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10 Best Tennis Shoes 2020

Men’s & Women’s Guide

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Tennis shoes are a vital part of a player’s equipment, and it pays to invest wisely to protect your feet and avoid injury.

However, there is a wide variety of considerations when searching for the perfect shoe, including comfort, durability, and cost, to name a few that can make tracking down the ideal footwear challenging.

In this guide, we’ve pulled together reviews of the ten best tennis shoes for men and women, along with tips to keep in mind when buying a new pair or replacing your existing kicks.

To get us started, here’s a quick snapshot of our top picks for men and women – keep scrolling to learn more about each shoe.

MenKey Feature
Asics Court FF 2Stability
Nike Air Zoom Vapor XLightweight
adidas SoleCourt BoostDurability
Asics Gel Resolution 8Comfort
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3Stability

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WomenKey Feature
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3Comfort
Asics Solution Speed FFStability
New Balance 996v4Lightweight
Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Lightweight
Asics Gel Resolution 8Comfort

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Tennis Shoe Anatomy

Throughout this guide, we’ll refer to the different parts of a shoe, so let’s do a quick review of the core elements before we dive too deep.

Best Tennis Shoes - Anatomy of a Shoe

Outsole

The outermost layer of rubber at the bottom of a tennis shoe is what provides lasting durability and traction.

Midsole

The midsole is the thickest part of a shoe’s sole and a primary source of comfort. It sits between the outsole and the insole.

Insole

The insole is the top layer of a shoe’s sole that resides above the midsole to provide cushion and protect your foot from the stitching that attaches a shoe’s upper to the sole. In most shoes, the insole is removable.

Shank

A rigid piece of material added toward the middle of a shoe’s midsole to provide stability and prevent twisting.

Upper

A tennis shoe’s upper is the material that covers or wraps a player’s foot and attaches to the sole to form the shoe.

Tongue

The piece of material that sits below the laces for added comfort is called the tongue. Many shoes opt for a bootie design without a distinct tongue. However, the purpose of that section remains the same.

Collar

The collar sits at the back of the shoe and is a layer of cushion that wraps around your ankle to help keep your foot in place and protect your heel from the heel counter.

Heel Counter

At the back of a shoe, you’ll find the heel counter – a stiffer material reinforces the heel and adds stability. Often, you can’t see a shoe’s heel counter because manufacturers weave them into the shoe’s upper.

Toe Guard

The portion of a shoe’s outsole that extends up the front of the shoe to provide protection and added durability for this high impact zone is called the toe guard.

Toe Cap

Sitting above the toe guard and extending to the sides at the front of a tennis shoe is the toe cap, which provides a layer of added protection and stability for the front of the shoe.

Toe Box

The section of a shoe that surrounds a player’s toes is the toe box. The toe cap sits outside the toe box a the front of the shoe.

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list of the different parts of a tennis shoe, it should provide you with some of the critical elements to keep an eye on when purchasing a tennis shoe.

Hopefully, it will serve as a helpful reference as we discuss them within the remainder of this guide.

Finding The Perfect Fit

Hands down, the most important thing to get right when purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes is the fit. Let’s walk through a few different topics to keep in mind when evaluating shoes.

Size

The size of your shoe is perhaps the most obvious when it comes to achieving the right fit, but are you sure you have it correct?

Ideally, you’ll have roughly a half-inch or 13 millimeters between the tip of your big toe and the front of your shoe. A quick test that works reasonably well is to use the width of your thumb to check this space.

Adequate room at the front of your shoe helps avoid jamming your toes and prevents blisters, while also allowing them to breath and stay cool.

Tennis shoes that are too large, on the other hand, can also lead to excessive movement of your foot, which can lead to blisters and issues with your calf muscles and Achilles.

Helpful Tip
It’s common for people to have different size feet. If that’s you, you’ll want to use your bigger foot as the basis for measuring space at the front of your toes to ensure you have proper space.

Also, keep in mind that not all shoes run true to size, so you may need to adjust what you typically buy, especially when switching brands.

Width

For a large portion of the world’s population, standard or regular width shoes do the trick, but if you fall outside of this range, then it’s crucial to find the correct width for the health of your feet.

The systems for denoting width vary internationally, but a high-level look the most common North American system can be found below.

WidthMenWomen
ANarrow
BStandard
CNarrowWide
DStandard
EWide
EE
EEE
EEEE
F
G

When it comes to men’s tennis shoes, you’ll find the majority are standard width, with some wide and extra-wide available.

On the women’s side, you’ll find a few shoes that run narrow, but the majority are standard width with a decent selection that is wide.

