Because table tennis is an active sport that requires you to move around on your feet, wearing the right shoes is an essential element for success. Playing with the wrong shoes will not only result in poor performance, but it can also lead to blisters, pain and joint problems. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you must wear the appropriate type of footwear. Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the things you should look for when choosing a pair of table tennis shoes.
Some players may feel inclined to purchase shoes specifically made for table tennis. Butterfly makes a wide variety of shoes that are designed to meet the unique meets and specifications of table tennis players. While these shoes are perfectly fine to wear and use during your table tennis matches, you shouldn’t limit yourself to them. The fact is that regular tennis and athletic shoes can meet the needs of a table tennis player as well. You just need to know what to look for when choosing a pair.
The single most important element that’s necessary in a pair of table tennis shoes is comfort. If the shoes dig into your feet, or if they are too loose in certain areas, you should put them back and look for a different pair. Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine whether or not a pair of shoes are comfortable without wearing them for yourself. This is why I recommend purchasing your shoes in person and not online since you’ll be able to walk around in them. As you are walking around the store in them, pay attention to how well they conform to fit your foot.
Ideally, you should choose a pair of shoes that are lightweight and not bulky or heavy. The heavier a pair of shoes are, the less speed and agility you’ll have during matches. The good news is that most running, tennis and athletic shoes are designed to weigh less than traditional shoes. Before you even think about trying on a pair of shoes, you should first hold them in your hands to get a feel for how much they weigh. If they are bulky and heavy, put them back and look for a different pair.
A good pair of table tennis shoes should have built-in shock absorbers. When you are bouncing around from side to side, shock absorbers will play a critical role in keeping your feet comfortable and reducing the amount of inflammation you develop.