What are squash shoes?
Squash shoes are footwear designed specifically for the game of squash. They share similar features to shoes designed for other hard-court indoor games like handball or volleyball, but they also have some unique features. These include:
- Lateral support to stop you slipping
- A sole designed for fast turns and ‘sticky’ grip
- Highly durable soles and outers
- Non-marking rubber
- Low profile
- Cushioning distributed throughout the foot
- Extremely lightweight
Squash shoes will give you increased grip for speed across the court and extra support for fast turns. They also provide shock absorption to keep you comfortable during long rallies and they are extra responsive to reach those tight drives. They’re also lightweight, meaning you can return to the ‘T’ quickly and dominate the court.
Why using the wrong kinds of shoes in squash is a problem?
Squash involves rapid front to back and side to side movements in a small space – players get very hot. Shoes which are designed for general fitness or running do not offer the kind of support your feet and joints need – you are more likely to slip and slide in the wrong pair of shoes and that could put you at risk of injury.