Beginning squash players may start out playing in running shoes or cross-trainers designed for forward motion. Squash-specific shoes, with features that allow easier lunges and lateral movement, can boost your game.
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Squash shoes feature low-profile treads and gum soles that won't mar the court surface. Tread designs may feature a disc pattern under the first metatarsal to allow pivoting motion. Go for an aggressive tread to prevent slipping on an older court, recommends manager Brandon Sleight of SquashGalaxy in Albany, New York; otherwise, tread is a matter of personal preference. Purchase a low-top shoe if you prefer its style or a mid-top if you have ankle problems.
Allow two or three tries to find a shoe that fits well if you shop online; be prepared to pay for return shipping to make exchanges. Once you find a model that fits, stick with that size and manufacturer. New designs will tend to come in every few years, Sleight says, but these will continue to fit you, as manufacturers use the same moulds and keep sizes consistent.
Expect to pay around £52 as of 2010 for squash shoes, or look for discontinued models at £32 to £39.
Try squash shoes by Prince/Ektelon or Head, companies that support the development of squash as a sport, Sleight recommends. Other manufacturers of squash shoes include Wilson, adidas, Hi-Tec, Asics and New Balance.
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