Toe Box

The available space for your toes in a shoe will correlate with the width of a shoe. However, since most shoes are standard size, you’ll find that some have tighter or more roomy toe boxes.

If you’ve found the front of your foot and toes to feel a little cramped in the past, then keep your eyes peeled for options that offer extra room toward the front of the shoe or considering measuring your feet to see if you’re a candidate for a wider shoe.

It’s common for adidas tennis shoes to have a little extra room in the toe box.

Ankles

Although this isn’t typically a problem for most, some may find that the bones at the outer edge of their ankles (fibula and tibia) come in contact with the upper edge of their shoe and cause discomfort.

When you first try on a shoe, it’s worth watching out for any rubbing around your ankles, which playing tennis will amplify and can lead to discomfort.

Heel

A properly sized shoe should prevent the heel of most players from lifting out of their shoe, but some models place extra emphasis on the design at the heel to keep your foot locked in place.

If you’re dealing with a shoe that doesn’t provide enough support in the heel, then you may want to pay closer attention to this feature.

Shoe Buying Considerations

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck with a new pair of shoes that felt good out of the box, but didn’t meet your expectations after hitting the court, then you know how frustrating it can be.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to track down the perfect set of shoes, and more often than not, we end up making tradeoffs.

In this section, we’re going to run through some key attributes that you can use to help evaluate your next set of shoes.

We find it helpful to nail down two or three that are most critical before we begin our search because it helps narrow our options.

Comfort

By nature, tennis shoes tend to be stiffer than many other types of shoes because they need to support a wide range of motion, including the lateral movements that are essential when hitting the court.

Despite that, some tennis shoes place a greater emphasis on comfort than others. Typically, you’ll want to look for shoes that offer a generous midsole. However, the insole can also provide added support, which you may consider replacing if it’s removable for extra comfort.

Stability

When playing tennis, sharp or abrupt movements are common. Whether you’re moving side to side hitting groundstrokes, coming forward and approaching the net to volley, or moving back to track down a lob, your shoes must provide adequate stability.

The stability of a shoe can come from a few different places. At the sole of a tennis shoe, the width of the shoe at the front can help provide a platform for balance, which helps the shoe feel stable.

Furthermore, the sole of a shoe needs to have enough rigidity to handle the quick start and stop movements around the court. Many shoes will use a rigid plastic insert called a shank toward the middle of a shoe’s sole to help increase stability and prevent the shoe from twisting.

Last but not least, a shoe’s upper is often associated with stability, particularly at the ankle, but also with how secure your foot feels wrapped in the shoe. Ideally, you want your foot to feel locked in place so that it’s not sliding forward as you start and stop.

Durability

The vast majority of tennis players participate in the sport on hard courts, so shoes must be durable enough to stand up to the beating they take.

One of the most critical components of a shoe’s durability comes from the outsole at the bottom of the shoe, which is in constant contact with the court. However, it’s not the only part of the shoe that must be durable.

The toe of a tennis shoe also frequently comes in contact with the court, and the forward upper section of the shoe can scrape the court periodically during a slide or lunge.

Different styles of play can lead to wear in unique areas of a shoe, and every player has distinct movements that can also lead to unexpected wear. For example, some players tend to drag their foot when serving and, therefore, may require a more durable toe cap for their shoes to last.

Before buying your next pair of tennis shoes, it can be helpful to inspect your current shoes to see which areas need extra protection and then keep that in mind as you evaluate shoes.

Weight

The weight of a tennis shoe is a feature that many players associate with speed. That is, a lightweight shoe feels fast, while a heavier shoe may tend to feel somewhat sluggish.

Shoe manufacturers are often making a tradeoff between weight, stability, and durability to strike an appealing balance. If you remove material from a shoe, it will become lighter, but there is usually a sacrifice in the stability or durability of the shoe.

It’s worth keeping in mind that as the size of a shoe change, so does the weight and one factor to keep in mind as you consider moving up or down a size to achieve the ideal fit.

The adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3 is an example of a lightweight shoe that’s popular for both men and women.

Arch Support

Different shoes come with varying levels of arch support, which can help alleviate pain. The vast majority of tennis shoes feature moderate to low-end arch support to appeal to the broadest range of players.

However, if additional arch support is needed, it’s common for players to replace the insole of their tennis shoes.

Ventilation

Depending on the climate you play in, ventilation may be more or less of a priority. In hot weather, proper ventilation can be crucial to help keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.

Also, keep in mind that the color of your shoe will play a role in how hot your feet get. Light colors reflect the sun’s heat, and darker colors absorb it, which will cause your feet to get warmer.

