If you’re looking to improve your tennis game you may be interested in the best tennis shoes for women.
It’s important to have the right product on your feet and I’ll show you how to select a good pair; Plus you’ll see my top picks for 2017.
How To Pick Your Tennis Shoes
There’s a few important things to think about before you purchase your sneakers and they are:
- Consider personal needs
- What surfaces you will be playing on
- Your skill level
First off, you need to think about your personal needs. Are you a player that depends on speed? Do you have a history of ankle injuries or a unique foot shape? Are you a baseline player or a serve and volley player? These are all things you need to think about before making your decision. Specific shoes will cater to specific needs while others are more general.
Next, you need to consider the type of court you’ll be competing on. If you exclusively play on hard courts you should select a shoe that’s more durable and has a tough outsole. A grass court requires more traction because of slippage and clay courts demand a shoe that doesn’t mark – there are multi-court shoes too.
Lastly, you need to know your own skill level. If you are advanced or actively trying to improve your game, you’ll need a more stable and mobile product. If you are someone that plays just for fun or once in a while, you may not need such a high performing sneaker.
So now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at my top picks.
Nike Women’s Zoom Cage 2
Obviously Nike is a very recognizable sports brand and their Women’s Zoom Cage 2’s are a really high performing product. If you are very skilled or wish to be, this is a shoe you must consider. Some top features include:
- Supportive yet light weight design that caters to quick movements
- Excellent stability for your ankles
- Very comfortable cushioning
This product is built for players that like to move around the court and has reinforcements in all the right places to prevent wear and tear. This is definitely one of the top 5 tennis shoes available and very popular.
Nike Women’s Air Vapor Advantage
The Air Vapor Advantage is another Nike product – this one is a little cheaper than the one you just saw and will cost around $74. Not bad when you consider it comes with:
- Comfortable phylon midsole
- Breathable upper mesh that eliminates sweat and reduces likelihood of blisters
- Air sole unit that absorbs impact all day long
These can be worn by beginners, intermediates and advanced players. There’s enough here to satisfy all groups without breaking the bank.
ASICS Women’s Gel Challenger 10
ASICS is a really underrated company and I’ve been wearing their gear my whole life (in many different sports too). Their Gel challenger 10 is one of the most stable products available and allows for seamless lateral movement. Other features you’ll enjoy are:
- Memory foam collar for added comfort
- Gel cushioning that absorbs every step
- AHAR rubber otutole that grips well and is very durable
This is another shoe you can add to the top 5 list. If you value performance, comfort and a long lasting sneaker, you should think about purchasing the Gel Challenger’s.
Wilson Women’s Kaos Composite
Wilson is an excellent company and they are known for making some of the best tennis equipment – their Kaos Composite falls in line with that. This high performing and quality shoe features:
- Dynamic Fit which improves responsiveness and feel
- EVA Compound Midsole
- Non marking outsole
This is a very durable and well fitting product; you will enjoy having these on your feet.
ASICS Women’s Gel Game 5
The ASICS Gel Game 5 for women is a great value and will only cost around $80. This product delivers on all fronts and is very durable – it will endure many tennis matches. Also, it comes with:
- Mesh upper that allows for airflow (prevents overheating)
- Forefoot Gel Cushioning system
- PGuard which protects your feet and toes from stubs and other inconvenient injuries
This is another pair of shoes you will be happy to wear – on and off the court.
Nike Women’s Vapor Court
Here we have another Nike product and this one, the Women’s Vapor Court, are pretty affordable (will cost under $80). That’s not bad when you consider they are:
- Are made from durable synthetic leather materials
- Ultra comfortable
- Come with Omni traction that adds extra traction
You will be able to play match after match with these on. They will ease any pains you get from running around all day.
Adidas Women’s ASMC Barricade Boost
Adidas is another mammoth company and are well known across many different sports. Their ASMC Barricade Boost are favorites of high performers and feature:
- The most comfortable cushioning available
- Primeknit upper that secures your ankle and provides maximum stability
- ADIWEAR outsole for superior traction and enhanced court feel
These are fairly expensive and will cost around $149; they’re worth it, though, if you can afford that. This another top 5 and probably top 3 pick for tennis players of all kinds.
ASICS Women’s Gel Dedicate 4
The ASICS Women’s Gel Dedicate 4 is perfect for beginners and entry level players – it’s pretty cheap too (under $60). These are useful on all playing surfaces and feature:
- Gel cushioning system that makes them easy to wear
- Midfoot Trusstic system for good stability
- Excellent grip
This is a perfect shoe to learn with. It won’t empty your bank account and it caters to every need you will have.
