For tennis shoes, I am a New Balance fan… mostly because I have a wide foot (EE) and New Balance comes in widths. I learned some interesting facts in a recent buying experience.
Since I play so regularly in hot weather, I buy three pairs for the year. And to allow them to dry between matches, I rotate through them in sequence each day.
I had worn the leather/mesh combination; but last year switched to the all leather. When down in Florida a couple of weeks back, I played with Matt Davie, who was sporting his New Balance mesh (model #1004) and they looked to be lighter than my all leather ones.
To travel lightly for the one-week trip to Florida, I didn’t bring any tennis shoes; so just used a pair from the closet that was probably four years old. Well, shoes DO make a difference. After two matches, there was a new pain in my foot from wearing those old shoes; so I went to the Pelican Bay New Balance store to order my new shoes for the season and hope they had one pair in stock.
Here are the highlights of that visit:
– The Mesh model 1004 was a pricey $125 a pair.
– The store was running a summer sale and giving a 25% discount on buying three pairs of shoes; so they would have been $94 a pair.
– The all leather shoes (which you would have thought to be MORE expensive) were on sale at only $75 a pair.
– I asked the sales clerk to check the weight of the two models: and the all leather was about one ounce LIGHTER than the mesh.
– When I commented that the souls were different; she responded the leather one has “best support of any New Balance tennis shoe.”
– I asked them to order three pairs of 10/EE; and to my surprise they had three pair in stock! (And my foot pain is now gone).