Pickleball shoes are like a box of chocolates… “you never know what you are going to get.”
The best pickleball shoes are the ones that provide comfort and durability with minimal rubbing.
If you find that you are developing blisters or callouses then you might be in the wrong pair of shoes (see also ‘Best Men’s Pickleball Shoes‘).
In this articles I will discuss different types of pickleball shoes and how some players like me might prefer a lightweight minimalist shoe, where as players like my wife prefer a most supportive, rigid shoe.
I won’t say she is wrong… but 😜.
Movement on the pickleball court requires short quick bursts of speed, lateral cutting agilities, and quick stops.
A shoe that is too wide or too loose may result in an unstable connection between your foot and the court surface.
Here are 5 tips for picking the best pickleball shoes in 2022.
Tip #1 – Pick a shoe that is wide enough for your foot but not too wide.
Tip #2 – Pick a shoe that has the right grip for your playing surface.
We usually think of playing pickleball on an outdoor court, but some people may be playing indoors.
For those that do play outdoors, there are different outdoor conditions. Some parts of the country experience a lot of rain and may have wet courts where as more dry, airid parts of the country will have hot court surfaces.
Every athletic shoe will have optimal performance standards on different surfaces so consider the playing surface when buying your next pair of pickleball shoes.
* Photo from Pickleball Forum Facebook Group
Tip #3 – Find a shoe that is priced right for your budget.
These shoes are lower cost and easier for some players to replace. Check the current pricing on Amazon but these shoes were under $50 when I last checked.
I would rather a player buy cheaper shoes that are replaced two or three times a year than a $250 pair of shoes that are worn for 5 years.
Tip #4 – When you find the right fit, stock up!
Occasionally you will hit the jackpot and find the perfect shoe. Since lightening doesn’t often strike twice, you might want to stock pile your perfect shoe and buy two or three pairs.
I have been known to clear the shelf for all size 9.5 men’s shoe of a certain model.
* This is a handy review of the Skechers Go Train Arch Fit Viper Court – Pickleball Shoe
Tip #5 – Let your old shoes choose your new shoes.
Look at the photo below. This photo comes from the Pickleball Forum Facebook group. You can see the wear patterns on the two different shoes.
There isn’t much information to glean without knowing anything about the pickleball player who wore these shoes, but it is reasonable to assume the person who wore the white shoe spent more time in a forefoot position, whereas the blue shoe owner spent a bit more time on the heels and lateral edge of the shoe.
Take a look at what I found in the Pickleball Forum Facebook Community on the topic of Pickleball Shoes
…ugh…I know…YET another shoe post…
I got these brand new the Middle of March, and LOVE the fit and finish of them! VERY comfortable, lots of great support.
…my ONLY issue is the wear on the soles… I’m assuming that it is not covered under warranty, so I am wondering if this is the norm for K Swiss, or is there another shoe I should be looking at with a more durable sole?
Thanks for any feedback you have!