Looking for the best pickleball shoes?
We review the best shoes for men, women, outdoor, indoor, wide feet, plantar fasciitis, ankle support, including brands Babolat, K-Swiss, Asics, Fila, Mizuno, Joola, Head, New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Xero Shoes and discuss pickleball shoes vs tennis shoes and what shoes do the pickleball pros wear.
These reviews are based on our own preferences and testing as well as asking our fellow pickleball players what shoes they have tried and like and don’t like.
Don’t Wear These Types of Shoes for Pickleball
You should avoid wearing shoes with deep treads/lugs and those that lack a base for lateral stability when moving side to side on the court.
No running shoes.
The soles, flexibility, and treads on running shoes are not meant for lateral court movement and you will be more susceptible to ankle injuries.
Likewise, do not wear trail runners, cross trainers, hiking boots, and flip flops/crocs.
Yes, I have seen younger people on the court with flips flops and even Crocs!
Best Pickleball Shoes (Outdoor)
For a combination of comfort, stability, durability and excellent feedback and overall satisfaction from customers, here are our picks for best pickleball shoes…
We think Babolat is one of the best pickleball shoes, especially since they partner with Michelin for the design of their soles with grip technology research as well as gripping lug shapes.
The Michelin soles also last longer and the tread doesn’t wear down as fast as other shoes.
They have a variety of models with different toe box widths to accommodate both narrow and wide feet.
It’s important to get a width that allows your toes to spread out naturally and not be confined.I discuss this in further detail and Simone Jardim’s preference for a wide toe box later.
Some other brands that are worth considering are K-Swiss, Head, Wilson, Addidas, and Asics.
Best Outdoor Pickleball Shoes for Men
Many of the top men’s pros wear Babolat including Ben Johns (recently has switched to wearing Joola pickleball shoes), Matt Wright, Riley Newman, Zane Navratil, to name a few.
One of the more popular models is the Babolat Jet Mach 3, which also comes in a wide width.
Babolat Pickleball Shoe Widths (Men’s):
Babolat Propulse Blast – 88mm
Babolat Jet Tere – 94mm
Babolat Jet Mach 3 Wide – 99mm
Babolat SFX 3 – 102mm
Below you’ll see three other brands and models that we think are good choices for a men’s pickleball shoe, including the K-Swiss Express Light, Wilson Rush Pro 3.5, and Head Sprint Pro 2.5.
K-Swiss Pickleball Supreme – Great new option from K-Swiss with longer lasting sole, lightweight yet supportive.
Best Indoor Pickleball Shoes for Men
The K-Swiss Express Light is technically an outdoor pickleball shoe, but for some men the sole wears out faster than they like which would make it better for an indoor court shoe because it’s lightweight and very comfortable, yet provides plenty of stability.
Best Outdoor Pickleball Shoes for Women
As with the men’s, Babolat has some great models for women with varying widths as well.
We do think the K-Swiss Pickleball Supreme Shoe is a great choice as well with a comfortable, lightweight design that is also supportive.
Babolat Pickleball Shoe Model Widths (Women’s):
Propulse Blast 76mm
Propulse Fury 81mm (also in black)
Jet Tere 84mm
SFX 3 89mm (also comes in red/ink and white/grey)
K-Swiss Express Light Pickleball Shoe (also comes in blue, pink, and black and in wide widths)
Below are two other brands and models of pickleball shoes for women including the Wilson Rush Pro 3.0 and Fila Volley Zone pickleball shoe.
Best Indoor Pickleball Shoes for Women
As aforementioned, the Asics are a great indoor pickleball shoe but use them only indoors because the sole will wear out quickly on an outdoor hard surface court.
Asics Gel Rocket 9 (comes in several colors)
Pickleball Shoes vs Tennis Shoes
Is there a difference between pickleball shoes and tennis shoes?
Short answer: No, not really, with some caveats.
Both are designed for wearing on hard surface outdoor court and for quick, lateral movements and quick starts and stops.
Choosing the Correct Pickleball Shoes:
I listened to a Simone Jardim podcast and someone asked what was her favorite pickleball shoe.
