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Clay Court vs. Hard Court vs. Grass Court Tennis Shoes

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

The main differences between tennis shoes designed for different surfaces is that the outsoles feature different tread patterns, optimizing traction on a specific surface. Clay court tennis shoes feature a herringbone tread pattern, while grass court soles have small pimples and hard court shoes have thicker rubber reinforcement in high wear zones. These different outsoles can allow for a much appreciated traction enhancement when moving around the court.


Left to Right: Clay court, hard court, grass court



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