The Nike Air Zoom Vapor X is an excellent example of a shoe that prioritizes ventilation, which also helps keep weight down.

Helpful Tip
The type of socks you wear can play a role in how cool and dry your feet stay, so it’s worth considering the socks you wear. Plus, you can always bring a change of socks to swap out during a match.

Traction

The outsole of a tennis shoe is directly responsible for the traction a shoe offers. Players tend to appreciate shoes that offer excellent grip on hard courts, but at the same time, provide a bit of give when stopping.

The material, texture, and pattern of the outsole all contribute to the traction a player will feel when moving around the court. Of course, the court surface makes a huge difference as well.

For example, clay court tennis shoes make use of a herringbone tread or pattern throughout the bottom of a shoe, which helps clay to come loose naturally during movement on the court while also providing consistency or predictability in slides.

Level of Play

Generally, the more expensive a tennis shoe, the more features it will offer that cater to the needs of an advanced player.

Keeping that in mind, beginners might consider opting for a less expensive tennis shoe that provides reliable performance but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles.

Ultimately, it’s a preference, and there’s nothing wrong with springing for a high-end pair, but newer players won’t typically put as much stress on their shoes, so you may find the premium features overkill.

It’s a similar recommendation we make for buying beginner tennis racquet.

Price

Last, but certainly not least, price tends to be a significant consideration when evaluating or purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes.

Setting a budget before shopping around for shoes is a great way to narrow your options. Plus, you don’t need to overspend to find a quality tennis shoe as many affordable models offer great performance.

If you’re looking to save some money, it’s best to avoid buying the latest and greatest shoes when they first come out at their highest price. Instead, waiting a season or purchasing last year’s model is a great way to save.

Helpful Tip
Another great reason to wait a season before buying a newer model shoe is to see how they fair with other tennis players. Purchasing shoes that have received positive reviews from hundreds of customers will help make for a confident purchase.

Tennis Shoes & Court Surfaces

Although the majority of us play tennis on hard courts, it’s worth noting that there are different shoes available for various surfaces.

If a shoe doesn’t call out a specific court type in the description, it’s safe to assume the shoe will perform well on hard courts.

Hard Courts

Tennis shoes for hard courts emphasize comfort and durability to stand up to the unforgiving surface. They also feature non-marking soles that protect the court from unsightly scuff marks.

The vast majority of tennis shoes feature design characteristics that are well-suited for hard courts because it’s the most popular surface.

Furthermore, hard court tennis shoes can be used on clay and grass courts, although a specialized design, as we’ll cover next, is ideal.

Clay Courts

Clay court tennis shoes have a few unique features that help maximize their performance on this surface.

First and foremost, these shoes typically feature a herringbone tread pattern throughout the outsole to provide grip on the slick surface. However, this tread pattern is also beneficial because it helps release clay more easily, which ensures the shoe maintains its traction.

Furthermore, clay court shoes don’t require as much cushioning or stability via the sole, so you’ll find design tweaks taking that into consideration, which often helps them shed some weight.

On a more subtle note, clay court tennis shoes tend to use mesh sparingly or feature tighter mesh compared to their hardcourt counterparts to prevent clay from entering through the shoe’s upper.

Grass Courts

These days, grass courts are in the minority when it comes to court surfaces, but if you’re lucky enough to spend time on this surface regularly, then there are a few design characteristics to keep in mind.

Most notably, grass courts are slick, so tennis players will make use of shoes that feature flatter soles covered with tiny studs or pimples to help maximize traction.

Of course, they have to be subtle to avoid damage to the courts. Wimbledon has incredibly strict rules when it comes to this particular design of the shoe.

Unfortunately, due to low demand, grass court tennis shoes that feature the studded design feature are hard to come by.

Breaking Tennis Shoes In

Break-in refers to whether or not a shoe will tend to cause some discomfort if a player wears their new shoes for an extended period and aggressive play right out of the box.

These days, most tennis shoes don’t require a break-in period for comfort, but some players do find exercising caution with a new pair of shoes helpful to avoid any unintended consequences like a nagging blister.

To break in a new pair of tennis shoes, you can wear them casually off-court for a few days or a few shorter practices so that the shoe’s materials loosen up and become more forgiving.

If a shoe is causing discomfort after a few practices, it may be that the shoe’s design isn’t well suited for your feet.

Tennis Shoe Durability Guarantees

With most people playing tennis on hard courts, one of the most common knocks on tennis shoes is their lack of durability.

Frequently, players are frustrated when their shoes only last them a few months, and it can become expensive to replace them continually.

