Best Squash Shoes

If you have ever played squash, then you know how much you need to run around the court. If you have never played squash, then I can tell you, you need to run around the court a lot. Squash is a high-speed game. The court is relatively small, but you are also sharing the court area with your opponent.

The squash ball is usually moving from side to side as you swing the racket, so you need to be nimble, quick on your feet, and avoid your opponent, all at the same time. This is where your footwear comes in.

A great pair of squash shoes can be the difference between winning a game and losing a game. It can be the difference between staying on your feet and ending up on the floor. Great squash shoes are safety equipment. They stop you from sliding and slipping, keeping you on your feet and in the game.

We have taken a look at some of the best squash shoes out there, and we have some recommendations for you. Let’s take a look at our list, starting with our number one choice, and if you're in a hurry we've outlined the best options for any budget below.

1 - pro choice

Salming Kobra Men's Indoor Court Shoe Black/Yellow (12)

Why we like it:

These are shoes which are designed for professional players, but that does not mean everyone cannot use them. They may be expensive, but the cost is worth the enhanced performance which you will get.


Summary:

There is a lot of technology in this shoe, making it perfect for professional players or those who want to play as well as they can. The materials used are fabric and synthetic, creating a shoe which is light and flexible. The materials are also breathable and can wick away any water which may accumulate inside of the shoe, leading to fewer blisters and abrasions. The lightweight fabrics are also extremely cushioning, giving you the most comfortable experience possible.

We like the use of Rebound foam in the shoe. This energy foam provides 80% more rebound energy than regular EVA midsole compounds. When you are pushing off with your foot, you will literally have more spring in your step. The RollBar on the inner side of the outside sole further enhances your push-off with each step. You are better able to roll your foot inwards and push off with your toe to generate more power and speed in your turns and movements.

The part of the shoe from the heel to the ball of the foot has also been designed with careful consideration. You get extra stability when you are planted or moving. You also get greater flexibility leading to a more natural movement. Great shoes which will improve anyone’s game. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Choice of color/style

Fabric and synthetic

Rebound foam

RollBar

Pros

Lightweight

80% better rebound energy

Toe push-off

Great flexibility

Promotes natural movement

Stable

Cushioning

Cons

Expensive

2

Mizuno Wave Bolt 7 Mens White-Black 16 White/Black

Why we like it:

These are great shoes for adding comfort to your game. They are great for all level of player and will do two main things: absorb any shocks and remove any moisture. A comfortable experience for hours.


Summary:

If you suffer from warm or moist feet when you play, then these shoes will be perfect for you. The air-mesh upper not only gives you superior comfort but also gives amazing breathability. The air-mesh allows the air to flow through the shoes, cooling your feet when they are warm and wicking away any moisture which has built up. The result is even more comfort in an already comfortable shoe, and fewer abrasions or blisters. The intercool system reduces overall heat in the shoe and humidity build-up.

The SR-Touch shock-absorbing midsole will comfort your feet and also reduce the stress from the impact on your feet. The midsole is lighter than many midsoles while still providing you with advanced shock absorption. When you are transitioning or planting your feet securely, you will not feel the jolt that you would with other shoes. The result is a more comfortable experience in the long-term. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Textile and synthetic

Synthetic sole

Air mesh upper

Shock-absorbing midsole

Pros

Breathable and moisture wicking

Absorbs shocks for comfortable play

Lightweight

Reduced heat and humidity

Comfortable

Cons

No choice of color

3

HEAD Men's Sonic 2000 MID Racquetball/Squash Indoor Court Shoes (Non-Marking) (Black/Blue) 11.0 (D) US

Why we like it:

We like the shock absorption of these shoes. The reinforced heel is also nice. If you feel that you are ending your games with sore feet or have lots of injuries, then you should give these shoes a try.


Summary:

We like the comfort you get in every step with these shoes. When you are running around in them, that added comfort translates to more power in your game. As you ease into every game, your feet are not an issue anymore. You can concentrate on the game and do what you know how to do best.

