Buyer's Guide: How to pick a great pair of Badminton shoes
Badminton is a fast-paced game. It requires quick direction changes and more lateral movement. Badminton shoes have a thinner sole, and this lowers your center of gravity, therefore reducing the risk of injuries. For this reason, you should avoid buying regular running shoes or trainers if you play badminton. Here are some tips that will help you buy the right badminton shoes:
A good badminton shoe will ensure that:
- Performance is maximized during the game.
- Injuries are prevented.
All badminton shoes need to have some basic qualities, which are listed as follows:
- Traction and grip
- Good cushioning
- Light weight
You can buy badminton shoes, depending on the surface of the badminton court. Most people play on a wood or PU court, and some use a cement court. For those who play on a wood or PU court, shoes with gum rubber soles are the best. They provide ample traction and grip. When buying shoes with gum rubber soles, you must remember that the sole accumulates dirt easily. This will reduce traction.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to avoid dirt accumulation:
- Wear your shoes only when you are on court.
- Have a moisturised towel by the court, step and rub on it from time to time to keep the soles clean.
- For those playing on a cement surface, a normal rubber sole is ideal.
Cushioning prevent injuries
Good cushioning will help you move quickly in different directions. The primary function of the cushioning is to absorb shocks. A good cushion can absorb the impact. Some shoes have specially designed cushions to do a better job here.
Badminton Shoes for Beginners
If you want a pair of shoes that are sufficiently good for a casual badminton game, consider buying a shoe with the following technologies in it:
Ergoshape - It is a contour, the way the shoes are shaped. It provides comfort and stability at the forefoot area and toes for efficient and organized badminton footwork.
Powercushion - It acts as a shock absorber. It enables the wearer to perform quick reverse movements. It is also excellent for maintaining body balance.
Double Russel Mesh – It is the best breathable material available. They are super lightweight and durable. It provides 8 times better air-exchange when compared to normal shoes, so that sweat does not get accumulated around your feet. It prevents blisters.
These shoes are reasonably priced and quite affordable.
Badminton Shoes for Regulars
If you want to maximize your performance in the game, there are more technologies available in the market today.
MsLite – It is lightweight and provides great support for fast paced footwork to make the shoes durable.
Lateral Claw – It adds to the power and quickness of your foot movement.
Hexagrip Sole – It is created for agile and stable footwork. The hexagrip pattern is made from a newly-developed material that provides 3% more gripping power and is 20% lighter than an ordinary material.
As you move up in price, you get additional features, like:
Super MsLite – This super performance construction features a polymer-based midsole 10% lighter than MsLite.
Round sole – It provides a feeling of natural comfort under the foot and maximizes the transfer of body energy into movements around the court.
Power Graphite Light – This 3D graphite sheet sole plate provides high stability and it cushions the impact on landing.
Power Cushion Insole MC – It provides instant resilience that minimizes shock.
These shoes can be slightly expensive, but worth the money since they last for a long time.
Badminton shoes for men, women and kids
The badminton shoes for both men and women share almost all the features as far as the make is taken into consideration. They just differ in style, shape and color. They come in cool colors for men and tend to be feminine when it comes to ladies badminton shoes. Badminton shoes for kids also have the same features, but they are of limited-edition and come in smaller shoe sizes.
If you’re looking for a great pair of Badminton shoes to take your game to the next level, visit the Sportskeeda Store.Published 22 Jan 2013, 22:59 IST