The 5 Best Tennis Shoes For 2021 (Spring)

The 5 Best Tennis Shoes For 2021 (Spring)

What are the 5 best tennis shoes for the beginning of 2021 that you will be seeing at the Australian Open that YOU can purchase too? I review my 5 favorites from my perspective as a foot doctor and former tennis instructor. Every tennis player is different but these 5 tennis shoes transcend foot types and game styles as truly elite shoes for tennis players.

There are plenty of awesome tennis shoes that you can be playing on court with RIGHT NOW but which are the best of the best for the first part of 2021.

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Time Stamps:
00:00 Video Intro
00:25 5th best tennis shoe for 2021
01:07 4th best tennis shoe for 2021
02:01 3rd best tennis shoe for 2021
03:39 2nd best tennis shoe for 2021
04:44 The best tennis shoe for 2021
06:33 The best value tennis shoe for 2021
06:54 Honorable Mentions
08:34 What are YOUR top 5 tennis shoes? Let me know in the comments

As a foot doctor I look at tennis shoes and tennis shoe technology a bit differently as I focus more on what foot types benefit from these shoes as well as the tennis shoe’s functional attributes on the tennis court

Some of the main areas we cover in this tennis shoe review:

– The weight, durability, fit and playability of the best tennis shoes in 2021, as well as their on court performance characteristics

Part of the 2020 tennis shoe review series

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50 Comments

  1. Yeet Lord on April 21, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    "now when you open up this shoe"
    relatable, dont we all saw our tennis shoes in half



  2. Ted Neanderthal on April 21, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I have the feet from hell. They are different sizes – men’s 11.5 (left) and 12.5 (right). The left foot is straight; the right foot is curved. Both are super narrow A width but are wide in the front as both feet have tailor’s bunions. Being slightly knock-kneed, I have needed arches in both shoes for decades so I buy D with. The shorter foot also gets an extra pad for added cushioning since the shoe on that foot is too big. The smaller left foot also has a neuroma due to the too large shoe and 2nd and 3rd toes that are bent and too close together. Wait – it gets worse – the right big toe is oversized, curves upward and points outward. I don’t recall the name of this condition but it requires square toed shoes with a high toe box. I don’t buy any footwear unless it has good cushioning and an Achilles notch to hold my narrow heels in place. I have been making due with boat shoes but had to give up tennis because I cannot find sneakers. I cannot get my feet into shoes with booty construction due to the added width of the tailors bunions. I usually cut holes in my right shoes and sneakers to make room for the tailor’s bunion. A few times a year, I have to see the podiatrist to remove callouses and painful clogged sweat glands from the bottom of my feet because they slide around in my shoes and sneakers. Is there a tennis shoe or sneaker that you could possibly suggest? Sometimes I buy high tops to better hold my narrow feet in place. Unfortunately, many shoe companies – especially Nike – now use hard plastics in their soles and my narrow feet just cannot handle the shock from them. Thanks.



  3. shriram oka on April 21, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    how do u rate the HEAD Revolt 3+ series ?



  4. Marcel S on April 21, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Unfortunately, the Court FF2 are way too wide in my midfoot :/ They are also significantly longer than the Vapor X at size 47 (12.5). Is the Speed FF2 a lot narrower than the Court?



  5. Samuel Battiato on April 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    As a foot doctor, do you have any shoe recommendations that will accomodate thick custom orthotics? Most shoes I’ve tried don’t have enough depth in the toe box and heel. The orthotic pushes my foot up against the top of the toe box and I get heel slippage. Any suggestion are greatly appreciated.



  6. Pal Voliuto on April 21, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Foot Dr. Zach: question my brother loves his old Prince High top tennis shoes (because he has ankle ligament problems) and just the solidity of Prince shoes in general.. They seem perfect for him. Could you recommend a newer shoe model that is similar to those old Prince shoes? Thanks so much and keep up the great work!!!



  7. BlaydV2 on April 21, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Appreciate the information! What do you think about the babalot propulse rage shoes?



  8. Zoro Zoro on April 21, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Đoković ima najbolje patike…



  9. julio miranda on April 21, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    The best tennis shoes for tennis practice is the BONA brand, I really liked this brand, I recommend it to everyone, hugs.



  10. BLESS ME on April 21, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    📚📚📚📚📚📚



  11. Clay Duncan on April 21, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Any suggestions on shoe type and shin splints? Yonex Eclipsion 3’s work well for me as far as little to no shin splint pain but they are really tight and not that comfortable. Mizuno Wave Exceed 4 are super comfortable on and off court but I get shin pain after an hour on court wearing the Mizunos.



  12. Ian Smith on April 21, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Total idiot destroying perfectly ok shoes to show what’s inside??? Just tell us how they feel etc.



