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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
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Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
BreathableAlthough breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Orthotic-friendlyFit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
VeganVegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
WaterproofStyle never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
ReflectiveSneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
LeatherLeather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
CanvasThe material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
SuedeSuede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
MeshThe most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
KnitAt the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
Rubber SoleThe tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
Vulc SoleThe skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Gum SoleAlso known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup SoleCup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
DadAlso dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
ClassicIn the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
PlatformOversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
RetroThese are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
BoostAdidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
PrimeknitAdidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
AdipreneA midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
JoyrideThe Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
LunarlonThe Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
FlyknitThe top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
ComfyCushOne of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
UltraCushVans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
SpingThese are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
SummerThese must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
WinterStill retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
Slip-onSneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Lace-upEasily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
StrapSneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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Tennis is a well-loved sport that draws many fans around the world. It is a sport of elegance, skill, and endurance, among many other things. It is also seen as a sophisticated activity that requires a classic style, from the tennis whites to one’s chic yet practical footwear. This is why a lot of tennis shoes have become casual staples.
Japanese brand Asics entered the tennis sneaker game with the release of different models. The kicks feature the company’s trademark innovative yet low-key touch, resulting in modern classics that have been favored for lifestyle wear.
Top-rated Asics tennis shoes
Asics offers quite a few tennis kicks for both men and women. They offer different features for style and function, with some innovative details that enhance support and comfort. The following are considered the best Asics tennis shoes.
Asics women’s tennis shoes
Asics tennis shoes for women offer a stylish and sporty appeal that can function well on and off the court. Here are some models that are worthy of consideration, including relevant details about sizing, price, design, and other information.
Asics Gel Circuit
In the 1980s, Asics introduced the Asics Gel technology, which was a compact gel-like material that shielded the feet from impact. Years later, in 1991, the company released the Gel Circuit model, a shoe inspired by another tennis footwear from 1985, the Lawnship Kobe. The Gel Circuit was built to improve flexibility and movement on the court, released in time for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
In 2018, the brand decided to release a retro version of these men’s and women’s Asics tennis shoes, this time made with a neat, full-grain leather upper. The first colorway sported a clean, white upper with the Asics Tiger stripes on the lateral sides done in blue.
- Other color options include White/White, White/Black, White/Burgundy, and Marzipan/Marzipan.
- It comes at a budget-friendly price of $90.
- Unisex sizes are offered for this shoe, ranging from men’s 5.5/women’s 7 up to men’s 13/women’s 14.5. It fits true to size.
Asics Gel Solution Speed 3 L.E
With its low-profile design and attractive colorway, the Asics Gel Solution Speed 3 L.E offers a lightweight cushioned feel and responsive support on the court. It's a limited-edition shoe released in February 2018, featuring all the features that have made Asics tennis kicks highly popular. Shock absorption is delivered by the Asics Gel system on the forefoot and rear.
The upper is made up of Flexion Fit technology, which offers a snug and comfortable feel without taking anything away from the support. On the toe is the PGuard Toe Protector for additional durability, while the midsole is constructed with Solyte material for improved cushioning.
- Additionally, the outsole is made up of Asics High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR, which offers exceptional durability in high wear areas.
- It was released in a colorway called the Flash Coral/Cantaloupe/Apricot Ice.
- At $140, it’s a reasonably priced model.
- These Asics women’s tennis sneakers are available in sizes 5-12. It reportedly fits as expected.
Asics Gel Challenger 11
Advanced features that emphasize comfort is what makes the Asics Gel Challenger 11 stand out among others. These Asics gel tennis shoes from the women’s category are suitable for recreational players looking to level up their game. In addition to the signature Gel cushioning and Solyte midsole, the layered memory foam on the collar hugs the heel. The form-fitting support on the upper makes this model an all-around go-to shoe for court sessions.
- It was introduced in a White/Silver color design.
- It has an affordable price point of $100.
- Sizes 5-12 for the ladies were released. It's said to fit true to size.
Asics Solution Speed FF L.E
With a colorway inspired by Indian summer sunsets, the Asics Solution Speed FF L.E is an aggressive and competitive shoe designed for matches. The FlyteFoam midsole offers a cushioned and lightweight feel. This model also boasts the most lightweight construction in the Asics tennis category, making it a highly desirable option for one’s collection.
- The vibrant colorway of these Asics gel tennis shoes from the women’s series is dubbed the Aquarium/Hot Pink.
- It offers value for the money at a price tag of $140.
