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May 11, 2014
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When I started about a decade ago, I used a Nike running shoe which felt okay. When they were worn, I gave it a go and invested in the cheapest Yonex' I could find. What a difference that was. Ever since, I never trusted a non-badminton related brand again. Which makes IMHO a bit of sence: you don't see tennis players in basket shoes ? Or vice versa. And by now, there are enough badminton brands around besides Yonex. But if this works for you, feel free. This is just my experience, and my opinion.

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May 12, 2014
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Generally I don't recommend badminton players wearing non badminton shoes. Badminton shoes are designed for purpose, just as a running shoe is designed for running, taking into consideration anticipated running movement.

 

Of course there are some players who prefer more cushioning than others. Also there are some that will argue a squash shoe is the same as a badminton shoe. Tennis is also similar although the dynamics of movement are different.

 

It does boil down to personal choice and budget. But, there are some very good shoes at £40 or under.

 

Paul

May 13, 2014
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I guess I am looking for the best cushioning badminton shoe.  Any recommendations?

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May 13, 2014
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Kevin

 

This is a tough question to answer. I've worn so many good shoes but they are no longer available so in many respects don't count. I currently wear Victor 9100 in yellow which I really like. Personally I rarely discuss the technology with a shoe because it could be marketing hype and nothing more.

 

There's a lot of talk about cushioning. Some players occasionally look for too much which is a bigger danger because I am concerned too much creates a potential for instability, which in turn can lead to serious injury.

 

I know Yonex shoes will be good as they rarely make a bad shoe. Asics have a great reputation and are worth a look. I can't speak for other brands as I don't see these shoes around the clubs.

 

What do you think?

 

Paul

May 19, 2014
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Hi All

 

Paul's right, this is a really tough question and one that is real trial and error.

 

I've tried various versions of Yonex, also Yehlex and Ashaway and finally settled on HI-TEC AD PRO COURT SHOES.

 

For me they have the right amount of cushioning, support and weight, plus you can pick them up for around £30 – £40.

 

Some stores advertise them as a Badminton Shoe, others as a Badminton, Squash and Tennis Shoe, either way, they suit me.

 

The important thing, as Paul also consistently says, only wear them inside, not outside.  That way they last for ages, as do all the others.

 

Hope that helps, at least a little.

 

Allan

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