To help instill confidence in buying a new pair of tennis shoes, many retailers and shoe brands will offer durability guarantees for specific shoe models. Typically, a guarantee will be valid for a set period, i.e., six months, and for the shoe’s outsole only.

If you buy a shoe with a similar guarantee, keep in mind that there are guidelines for replacement, which tend to be strict. More often than not, a player will have to wear completely through the outsole for a valid claim.

In our opinion, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. It’s great that you can request to have your shoes replaced if you did wear through the sole that quickly. However, if you’re still playing with a shoe that’s anywhere near wearing through the outsole, then it’s less than ideal and can be dangerous because it means you have significantly less traction.

Last but not least, you’ll have to return your shoes to qualify for a replacement. If you don’t own more than one pair, then you may be stuck not playing tennis until they send a replacement.

10 Best Men’s Tennis Shoes 2020

To help simplify finding a great pair of kicks, we’ve narrowed down and reviewed our picks for the ten best men’s tennis shoes for 2020.

For quick reference, here’s a snapshot and comparison of each shoe. Keep scrolling to review details for each.

ShoeComfortStabilityDurabilityTractionVentilationAverage
Asics Court FF 29.49.29.19.08.49.02
Nike Air Zoom Vapor X8.89.18.58.99.28.90
adidas SoleCourt Boost8.99.09.39.28.08.88
Asics Gel Resolution 89.38.89.09.08.28.86
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 39.09.18.58.78.98.84
New Balance Lav8.98.98.58.89.08.82
Asics Solution Speed FF9.38.78.78.78.48.80
KSwiss Ultrashot 28.88.98.78.78.48.70
Lotto Mirage 1008.78.78.68.68.78.66
Fila Axilus 2 Energized8.58.68.68.98.68.64

Asics Court FF 2

Asics Court FF 2 - Mens

Currently, our favorite shoe for 2020 is the Asics Court FF 2, which does pretty much everything well. It also happens to be the shoe of choice for Novak Djokovic.

The shoe’s outsole features Asics extra-durable AHAR rubber outsole that offers plenty of traction with a unique herringbone-like tread pattern that works particularly well on hard courts.

The outsole also provides some extra protection higher up on familiar wear spot at the inside of your foot, which we appreciate.

At the midsole, the Court FF 2 features Asics proprietary FlyteFoam, which offers exceptional comfort that they claim provides 76 percent better cushioning while being 55 percent lighter than standard EVA foam.

The upper continues the shoe’s excellence with a super comfortable bootie design that is near perfect. If it would provide a bit more breathability, we’d have no complaints.

All in all, the Asics Court FF2 is a premium tennis shoe that will no doubt remain one of the top shoes for the foreseeable future.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Borna Coric

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight14.8 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Green, Red

Ratings

Comfort 9.4
Stability 9.2
Durability 9.1
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.4
Average 9.02

Nike Air Zoom Vapor X

Nike Air Zoom Vapor X - Mens

The Nike Air Zoom Vapor X is hands down one of the most popular tennis shoes on the market with a star-studded lineup who wear them, including Roger Federer.

One of the main reasons we love this shoe is because it delivers excellent performance in a lightweight package. As a tradeoff, one of the shoe’s biggest pitfalls is durability because Nike sheds protective weight wherever possible, but it’s a tradeoff we’re happy to make.

At the shoe’s heel, you’ll find Nike’s low profile Zoom Air technology, which combined with Phylon throughout the remainder of the midsole offers responsive comfort that’s not too mushy or harsh.

The Nike Air Zoom Vapor X also features a breathable mesh upper that makes it one of the best-ventilated tennis shoes on the market, but it’s also part of how the shoe maintains a lower weight.

Last but not least, this is our pick for the most stylish tennis shoe on the market, and you’ll find it available in more color combinations than almost any other shoe out there to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Responsive comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Roger Federer
  • Daniil Medvedev
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • Nick Kyrgios
  • Felix Auger-Alissime
  • Taylor Fritz
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Jack Sock
  • Feliciano Lopez
  • Hyeon Chun
  • Karen Khachanov

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight13.8 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy, Grey

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 9.1
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 9.2
Average 8.90

adidas SoleCourt Boost

adidas SoleCourt Boost - Mens

One of our favorite tennis shoes right now is the adidas SoleCourt Boost, which delivers all-around performance in a comfortable, stable, and durable package.

The outsole features a durable herringbone pattern for great traction on all court surfaces, and we appreciate the prominent toe guard that stays high as it wraps the inside front edge of the shoe.

At the midsole, the Boost technology provides excellent comfort while still maintaining excellent response.

