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Best Pickleball Shoes for Men And Women 2020 – Review

The Best Pickleball Shoes For Men and Women – Buyer’s Guide (2020)

Want an easy to understand guide on how to find the best pickleball shoe?

The goal of this guide is to simplify your buying decision and provide you with a thoroughly researched list of the best pickleball shoes for men and women.


Top Overall Pick

Women’s Pickleball Shoes

ASICS UPCOURT 3 Indoor Court Shoes

Pickleball players have extremely positive things to say about this ASICS pickleball shoe, including how light this shoe is, how comfortable it is, and the great price point.

SPECS

  • Material: Synthetic with mesh uppers
  • Sole: rubber
  • Features: padded collar and tongue, mesh lining and cushioned sock liner, EVA midsole, EVA sock liner

PROS:

  • Removable sock liner giving the option to replace with orthotics
  • Non-marking sole
  • Fits to size
  • Great price point

CONS:

  • Inconsistent sizing according to consumers with complaints from some of the shoe being too large and from others, too small

SUMMARY – ASICS UPCOURT 3

An all-around, well-liked shoe for pickleball and other court surface sports such as tennis and volleyball.

Pickleball players have extremely positive things to say including how light it is, how comfortable it is, and the price point.

And given that this shoe requires little to no time to break in, is at a great price point, and looks fantastic, this is the true top runner.


#2 – TOP PICK FOR WIDE FEET

K-swiss Women’s Hypercourt Express Tennis Shoe

Pickleball players like this shoe for it’s fit and most players comment that it’s true to fit for length but much roomier in the toe box.

SPECS

  • Material: synthetic leather upper
  • Sole: molded rubber outsole
  • Features: textile collar lining, molded EVA midsole, die-cut EVA sock liner

PROS

  • Plenty of plush cushioning, gel-like feel
  • Padded tongue and heel collar
  • Durable toe cover
  • Wide fitting, wide toe box
  • Comfortable fit, especially around the ankle
  • Inserts are removable making it simple to replace with orthotics
  • Light, comfortable

CONS

  • Wide fitting so not a great fit for normal/narrow fit due to feet shifting around
  • Some mention of toe jamming on forward stops
  • Fit a bit large according to some consumers (consider buying 1/2 size smaller)

SUMMARY – Women’s K-Swiss Hypercourt Express Tennis Shoe

Pickleball players like this shoe for it’s fit and most consumers comment that it’s true to fit for length but much roomier in the toe box.

We’ve named this as the best pick for a wide shoe given that many players commented on the wider toe box but also rave about the comfortable fit.

If you have a narrow foot and/or toe box, this shoe is not likely going to work well for you.


#3 – Prince Women’s T22 Tennis Shoe

Consumers rave about the quality and comfortable fit of these shoes with many repeat buyers

SPECS

  • Material: synthetic and mesh
  • Sole: rubber, PRC 1000 outsole
  • Features: EVA midsole with ShockEraser heel insert to absorb shock, herringbone tread for great traction and durability

PROS

  • Accommodate a wide toe box and narrow heel
  • Breathable, synthetic upper for improved comfort and flexibility
  • Mesh panels help with breathability
  • EVA midsole with ShockEraser heel insert to absorb shock
  • PRV1000 sole with herringbone tread for great traction (with guarantee)

CONS

  • Some mention of quality issues
  • Rubbing against the ankle
  • Minimal arch support

Summary – Women’s Prince T22 Tennis Court Shoe

Consumers rave about the quality and comfortable fit of these shoes with many repeat buyers.

Just be aware that some people comment on a wider toe box while others don’t mention it and believe that it fits true to size with both width and length.

When there are repeat buyers you can be confident that this is a great shoe for pickleball.


#4 – Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning Z3 (Indoor Court Shoes)

Repeat buyers are a strong indication of how well-liked this shoe is.

SPECS

  • Material: synthetic upper and mesh
  • Sole: synthetic, high traction grip
  • Features: parallel wave plate for lateral stability

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Very comfortable
  • Great grip
  • Don’t need breaking in
  • Can accommodate orthotics

CONS

  • Some consumers find that it fits small (1/2 – 1 size smaller)
  • Some complaints of the shoe being stiff

SUMMARY – Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning Z3 (Indoor Court Shoes)

When a brand has repeat buyer after repeat buyer, you know that’s a good sign.

Consumers report that they love this shoe and hope that Mizuno continues to produce it just as it is!


#5 – ASICS GEL-Court Speed Tennis Shoe

Pickleball players who prefer a more narrow fit rave about the comfort of this shoe.

