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Help! My Feet are Blistering

For a shoe fitting expert, information about blistering is excellent because it sends a clear signal about what is wrong with the fit of the shoe.

Unfortunately, this awesome information is often tied to equally bad information firmly planted it the customer’s mind about what is causing the blistering. When this happens, it can make it a difficult issue to correct.

Here is the truth about blistering.

Where your feet are blistering will usually indicate what is causing the blisters.

Blistering on the heel, for example, is caused by shoes that are too short. Court shoes that are the correct length will be loose enough in the back not to cause blistering on the heel.

Blistering on the outside of the foot or the side of either the big toe or the little toe is usually caused by shoes that are too narrow.

If blistering in these places is also accompanied by bruised or blackened toenails, then the shoe is to short as well as too narrow.

Blistering on the sole of the foot can be caused by shoes that are too big, but it is most often caused by damp cotton.

Wet skin is weak skin. Weak skin tears. So if you developed a large blister on your forefoot that splits open late in a match, the first thing you should check is your socks.

Wet socks weaken your skin and make it susceptible to tearing.

Either buy some polyester socks or change your cotton socks frequently during your match. Keeping your feet dry is the first step to avoiding skin tears.

We strongly recommend that players with friction issues carry a tube of Body Glide and a tube of Anbesol. The glide can be applied to areas of known friction. The Anbesol can take the sting out of blisters that are starting to develop.

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I Keep Busting Through My Tennis Shoes

T22 Lite Mens
Compared to running shoes, tennis shoes look clunky. But there is a reason for that.
“Help,” says Mark on the phone. “I keep busting through my tennis shoes.”

“OK,” we reply. “Come into the store and we’ll see what we can do to help you.”

Two days later he brings his shoes in for a look and we immediately see the problem. Mark is playing tennis in running shoes, not tennis shoes.

“The reason you keep busting through the sides of your shoes,” we explain to him, “is they are not tennis shoes.”

You see, Mark went to a big box store and told the staff that he wanted a super light tennis shoe. From what he told us, it sounds like he tried on the only tennis shoe they had, but he thought it was too clunky. He said he wanted something more like his running shoes. So they sold him exactly what he asked for. They sold him a running shoe.

That’s when Mark’s problems started. Running shoes are not designed for side to side movement. They are designed for forward movement only. So when Mark goes out wide to return a ball and has to push off sideways back to the center of the court, he eventually rips the seams on the outside of his running shoes.

It’s not the shoe’s fault. It is a running shoe. Running shoes are not designed for side-to-side movement. They are designed for forward movement only. Therefore Mark can’t make a warranty claim because he is using the shoes in way that they should not be used. In other words, the manufacturer is not at fault.

Part of the fault lies with the box store employee who sold Mark running shoes. But most of the fault lies with Mark.

You see, Mark is a bit of a princess. He is more concerned with the colour and the look of his shoe than he is with the shoe’s performance. He thinks that the most important characteristic of a tennis shoe is that it matches his outfit. He also thinks that tennis shoes are too “clunky looking.” He wants a tennis shoe that looks like a running shoe.

What Mark is learning, though, is that compared to running shoes, tennis shoes are clunky looking for a reason. He is learning that tennis shoes are subject to much higher stresses than running shoes. Therefore they have to be reinforced on the sides, on the toe and on the sole.

Mark is also learning that tennis shoes are typically both cheaper than and more durable than running shoes. For example, the Asics Nimbus 20s that he keeps busting through retail for $200.00 a pair while the Prince T22s that he should be playing in are just $140.00. When used for tennis, his expensive running shoes will last four or five weeks at most while the tennis shoes would last an entire season.

Unfortunately, it’s an expensive lesson that Mark is insisting on learning the hard way. We expect that he will eventually realize that playing tennis in tennis shoes will not only save him money, it will also make him a better tennis player. But today is not that day.

Men’s Tennis Shoes

A small sample of our mens tennis shoes.

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Test Drive Wilson Tennis Racquets

Wilson tennis racquets in Calgary
Our customers test drive more than 1000 racquets, including Wilson tennis racquets, every year.
Thinking about buying a new Wilson tennis racquet? We can help you with that.

Our Try One Before You Buy One program allows customers to test drive more than 1000 racquets and pickleball paddles every year. So if you are thinking about buying a new Wilson, you may want to make our southwest Calgary store the first stop on your journey.

Our current inventory of tennis demo racquets is north of 30. During the summer, we can increase this number to more than 50. So we have lots of racquets to test drive.

We also have policies in place to ensure that serious buyers do not have to wait forever to test drive our most popular frames. First, we require a deposit. Second we require a commitment. Finally, our most popular frames are put on a three-day limit during peak season.

These three policies help to ensure that customers who genuinely want to buy a racquet have an opportunity to try several options in a short amount of time before making a decision.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY - DEMO PROGRAM
Our customers test drive more than 1000 racquets every year.
How does the enormously popular test drive program work?