The SoleCourt Boost’s upper is a comfortable and stable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material, which adidas has covered with small dots at the front of the shoe to provide added abrasion resistance.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Dominic Thiem
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium-high
Weight15.5 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey

Ratings

Comfort 8.9
Stability 9.0
Durability 9.3
Traction 9.2
Ventilation 8.0
Average 8.88

Asics Gel Resolution 8

Asics Gel Resolution 8 - Mens

The Gel Resolution series of tennis shoes have been one of Asics’ most popular, and their release of the Gel Resolution 8 continues the trend as one of our favorite.

The outsole of the shoe features Asics’ durable AHAR+ rubber material that they use in a wide range of their footwear to provide plenty of traction and twice as much durability as standard rubber.

One of our favorite parts about these shoes is the gel midsole, which provides exceptional comfort as a stand-out feature.

Beyond that, the Asics Gel Resolution 8’s upper offers comfort and stability that snug around your foot with its Flexion Fit design.

Why We Love Them

  • Durability
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Gaël Monfils
  • Marin Cilic
  • Pablo Cuevas

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight15.4 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy

Ratings

Comfort 9.4
Stability 9.2
Durability 9.1
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.86

adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3

adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3 - Mens

Another lightweight tennis shoe that we love is the adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3, which performs exceptionally well across the board.

The outsole features a durable herringbone tread design, which is lightweight and works great on a wide range of court surfaces.

The no-frills polyurethane midsole provides plenty of cushioning and a great feeling response.

One of the more unique features of the adidas Ubersonic 3 is the shoe’s upper, which uses a high-performance outer cover made of Dyneema and Vectran fibers for lightweight stability and durability.

On the inside, you’ll find a comfortable bootie, which all combined make for a delightfully light and stable shoe that we love.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Weight

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Alexander Zverev
  • Fernando Verdasco
  • Lucas Pouille
  • Gilles Simon
  • Ernests Gulbis
  • Mischa Zverev

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium
Weight14.3 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsWhite, Grey, Blue, Green

Ratings

Comfort 9.0
Stability 9.1
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.7
Ventilation 8.9
Average 8.84

New Balance Lav

New Balance Lav - Mens

Our favorite shoe from the New Balance line is the Lav, which is the shoe of choice for Milos Raonic.

The outsole of the Lav features NDurance rubber, which helps provide maximum durability and traction on the court.

At the midsole is one of our favorite features, the comfortable Fresh Foam that’s particularly comfortable at the heel of the shoe.

For the upper, you’ll find a comfortable bootie on the inside, which helps hold your foot snug in place, while the outer layer is what New Balance refers to as Kinetic Stitching for added stability.

At the back of the shoe, you’ll find a visible heel counter for stability and at the front a toe cap that’s thicker toward the inside of the shoe and then thins out as it rounds the front to the opposite side where less durability is typically needed.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Milos Raonic
  • Reilly Opelka

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight15.4 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, Grey, Blue, Yellow/Orange

Ratings

Comfort 8.9
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.5
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.82

Asics Solution Speed FF

Asics Solution Speed FF - Mens

The Asics Solution Speed FF is an ultra-light tennis shoe that offers premium comfort and performance on the court.

The shoe’s outsole is AHAR rubber, the same material you’ll find on the Court FF 2, and comes with a herringbone tread for maximum traction.

At the midsole, you’ll find FlyteFoam, which is lightweight EVA foam that makes for a super comfortable ride as well as their Gel technology at the front and back of the shoe to absorb shock. In the mix is a Twisstrust suspension system that helps prevent twisting and maintain stability.

The upper for the Asics Solution Speed FF offers comfort and support with Flexion Fit technology and a protective abrasion-resistant covering. The Ortholite insole will help keep your feet dry and adds to the shoe’s cushion.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • David Goffin
  • Alex De Minaur
  • Vasek Pospisil

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.7 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy, Grey, Red

Ratings

Comfort 9.3
Stability 8.7
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.80

K-Swiss Ultrashot 2

K-Swiss Ultrashot 2 - Mens

The Ultrashot 2 is a premium tennis shoe from K-Swiss that delivers excellent comfort and stability.

The outsole of this tennis shoe makes use of Aosta 7, which is a high-density rubber compound that’s durable and offers reliable traction. In the shoe’s midsole, you’ll find Surglite for comfort and stability.

K-Swiss tops off the Ultrashot 2 with an upper that combines a variety of materials, including mesh for ventilation and synthetic leather around the front of the shoe for some extra durability.

