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All the parts of a shoe must work together to support the foot. They include:
The outsole is the bottom of the shoe. It must provide traction on any court, and be durable for many matches. Indoors, they must not make marks on the court.
The insole is the inside that cradles the foot. Repeatedly absorbing the shock of body weight pressing on it and wicking away perspiration while preventing blisters are its main responsibilities.
The upper acts as a heat diffuser and provides lateral support as players go back and forth and up and back during matches and practice.
The tongue helps keep the foot firmly planted in the shoe and ventilates the foot throughout the course of a match.
Absolutely. Other athletic shoes are not designed to provide support for side to side movements with the regularity called for on the tennis court. In addition, other shoes will not be durable enough to withstand the abuse that hard courts will dish out. Finally, traction on clay or grass will come more easily with the tread patterns on tennis shoes.
Nike is the 500 pound gorilla of all athletic shoes.
Adidas continues to have a large market share particularly in Europe and North America.
Lotto combines Italian flair with strong sales to be highly visible.
K-Swiss, while founded in the US by Swiss Nationals, is regaining a stronger presence under South Korean ownership.
Wilson’s share of the tennis market extends to men’s shoes.
Babolat’s high visibility with other equipment, makes them an up and comer in the shoe business.
Fila is well known in Europe as a quality manufacturer.
New Balance is famous for shoes that can be customized.
Nike is the most popular among the men with endorsements from Federer, Nadal, Medvedev and many others.
Adidas ranks second with Thiem, Zverev, and Tsitsipas among their fans.
Lotto has several pro endorsers.
Asics gets the nod from Djokovic and others.
Fila is well liked by several of the pros including John Isner.
Yonex has a small but dedicated following among the top players including Stan Wawrinka .
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