What’s the most important piece of equipment you will invest in when playing squash? Your shoes! They are your foundation to plant, pivot, push, pull, and PLAY!
Squash demands a fast-paced environment, and sometimes longer than expected matches. This can be very demanding on your shoes! If your shoes can’t keep up with you…it might just cost you the game. Give your technique and power an advantage by wearing the proper shoes.
Don’t worry, I found some good shoes for a great deal and have listed them below in our list of best squash shoes.
My Top 3 Picks
Kelme Star 360
- Extreme Grip And Durability
- Rubber sole
- Price Range:
Asics Men's Gel-Domain 3
- Perfect For Custom Fits
- Rubber Sole
- Price Range:
Head Men’s Speed Pro Lite
- Shock Absorbent Insole
- Mesh Synthetic
- Rubber Sole
- Price Range:
There are many makes and models of shoes out there. It’s hard to narrow down the list and know where to start. I can help you out by listing the The Top 7 Squash Shoes in today’s market. Each shoe has a similar design, but below lists features that separate that particular shoe from the rest.
ASICS Men’s GEL-Upcourt Indoor Court Shoe
This mesh-synthetic shoe offers rear foot gel cushion, for those long duration games on your feet. They also have a designed a pivot point on the sole of the shoe, for minimal resistance and friction with the court. This shoes offers breathability and comfort. This shoe is marketed as an entry-level shoe. For a light and comfortable shoe, these are what you’ll want to check out!
Prince NFS II Men’s Squash Shoe
This lightweight synthetic shoe offers a padded collar (ankle) for additional comfort. It also has a breathable mesh tongue, and a removable sock liner for easy of cleaning. They are very stable and supportive. Move with confidence in these shoes. They scream comfort and durability! Also, being black and white, these shoes cater to the clean fashion look – keeping it simple.
Head Men’s Speed Pro Lite Indoor Low Shoe
This mesh-synthetic shoe offers a shock absorption insole, which also assists in energy return – helps you bounce back from impact. It also offers great stability with its energy transferring midsole (transfers energy from the heel to the forefoot). This shoe tends to have a larger heel pocket than others. These shoes appear to have more overall protection surrounding the upper portion of the shoe than others. (The synthetic leather grids the upper portion of the shoe.)
Kelme Star 360 Men’s Michelin Leather Mesh Inset
This leather shoe offers a dual-density sole – specifically the outsole designed for greater surface resistance and flexibility. With superior sole design, this shoe promotes endurance and limits erosion/wear. If you’re looking for durability, these are it! They will fit like a glove. These come in a variety of different colors, so you can match them with the rest of your outfit and gear. Although these are designed more for indoor soccer, they can also serve you well on the Squash court.
HI-TEC Adrenalin Pro Men’s Indoor Court Shoe
These leather-fabric shoe offers superior foot support. It has a molded heel cup and a supporting arch design. This promotes better posture and comfort while on your feet. This shoe is more rigid and stiff, compared to other shoes. This shoe was designed to fit your feet and support them well. These primarily white shoes cater to the classic, clean design.
ASICS Men’s Gel-Domain 3
This synthetic shoe offers plush memory foam lining the collar and a molded heel for a custom fit. They are also made from a more natural rubber compound, lessening your carbon footprint on the earth. This lightweight shoe didn’t skimp on integrity either. They allow for a quick-response on the court, while giving you good arch-support. These shoes come in a couple of bold color options. Stand out with this bright design.
2 BEST WOMEN’S SPECIFIC SHOES
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the women athletes. Women are built different than men are. Generally speaking, they move differently, might play a different style, and have less weight to shift around. All these factors are considerations for what type of shoe is purchased. Below are a couple of women’s specific Squash shoes.
In many brands, women’s specific shoes differ from the men’s shoes in three primary ways; 1) color – mainly pinks, purples, and pastels, 2) they tend to be more narrow, and 3) they sometimes have a lower “cut” for the ankle. Make sure to review shoe specifications for the women’s shoe (as they might differ from the men’s).
ASICS Women’s Gel Rocket 7
This mesh-synthetic shoe offers a molded-EVA midsole, and court specific gel cushioning. It also has increased gum rubber on the outsole for better traction. Its lightweight design doesn’t compromise durability. These shoes come in a variety of colors (including pink and purple), so you can match them with the rest of your outfit and gear.
ASICS Women’s Gel Upcourt
This mesh-synthetic shoe offers rear foot gel cushion, for those long duration games on your feet. They also have a designed a pivot point on the sole of the shoe, for minimal resistance and friction with the court. This shoes offers breathability and comfort. This shoe is marketed as an entry-level shoe.
Basic Etiquette When Playing Squash
Most games will be played on an indoor court – usually in a club or gym. To keep those courts clean and safe, as well as follow most gym regulations, you must wear your Squash shoes on the court, ONLY! Your street shoes, or regular athletic shoes, could have a substantial amount of dirt and grime on them.
You don’t want all that transferring to your court, where it can provide for a slippery surface to play on. It can also deteriorate your shoe sole rubber at an accelerated pace.
This could result in frustrations, or even injuries, for you and your opponent. To avoid being “that guy” and always have a To and Fro (generic) pair of squash shoes for getting yourself to and from the court.
Although not the only factor, your shoes can be a direct impact on your performance. Be sure to get the right shoes for YOU! Read our guide on buying squash shoes here.
As you progress in Squash, and find your own playing-style, you’ll start to grasp what shoe features are more important to you.
Those feature preferences might also change throughout your Squash playing career as you focus on different skills and play various opponents. Also note that shoe technology will change.
New ways to make rubber, synthetic materials, or even shoe design will be shaped by how the game is being played today and what payers are demanding out of their shoe.
This is also why I recommend leaving shoe reviews (for the manufacturer to see) so they can advance their own products to better serve you and your needs.
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