SPECS

  • Material: synthetic upper and mesh
  • Sole: synthetic, high traction grip
  • Features: seamless construction, breathable upper

PROS

  • Enhanced toe durability
  • Rearfoot and forefoot GEL technology cushioning system softening the landing and reducing impact
  • Seamless materials to reduce irritation and friction
  • Great grip
  • Breathability is good

CONS

  • Some consumers mention that the toe box is small and the overall fit of the shoe is very small
  • Some complaints of the shoe being stiff


Top Overall Pick – Men’s Pickleball Shoes

#1 – TOP OVERALL PICK – ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes

Players love this pickleball shoe because it’s comfortable, provides great support, and for the color selection!

SPECS

  • Material: synthetic overlays, mesh
  • Sole: gum rubber outsole for enhanced traction on indoor courts
  • Features: Forefoot GEL Technology cushioning system for increased shock attenuation, EVA Sockliner, padded tongue and heel collar for increased comfort

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Shock absorbing
  • Easy to break in with no real timeframe required
  • Good grip
  • Very comfortable
  • Wide(r) toe box according to some consumers

CONS

  • Sockliner can be removed but it’s glued down so it will need to be ripped out
  • Consumers report minor problems with sizing, some noting too long, too narrow, or too wide in the toe box

SUMMARY – ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes

These ASICS GEL Rocket 9 are labeled as volleyball shoes but are a great shoe for other indoor court sports including pickleball.

They’re a newer version of the Rocket 8 with very little difference other than cosmetics. Mid-price point making it very affordable and great value.


#2 – TOP PICK FOR WIDE FEET –

adidas Men’s Gamecourt Tennis Shoe

SPECS

  • Material: upper mesh
  • Sole: rubber sole with herringbone tread pattern for superior grip
  • Features: lightly padded tongue and heel collar enhance comfort, ADIPRENE under the heel for extra cushioning at impact.

PROS

  • Good grip and traction
  • Comfortable with padded heal collar
  • Players like the look for everyday wear, not just on the court
  • Great cushioning, really noticeable on the court
  • Very comfortable and fits well for those with a wider foot

CONS

  • Some players mention minor quality issues

SUMMARY – adidas Men’s Gamecourt Tennis Shoe

Players talk about the stability they get with this shoe and the fact that it is such a great fit for wider feet. These fit great, are comfortable and durable. Not much in the way of color selection so if you’re particular about a certain color, keep in mind that you’ll be limited to black, grey, and white with the Gamecourt.


#3 – adidas Men’s Adizero Ubersonic 3 Tennis Shoe

Players rave about the comfort and stability of these shoes with many stating “they fit like a glove”

SPECS

  • Material: mesh upper
  • Sole: rubber
  • Features: Adiwear outsole with abrasion-resistant Adituff toe to protect foot against dragging/rubbing during serves and lateral movement

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Great breathability with support
  • Durability
  • Great traction
  • Players like the fit and mention comfort as a key feature

CONS

  • Some minor comments about inconsistent fit and comfort

SUMMARY – adidas Men’s Adizero Ubersonic 3 Tennis

Players talk about the comfort of these shoes, breathability, and the great sock-like fit. Lightweight, great stability, and amazing shoes are commonly used to describe the Adizero Ubersonic 3. A bit higher price but worth the investment.


#4 – ASICS Men’s Gel-Resolution 8 Tennis Shoes

Great, all-around shoe liked by all players but really appreciated by those with more narrow feet

SPECS

  • Material: FLEXION FIT® UPPER Proprietary
  • Sole: AHAR® PLUS OUTSOLE is 50% more durable than standard ASICS High Abrasion Rubber.
  • Features: toe protector offers superior protection for toe drags, GEL technology system attenuates shock during impact, enhanced toe durability

PROS

  • No heel slippage
  • No hot spots
  • Great grip
  • Very comfortable cushion insole

CONS

  • Some players note that the shoe fits smaller and more narrow than expected

SUMMARY – ASICS Men’s Gel-Resolution 8 Tennis Shoes

Players like these shoes for the comfort, support, and durability and although they aren’t necessarily designed for narrow feet it seems that those with a more narrow foot like this shoe for how it fits out so comfortably.


#5 – K-Swiss Mens Bigshot Light Tennis Shoe

SPECS

  • Material: synthetic leather upper
  • Sole: Drag guard rubber + Aosta rubber outsole
  • Features: Molded EVA midsole, molded EVA sock liner, textile collar lining

PROS

  • Comfortable, great support for side to side movement
  • Very durable
  • Very lightweight

CONS

  • Some players note that there are some quality issues and it doesn’t fit as well as previous models
  • Do not breath well

SUMMARY – K-Swiss Men’s Bigshot Light Tennis Shoe

Overall, players are happy with this shoe and appreciate that it fits to size and provides a bit more room in the toe area but just enough for those who need it and not so much that those who don’t need it, notice. Comfortable and at a good price point but if you’re a die-hard K-Swiss shoe lover, this shoe may not work for you.



