5 Best Squash Shoes

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Whether you’re just getting into the sport or you’ve been a squash fanatic for years, you’ll know that having the right footwear can make a huge difference to your performance on the court.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of squash shoes and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of choice out there, then you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll look at some of the best shoes for playing squash on the market today, and help you choose the perfect pair for your unique needs.

Best Squash Shoes for All-Around Performance: Asics Gel Tactic 2

Asics Gel Tactic 2s offer a little bit of everything, making them a great choice for anyone who’s new to the sport and isn’t sure about the kind of nuances they’re looking for in a shoe. Offering decent levels of comfort, support, and durability, these shoes have a little bit of everything for players of all experience levels!

With plenty of cushioning and arch support, these shoes are alternately rigid and flexible in all the right places. Like many Asics shoes, they also feature exceptionally durable rubber on the outsoles, making them perfect for players who have a habit of dragging their toes on the court.

Best for Ankle Support: Adidas Stabil Next Gen

Stabil has been a slightly controversial name among keen athletes, especially those who used the Adidas Stabil X. Having said that, we’ve heard nothing but good things about the Next Gen! 

Though their bulky design might not be to everyone’s tastes, these are probably the best squash shoes on the market for people seeking a little extra ankle support. Its stand-out ‘inner cage’ molding is designed for total stability when rushing around sports courts, and with Adidas’s own “boost” technology in the soles, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better shoe that offers total comfort after months of regular use!

Best for Knee Support: Asics Gel Renma

Though Asics Gel Renmas are designed for pickleball, these are quite likely the best squash shoes for your knees. 

They’ll feel great and provide excellent grip on the court right out of the box, with a close, but not tight, feeling around your foot. They also have a lot of cushioning for an indoor shoe, which might feel a little heavy and high-up compared to what you’re used to, but works wonders for absorbing impact during high-intensity sessions!

Best for Wide Feet: Salming Men’s Kobra 3 

If your feet are a little on the large size, then we don’t have to tell you how tough it can be to find a sports shoe with a comfortable fit. If this sounds familiar, we recommend going for the Salming Men’s Kobra 3s.

Though they carry a lesser-known ‘budget’ brand name, Kobra 3s come up time and time again in popular squash forums as the best shoe for players with wide feet. They’ll also offer plenty of grip, cushioning, and support to boot. Thanks to the company’s own Recoil™ ERF (Energy Return Foam) midsoles with lightweight cushioning, you’ll notice a higher rebound from the first use, giving you a little extra spring when you’re rushing to return tough serves.

Best Budget Squash Shoes: Asics Gel Rocket 9

If you’re a casual or beginner squash player and you’re not ready to spend a small fortune on your next pair of squash shoes, then Asics Gel Rocket 9s are the best squash shoes for players on a budget.

Another no-frills all-rounder, the Asics Gel Rocket 9s will give you everything you need from a squash shoe; support, durability, and comfort. Though they don’t have any reactive foam bases and the visual design is a little dated, the functionality for the price (generally around $70) will more than make up for it! 

Some players who use these say they feel rigid for the first session, but once they’re worn in, they’re sure to be a faithful companion for all your games.

Brenton Barker

Brenton holds a Degree in Coaching from the University of Delaware. He was the Head Advisor to the Japanese Government's Sports Science Institute and was the Head Coach for Australia’s Governing Sporting Body. Brenton currently consults with professional and amateur athletes in several areas including self-accountability, technical analysis, and goal orientation. https://www.instagram.com/jonnybakks/

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