7 Best Racquetball Shoes – 2020 Buying Guide & Reviews


When preparing to play a sport, it is necessary to ensure that you have the proper equipment. More often, this consideration is focused around a ball, puck, or some other item that is moved. Moving the item often involves a racquet, club, or stick of some sort. However, often people forget about their footwear.

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When playing racquetball, it is vital to make sure that you have the best racquetball shoes available. Of course, that means different thing to different people and heavily depends on your physical abilities as well as your playing style.

Best Shoes for Racquetball in 2020

Figuring out which pair of racquetball shoes best suit your abilities and playing style can be confusing. That is why we have put together a list of the 6 best racquetball shoes and highlighted what each one does best. Then we provide a helpful buyer’s guide, so you can find the best racquetball shoes for you.

1. ASICS Gel Rocket 9– Best Racquetball Shoes (Editor’s Choice)

ASICS Gel Rocket 8 Volleyball ShoesAfter the success of ASICS Gel Rocket 7 and 8, they went back to the drawing board to see how they eke out just a bit more performance from arguably one of the better indoor court shoes on the market.

ASICS Men's Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes, 6M, Black/White
  • Traditional lacing closure for optimal fit. Molded-EVA midsole provide enhanced cushioning and shock absorption. Features a rear and forefoot GEL® Cushioning System that offers shock-absorbing support at toe-off and offers superior movement and support through the gait cycle. Designed with Trusstic System® Technology that reduces the weight without compromising the structural integrity of the shoe. Rubber and gum rubber outsole containing more natural rubber content than traditional soli
  • Take your performance to the court with the ASICS® GEL-Rocket® 9 volleyball shoe!
  • Lightweight mesh upper with synthetic overlays provide structured support and comfort.
  • Foam-padded collar and tongue.
  • Breathable mesh lining and a cushioned footbed provide added cushioning.

After examining what some of the more specialized brands did in terms of design, they slightly changed an already winning formula and came out with the Gel Rocket 9.

While the Gel Rocket 8 and the Gel Rocket 9 share a great number of features in common, the 9 sport just enough improvements to make them the most popular racquetball shoes on our list.


Much like the Gel Rocket 8, the Gel Rocket 9 seek to offer the player exceptional mobility. While they do so through traction, in similar the improved ways as the Gel Rocket 8, the Gel Rocket 9’s traction is in another class on their own.

That said, they still provide the additional mobility features that come with the Gel Rocket 8. For example, this is one of the lighter racquetball pair of shoes we saw.

On top of that, the Trusstic system allows the sole to remain durable even while giving up additional weight.


That said, easily the biggest improvement from the Rocket Gel 8 to the Rocket Gel 9 has to be the traction. However, it will take a well-trained eye to understand why this is the case. This is because the Gel Rocket 8 and the Gel Rocket 9 actually use the same NC Gum Rubber.

While the rubber is not the stickiest, it still offers more than enough grip for most players. Still, it is the traction style featuring the mixture of herringbone tread on the lateral outer sole and a suction cup design coupled with a pivot on the medial outer sole that makes the Gel Rocket 9 better for traction than the Gel Rocket 8.


  • One of the lighter racquetball shoes
  • Forefoot gel makes landing smoother
  • The Trusstic system helps keep the shoes stable
  • NC gum rubber toe provides decent traction
  • Excellent traction style
  • A less expensive pair of racquetball shoes
  • Provides excellent breathability


  • Not the best ankle support
  • A tad looser tying than some
  • Not the most durable

2. ASICS Gel Rocket 7 – Best Racquetball Shoes for Women

ASICS Gel Rocket 7 Volleyball ShoesWhile the Gel Rocket 7’s may not strictly be the best pair of racquetball shoes on our list and are not even the best pair of ASICS that we reviewed you can still get an amazing value from last year’s model at a greatly reduced price compared to most of the other products that we reviewed.

