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Court Shoes: Yonex vs. Adidas

YONEX SHT PRO ALL COURT GREY 2015 1Yesterday, we had a customer come into our southwest Calgary store to buy a pair of shoes. He wanted to use them for tennis, volleyball and dodgeball. He only wanted to buy one pair of shoes.

We started, of course, with questions so that we could determine his needs. Q: Where do you play tennis? A: Indoor at The Tennis Academy and outdoors on public courts. Q: What kind of floor do they have where you play volleyball? A: Hardwood. Q: What kind of floor do they have where you play dodgeball? A: Rubberized all-court surface.

So here we have a client who plays on three different surfaces: acrylic, hardwood and rubberized all-court. Normally, we would recommend carbon rubber for acrylic, natural organic rubber for hardwood and synthetic rubber for all-court. But in this case, the customer wants to buy one shoe that will work in all contexts. So what do we do?

ADIDAS BARRICADE COURT BLACK BLACK SILVERQuite simply, all we can so is offer information on the pros and cons. We cannot, in this case, make a recommendation. Carbon rubber will stand up well on acrylic, but it may be dangerously slippery on hardwood. Natural organic rubber provides excellent traction on hardwood, but will quickly be ground down by acrylic. Synthetic rubber offers the best all around compromise, but offers poor traction on hardwood and poor durability on acrylic.

In the end, the customer tried on more than a dozen pair of shoes in two sizes. Some were rejected on price. Some were rejected on colour. Some were rejected on comfort/fit. Eventually, it came down to two pair: Adidas ™ Barricade Court at $95.00 and Yonex ™ SHT PRO at $150.00. Our expectation was that he would opt for the cheaper shoes.

So what did he do? After 20 minutes of thoughtful consideration, after switching both pair back and forth, one on the left, one on the right. After much pacing and dancing around the store playing imaginary dodgeball, he chose the Yonex SHT PRO. His words: “They just feel better in every way. They just feel like a better shoe. Normally I wouldn’t bother paying the extra 50 bucks, but these just feel like they are worth more.”

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SHT-PRO Shoes 5th Awarded Gold Medal

27 March 2015

Coming off of the VCORE Tour F 93’s award in Tennis Magazine (USA) and the POLYTOUR PRO 125’s praise on, eyes are on Yonex ™ tennis gear once again, this time with a focus on footwear. In French tennis magazine Tennis Addict, Stan Wawrinka’s SHT-PRO shoes received the publication’s gold medal in their annual performance test. This marks the fifth consecutive time that Yonex shoes have been awarded in the magazine. SHT-PRO shoes are made to provide smooth movement on any kind of court, and supported Stan as he made his way to his Aircel Chennai and ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament titles as well as the Australian Open semifinal this year.

This year’s performance test saw big changes from previous years, with the introduction of even more advanced evaluation methods. The more comprehensive testing only proved to emphasize the SHT-PRO’s merits, receiving praise for its high level of comfort, durability and stability. The shoe came out on top over 14 other models from a pool of eight different brands.

Tennis Addict’s test criteria aims to provide readers with highly detailed evaluations that take into consideration several factors. With a combination of lab tests along with user evaluations from a large and diverse panel of players, the magazine’s evaluations are made to give users the full and complete picture. The test criteria cover performance, comfort, stability and shape retention.