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PIckleball Shoes vs. Running Shoes

April 11, 2022

What shoes should you wear to play pickleball? The right shoe can help minimize injury and improve performance.

Tennis court shoes are ideal for pickleball because they offer stability for lateral movements and are designed to accommodate quick starts and stops. Running or walking shoes are not recommended for pickleball because they are not designed for multi-directional movement. The right court shoe can minimize the risk of injury and improve your overall performance on the pickleball court. 

Acacia Pickleball Shoes

What shoes should you wear to play pickleball?

Any court shoe is ideal. Tennis shoes are great for pickleball because they have stability for lateral movements and minimize the risk of injuries, like rolling an ankle or falling from slipping. Some companies, like FILA, K-Swiss, and Acacia, have introduced court shoes created specifically for pickleball. However, any shoe designed for outdoor or indoor hard courts is a better option than a running or walking shoe. Court shoes have durable outsoles that can accommodate rubber or wood courts. The outsoles are designed for sliding in multiple directions, but can also handle quick starts and stops. 

Running and walking shoes are not recommended for pickleball because they are not designed for this multi-directional movement. Running shoes are built for the heel-to-toe stride. Playing pickleball in running shoes makes you vulnerable to rolling an ankle. 

Lotto Mirage 100

Here are some staff picks for the best pickleball shoes:

K-Swiss Express Light Pickleball

K-Swiss Express Light Pickleball

"I have had three pairs of the K-Swiss Express Light pickleball shoes. They were immediately comfortable with no break-in period. I like that they are lightweight and have more room in the toe box." - Shari Webber, Fromuth Retail Team

Pros: lightweight, comfortable, good arch support, variety of color options

Cons: not as durable as other court shoes

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Acacia Ultra Shot Corrine Carr Signature Edition

Corrine Carr Pickleball Shoe

"I have recently been wearing the new Acacia Ultra Shot, Corrinne Carr's signature pickleball shoe. It's comfortable and I like the balance between agility and durability. I have had a lot of people ask me about these shoes when I wear them. The style and color scheme appeals to many." - Shari Webber, Fromuth Retail Team

Pros: Good balance, wider in the toe box, style and color

Cons: The insole liner is a bit thin

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Corrine Carr Pickleball

Lotto Mirage 100

Lotto Mirage 100

"I've been wearing the Lotto Mirage 100 tennis shoe because it is comfortable and lightweight. It is a bit on the narrow side, so a proper break-in period for a day or two will make all the difference in the world. The flat sole also makes this shoe more comfortable for people with flatter feet." - Bobby Keith, Fromuth Pickleball Brand Manager

Pros: lightweight, good stability on lateral movements while still feeling light enough to move around easily, good-looking colors and styles 

Cons: narrow fit, break-in period 

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Once you decide on the best pickleball shoe for your needs, comfort, and fit are paramount. Ill-fitting shoes can jeopardize your foot health. Take the time to try on shoes and find the right to avoid the chance of blisters or corns. The right shoe will help extend your pickleball career, and wearing pickleball shoes only for pickleball play will help extend the life of your shoes. 

FILA Pickleball Shoes

When is it time to replace your pickleball shoes? 

Your shoes should last for up to 60 hours of play, depending on a few factors. However, if your feet, back, or knees are hurting, it could mean that your shoes no longer have the cushioning and shock absorption you need. If you find yourself slipping around the court, the tread may be worn, which won't provide the much-needed traction. If you think it is time for a new pair of shoes, don't drag your feet! offers a variety of pickleball court shoes from top brands. While those chosen by our staff are just a few of our favorites, we offer the best pickleball shoes from brands like adidas, FILA, HEAD, and Wilson. Shop all of our pickleball shoes now

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