Tennis shoes look amazing – as with many other athletic shoes. This leads to many questions regarding their versatility in other environments, especially when you are out on a casual day and want to don them, but you are unsure of whether they will hold up well like regular sneakers or whether they look presentable. In addition, there are various tennis players who have also worn their tennis shoes when they are out and about, which contributes to this question.
Regular tennis players would probably want a shoe that caters for use on both the court and outside, which leads to this question. This could probably be due to several factors, such as the nature of the sole, the hardness of the rubber, and the nonresistance to slipping in certain conditions (wet and oily surfaces), but there are also instances where tennis shoes can work well outside a tennis court.
General factors to keep in mind when choosing a tennis shoe for court use
- Playing style – there are two styles you mostly play in; the baseline player, and the serve-and-volley player. Baseline players enjoy playing along the court’s backline, and the shoes will require plenty of lateral support and well as a very durable sole (due to the constant horizontal movements). For a serve-and-volley player, you are charging the net frequently, which means sliding your back foot along the court. You therefore require a shoe with a reinforced toe (durable toecap), as well as a medial within the shoe arch.
- Type of court surface – for a concrete surface (hard court), you need a shoe that is more durable, because the soles will wear out faster. Check the outsole and upper, which will mostly use vinyl or leather materials. For a clay court (soft court), the traction of the shoe must be non-damaging, while if you prefer multiple courts, you should get those specifically for multi-court use.
- Shoe fit and foot type – foot types are in three varieties: under pronation, neutral, and over pronation, which you can find out through doing a ‘wet test’. If you have over pronation, the wet test reveals that your entire foot leaves an imprint on the floor surface, and you will require stabilizing shoes due to the tendency of your foot to roll inwards. For neutral feet, a visible space will be present in the arch area during the wet test, and it allows you to try on any tennis shoe. For under pronation, the imprint has a wide gap and the visible part of your foot is small. This means that the feet tend to roll outwards as you stride, so you need a flexible shoe that allows for quick movement.
Tips to wear tennis shoes off-court
Tennis shoes look great, and they can add an interesting flair to your wardrobe if you use them well. This is mainly due to their versatility, which allows you to pair them well with a variety of outfits such as skinny jeans, dresses, suits and skirts. They also happen to be gender-neutral, stylish and stylish, which allows you to put them on top of your sneakers list.
To maximize the opportunities to wear them, here are a few tips:
Make sure they are in top condition
Regardless of the use, no one looks good in torn, old or smelly shoes – even if sneakers are increasingly becoming a popular option for daily and casual wear. If your tennis shoes are old, consider getting new ones to wear with your wardrobe style.
Avoid the socks
Unless you are wearing a pair of pants that cover most of your feet and leave a small portion of the shoes visible, you should avoid socks when wearing these sneakers with your wardrobe picks – it is one of the most common fashion slip-ups. If you can, always opt to go sock-less, since this will help your look remain streamlined and neat.
However, if you cannot imagine stepping out without socks, choose to wear the ‘invisible socks’ that end just below your shoe line. They will not be visible, and can help you if you want to wear shoes but struggle with sweaty feet. If you still want to wear socks though, then you can opt for a pair of statement socks instead – -although this requires plenty of courage to pull off.
Look for classic looks and colors
This will allow the shoes to be more versatile with your wear, rather than going for crazy patterns or colors. Most of the dependable colors for instance will be in whites and shades of black, which can go well with almost anything in your closet.
Keep your closet in mind when getting a pair
It is important to consider the clothes you usually wear – after all, you do not want to spend money on a pair of tens shoes, only to find it does not go well with any of your clothes. As much as possible, choose pairs that can work well for multiple purposes, as well as ensuring it does not overstretch your budget and style needs.
If you opt for streamlined sneakers, wear them with wide leg pants
This will enhance your overall look and take it to an entirely new level, as the pants will also balance out the sneakers – especially pants that feature classic tailoring.
Wearing them with cropped pants
Aside from wearing them with wide-leg pants, this can also be an interesting way to draw attention to toned legs when you wear them with cropped pants. They also look very refined and balanced in this sense and make for looks that can fit almost anywhere.
In the case of men, these sneakers can also go very well with jeans or khaki pants and shorts, especially in the classic colors.
Coordinate them with jewelry
If you happen to have a liking for metallic sneakers in interesting colors such as gold, then you can pair them with your jewelry to make your look even more interesting.
Wearing tennis shoes outside the court setting is possible, due to their inherent versatility – but it requires keeping a few wardrobe tips in mind in order to maximize on the simple elegance of the look.