She said in tennis, she wore a heavier shoe, but for pickleball she prefers a lighter shoe since the movements are so much faster and also because there is a lot of sprinting fast forward.
Best Pickleball Shoes For Wide Feet
The Babolat SFX 3 is Babolat’s widest shoe.
New Balance extra wide shoes are popular brand for those who have wide feet such as pro, Dekel Barr.
Jay Devillers wears the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express in a 2E wide width.
Another option for those who like zero drop, minimalist, foot-shaped, wide toe box pickleball shoes
I wear several different pickleball shoes just so my feet have variation and don’t get the same type of impact every day.
Like Simone, I prefer a shoe that has a wide toe box that allows my toes to splay as they naturally should, and a lightweight shoe.
One of my favorites is from Xero Shoes.
I transitioned to wearing zero drop, foot-shaped (wide toe box) shoes years ago and it has helped strengthen my feet and relieved the impact on my joints.
What’s best about these shoes is that the sole is very long-lasting.
I’ve had mine for nearly a year, playing 3-5 times a week, 2-3 hours on hard courts and the sole still has it’s deep treads.
Xero Shoes are backed with a 5,000-mile sole warranty!
I wear both the Kelso and the Prio for my pickleball shoes:
I also like both the Kelso and Prio because they are extremely lightweight and like Jardim, allows me to move to the ball quickly on the court.
When I try on traditional tennis shoes, they feel like heavy bricks compared to my Xero Shoes.
Some of the popular pickleball shoes are around 13-14 ounces (mens size 9) whereas the Xero Shoes in the same size are only 9.2 ounces.
Best Pickleball Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis
Pickleball requires a lot of abrupt starting and stopping dynamic movements which can exacerbate the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis without the proper footwear.
To play without pain, you want to wear a pickleball shoe that has proper arch support and sufficient cushioning under the heels and forefront of your feet.
Here are two pickleball shoes that provide the proper support and targeted cushioning for plantar fasciitis:
Features to look for when choosing a pickleball shoe for plantar fasciitis:
- Arch support: Shoes with good arch support can help to distribute weight evenly across the foot and reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
- Cushioning: Shoes with good cushioning can absorb shock and reduce the impact on the heel and arch.
- Heel support: Shoes with good heel support can help to stabilize the heel and reduce excessive motion.
- Flexibility: Shoes that are too stiff can put extra strain on the plantar fascia. Look for shoes that are flexible and allow for natural foot movement.
- Roomy toe box: Shoes with a roomy toe box can help to reduce pressure on the toes and forefoot.
- Lightweight: Shoes that are lightweight can reduce the overall stress on the feet and help to prevent fatigue.
I have had plantar fasciitis and have worn the Kuru Quantum shoes.
They are great for walking to relieve my plantar fasciitis, but I found them too heavy for pickleball.
Here is what they said:
“If you’re in search of lighter shoes, I highly recommend checking out our ATOM and FLUX options.
They are fantastic for quick lateral movements and provide excellent support!
All of our shoes have the KURUSOLE, which includes the heel cradle that hugs and cradles your heel to protect the plantar fascia and heel bone from absorbing the impact.” – John from Kuru
Best Pickleball Shoes For Ankle Support
If you are prone to ankle injuries here are pickleball shoes that will give you the best support:
Asics Gel Resolution – The Gel Resolution provides excellent ankle support with its Flexion Fit upper and PGuard toe protector.
New Balance 996 V5 – The V5 provides excellent ankle support with its ProBank technology and REVlite midsole..
Look for these features when choosing a pickleball shoe for ankle support:
- Stiff heel counter: A stiff heel counter is a hard piece of material that is located at the back of the shoe. It helps to stabilize the heel and prevent excessive motion.
- Lateral support: Lateral support refers to the shoe’s ability to prevent excessive side-to-side movement. Shoes with good lateral support will have a sturdy sole and an upper that is designed to keep the foot in place.
- High-top design: Shoes with a high-top design extend above the ankle, providing extra support and stability.
- Arch support: Arch support helps to distribute weight evenly across the foot, reducing the likelihood of ankle injuries.