Selection Criteria

The game of pickleball has grown exponentially over the last few years and so has the number of pickleball paddles available on the market.

And while I agree that finding a paddle that works well for you and your game, finding a pair of shoes is critical. Without shoes that will give you the support that you need for a game like pickleball, you risk rolling over on your ankle, bending your knee in the wrong direction, tripping, slipping…you get the point.

There is a risk of injury if you’re not wearing a pair of court shoes that support your foot and provide the stability needed when playing a game that requires a lot of side movement.

My goal is to make buying your pickleball shoes easier, less overwhelming, and less time-consuming.

I’ve spent many hours reading dozens and dozens of reviews and ratings so that you don’t have to.

And I’ve narrowed down this list to include only shoes that I believe are a good option and as a result, I hope that I will make it easier for you to choose pickleball shoes that will provide you with the comfort and support your feet need in order to avoid unnecessary injury.

I vetted the reviews and ratings, and only included shoes that I believe are worthy enough to be included.

I also want to mention that I have not worn or played a game with all of these shoes and I’m not associated with any brand or manufacturer.

It’s true that if I had experience with any or all of these shoes, I would be able to provide you with my own unique perspective.

However, I believe that it’s more valuable to provide you with consolidated feedback from a large wide group of players.

There will be situations where I provide my own personal feedback on a net or another product, but not in this particular guide.

Here are the criteria I used to determine which paddles to include:

  1. Reviews or ratings from a minimum of 2 or more sources, when possible

  2. I excluded shoes that had consistent complaints across reviews about a particular feature. There is no perfect shoe that works for 100% of the people but where I saw a problem that was consistently mentioned, I excluded that paddle

  3. Shoes in various price ranges have been included because what’s affordable to another person, is expensive to another.

  4. Only shoes that have a loosely aggregated score of at least 8.0 out of 10 were included. Because the sources I reference have different scoring systems, I’ve done my best to average scores out to ensure only those with a score of 8.0 or higher have been included (at the time of writing this review guide).



Pickleball Shoes For Men & Women – Buyer’s Guide

3 Key Factors To Consider When Buying A Pickleball Shoe:

  1. Stability – A good court shoe will provide you with stability that will support the side to side motion that is experienced throughout a pickleball game. Court shoes are unlike running shoes which typically offer flexibility. A court shoe can be a bit stiffer because it’s built to provide more support.

  2. Durable toe front – A good court shoe will have extra protection around the front of the shoe to protect the shoe and foot from toe / foot-dragging that happens often when moving side and side and serving the ball.

  3. Horizontal – type pattern grip – A good court shoe will have shoes with grip lines that run in a horizontal direction across the bottom of the shoe which provides great grip when moving around the court in various directions. This is done to eliminate or minimize slipping.


Pickleball Shoes To Consider And To Avoid

When looking to buy shoes for pickleball, stay away from running shoes.

Running shoes are typically built to be flexible and light but they have much less support which makes them less than ideal for playing pickleball or any other court sport such as tennis, racquetball, squash, or badminton.

If you take hold of a running shoe, you can usually bend and twist the shoe which is okay for running because you’re generally moving forward.

However, wearing a running shoe while playing pickleball will put you at a high risk of spraining your ankle or worse.

The best type of shoe to wear when playing pickleball is either a court shoe or a tennis shoe. Sometimes there are shoes branded as volleyball shoes and they’ll work as well.

The common theme is that these shoes are stiffer and will provide good support for lateral movement although not so stiff that you can’t move in them.

In fact, there are plenty of comfortable court and tennis shoes to choose from.

A court shoe will:

  • have a rubber sole
  • have side to side stability
  • bend at the toe box, not in the middle
  • be designed for indoor court use

A tennis shoe will have the same or similar features of a court shoe although they are sometimes known to be a bit bulkier. However, the tennis shoes on our list are not noted as being bulky.

BOTTOM LINE

It’s tempting to just lace-up a pair of your runners and get on a court but this is a sure-fire way of putting yourself at risk of injury.

While you may be okay to invest in a nice pickleball paddle, don’t forget to spend a bit of time and money on a solid pair of pickleball shoes because, without them, your pickleball playing days might be over quickly because you’ve sprained your ankle or twisted your knee.