Verdict from 2 experts and 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Lockdown: The adaptive lacing system of the NikeCourt Air Max Volley gives the foot a more secure, adjustable fit.
  • Heel slippage: The high heel counter with two foam pods prevents slippage. A few players appreciate the latter because they "keep the heel stable throughout the run".
  • Shock absorption: The visible Max Air unit delivers impact protection on fast cuts and quick movements.
  • Rocking sensation: According to a few reviews, the ergonomic heel design encourages an efficient heel-to-toe movement during each serve and strike.
  • Looks: The tennis shoe has a street-style design, making it perfect to wear on and off the court.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Outsole stability: The sole unit lacks the pivot points or sliding channels, making it less stable while running up and down the court.
  • Upper support: The lack of reinforcement in the lateral and medial sides makes the NikeCourt Volley less supportive, especially when sliding side-to-side.
  • Comfort: Several players noticed that the upper is not as plush and comfortable compared to other Nike tennis shoes.
  • Bulky cushioning: According to some expert reviews, the midsole feels "bulky" and "not responsive as expected".
  • Ventilation: The upper lacks enough airflow and traps in the heat. One player noticed a warm sensation after playing 45 minutes indoors.

Bottom line

Meant for speed and support, the NikeCourt Air Max Volley still needs improvement from the upper to the sole unit. The shoe is not suitable for aggressive movers since it lacks lateral support. It is also not the coziest nor the most breathable tennis shoe from Nike. If you are willing to spend more for comfort and plush foot coverage, consider the NikeCourt Vapor Cage 4.

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NikeCourt Air Max Volley: Fast and affordable

The NikeCourt Air Max Volley is an affordable hard-court tennis shoe designed to help you get the ball quickly. It offers a locked-in fit for more secure stops and starts. It also delivers reliable arch support on the court.

Who is it for?

The NikeCourt Volley is a good option for casual and intermediate players who are looking for a budget-friendly and fast tennis shoe.

Features of the NikeCourt Volley

  • Max Air unit - It is strategically placed in the heel section of impact absorption.
  • Foam pods - The foam pods on the heel counter encourage a comfortable and secure fit.
  • Adaptive lacing system - Wraps the foot comfortably for a more locked-in fit.
  • Rubber outsole - The sole unit delivers decent durability in high-wear areas and it features a generative design for hard court traction.

How Court Air Max Volley compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 81
66 87
This shoe: $90
All shoes average: $134
$75 $210
This shoe: 14.3oz
All shoes average: 13.6oz
10.9oz 16.2oz