ASICS Gel-Resolution 7 Men's Tennis Shoe, Illusion Blue/Silver, 10 D US
  • 6-MONTH OUTSOLE WARRANTY: Warranty against excessive outsole wear up to 6 months.
  • FLEXION FIT UPPER: Proprietary upper which provides form fitting comfort without sacrificing support.
  • PGUARD TOE PROTECTOR: Enhanced toe durability.
  • TRUSSTIC SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY: Reduces the weight of the sole unit while retaining the structural integrity of the shoe.
  • AHAR PLUS OUTSOLE: Strategically positioned in critical areas of the outsole, this exceptionally durable compound is 50% more durable than standard ASICS High Abrasion Rubber.

On top of that, these shoes are solid for players who find themselves leaping around the court and making regular smashes.


One of the best aspects of the Gel Rocket 7s is the fact that they are intended to offer excellent mobility. This may be in part due to their design as volleyball shoes, but they perform just as well for racquetball. This mobility actually begins with the traction. While NC gum rubber may not strictly be the “stickiest” traction we saw, it still offers a decent grip. When you combine that with a well-rounded traction style that can handle medial and sagittal movements equally with a toe pivot for rotational movements, you get an outer sole that can do it all.


Just as important as mobility is, comfort should weigh heavily as well especially if you are an amateur. In this instance, you will want a shoe that offers excellent response to the conditions of hard play. For the Gel Rocket 7s, this begins with a Forefoot gel that offers some of the better cushioning we came across. While the heel may not be as reinforced, the mesh and synthetic upper provides some of the better breathability on our list as well. Altogether, they make the Gel Rocket 7s a pleasure to play in.


  • Forefoot gel makes landing smoother
  • The least expensive product reviewed
  • The Trusstic system helps keep the shoes stable
  • One of the lighter racquetball shoes
  • NC gum rubber toe provides decent traction
  • Provides excellent breathability
  • Solid traction style


  • Not the best ankle support
  • Fit tends to run a bit small
  • Stiff and not as durable

3. Adidas – Best Racquetball Shoes (Editor’s Choice)

Adidas Performance Barricade Club Tennis ShoesThe adidas Performance Men’s Barricade Club Tennis Shoes may seem a bit odd to appear on this list, but tennis and racquetball actually have a great deal in common with one another.

On top of that, Adidas has made a name for itself, primarily as a manufacturer of high-end athletic shoes which are suitable for professionals, enthusiasts, and casual players alike.

With the Barricade Club, Adidas sought to provide an all-around excellent pair of shoes that did pretty much everything well without focusing too much on any single approach.


Adidas is apparently well-aware that many racquetball players are extremely enthusiastic. Whether you play competitively or just for fun, you will definitely be able to push these shoes to the limit without having to worry about being sore the next day.

This is because adidas provides a solid cushioning that is different depending on the part of your foot. The forefoot is protected by adidas’ ADIPRENE+ cushion, which offers some additional bounce in place of pure shock absorption. However, the heel uses the standard ADIPRENE cushion, which focuses exclusively on absorbing the shock from a leaping landing.


Anyone who jumps a lot will invariably need to be able to control their motions better than those who remain firmly planted on the ground. To this end, Adidas offers a number of features, which provide a good mix of mobility and control.

The TORSION midfoot shank is a prime example of this being stiff enough to brace against but flexible enough to give on the go. On top of that, the ADIWEAR 6 rubber outer sole provides decent traction but will not stop you short and roll your ankle.


  • ADIWEAR 6 offers solid balance between traction and durability
  • ADIPRENE heel cushion offers good cushion
  • ADIPRENE+ forefoot support provides solid bounce
  • ADITUFF toes are durable
  • TORSION midfoot balances support and mobility
  • TPU and mesh upper offers great mobility
  • Solid traction style


  • A slightly more expensive pair of racquetball shoe
  • Not the best ankle support
  • One of the heavier racquetball shoes

4. Wilson– Mens Rush Pro 2.5

Wilson review

A shoe that keeps your Feet in Control

The Wilson Mens Rush Pro 2.5 is a great shoe that might be for men but could find a use for some women as well, if need be.

Anyhow, the materials that make up its face are well designed; this isn’t the typical shoe that’s made cheaply but retails and a higher expense than what it cost to create it.

You will be getting breathability and comfort. Your movement won’t be blocked from the tight feeling that’s associated with other street shoes, making it a good product for all-around wear, jogging, playing sports, or going for an afternoon walk.