Finally, Durawrap is strategically placed at the top of the shoe’s upper for stability and added strength at the toe and sides of the shoe.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthWider in front
Arch SupportMedium
Weight15.9 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Blue

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.7
Traction 8.7
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.70

Lotto Mirage 100 SPD

Lotto Mirage 100 SPD - Mens

The only shoe from the Lotto lineup making our list is the Mirage 100, which offers excellent comfort and stability in a lightweight package.

On the outsole, you’ll find a durable LongLast rubber with one of the more unique geometric tread designs, which provides a secure grip on a range of court surfaces.

The midsole of the Lotto Mirage 100 offers an EVA midsole combined with their time-tested SYN-PULSE technology to help reduce shock while maintaining a responsive feel.

For the upper, you’ll find Lotto’s Multilayer Kurim nylon mesh for ventilation and polyurethane protective cover for durability and support.

Last but not least, the Mirage 100 SPD offers two insoles, one at four and the other at five and a half millimeters, so you can modify to suit your needs.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Matteo Berrettini
  • Kevin Anderson
  • João Sousa

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthNarrow
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.8 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy, Grey, Red

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.7
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.6
Ventilation 8.7
Average 8.66

Fila Axilus 2 Energized

Filat Axilus 2 Energized - Mens

The Fila Axilus 2 is a bit of a sleeper, but it’s a well-rounded tennis shoe that’s lightweight and wraps our list of the best men’s tennis shoes.

The outsole features a two-piece durable rubber for traction on a variety of court surfaces with a familiar tread pattern.

At the shoe’s midsole, you’ll find Fila’s latest Energized Rubber for added comfort and energy return with each step you take. For stability, the shoe incorporates a midfoot TPU shank, which also helps prevent twisting.

The shoe’s upper provides ventilation through a breathable upper, while the Molded Cage at the front of the shoe provides protection and added stability. Inside the shoe, you’ll also benefit from anti-slip nylon to help keep your foot securely in place.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort

Top Players Using

  • Andreas Seppi
  • Diego Schwartzman
  • John Isner
  • Sam Querrey

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthSlightly wide
Arch SupportLow
Weight13.1 ounces @ size 10.5
ColorsWhite, Navy, Green

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.6
Average 8.64

10 Best Women’s Tennis Shoes 2020

Next up, we’re taking a look a the ten best tennis women’s tennis shoes for 2020 to help you quickly find a pair you’ll love.

For quick reference, here’s a snapshot and comparison of each shoe.

ShoeComfortStabilityDurabilityTractionVentilationAverage
adidas Adizero Ubersonic 39.29.18.79.29.09.04
Asics Solution Speed FF9.59.08.99.08.69.00
New Balance 9969.38.88.89.09.08.98
Nike Air Zoom Vapor X8.88.88.88.99.28.90
Asics Gel Resolution 89.29.08.98.98.48.88
Wilson Rush Pro 2.58.78.68.88.88.78.72
adidas SoleCourt Boost8.68.79.08.88.48.70
K-Swiss Ultrashot 28.58.79.08.88.48.68
Nike Court Air Zoom Zero8.78.98.68.98.28.66
Fila Axilus 2 Energized8.58.68.68.98.68.64

adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3

adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3 - Women's

Another lightweight tennis shoe, the adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3, is a comfortable option that’s plenty breathable.

The outsole of this pair of shoes uses one of our favorite, Adiwear 6, which provides excellent traction on all court surfaces.

At the midsole, the shoe showcases a range of features, including a torsion system that allows the front and back of the foot to move independently, a distinctly geometric design for lightweight stability, and Adiprene in the shoe’s heel to dampen shock from impact.

The bootie is a seamless piece of fabric that’s lightweight and breathable, which forms the upper. Strategically placed around the shoe’s upper, you’ll find Adituff, an abrasion-resistant material for extra protection.

The result is a well-rounded shoe that offers terrific performance across the board.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Kristina Mladenovic

Specs

SizeSlightly large
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight10.5 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Orange, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 9.2
Stability 9.1
Durability 8.7
Traction 9.2
Ventilation 9.0
Average 9.04

Asics Solution Speed FF

Asics Solution Speed FF - Women's

The Asics Solution Speed FF is one of our favorite women’s tennis shoes that offers all-around performance in a lightweight package.

The outsole features a high abrasion rubber dubbed AHAR to provide excellent traction along with an all-court tread. The shoe also receives a bit of added protection at the front with a prominent toe guard.

At the midsole, you’ll find Asics’ FlyteFoam cushioning (one of the key upgrades from the prior model), which offers 76 percent better cushioning while also shedding 55 percent of the weight found in your typical midsole.

The Asics Solution Speed FF also features a comfortable single-piece upper and is wrapped in their durable AHAR rubber to provide a protective wrap around the entire shoe.