  13. Jose Miguel Estrada Bianchi on April 21, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Hey, I know this is a bit of a strange question but I’ll ask it anyway: what tennis shoe would you recommend to play basketball in? So the context for this question is that since the beginning of the pandemic I’ve only been playing basketball on outdoor courts and I’ve gone through the outsoles of four different pairs of shoes. I feel this is mainly because most basketball shoes are built with softer rubber compounds nowadays for hardwood courts, so my shoes didn’t fare well against rough concrete. I would imagine this isn’t the case for tennis shoes, since they are in fact built for rougher outdoor courts, clay, grass, etc. So I was wondering if there is any tennis shoe that you, as a foot doctor, would say could work for basketball, in terms of ankle support, decent cushioning, and stuff like that. I’d really appreciate it if you could just reply to this comment or something like that. Been watching some of your videos since this came to my mind. Great stuff!



  14. HT on April 21, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    For sure Asics Solution Speed FF2 and Nike Vapor Pro They are the lightest and top two shoes. When will these shoes go head to head to find out who wins in the end?



  15. 辛味チキン on April 21, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    asics is the best✨
    quickly & stabilty
    I love it.



  16. Daniel on April 21, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks so much for doing these videos! Love the scientific approach and that you’re both a tennis player and doctor.



  17. K M on April 21, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I have orthotics, which would you recommend for people with orthotics (for flat feet)?



  18. Alexis Khatchadourian on April 21, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Which one would help best with shin splints?



  19. Sundar Amirtanandha on April 21, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Great review. I have bespoke insoles made for me by a podiatrist, so it corrects my foot strike and balances the entire body. I need a neutral shoe as I replace insoles provided by the manufacturer and replace with mine. My foot is narrow on heel and slightly wide. Any advice?



  20. Preppy on April 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Great comparison!!👍



  21. August Blood on April 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    No Gel Resolution??



  22. sportscastercanada on April 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    My small toe nail beds seem to get crushed/bruised with various shoes I wear. 🤷



  23. Kxr_s on April 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I can’t find the solematch bounce near the end ! That colorway is like sold out but where did you find yours ?



  24. Mark Moore on April 21, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    I am one of the few people that actually had issues with the Asics Court FF2. Based on the FEEDBACK from other players on Tennis Warehouse on this shoe, I am not alone. Something in the design of this shoe causes KNEE and ANKLE issues in a number of players who made comments there. I developed knee pain on the medial side of my right knee that it looks changing shoes and two cortisone shots to eventually have them recede. Given the research I did on medial knee pain, I am thinking this show may not have enough Medial support for everyone. Thoughts Doc?



  25. or farchi on April 21, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you doc! You are the best, im toe dragging player and ruind shoes very fast (2 mounts max) Gp turbo the last one. Any recommendations for shoes that toe durable? Thanks again for everything



  26. Brett Woodmansee on April 21, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I would’ve swapped out any of the 2 Adidas for the Diadora Blueshield. Most underrated shoe out there. Otherwise a respectable list.



  27. str33tspirit on April 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    So I had been playing with solecourt for almost 2 years until I picked up some sort of injury/pain around the heel but got way worse after I went snow shoveling in some stiff boots. When I think about it, I did deal with several small ankle, archille injuries in 2020 and wonder if it was because of the shoes. Because I just switched to Court FF2 a month ago and the pains are gone! And I just feel like I’m moving so much faster and have more energy. I wonder if it has something to do with the Asics being less stiff. Love my Asics!



  28. Doug Miller on April 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Zach, great vids. Hey, do you publish a chart of heel to toe drop in tennis shoes? Wondering if there’s a shoe you recommend for Achilles heel attach point soreness?



  29. BLESS ME on April 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I Love You



  30. Manuel Baret on April 21, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    First of, great channel. As I live in Dubai it’s not easy to find all the different models so I rely a lot on your channel. Pretty disappointed with the durability of the court FF2. I have since Aug last year and play with them about 2-3h a week (I alternate with Vapor X). On the right shoe, the top is already sheared and the laces already cut through 2 holes.
    I’m thinking of getting the Ubersonic 4 instead as I prefer light shoes to move quicker. Is it a good transition?
    Tks and keep the good work.



  31. Colin C on April 21, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    nice vid – do you recommend any replacement inserts ?



  32. Ankit Jain on April 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    is there any shoe that increases my bounce for serve



  33. andres velasco on April 21, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Which shoe is more knee friendly?



  34. John Worthy on April 21, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Another solid vid FDZ! I’m a 6′-2", 200 lb. tennis player former basketball player who always wears Nike and needs plenty of cushion in a lighter shoe. I’m wearing Nike Air Zoom Zero now and probably will grab the GP turbo next based on your vids. Love the deconstruction one! I’m glad to see Nike creating tennis shoes based on basketball ones. What do you think about wearing low top basketball shoes for tennis?