- Women’s sizes 6-11 are offered for this shoe, fitting as expected.
Asics Gel Solution Speed 3
A seamless and low-key design is featured on the Asics Gel Solution Speed 3. Its upper is made up of PU Flexion material, which offers a superb fit. Signature Asics details such as the Gel cushioning, the Solyte midsole, and High Abrasion Rubber on the outsole make these kicks shine on the court. They are a serious pair of Asics women’s tennis sneakers to hit the court with.
- This model has many colorway options: White/Silver, Rouge Red/Silver/White, Indigo Blue/White/Porcelain Blue, Indigo Blue/Diva Pink, and Black/Hot Pink/Silver.
- At $130, the shoe is reasonably priced.
- It comes in ladies’ sizes, ranging from 5-12. According to reviewers, the fit is rather small, so sizing up may help.
Asics men’s tennis shoes
Men who love to play tennis have been turning to Asics for many years when it comes to footwear. The brand developed a reputation for combining practicality with athletic looks, resulting in kicks that are stylish as they are functional. Here are some of the best Asics tennis shoes for men.
Asics Court FF 2 Novak
As Novak Djokovic’s signature shoe, the Asics Court FF 2 Novak offers superior cushioning, comfort, and support. It’s a shoe made for an unstoppable player, featuring Flytefoam technology on the midsole as well as the Asics Gel system on the rear and forefoot of the model. The result is enhanced toe spring and cushioning for full ground contact.
Individuals who are looking for speed and luxury will find these Asics men’s tennis shoes to be ideal, especially as they are equipped with such technologies as Mono-Sock fit and Trusstic. These features deliver a high level of stability and comfort that will last beyond one’s game.
- The upper is covered with PU material, which offers form-fitting comfort and support.
- It comes in an Asics Blue/White colorway.
- These premium kicks have a slightly expensive price of $170.
- Men’s sizes from 7-15 are offered with a true-to-size fit.
Asics Solution Speed FF
Advantageous is one word to describe the Asics Solution Speed FF. It has a responsive FlyteFoam midsole and boasts the lightest weight in the brand’s tennis shoe range. The Gel cushioning is placed from heel to toe for full cushioning and coverage. It offers shock absorption and maximum comfort for quick cross-court movements.
Additionally, this model has an Ortholite sockliner for premium cushioning and moisture management. It's also removable to accommodate an orthotic insert.
- There are several color options for this model: Black/Silver, Black/Illusion Blue, White/Silver, Azure/White, and Cherry Tomato/Black.
- At a price point of $130, these Asics tennis shoes from the men’s range deliver value for the money.
- Men’s sizes 6-15 are offered, fitting as expected.
Asics Gel Court Speed
The Asics Gel Court Speed is made for the everyday player who is looking for a competitive edge. This model boasts comfort, support, and stability all in one. The full-length Gel cushioning system also aids the wearer's every move. Along with its attractive styling, the model's seamless mesh upper keeps the foot dry and fresh with its well-ventilated structure.
- It has a few color options: Black/Flash Yellow, Black/Cherry Tomato, and White/Silver.
- At $110, this shoe has a reasonable price.
- These men’s Asics tennis shoes are offered in sizes 7-14. It's confirmed to fit true to size.
Asics Gel Challenger 12
With the Asics Gel Challenger 12, the wearer can head out to the court in style. These Asics men’s tennis shoes are designed for recreational tennis players, providing efficient support for darting movements and serves on the court. There is underlying support on the heel counter and forefoot, which enhances stability and support for lateral movements.
- The color options are White/Silver and Black/Silver.
- The shoe is sold at $100, delivering value for the money.
- These men’s kicks are available in sizes 6-14. In these Asics tennis shoes’ reviews, they are said to fit as expected.
Asics Gel Resolution 7
The Gel Resolution 7 is built to compete. It serves up superior flexibility, stable support, and premium cushioning. Additionally, it has an external heel counter along with a Flexion Fit upper that offers security without restricting movement. Durability is enhanced by the high-abrasion rubber outsole and the PGuard Toe Protector.
- There are many colorways for this model: Black/Silver, White/Silver, Blue Print/Blue Print, Illusion Blue/Silver, Ink Blue/Sulphur Springs/White, and Cherry Tomato/Black.
- These kicks are averagely priced at $140.
- These Asics tennis shoes are in men’s sizes, ranging from 7-14. It has a true-to-size fit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to buy Asics tennis shoes?