All in all, this is a popular lightweight shoe that’s worth checking out.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Weight

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Coco Vandeweghe
  • Daria Gavrilova
  • Julia Goerges
  • Daria Gavrilova
  • Monica Puig

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight9.9 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Navy, Pink, Orange, Red

Ratings

Comfort 9.5
Stability 9.0
Durability 8.9
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 8.6
Average 9.00

New Balance 996v4

New Balance 996v4 - Women's

The New Balance 996v4 is a standout lightweight women’s tennis shoe that offers excellent all-court performance.

For the outsole, you’ll find NDurance rubber used sparingly for maximum durability while keeping the shoe lighter than it’s competitors.

For comfort, the midsole puts New Balance’s FuelCell foam to use throughout the entire length of the shoe for the highest level of energy return – a responsive feel you’ll love.

Keeping with the New Balance 996v4’s minimalist theme, the upper’s Hypoknit construction offers lightweight breathability, and a PU toe cap helps provide a bit of extra protection upfront.

If you’re on the hunt for a lightweight tennis shoe, then this one is well worth checking out.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Coco Gauff
  • Heather Watson
  • Misaki Doi
  • Nicole Gibbs

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight9.4 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Pink, Blue, Grey

Ratings

Comfort 9.3
Stability 8.8
Durability 8.8
Traction 9.0
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.98

Nike Air Zoom Vapor X

Nike Air Zoom Vapor X - Women's

On the men’s and the women’s side, the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X remains one of the most popular lightweight tennis shoes on the market.

The shoe’s outsole is somewhat minimalistic compared to other tennis shoes, which helps keep the weight of the shoe low. Nike adds and subtracts where players experience high or lower areas of wear.

The midsole of the Vapor X includes a slim Zoom Air unit at the shoe’s heel for low profile responsive comfort that’s lightweight and keeps players feeling connected with the court. To complete the package, the remainder of the soul provides players with comfort through Phylon, which is lightweight and responsive EVA foam.

The shoe’s upper is an ultra-breathable lightweight mesh that’s comfortable yet supportive for a dynamic fit.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Responsive comfort

Area for Improvement

  • Durability

Top Players Using

  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Venus Williams
  • Belinda Bencic
  • Petra Kvitova
  • Maria Sharapova
  • Eugenie Bouchard
  • Barbora Strycova
  • Daria Kasatkina
  • Marketa Vondrousova

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.6 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Grey, Blue, Pink, Purple

Ratings

Comfort 8.8
Stability 8.8
Durability 8.8
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 9.0
Average 8.86

Asics Gel Resolution 8

Asics Gel Resolution 8 - Women's

The Asics Gel Resolution 8 offers terrific all-around performance that’s stable, comfortable, and durable.

The shoe’s outsole consists of AHARPLUS that delivers abrasion resistance that’s three times greater than traditional rubber and a prominent tread pattern for performance on any court surface.

For the midsole, you’ll find Asics’ Gel cushioning to help reduce shock, which feels great at the heel and ball of your foot. FlyteFoam, throughout the length of the shoe, provides all-over comfort and performance.

The Gel Resolution 8’s upper features glove-like comfort with Flexion Fit, while the shoe’s Dynawall technology helps it maintain stability.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Stability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Johanna Konta
  • Caroline Garcia
  • Samanta Stosur
  • Monica Niculescu

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium-tight
Arch SupportLow
Weight12.1 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Navy

Ratings

Comfort 9.2
Stability 9.0
Durability 8.9
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.88

Wilson Rush Pro 3.0

Wilson Rush Pro 3.0 - Women's

The latest iteration of the Wilson Rush Pro is a fantastic all-court tennis shoe that offers comfort and durability.

The shoe’s outsole makes use of Duralast, a high-density and durable rubber compound that resists abrasion and provides players with excellent traction on all court surfaces. Baked into the midsole, you’ll also find Wilson’s 4D Support Chassis, which helps maintain stability.

At the shoe’s midsole, Wilson uses a highly-compressed and proprietary EVA foam called R-DST+ to deliver optimal cushion without adding too much weight to the shoe.

The Wilson Rush Pro 3.0 features a minimalistic layered upper that incorporates mesh for maximum ventilation. At the same time, the inner Endofit sock helps ensure comfort and a locked-in feel.

Why We Love Them

  • Comfort
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Stability

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.6 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.6
Durability 8.8
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.7
Average 8.72

adidas SoleCourt Boost

adidas SoleCourt Boost - Women's

The SoleCourt Boost is a high-end tennis shoe from adidas line that offers stability and durability that lasts.

