One of the most important pieces of tennis “equipment” are your tennis shoes. But are you wearing the right size?
Bigger Feet With Age
One time when I went to buy new tennis shoes in my local New Balance store, I told the clerk my size; but she insisted on measuring my feet. She said, “Most people don’t realize that their shoe size gets larger as they age.”
And she was right. I was a half-size larger than I thought.
Tight or Loose?
John McEnroe created a stir when he reported that Raphael Nadal likes to wear tennis shoes that are a size and a half TOO SMALL for his feet. Rafa denied that, saying he wears “normal” sized shoes (US 10).
But that does lead to the question … is it better to wear tennis shoes that are on the tight side or on the loose side? Personally, I feel more secure in shoes that fit tighter (I do wear a thin pair of “wick-away” socks under fairly heavy Thurlo tennis socks).
That way, I don’t feel that my feet are “sliding around” the toe box – and jamming my big toe unnecessarily to create “tennis toe.”
How about you?
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