Who should buy the Adidas Stycon Clay

Stycon Clay is ideal for intermediate and advanced players who value low-to-the-ground court shoe profiles and are willing to take on minimal underfoot cushioning when playing on the clay surface. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that has a lace-free composition.
  • Need a shoe that can obtain a glove-like, lockdown fit way up to your ankle. 
  • Need a shoe that has a hard-wearing rubber base and extends from the medial forefoot to the tip of the shoe is equipped to give you the confidence to play on dirt.

Adidas Stycon Clay Logo

Well-built Adiwear rubber

Since clay games involve lots of friction between the base of the shoe and court surface, the Stycon Clay's bottommost layer is fabricated with a well-built Adiwear rubber for longevity. This wear-resistant compound won't smooth out quickly. It's equipped to tackle the harshness of dirt clay, particularly during toe dragging and sliding. 

Adidas Stycon Clay Outsole

Its non-marking sole is set out with a zigzag-looking herringbone groove that can expel than collect dirt. Such a pattern is intended to provide the right mix of giving and grip so you can move and shift directions smoothly, especially as you grind out on prolonged rallies. 

Extremely low-to-the-ground midsole

The contoured and extremely low-to-the-ground midsole is equipped with Adidas' innovative Bounce 2.0 cushioning. This middle-tier padding system by the label is firmer than other Adidas tennis shoes built with the springy Boost. It's heavier than Cloudfoam, which is found in some lightweight trainers like the Adidas GameCourt.

Adidas Stycon Clay Midsole

The bounce cushioning component is made with more rubber than foam yet crafted to shield the foot from impact during harsh landings. Bounce 2.0 is integrated into ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, and together these properties disperse pressure and spring back as the foot propels to its next step. 

Utterly lace-free clay court-ready

Adidas veered away from the traditional design, eradicated the typical lace-up closure, and came up with an utterly lace-free clay court-ready trainer. It features a symbiotic sock-like fit by utilizing a textile material, which makes this athletic shoe a novel creation in the tennis shoe world. The collar is assembled with a stretchy knit that's snugged once the foot is locked in. 

Adidas Stycon Clay Upper

The open secret behind its laceless structure is the use of thick elastic bands crisscrossed the midfoot, which is responsible for keeping the foot secured inside even during compromising shots. Adidas didn't only settle on the internal straps to create a stable structure for this shoe. The brand added an internal sleeve composed of mesh at the forefoot and padding on the rear side. This inner caging arrangement inhibits the forefoot and heel from slipping inside. 

Optimum stability and security

Adidas Stycon Clay tends to feel narrow due to the inner caging system and padded reinforcement around the heel. The opening also feels tight that sizing up is advisable to prevent getting your foot all cramped inside. The raised sock-looking aesthetics and stretchy upper are meant to offer optimum stability and security. 

Adidas Stycon Clay Strap

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 16oz / Women 13.6oz
Base model: Adidas Stycon
Shoe Type: Clay Court
Collection: Adidas Bounce
Construction: Cushioned
Material: Textile upper
BRAND Brand: Adidas

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Brenton Barker
Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.