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My Adidas 03/27/2009 - 6:35 PM


Whenever we run shoe reviews, we try to impress upon readers that appearance should not be a factor. A smart player looks at a shoe as a piece of equipment, not a fashion statement. Fit and performance should trump any style concerns. A shoe can look great, but if it lacks adequate support or has a poor cushioning, it’s best saved for casual wear.

But if clothes make the man, or woman, it’s hard not to be swayed somewhat by style. When we do racquet reviews, we have the manufacturers send us blacked-out frames so playtesters aren’t influenced by the cosmetics. Unfortunately, that’s not possible when we evaluate shoes. I always wonder whether our weartesters can stay totally objective. It’s pretty rare to see somebody in a sporting goods store admiring a shoe’s flexpoint. Buyers tend to gravitate towards a particular model because of the way it looks. Once it satisfies the eyeball test, then they move on to whether they could actually play in them. 

That’s why the most finicky shoe aficionados will go so far as to actually design their own styles. Nike was the first company I noticed with this practice, offering it on its website for their running and basketball shoes. Adidas has followed suit with the aptly titled Not to be confused with Run-DMC song, it’s a website where you can take a base model of various Adidas shoes and basically go crazy.

One of the lines you can create with is the Barricade. For years it has been one of the more dependable high-performance tennis shoes, a staple on the pro tours (the Barricade II is still my favorite). As long as you can manage the weight, the Barricade is a definite asset for your feet. I’ve usually been satisfied with the color schemes, although it’s nice to have complete control. It’s not cheap ($140), but it does let you customize your shoe beyond just the appearance. You can choose the width, type of a sockliner, a hard court or all-court outsole, and even get different sizes for each foot, something many players struggle with. 

Another shoe with a rich tennis history you can design is the Stan Smith. Now I would never advise playing competitively with “Stans” anymore, because it has basically no support features. But they’re pretty cool. And when you’re off the court, that’s something to consider. 


Posted by Tony 03/30/2009 at 07:30 PM


I still hit with rod lavers sometimes :)

Posted by phil 03/31/2009 at 12:12 PM

you can spend the extra $30 or 40 to get a wildly colored pair of shoes, but your money can't buy you a sense of taste.

Posted by Gabrielle 03/31/2009 at 03:47 PM

these shoes need some color they r 2 boring

Posted by Russell 03/31/2009 at 09:04 PM

that's awesome that adidas is now customizing

Posted by Ena 03/31/2009 at 09:35 PM

i dont like them they are why too plain and i dont like how they look. these types of shoes make feet look oversized.

Posted by Jason 03/31/2009 at 10:59 PM

Is there anyway that I'd be able to customize a pair of Nike Air Breath Cage II's? I'd love to get a pair like Rafa's from this year's Aussie Open or Indian Wells.

Posted by Arnold 04/01/2009 at 09:53 AM

these needs a cool design or maybe some stripes

Posted by Lane Bryant Coupons Girl 04/16/2009 at 04:25 PM

Awesome title but I'm not a fan of this pair.

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Posted by Herpes Treatment 09/08/2009 at 05:13 PM

I don't think they need some colors in fact it keeps the originality of the modern shoes. I like them.

Posted by Best Dates 09/09/2009 at 06:53 PM

Adidas is one of my favorites tennis shoes brands, they are cool

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Tennis shoes represent a piece of equipment that many people tend to ignore without realizing that most of the time the shoes are the ones that make quite a big difference both during training and in competitions. While playing, the effort and stress that the feet have to bear could often lead to lack of proper responsiveness from the mental-physical coordination perspective. As it may obviously be seen in televised tennis games, tennis players have to run, move a lot sideways and back and forth putting a great amount of pressure on their feet. The pressure placed on the feet can be greatly reduced with the help of a high quality pair of shoes.

Tennis shoes manufacturers are now competing for market ground throughout the entire world trying to come up with breakthrough ideas as to how to improve the shoes recommended for this sport. Every new pair that is ready to hit the markets has already gone through play-tests that test the shoe behavior and resistance as compared to other brands or older designs. Adidas, Nike, Lotto, Prince - these are but a few of the many manufacturers that try to take the lead in terms of tennis shoes and their appeal to buyers.

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