The mesh element and the durable synthetic leather ensure that the shoes not only fit comfortably but are also extremely breathable. This means that you will not have constant friction in your shoes and your feet will not rub. There will also be no moisture in the shoe as the water is wicked away by the circulation of air.

The pre-molded heel also gives superior comfort and offers extra stability when compared to other shoes on the market. A better base for your feet means you do not run the risk of as many injuries. When you plant your feet, you will feel more secure. You also do not run the risk of marking up the court when you are planting your feet with the non-marking soles. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Non-marking sole

Weight: 11.6 oz

EVA midsole

Pros

Comfortable

Heel frame provides support

Classic look and design

Breathable

Shock-absorbing

Cons

Could be better quality

4 - Best All-round choice

HEAD Men's Grid 2.0 Low Racquetball/Squash Indoor Court Shoes (Non-Marking)(Black/White) 9.5 (D) US

Why we like it:

This is a great intermediate shoe for all squash players. It is reasonably priced, deals with heat and moisture effectively, and holds up well to abrasions and wear.


Summary:

We love the climate control system on these shoes. The system is innovative, providing you with more breathability than most pairs of shoes on the market. In a high-velocity game like squash, that is a key feature which your shoes need. The result is an absorption and release of any heat build up while the air is free to circulate and wick away any moisture.

The HyBrasion technology is a high-abrasion rubber formula which reinforces the high-stress areas of the shoe, such as the soles. This means that you have superior toe drag resistance and also that the shoe is going to hold up better to abrasion against a surface, leaving you with a shoe which lasts longer. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Two color options

Synthetic

Rubber sole

Air-mesh upper

Pros

Great for any indoor court

Soles do not mark the floor

Breathable and comfortable

Lightweight

Synthetic leather upper is flexible and strong

Cons

Not as high-quality as others

No choice of color

5

Wilson Unisex Recon Black/Sulphur Spring 9.5 Women / 8 Men M US

Why we like it:

Great shoes for beginners or intermediate players. The sole provides excellent cushioning which will reduce injuries from impact. The shoe is also light and breathable, giving you superior comfort.


Summary:

This is a great entry-level shoe for all beginner or intermediate squash players. The synthetic leather upper has breathable mesh supports which allow the air to circulate freely through the shoe. This means less moisture and heat on your foot and, as a result, fewer blisters and abrasions.

The stable chassis technology also means that you have optimum torsional stability. When you are planted, you are planted, but when you need to move, you can kick off and get moving with speed and power. The gum rubber sole and comfortable midsole give you exceptional cushioning and rebound. When you do plant your feet or change direction, you will not feel the impact. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Two color options

Made in the USA

Lightweight

Classic design

Faux leather and mesh

Pros

Great for all indoor courts

Lightweight and breathable

Comfortable fit

Lots of cushioning

Good rebound

Cons

None

6 - Best Value Choice

KELME STAR 360  7.5 D(M) US Black

Why we like it:

Great shoes for all level of players. They are extremely comfortable, hold up in any conditions, and proved a non-slip and high-performance platform for squash players.


Summary:

For a squash shoe as professional as this, we were surprised at how affordable it was. This is a professional squash shoe for any player which will not break the bank. From bottom to top, this shoe has been designed to give you optimal performance in squash while being comfortable and breathable too.

The technology from Michelin tires has been applied to the sole of the shoe. Just as you get great grip from well-made tires, you get great grip from the soles of these shoes. Even when you are changing direction at speed, you will find that your foot does not slip on the court. With a 360-design, you can push the shoe in any direction and get a great grip, no matter what the condition of the playing surface is.

The mesh and leather outsole provides you with a lot of flexibility and breathability. As you are moving around, the shoe will flex with your foot. This means that the shoe is not rubbing against your foot and causing blisters. The added air circulation also means that moisture is wicked away from the inside of the shoe and there is less chance of rubbing and abrasions.

The entire shoe works together to bring you the most comfort and best performance. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Choice of color/style

Leather

Michelin rubber

Mesh inserts

Pros

Great grip on the sole

Lightweight

Mesh makes the shoes breathable

High-performance

Durable and tough

Affordable

Flexible

Cons

No arch support

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