Pile of pickleball shoes with pickleballs

Choosing the correct Pickleball shoes for your feet is a crucial part of your game. Few things are more frustrating than injuring yourself or dealing with a nagging discomfort because of poorly-crafted, badly-fitting pickleball shoes. How will you be able to stay for the infamous "just one more game" that can be heard after just about every recreational game of Pickleball if your feet hurt because you bought the "On Sale" pair of shoes that were a 1/2 size too small. Your feet and body will thank you later, if you spend the extra time researching your options and, utilizing trial and error, discover what footwear is best suited for you.

Before making your shoe purchase make sure you have the right shoes. The big brand tennis shoe manufacturers design shoes for each type of surface that is is played on. Pickleball is a newer sport compared to shoe manufacturers are just starting to design shoes specifically for Pickleball, so finding the right shoe for you may be a little more complex than one would think. 

One of the main factors I consider before buying Pickleball shoes is the type of surface they are designed for and if they are comfortable on my feet.

Surface

The surfaces you will be playing Pickleball on will be different when playing Outdoor compared to most Indoor Courts. For outdoor Pickleball you will most likely be playing on concrete or asphalt and need a Hard Court Tennis Shoe. If you are playing Indoor, you will be looking for a basketball shoe or indoor court shoes since you will be playing on a basketball-type flooring.

Comfort

The most important quality to seek out is a high level of comfort. When picking out your shoes, you should not be overly concerned about the shoe's looks or what celebrity is wearing them. Pickleball is an enjoyable and addicting game to play, so plan on being on the court a lot of hours. For optimal performance and longevity on the court, you need to start with shoes that fit you well, do not cause any chafing or blistering, and intuitively feel like suitable matches for your feet.

Try out your Pickleball shoes.

Try out at least five different makes of pickleball shoes while wearing thick, heavy socks of the sort you will likely be wearing while out on the court. Take some time to stroll in the shoes, bend your ankles, wiggle your toes a bit, run backward and forward, try pivoting, and jump up and down several times. After that, please take off the shoes and bend them back and forward. Find out whether they're bendable enough to flex along with your feet when you need to run to get into position to make contact with the ball. If they fail your tests, move on to a different pair. If you don't come across the right pair in the first store you visit, don't be hesitant to consider an other retailer or try ordering online.

Break in your shoes

After selecting the most comfortable pair of Pickleball shoes, be sure to break them in by wearing them while practicing some volleys on the Pickleball court you will be playing on competitively for a good hour before using them in a match. Your feet should feel great at the end of each match; if they don't, it may be time to reconsider your choice. Continually keep in mind that comfort and flexibility are the most important things for a Pickleball shoe to provide. You certainly won't be playing at peak performance levels if you're hobbling around the court because your shoes are pinching or chafing your feet or otherwise encumbering you.

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