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 Court FF Novak Men’s Tennis Shoes
Worn by the number one top-seeded player, Novak Djokovic, the ASICS Court FF Novak has been described as the top 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. The PGUARD toe protector assists you on quick turns without stopping short, and the AHAR outsole reinforces the rubber compound for durability, meaning no blowouts after a tough game. The Novak also comes in three other colorways: burgundy, dark green and red.
2. Lotto Mirage 100 SPD Men’s Tennis Shoes
BEST FOR HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS
Italian made Lotto Mirage 100 SPD men’s tennis shoes were created with input by professional tennis players. This men’s tennis shoe is lightweight and has a cage-built upper that supports the foot. Their proprietary Syn-Pulse technology optimizes shock absorption and creates a cushioned insole. Tennis players Kevin Anderson and Mateo Berrettini wear them on the court.
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. Its comfortable fit is what makes it popular on and off-court. The classic men’s tennis shoe, originally designed in 1963, has been updated with a sleeker design, ortholite sock liner and leather lining.
4. Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Men’s Tennis Shoes
BEST LOVED BY THE PROS
If you’re a competitive player, this sneaker is the best teammate you could ask for. Design highlights include a glove-like fitting so that it becomes an extension of your foot and not just another men’s tennis shoe. Snug but not chokingly tight, the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X has a TPU midfoot shank that provides support and stability, a lightweight design, and added traction on the edges of the outsole that lets you change direction without drag. Its spectacular construction is probably why Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev, Kei Nishikori and Karen Khachanov wear them to work.
5. K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2 LE Men’s Tennis Shoes
BEST LIMITED EDITION
K-Swiss is one of our favorite tennis shoe brands, and they’re one of the few shoe makers to appear more than once on this list. This tye-die version of the brand’s Hyper Court Express tennis shoes for men is a limited edition created as the perfect Father’s Day gift, so if you love it, get it now. Made for clay and hard courts, the Hypercourt men’s tennis sneaker rests on K-Swiss’s signature Aösta II high-density rubber outsole. It boasts a CMVEA midsole, Ortholite x40 sock liner, herringbone tread, and has heat-welded construction comprised of TPU and breathable mesh that provide comfort and support for players.
6. Adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3.0 Tennis Shoes for Men
BEST FOR ALL COURTS
Stability, flexibility, and support are the three must-haves that any men’s tennis shoe must provide, and the lightweight Adidas Ubersonic 3.0 men’s tennis sneakers do that and more. Created to provide traction and the ability to make lightning-quick moves on court, this is a highly-favored tennis sneaker. They have an all-court outsole, so no need to switch tennis shoes per court, and an abrasion-resistant adituff toe. The Ubersonic 3.0 comes in two colorways: white and gray, navy, cyan blue and white on white.
7. Mizuno Wave Exceed Tour 3 Tennis Shoes
BEST FOR ANKLE SUPPORT
The hallmark of Mizuno tennis shoes for men is their Mizuno Wave Technology; they engineer men’s tennis shoes that perfectly balanced. The construction pays particular detail to the ankle; the tennis sneaker has extra cushioning in the rear foot which then provides ankle stability. And yes, they’re also built for speed. The PoWnCe midsole is designed to cut down weight, but is very cushioned, and the rest of the shoe’s design was created for quick acceleration. The WAVE EXCEED TOUR 3 has a 6-month outsole warranty on selected colors. Roberto Bautista wears them on court. These men’s tennis shoes come in white/austral aura, black/white, ($90) and reflex blue/nasturium, white/peacock blue ($80).
8. NIKECOURT Lite Hard Court Tennis Shoes for Men
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 Men’s 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 court. It has an improved fuelcell midsole 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 and black.
10. K-Swiss Aero Court Men’s Tennis Shoes
Created to play on both clay and hard courts, the K-Swiss AERO COURT’s design is inspired by the brand’s 2019 AERO KNIT men’s tennis sneaker. Sporting a leather and mesh upper, this sneaker sits on the brand’s famous Aösta 7.0 high-density rubber outsole, created to improve traction and durability. It has a molded EVA sock liner, and the insole is constructed with Surgelite midsole technology, the CMEVA midsole promotes comfort and shock absorption.