Proper Footwear

Comfortable court shoes are a must; sneakers or running shoes do not supply the right kind of support for the side-to-side action inherent in pickleball. From FootCareMD:

  • If possible, purchase athletic shoes from a specialty store. The staff will provide valuable input on the type of shoe needed for your sport as well as help with proper fitting. This may cost a premium in price but is worthwhile, particularly for shoes that are used often.
  • Most court sports require the body to move forward, backward and side-to-side. As a result, most athletic shoes used for court sports are subjected to heavy

abuse. The key to finding a good court shoe is its sole. Tennis [pickleball] players need a shoe that supports

the foot during quick side-to-side movements or shifts in weight. A shoe that provides stability on the inside and outside of the foot is an important choice. A good supportive shoe greatly helps in preventing ankle sprains, etc. Flexibility in the sole beneath the ball of

the foot allows repeated, quick forward movements for

a fast reaction at the net.

  • Try on athletic shoes after a workout or run and at the end of the day. Your feet will be at their largest.
  • Wear the same type of sock that you will wear for that sport.
  • When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
  • The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. There should be no need for a break-in

period. Walk or run a few steps in your shoes. They should immediately be what you want in fit and comfort.

If you don’t have a pair of tennis shoes, Instructor Lucy Kitcher

suggests you get some. Websites Lucy Kitcher shared with us include … and

Be sure to click the button that gives information about shipping and returns. They usually do free shipping and returns on orders over $75

Submitted by: Mel Kohlberg Date: February 25, 2021