Nike Women’s Court Lite
The Nike Women’s Court Lite’s have a lot going for them – they’re cheap (around $65), fashionable and perform very well. That’s not all either. These come with:
- A mesh tongue to improve breathability and to keep your feet dry
- GDR outsole that allows you to make quick lateral movements
- Added resistance material to prevent tearing and ripping
This is a shoe you can wear with confidence without spending a ton of money; plus you’re getting Nike quality.
ASICS Women’s Gel Speed 3
The ASICS Women’s Gel Speed 3’s are for the tennis player that likes to move around a lot. These are extremely mobile and are very good for movement. Additionally, they feature:
- Ultra comfortable Gel Cushioning System
- Flexion Fit upper that provides stability
- AHAR rubber outsole that gives your superior court feel
These aren’t the cheapest tennis shoes on earth and will cost around $130. It really comes down to whether you can afford them or not; they’re one of the top shoes of the year.
New Balance Women’s 996
Company: New Balance
Some of my favorite shoes ever are New Balance’s – I really like how they look and feel. The 996V2’s have everything you look for in a quality tennis sneaker, including:
- PROBANK technology that helps you make precision cuts
- REVlite foam that makes these very supportive
- Shock absorbing outsole
This shoes comes in a ton of different colors too – you’ll have no problem finding a look you like.
Adidas Women’s Adizero Ubersonic 2
The Adidas Women’s Adizero Ubersonic 2 is engineered for long tennis matches. If you like to play all day this is the product for you. It features a very comfortable Primeknit upper and
- Sprintframe which allows for quick change of pace movements
- Very durable and will last the entire year
- Soft fabric lining that limits irritation
These are one of my favorite looking shoes too. It’s pretty amazing you can find them for under $89.
K-Swiss Women’s Hypercourt
K-Swiss is a lesser known company but they make exceptional sneakers. The Hypercourt’s aren’t exactly cheap and will cost around $110. They’re worth it though, especially when you consider:
- The Aosta rubber outsole that provides superior traction
- Ortholite sock liner that evaporates moisture and prevents blisters
- Heel grip lining that will reduce the likelihood of slipping
This shoe is perfect for people expecting long rallies. It caters to movement and gives a little extra boost in quickness too.
Wilson Women’s Rush Pro 2
The Wilson Women’s Rush Pro 2’s aren’t the most expensive shoes on the list and will cost under $70. That doesn’t mean they are low quality or should only be worn by beginners – they’re just a good value. Some top features include:
- Exceptional grip that let’s you fly around from sideline to sideline
- Mesh upper for added breathability
- Mesh inner sleeve that gives you a great feel and extra responsiveness
Wilson knows tennis and they know how to make a quality tennis shoe. You can’t go wrong with a product from them.
K-Swiss X Court
I really like the design of these shoes – they seem like a pair you could wear on and off the court. Besides looking nice, the K-Swiss X Court delivers in the performance department too. You’ll be happy to know they come with:
- Forefoot strap for added security and a snug fit
- Cushioned midsole that makes wearing them very enjoyable
- Made to last
Maybe not the product you want if you’re more advanced. All other players will love the X Court’s.
ASICS Women’s Gel Resolution 6
The ASICS Gel Resolution 6’s are perfect for clay courts – they don’t mark and provide the right stability for that surface. They aren’t terribly expensive, at under $80,and feature:
- Flexion fit that conforms to your foot and provides a lot of comfort
- Toe protector to prevent wear and tear
- Very breathable fabric that keep your feet dry
There are a lot more benefits and they all add to the shoe’s durability, comfort and performance. Definitely one of the best sneaker under $100.
ASICS Women’s Encourage LE
The last product on the list comes from a familiar brand – ASICS. Many people believe this is one of the most stable shoes on earth and I can see why. You’ll feel really secure wearing the Encourage LE’s and you will love its top features, like:
- Gel Cushioned System to minimize shock impact
- Above average court grip and traction
- Memory foam in key spots to reduce irritation
This is a quality sneaker at a pretty decent price.
What’s On Your Feet Matters!
Tennis is a fast paced game the requires split second decisions. One wrong move and you’ll find yourself down 15 love quickly. Don’t hurt your game because you’re wearing low quality shoes. Allow yourself to flourish with a high quality, comfortable and well made pair – like the ones on this list.
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Are you ready to have your opponents scrambling to return your serves this year?