Pickleball requires a lot of quick movement and sudden changes in direction, which can lead to injury if you’re not wearing the correct footwear. According to Simon, here are a few things to look out for when picking out the perfect pickleball shoe:
Check out the design
“A good pickleball shoe should feature solid arch and ankle support, ample padding, breathable mesh, and grippy soles,” Simon tells us. Regular pickleball players also tend to go through shoes quickly, so you want to look for something durable.
Find the right fit
Not to state the obvious, but a shoe that doesn’t fit correctly will mean a bad time for you on the court. Be sure to read the reviews to see if a shoe runs true to size or whether you’re better off sizing up or down from your usual.
Consider how you play
More serious players will also want to find the right kind of pickleball shoe for their preferred court. Indoor courts are typically smooth hardwood, which require “shoes that offer greater traction to prevent slippage and that also feel more lightweight,” per Simon. Outdoor courts, however, are tougher on the shoe, so Simon advises players to prioritize “durability” and shoes that “offer greater stability and comfort.”