Asics offers its wide range of products, including tennis kicks, on its online stores and brick-and-mortar shops and outlets. There could be Asics tennis shoes on sale at such places. The brand’s footwear is also sold at department stores or shoe retailers, both online and in-store. Sites such as Amazon, Zappos, and Foot Locker offer many Asics tennis kicks.
Additionally, performance tennis shoes are also sold at specialty tennis shops or sporting goods stores. Some models are even carried exclusively by such establishments.
What to wear with Asics tennis sneakers?
Due to their athletic background, Asics tennis shoes are suitable to be worn with sporty clothes. Depending on the model, they could also be appropriate to be worn with casual outfits. Here are some tips on how to dress a pair of Asics tennis kicks.
- Men’s Asics tennis shoes can be paired with tennis clothes, such as shorts and a polo shirt. One could go for a preppy and neat appeal with an all-white ensemble or wear such neutral colors as khaki or navy.
- Tennis-inspired shoes could also be paired with casual clothes such as pants, chinos, and shorts due to their elegant vibe. T-shirts in neutral palettes would complete the laid-back flair.
- Ladies can opt to wear their Asics tennis models with pleated or skater skirts, especially those in pastel or neutral hues. Tank tops, t-shirts, or shirt dresses would also complement the sporty yet casual vibe.
- For a more off-duty appeal, women’s Asics tennis shoes could be dressed in jeans or shorts along with a button-down or polo shirt.
How much are tennis kicks from Asics?
Asics offers different price ranges for different budgets. Tennis sneakers start at budget-friendly prices, including Asics Gel tennis shoes like the Gel Circuit, which sells for $90. Affordable options range from $91 up to $120, which includes the Asics Gel Challenger 11, which has a price tag of $100.
Meanwhile, slightly expensive shoes range from $121 up to $199, such as the Asics Court FF 2 Novak, which has a price of $170. Additionally, one can get markdowns online or in-store, where there could be Asics tennis shoes on sale.
Are tennis models from Asics durable?
As a brand, Asics is known for providing a high level of quality, especially as it caters to performance footwear, such as in the Asics Gel tennis shoes' series. The brand’s tennis shoes provide comfort along with style, support, and durability both in and out of the court. However, it’s best to check reviews for each model to confirm, especially as some shoes may last longer than others.
What is the fit and sizing of Asics tennis footwear?
Men’s tennis sneakers from Asics are usually released in sizes 6-15, while Asics ladies’ tennis shoes are usually offered in sizes 5-12. Half sizes are included in both categories. In general, many of the models fit true to size. However, it’s best to read reviews beforehand to find out what users have been saying. Some shoes may have a narrow or wide fit, or perhaps run small or large.
How to take care of tennis shoes from Asics?
Asics tennis shoes for women and men will have to be cleaned once in a while, preferably with a mixture of mild soap and water, which can be applied using a bristle brush. A piece of cloth can be used to wipe away the suds after cleaning. The pair should also be dried.
Shoelaces can be soaked in soap and water for some time and then air dried. To keep the shape and quality of the kicks, they should be worn alternately with other shoes so that they will not get easily worn. Also, before properly storing them, make sure to air them out first.
What could be the best uses for tennis-inspired sneakers from Asics?
A lot of the tennis models from Asics are used for the sport itself, whether indoor or outdoor courts, depending on the shoe. Some have also transitioned into casual wear and are chiefly worn for lifestyle use at laidback occasions or endeavors. There are also other models that are used both on and off the court. Make sure to read the Asics tennis shoe’s reviews or descriptions to find out more.
Where are Asics tennis kicks made?
Like many footwear brands, the Japanese-based company Asics manufactures its shoes in Asia. Tennis shoes from Asics are produced in factories in such countries such as China, Cambodia, and Vietnam. To know the model’s origin, check the box it came in or the tag behind the tongue, where the “Made in…” label can usually be found.
What are the advantages of wearing Asics tennis-inspired models?
As a performance brand, Asics produces high-quality shoes that aid the wearer’s movement. The brand is also known for developing such innovative technologies as Gel cushioning, which offers a high level of quality. Thus, Asics men’s and ladies’ tennis shoes can provide value in terms of features, style, fit, and pricing.
Is tennis footwear from Asics washable?
When it comes to cleaning tennis shoes from Asics, the brand strongly discourages the use of washing machines or dryers. The same is true for many brands, as this type of cleaning method, while convenient and fast, can damage the footwear. Instead, Asics recommends washing with a shoe cleaner and a soft brush or cloth. Surface cleaning can also be done using mild detergent and cold water.