Pickleball, the trendy competitive sport taking over outdoor courts everywhere, may look like a mixture of tennis and badminton, but it’s in a league of its own. The game with a unique name has amassed 8.9 million players in the US as of this year. And if you want to join the masses, it’s very easy to do. The gameplay requires a court with a net, paddle, ball, and of course the right shoes to help you launch around the court.
Hannah Platt, a pickleball player based in Delray Beach, Florida, tells HuffPost that she wears lightweight shoes designed for fast lateral movements.
“For pickleball, it’s important to have a ‘court’ shoe similar to tennis with underfoot stability and durability in the bottom/toe of the shoe,” she said.
Pickleball is all about speed, as you have to quickly slide around your side of the field to serve up the ball and bring it back with your paddle. Wearing shoes that allow you to move quickly is crucial to your success as a rookie (or professional) player, which is why we asked Blatt and other pickleball players to share their picks for the best shoes to wear while playing. Check them out below.
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