The shoe’s outsole features Adiwear rubber to stand up to the abrasion of hard courts while also providing traction with a herringbone tread that works well on clay and grass too.

At the midsole, the shoe offers Boost cushioning from the middle of the shoe to the heel for responsive comfort that absorbs shock but also returns energy to the player. EVA foam at the front of the foot provides a familiar cushion feel.

The adidas SoleCourt Boost tops things off with a premium upper that wraps comfortably around the foot with generous foam ankle support. For added durability, rigid polyurethane dots cover the front of the shoe to protect against abrasion.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Garbine Muguruza
  • Andrea Petkovic
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Qiang Wang

Specs

SizeSlightly large
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight13.5 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBlack, White, Red

Ratings

Comfort 8.6
Stability 8.7
Durability 9.0
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.70

K-Swiss Ultrashot 2

K-Swiss Ultrashot 2 - Women's

The K-Swiss Ultrashot 2, is a welcome revision to the previous generation offering top-notch durability and respectable stability.

The shoe’s outsole features a combination of durable Aosta 7 rubber that resists abrasion and DragGaurd at the toe and heel for protection and added traction.

For the midsole, the shoe uses Surgelite, which delivers lightweight comfort along with the GuideGlide technology for keeping the foot center and stability. Last but not least, K-Swiss tops off the midsole with an Ortholite X-40 insole to manage moisture and keep your feet fresh.

The Ultrashot 2, takes advantage of a lightweight mesh upper to keep the shoe well ventilated and layers it with Duragard for stability and extra protection of the toe and inside edge at the front of the shoe.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Ajla Tomljanovic

Specs

SizeSlightly small
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight12.2 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Green, Pink

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.7
Durability 9.0
Traction 8.8
Ventilation 8.4
Average 8.68

Nike Court Air Zoom Zero

Nike Court Air Zoom Zero - Women's

The Nike Air Zoom Zero is a lightweight women’s tennis shoe that shines in the stability department.

On the outsole, you’ll find one of the more distinct tread patterns in our women’s lineups of tennis shoes, which does a fantastic job of providing traction and is ideal for hard courts.

At the midsole, you have one of Nike’s latest innovations that features a full-length Zoom Air unit, which sits above the EVA midsole at the heel of the shoe, but angles downward and finishes under at the front. The result is an ultra-responsive feel never before seen in one of their tennis shoes.

The Nike Air Zoom Zero’s upper is a single piece of material with a breathable semi-bootie inside for comfort that wraps your foot.

Overall, the Nike Air Zoom Zero is a responsive shoe that pushes the boundaries in style.

Why We Love Them

  • Stability
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Ventilation

Top Players Using

  • Naomi Osaka
  • Bianca Andreescu
  • Elina Svitolina
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Amanda Anisimova
  • Aryna Sabalenka

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium-tight
Arch SupportLow
Weight10.8 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsBBlack, White, Grey, Red

Ratings

Comfort 8.7
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.2
Average 8.66

Fila Axilus 2 Energized

Fila Axilus 2 Energized - Women's

Rounding out our list of the ten best women’s tennis shoes is the durable and lightweight Fila Axilus 2.

For the outsole, the shoe puts Fila’s Evergrind rubber to work for durable traction with a familiar tread pattern.

The shoe’s midsole provides players with comfort by incorporating Energized Rubber to absorb shock while offering plenty of response, and a midfoot shank adds stability.

The Fila Axilus 2’s upper is a breathable mesh with a protective outer cage that molds to the shoe and increases the shoe’s stability.

Why We Love Them

  • Weight
  • Durability

Area for Improvement

  • Comfort

Top Players Using

  • Ashleigh Barty
  • Kiki Bertens
  • Sofia Kenin
  • Laura Siegemund
  • Margarita Gasparyan
  • Timea Babos

Specs

SizeTrue
WidthMedium
Arch SupportMedium
Weight10 ounces @ size 7.5
ColorsWhite, Green, Blue, Orange

Ratings

Comfort 8.5
Stability 8.9
Durability 8.6
Traction 8.9
Ventilation 8.2
Average 8.64

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re just learning how to play tennis or an experienced player with years of experience, finding the right pair of tennis shoes that you enjoy is critical for the health of your feet and your body.

As you shop for the best pair of tennis shoes, it can be helpful to set a budget ahead of time and determine which features, i.e., comfort, durability, stability, etc. are most important to help narrow your options.

Hopefully, our guide helps shed some light on how to think about buying a pair of tennis shoes while at the same time focusing your search on a tight selection of shoes you can feel confident in purchasing.

Of course, if you have any questions or have a pair of tennis shoe’s that you can’t live without, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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