It’s very simple, really. Your deposit determines how many racquets you can take out at a time. This can be one, two, three or four. The deposit is $50.00 per racquet. Most people who live in Calgary take out two at a time. People who live far away, including out-of-towners, typically take out four at a time.

Most racquets can be taken out for up to one week at a time. However, there are exceptions for super hot frames which have a three day limit.

In all, customers have a month to try a variety of racquets. At the end of the month, the deposit goes to whichever racquet the customer chooses to buy. If they customer is not ready to buy a racquet, the deposit stays on their account until they are ready.

In the end, the test drive costs nothing. So it is an awesome way to figure out which Wilson racquet is best for you.


Wilson Tennis Racquets

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Upgrading Your Wilson Tennis Racquet

Wilson tennis racquets in Calgary
When it’s time to upgrade your Wilson tennis racquet, our experts can help.
As tennis players develop and age, their playing styles change.

Boys become teenagers. Teenagers become young men. Young men become older men and eventually become seniors. And as players transition through each stage of development, their playing styles and their equipment needs change.

Younger teens need some power assistance from their racquets. Once they develop their adult muscles, they don’t need it anymore. However, as men age past their prime, the day eventually comes when they need power assistance once again. And once they become seniors, they generally also want softer strings that are easier on their bodies.

The way men play tennis also changes through the years. Young players and young men play mostly singles. Married men play a mix of singles and doubles while the vast majority of seniors play doubles almost exclusively. As a result, their racquet needs change as they age.

What does seem to remain constant with male tennis players is brand loyalty. Wilson players tend to remain Wilson players throughout every stage of their development. They will change models from time to time, depending on their needs, but they don’t change brands.

You may be one of these players and you may be at one of those points in time where you have decided to upgrade your Wilson racquet to something that is better suited to your age or your stage of development. Perhaps the racquet you bought at the peak of your game 10 years ago is not the right racquet for you now. Perhaps you are playing more doubles than you used to. Or maybe it’s just time for something new. Something fresh.

Come into our southwest Calgary store and talk to us. Our experts can set you up in our Try One Before You Buy One program. You can take a month and try a variety of Wilson racquets to see what might work best for you now.

The program does require a deposit, but the deposit is refundable against the racquet that you decide to purchase. So in the end, as long as you buy a racquet from us, the program costs you nothing. It’a great way to find out what your options are. It’s the best way to start the upgrade process. It’s the best way to figure out what is right for you right now.


Wilson Tennis Racquets

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Time for a New Wilson Tennis Racquet?

Wilson tennis racquets in Calgary
How do you know when it is time to replace your old Wilson tennis racquet?
I bought my Wilson tennis racquet ten years ago. How do I know if it’s time to replace it?

Experts in our store hear this question almost every week. How do I know if I should replace my tennis racquet?

In most cases, the answer is simple. If you have to ask the question, it’s probably not necessary. You may want WANT to replace your racquet — and that’s fine. But that doesn’t mean you HAVE TO replace it. It doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

The only time you HAVE TO replace a racquet is when it is damaged. If, for example, you have worn holes in the bumper of if you have one or more broken grommets, your old tennis racquet may become a string eater. No matter how often you restring it, you will need to restring it again soon because the bumper and/or grommets are damaged are are unable to protect the string from coming into contact with the sharp edges of the graphite frame.


HOW TO CHECK FOR FRAME DAMAGE

Start at 12:00 on your racquet loop. Check the outside of the frame looking for cracks in the frame or damage to the bumper guard.

Once you go around the racquet to 12:00 on the outside of the frame, check the inside of the frame, again starting at 12:00. Look for split or missing grommets.

Missing grommets are obvious but split grommets can be deceiving, so you will want to do this in bright sunlight or, if indoors, use a flashlight.


Beyond actual frame damage, virtually every other instance is a want-to, not a need-to situation. Perhaps your playing style has changed and you want to get a new frame that is better suited to your playing style. Or perhaps you are playing more doubles or more singles than you used to. You may want to update your frame for that reason.

Sometimes it just time for a change. Some players get bored with the same gear year after year. So they buy something new to inspire themselves. Or maybe they buy something new to reward themselves for playing more. Whatever the case, there is nothing wrong with getting a new racquet simply because you want one. If the new one doesn’t work out, you can always go back to the old one.

Another thing to consider about the timing of replacing your old Wilson tennis racquet is that is can take a season or more to become fully comfortable with a new racquet. This is especially likely to be the case if you have been playing with the same racquet for a decade or more.

Our advice to players who are thinking about making a change is to take advantage of our Try One Before You Buy One program. Customers who visit us in our store can test drive a large range of brands and models over a month. At the end of the month, the security deposit they have put down goes toward the purchase of the racquet they decide to buy.

It’s a very popular program. Our customers demo more than 1000 racquets every year.


Wilson Tennis Racquets

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