the proper tennis shoes are designed with lateral support to bear the rigidity of the lateral movement in the game and are able to endure the quick starts and stops associated with the match.

Many people still prefer to wear their standard running shoes for their tennis matches. However, there is a lot of difference between the two kinds of shoes. The running shoes are designed for forward movement and cannot support the quick lateral movements needed for the game of tennis. Moreover, they have thick and soft heels to increase the cushioning effect. This is done to lessen the impact of running, but they do not support the stability required for the side movements in tennis. Contrarily, the tennis shoes are heavier and made of stiffer material. They also have flat and durable soles to prevent stumbling and sliding during the match.

It is, however, important to change your shoes after a specific period. It is advised that the tennis shoes should be replaced after 500 miles of wear. Though, it is difficult to estimate when you have completed these 500 miles of wear, the signs of wear and tear will clearly show on your shoes. This will be an indication of the failing of your tennis shoes. An important sign will be the wearing away of the tread pattern on the sole of the shoes.

With the various brands and special technologies available today, there are a lot of varieties of tennis shoes to select from. These tennis shoes will fulfill all your needs irrespective of the kind of feet you have. So, now whether you need to support your ankles, knees or shins or you have high arches, there is a specific tennis shoe especially for you.
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You can have access to portuguese articles about tennis shoes from page www.polomercantil.com.br/tenis.php

Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for www.polomercantil.com.br
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