- Cushioning: Shoes with good cushioning can absorb shock and reduce the impact on the ankle joint.
- Ankle straps: Some athletic shoes come with ankle straps that can be adjusted to provide extra support and stability.
What Pickleball Shoes Do The Pros Wear?
Depending upon affiliations, pickleball pros wear a variety of brands.
What pickleball shoes does Ben Johns wear?
Ben Johns has been wearing Babolat Jet Mach 3 shoes, but has recently switched to wearing Joola pickleball shoes at the most recent MLP event. They are not yet available to purchase.
Riley Newman, Matt Wright, AJ Koller, Simone Jardim, Callan Dawson, Collin Johns, among others, also wear Babolat Pickleball Shoes.
Tyson McGuffin and Catherine Parenteu wear Sketchers Pickleball Shoes.
JW Johnson and his sister, Jorga, have been wearing K-Swiss Pickleball Shoes, although I recently noticed JW was wearing a different brand of shoes…
I could not find the brand logo anywhere but his mom, Julie Johnson, told me that he is wearing Winners Edge, a new company looking to launch. They need to pay Jdub lots for wearing their shoes! Jay Devilliers has also been wearing Winners Edge.
Anna Leigh Waters wears Fila Pickleball Shoes.
Tyler Loong wears Acacia Pickleball Shoes.
Outdoor vs Indoor Pickleball Shoes
Note that court shoes can vary based on indoor use vs outdoor court use.
One of the more popular pickleball shoes is the Asics Gel Rocket.
However, it is technically a volleyball shoe that is meant for an indoor court.
I have friends who also wear them on the outdoor courts, but the soles wear out very quickly on the harder surface.
Best to use them only indoors.
If you prefer Asics, they do have an outdoor court pickleball shoe:
How To Care For Your Pickleball Shoes
Here are some tips for caring for your tennis shoes and extend their life:
Clean them regularly: Dirt and debris can accumulate on the surface of your pickleball shoes, which can cause them to wear out faster. To keep your shoes clean, wipe them down with a damp cloth after each use. For tougher stains, use a mild soap and water.
Air them out: After each use, remove the insole and allow your pickleball shoes to air out. This will help to prevent odor and bacteria growth.
Store them properly: When you’re not using your pickleball shoes, store them in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or in a damp area, as this can cause the materials to break down.
Replace the insoles: Over time, the insoles in your pickleball shoes can become worn out and lose their cushioning. To keep your shoes comfortable and supportive, replace the insoles periodically.
Rotate your shoes: If you play tennis frequently, it’s a good idea to rotate between two or more pairs of pickleball shoes. This will give each pair time to air out and recover between uses.
Avoid machine washing: While it may be tempting to throw your pickleball shoes in the washing machine, this can damage the materials and cause them to wear out faster. Instead, clean them by hand using a mild soap and water.
Pickleball Shoes at Pickleball Central
Here’s what my friend, a long time pickleballer, said about his Babolats:
“I got the Babolat Propulse Fury. I really like them a lot for the sure-footedness, extra stability because of the design where the laces are that grabs the foot, the rounded edges to help keep from grabbing the pavement and turning the foot over.
It’s Michelin tread, however they don’t give a mileage warranty. I got them sometime last summer and you made me look to see that they are wearing on the outside edges of the heels. This is where I always wear out my shoes first. They are still very serviceable. However, typically I do have to get a new pair every year and probably will do so again in the summer or fall if I can make it that long.
My only problem was that my foot is wider and these are not made for a wider foot which of course I realized after I bought them because eventually they started cramping my little toe on my right foot. I don’t have a problem with the left foot.
So I just loosened the laces a whole lot at the toe and up the foot almost to the top of the lace but keep the very top lace tight and that corrected my problem for the most part.
I used to use running shoes but they are too squared off on the edges and cause one to trip over. I would buy them for an average price of $40 at famous Brand shoes. I would need to replace them every year. So I’m not sure if I’m going to get more longevity out of these much more expensive shoes. They are $120 regular price and I got them on sale for $100. However the other features I mentioned are very much worth it to me.”