The ladies are tearing it up this weekend at the French Open, bringing a few new brands to the clay (Under Armour and New Balance) along with the expected onslaught of adidas, Nike and specialty tennis favorites like
No. 10 - New Balance Women's 996 Tennis Shoe
New Balance joins the ranks of unexpected brands including Uniqlo and H&M to hit the clay courts. The 996 strikes a good balance for the quick surface, with a lightweight upper and ample stability for lateral movements and quick cuts. While the herringbone / Ndurance combo makes for a better all-court shoe, the 996 is a strong contender on the clay courts as well.
No. 9 - adidas Women's adiZero Tempaia Tennis Shoe
One of our personal favorites from last year, the adiZero Tempaia is extremely comfortable and weightless for such a supportive build. This particular model from adidas is great for players that need a little extra support on the court during quick plays. You'll feel super safe sliding around in this adiZero shoe. On sale to make way for the ClimaCool update and abSM collections, the Tempaia is a bargain right now.
No. 8 - Nike Air Max Cage Tennis Shoe
A tennis shoe for the flat footed player, the Air Max Cage is also a good option for those seeking a wider toe box. A great all-surface shoe, the Air Max is great for strong servers like Serena, while the herringbone outsole in the forefoot stabilizes quick pivots à la Maria.
No. 7 - Babolat Women's V-PRO 2 All Court Tennis Shoe
Tough as nails. This tennis shoe is equipped with a Michelin All Court sole for extra versatility and resistance to abrasion. With a shock-absorbing heel and a compression-inspired fit, Babolat proves its expertise with this premium shoe.
No. 6 - adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade
The best of both worlds over at adidas have join forces to create a great-looking performance shoe. adidas by Stella McCartney rethinks the look and breathability with an all mesh upper, without sacraficing the superior performance benefits of the successful Barricade legacy.
No. 5 - Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour Tennis Shoe
Without a doubt, the best tennis shoe to come out of Nike last year is also made for the ladies. Now available at Nike ID for team spirit potential, this is a great shoe to keep in your training rotation this summer. It's light, breathable, and provides just enough support for clay court surfaces.
No. 4 - Asics Women's GEL-Resolution 5 Tennis Shoe
Perhaps one of the most popular tennis shoes for women this spring, it's hard to track down a pair of the Asics' GEL-Resolutions due to their high demand. With a look that recalls basketball silos of the '90s, the 5 features a Flexion Fit, a PGuard toe protector, and a cushioning system that is specific to the ladies.
No. 3 - Wilson Rush Pro Clay Lady
This clay specific shoe provides the ultimate traction for play this summer. The Endofit upper includes strategically placed mesh for a breathable option, made comfy with a padded collar and over-molded toe guard for an abrasion resistant fit. The true to size fit can be attributed to the OrthoLite removable foam sockliner or perhaps just the comfy feel the Rush Pro supplies. A bit on the heavy side, the Rush Pro is a great option for players seeking an extra touch of support on the court.
No. 2 - Nike Air Max Mirabella 3
Serena Williams' shoe of choice this week, the Air Mirabella 3, makes full use of the mesh upper without sacrificing a durable, stable build. With an durable XDR outsole and a Phylon midsole featuring Air Max in the heel, this tennis shoes fits true to size and is great for players with flat feet.
No. 1 - Asics GEL-Solution Speed
With GEL cushioning in the heel and forefoot, the Solution Speed can be trusted to absorb shock on impact and toe-off plays without feeling too heavy on hotter days. The midsole is cushion-y and comfortable without the weight, and the mesh overlay has a fast look to it that will camouflage clay dust well.