  35. Adam Bankovich on April 21, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    I’ve been using the Solution Speed FF but as my game has been evolving (3.5 Singles up to 4.0 Singles) I feel like the shoes are becoming an injury risk. I’m an aggressive baseliner and move a lot on the court. In my current pair (3 months of play on them, 3-4 times per week) of SSFF I’ve been slipping & sliding a lot recently when making hard cuts. Even my ankles on occassion feel close to a roll. I like a quick shoe but as I’m playing more aggressive players and needing to be more aggressive, it feels like I need to add in some stability. Based on your review, it sounds like the SS FF 2 is much improved from what I’ve been using but I’m also interested in the Court FF 2 and from this video also the Lotto Mirage 100s. Any idea which of those 3 I should move into? Or should I focus on learning to slide and making that part of my game insted of wanting to stop on a dime and change direction?



  36. raz benyamin on April 21, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    No vapor x?



  37. Alexander Hallwas MBA on April 21, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Foot Doctor: I love Adidas Sole Court Boost, but after a while, it hurts a bit down under the ankle. It’s stinging 2 days. Two other persons have the same. Is there a reason for it? I don t have it with Solution Speed 2 or Resolution 8.



  38. Bruno Martorella on April 21, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Hey doc thanks for the content and for the tremendous effort put into answering comments, truly appreciate it. I’ve used Gel Res 6 and 7, overall love them. Wondering if I should stick with that and go to the 8s or try something new. Here’s where I stand. I have normal arch and wide feet, but here where I’m from wide shoes don’t exist in the market. Cushioning is a priority because I am super prone to injury, in the hips, glutes and every now and then knees. I go half a size up in the Gel Res 7 simply because due to the brand’s conversion to local sizes they go from 9.5 straight to 10.5. But I use thick Thorlo socks so it’s good. I once tried the Speed FF and absolutely hated it, no cushioning whatsoever. Also tried the Wilson Rush Pro 3.0 which was actually more comfortable than the GelRes, I loved it – but could not adapt to the forefoot spacing, and even at a half size up my toe kept tapping into the shoe when braking on hard courts, and it was a big issue.
    Oh and finally the only issue I get with the Res 7 is that one of the pairs I have actually gives me pain on the ball of my right foot after an hour or so.
    I play mostly hard courts, but also clay some weekends.



  39. Tim Van den Akker on April 21, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I am surprised that more companies don’t offer different width. ASIC (very limited width and not in the shoes one want Court FF2j, Lotto Mirage no choices in width or size 14, 15, Addidas Sole Court no width, Yonex E3 no width and s
    Larger sizes, Joma very limited sizes. Definitely no 13;14, 15 or width..



  40. Tim Van Den Akker on April 21, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Tried and loved the fit of the Lotto Mirage 100. Shoe fit for a size 13 is slightly small. And a 13 was tight for width. But shoe felt great. Would love a size 14. Think width would be fine in a 14. However Lotto doesn’t make a size 14 or offer width. I’m super bummed



  41. Thomas J. Liolos on April 21, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I have a high arch and just came out of a boot for Achilles Tendonitis . . . I am seeing the Eclipsion 3 or the Court FF2 and my best options?



  42. Alexander Perez on April 21, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Is it me or the SoleMatch Bounce is now at a $120 price point?



  43. Tara Cole on April 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    I can’t believe you don’t have more subscribers! This is so detailed I love information.
    I’m a pickleball player I would love to hear about pickleball shoes . I currently wear the nike air zoom vapor x I love how minimal and lightweight they are but I have a high arch so I wear an insert and that gave me the support the shoe was lacking



  44. Migs Govea on April 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Hey Doc – just stumbled on your page – these videos are great – I’ve been playing with NB LAVs for a bit and i kept having problems with my big toe jamming the front of the shoe for some reason, after losing a couple of nails I’ve decided it’s time for a switch. I’ve got a high arch and medium wide feet, was looking at the asics solution speed ff2 but this video might have swung me to trying the court ff2. Question – I just watched your video review for the solution speed ff2 and you mentioned a shoelacing technique – do you have a video for that?



  45. 원조양갱 on April 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    please do a best-shoes video for flat feet!



  46. MA Marques on April 21, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Please make a video about fitting with differents shoes within the same user and same shoe size , so we can have a comparision between diferent brands and models. It will help a lot when we have to decide wich size is the right size due the different fitting of each brand/model thank you



  47. Prabhat Motwani on April 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Hii,do you have any recommendations for me as my d tennis shoes last only 3-4 months and I am unable to find the shoes that last more .



  48. Sugiarto Hartanto on April 21, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Can you please recommend me a shoe that you think has the best cushion and can accommodate wide feet? I have a knee problem and i already tore my meniscus, acl, and pcl, but i really love to play tennis. I don’t need much support, responsiveness, or energy return. Just cushioning and wide feet. The one I can get in my country is just nike, adidas, wilson, head, babolat, and asics. Thanks in advance



  49. Foot Doctor Zach on April 21, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Make sure you check out all my favorite shoes HERE: https://youtu.be/SR184Qa2Ado



  50. Unboxing Therapy on April 21, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Most pros on tour use nike vapor x?