Whether you’re playing tennis on clay, hard court, soft court, or lawn (lucky you), you’ll want a men’s tennis shoe that keeps up with your game. Even if you’re just practicing against a wall or backboard, the right men’s tennis sneaker can add some spring to your step.
When looking for the best men’s tennis shoes, you want a pair that’s light but comfortable. One that molds itself to your foot but also provides support. The worst thing that can happen to a tennis player is wearing a tennis shoe that doesn’t work with your feet and your tennis game. If your foot tries to pivot one way, and the sneaker doesn’t budge, you’re always going to be a step behind. Not only can that screw up your game, but it can also cause an ankle injury.
Of course, in some parts of the country, the term “tennis shoes” is used colloquially to refer to all athletic sneakers, whether they’re used for tennis, running or gentlemanly leisure activities. Case in point: Adidas’ Stan Smith sneakers are classic tennis shoes, yet most guys who own a pair the white Adidas sneakers will never step foot on the court this summer.
As we’re moving into the summer season, before you restring your racquet, make sure your tennis shoes are ready for future rallies and serves. Check out the best men’s tennis shoes for the season.
1. ASICS Gel-Resolution 8
The ASICS Gel-Resolution 8 has been described as some of the best men’s tennis sneaker for serious players. Technically amazing, this men’s tennis shoe is built for speed and support. The tennis shoe cradles your foot while absorbing shock, helping reduce fatigue during long matches. Each pair is built to be tremendously lightweight so you won’t feel like you’re lugging your feet around during your match, making them seriously worth it for agile moving.
2. Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Winner Tennis Sneaker
We love everything and anything Cole Haan, so when Mr. Haan himself released these gorgeous ZERØGRAND Winner Tennis Sneakers earlier this year, we couldn’t help but completely geek out over them. These sneaks revamp tennis sneakers into a handsome sneak you’ll actually feel bad about wearing to the courts. On the exterior, you’ll see suede detailing and breathable mesh to keep your feet good-looking and less sweaty. Inside, you’ll feel a dual-density GRANDFØAM midsole ready for any landing, so you can kiss shock-related issues adios.
3. Adidas Stan Smith Men’s Tennis Shoes
BEST OG TENNIS SHOES
Named after the legendary tennis player, the men’s tennis shoe was re-released in 2009 and quickly became a must-have fashion item worn by celebs like A$AP Rocky and even Meghan Markle. The classic men’s tennis shoe, originally designed in 1963, has been updated with a sleeker design, ortholite sock liner and leather lining. Its comfortable fit is what makes it popular on and off-court, so don’t be afraid to rock them from matches to drinks afterwards with your buds.
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4. NikeCourt Air Zoom GP Turbo
Tennis players will know that one of the most important qualities in a pair of tennis shoes is response time. Nobody wants to experience any shock due to a hard step in a match because that can completely screw up their game. Lucky for you, the brand-new Air Zoom GP Turbos are built with a Zoom Air unit stitched directly into the upper instead of the foam, making the impact much easier on your foot. The sneaker hugs your foot to ensure it stays on the entire match and doesn’t become loose in the middle of a serve or volley. Additionally, these are handsome as hell and you can’t beat that.
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5. Allbirds Tree Dashers
Allbirds are known for making some of the most comfortable sneakers in 2021 and almost always use solely renewable materials to make them. The Tree Dashers, in this case, are no different. These lightweight sneakers reimagine the traditional tennis shoe to create an eco-friendly sneak able to perform with the highest standards. They’re incredibly supportive for all movement on the court and are breathable so your feet stay sweat-less. The best part of all? The Tree Dashers resist odor tremendously, but when they do get too stinky, they’re completely machine washable for an effortless clean.
6. Under Armour Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe
BEST FOR ALL COURTS
Stability, flexibility, and support are the three must-haves that any men’s tennis shoe must provide, and the lightweight Under Armour Charged Assert 8 Running Shoes do that and more. Created to provide traction and the ability to make lightning-quick moves on the court, this is a highly-favored tennis sneaker. They have an all-court outsole, so no need to switch tennis shoes per court, and a durable leather overlay to keep feet in place at all times. Colors range across many in the rainbow, but you can never go wrong with a solid all-black pair.
7. BRONAX Stylish Graffiti Personality Sneakers
While some might get a bit skeptical purchasing budget sneakers online, the BRONAX sneakers are an excellent pick for somebody who might find themselves playing tennis less than the tennis-obsessed. They come in a range of colors, have decent cushioning for support and are durable to last you a long time. They might not be as reliable as the others on this list, but they’ll definitely get the job done.
8. NikeCourt Lite 2
Designed specifically for hard court play, the NikeCourt Lite’s price has been reduced, making this well-built tennis shoe for men a great buy. Made with a combination of leather and synthetic materials, this is a durable tennis shoe. The rubber outsole provides traction, while the padded collar, tongue and foam insole provide comfort and ease of movement. If you’re a neophyte or looking for a pair of men’s tennis shoes that can take a beating and still look good, try these on.
9. New Balance Fuelcell 996v4 Tennis Shoes
BEST SLEEK DESIGN
Built for speed, reviewers claim that this lightweight men’s tennis shoe lets them run faster and be more responsive on the court. It has an improved fuel cell midsole that gives the sneaker a comfortable fit that also aids in footwork. The shoe’s design includes a breathable mesh upper and both a Ndurance outsole and upper for added durability. The sneaker comes in sulfur yellow, ginger pink, black and more.
10. K-Swiss Ultrascendor
BEST DAD SNEAK
K-Swiss creates some of the most best-loved sneaks for dads and street geeks alike, so it’s no question as to why the Ultrascendor made our top 10 list. This sneaker was once discontinued but is back in stock due to popular demand from those who have been rocking it on and off the courts for years upon years. Reviewers say the sneaker fits like a glove with all-day comfort. No matter what your day’s got in store, this is the tennis shoe to do it in.