adidas Barricade tennis shoes have been a staple of the tennis world for nearly two decades. To understand why, I talked to a number of Barricade fans, conducted additional research on the line’s illustrious history, and tested out the new Barricade 2018 Boost Tennis Shoe.
For the 2018 season, K-Swiss has five primary tennis shoes of differing purposes. They are the Knitshot, Ultrashot, Hypercourt Express, Big Shot Light 3, and Court Smash. We took an in-depth look at each to break down their differences.
Fans of the original SFX will be pleased to hear that the 3 returns to the basics of what made the first version so popular. It’s wide-foot friendly, and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this, Babolat has implemented new technologies to offer superior support and breathability.
I didn’t break the shoes in at all before I stepped on the court because I wanted to test how they felt straight out of the box. I was impressed by how soft the upper felt when slipping the shoes on, and how the sock liner guided my foot, but didn’t constrict it. Throughout the match, I didn’t feel any hotspots or have any blister issues. The foot bed offered strong support and cushioning, but I still felt connected to the court with a low-to-the-ground feel.
Diadora shoes have stayed under the radar for many years, but we believe the Speed Blushield 2 AG shoes are the best choice for avid tennis players. The brand has updated this generation with a few new technologies to really make it stand out from the rest of field. See what our thoughts are on this new shoe!