Anyone playing tennis will know that lateral movement is important and your shoe needs to support that kind of action. Since cross training shoes tend to offer solid lateral support, it is assumed that they will work for tennis. In reality, you can use cross trainers as tennis shoes but there is one major flaw: your shoes wouldn’t last.
Cross trainers vs tennis shoes
One of biggest difference between a cross training shoe and a tennis shoe is the sole. Tennis courts have rough surface that can destroy the traction of any non tennis shoe pretty fast. Good tennis shoes tend to use a more durable material which can withstand the tough tennis courts.
Cross training shoes, on the other hand, tend to have a more normal sole which are either from a combination of rubber, plastic and other materials unknown to me 🙂 The effect is that they can withstand the tennis court’s punishment for too long. Give it a few weeks and you can start to see your soles having problems.
Weight wise, both are pretty light so they are about equal in this aspect. This goes for lateral support as well. Overall, the cross training shoes do work well as tennis shoes. It is just that they wouldn’t last very long.
When will you use cross training shoes as tennis shoes
Despite what is said above, there are some who still like to use cross trainers in tennis. Why? One answer: aesthetics. When it comes to selection and design, cross training shoes have a wider choice and dare I say, a more stylish look. Tennis shoes are very boring to look at. So, for the sake of design, some might choose to use cross training shoes instead.
Best cross training shoes for tennis?
If you really must use a cross training shoe for tennis, then I suggest you choose models that are more geared towards the outdoors. These outdoor cross training shoes have a tougher sole that should last longer than an average cross trainer on tennis courts.
In conclusion, it is ok to wear cross training shoes to play tennis for a couple of rounds. Long term, I don’t encourage such usage unless you are willing to spend money every couple of months on a new pair of cross trainers!