Cooling Down

The main negative is how hot your feet will become inside. Granted, there is lots of breathing room, but the padding alone increases the inside temperature a lot, especially when worn in warm environments.

Of course, not all people have this problem. But if your shoes take on odor from heat quickly, you may want to look for a different brand or loosen of the laces when you acquire this pair.
It’s still a great shoe and does a good job at taking away stiffness. Breaking shoes in will become a thing of the past with the Rush Pro 2.5.


  • Mesh front allows good breathability around the toes
  • Included a shank inside the sole to allow for more natural movement of the foot prior to break in
  • The pattern along the rubber outsole helps to provide better traction along the pavement


  • The padding is hot inside and will cause the feet to sweat
  • Inside the shoes, seams along the toes may cause irritation, especially around tip

5. New Balance – Best Racquetball Shoes New Balance

New Balance WC806 Tennis-W Tennis Shoes

New Balance is far more well-known for making cross trainers and general running shoes than they are for competitive sports.

That said, New Balance has definitely been making a push to produce shoes that are suited for professional play with a special focus on shoes that are used for sports with a court.

In that vein, New Balance has made the WC806s, which are a great value tennis shoe, though they may not suit the most competitive of players.


The biggest value aspect coming from these shoes has to be their durability. Unless you are okay purchasing a new pair of racquetball shoes every few months or so, you might be better off spending a little bit more and getting a pair of shoes that will be able to take a beating for an extended period of time.

With full grain leather uppers, the WC806s are by far the most durable pair of racquetball shoes that we came across. Still, New Balance is not willing to rest on that quality alone and offer an outer sole made of their proprietary N-Durance rubber.


Another primary issue for casual players or those who are simply enthusiasts is comfort. Unless you expect your body to take a regular beating as you train, there is no reason your feet should be sore the next day regardless of how hard you play.

To accommodate their target demographic, New Balance offers a few features to make their shoes more comfortable. First, the C-Cap midsole will provide good cushion to your forefoot while the ABZORB heel cushion will prevent hard landings from jarring your foot. Second, the TPU RollBar keeps your foot stable to prevent overextension.


  • Upper made of full grain leather
  • Excellent traction style
  • ABZORB cushion for landing softly
  • TPU RollBar stabilizes rearfoot
  • C-Cap midsole balances cushion and flexibility
  • Provides excellent breathability
  • Can be used outdoors


  • Not the best traction
  • One of the heavier racquetball shoes
  • Most expensive racquetball shoes reviewed

6. Ektelon – Best Type of Shoes for Racquetball

Ektelon Men's T22 Mid Racquetball Shoes

Ektelon is the first and only brand on our list that specializes exclusively in making and selling products for racquetball.

While there are other excellent brands that we reviewed and even a few that tend to focus on sports played on courts Ektelon is the only brand that stays within the Racquetball market to the exclusion of all others. For an enthusiast, this allows Ektelon to provide one of the better all-around performing racquetball shoes that we saw.


One of the often-overlooked aspects of racquetball shoes is stability. Because racquetball requires the player to dart around the court for oddly angled shots, mobility is generally stressed over stability. While this may work well for professionals or even highly competitive amateurs, it leaves casual players and enthusiasts at risk of ankle injuries.

To alleviate this issue, Ektelon has come out with a mid-top cut racquetball shoe that offers far more ankle support than any other that we reviewed. This is also one of the few racquetball shoes that we saw which uses the classic gum rubber for top-tier traction though the traction style leaves a bit to be desired, but that is expected for a shoe focusing on stability.

Stability (Again)

Ektelon has sold out completely when it comes to stability, which may be exactly what you need depending on your physical condition and your play style.

To go along with the mid-top cut, the T-22 Mid also offers a TPU forefoot strap design. This prevents the front of your foot from overextending and will help further prevent the dreaded rolled ankle injury.

To provide further stability for medial movement, Ektelon uses a TPU shank called the wYshbone. The best part about this shank is it is rigid enough to brace against but flexible enough to offer some wiggle room.


  • Better ankle support than most
  • Provides reasonable breathability
  • TPU forefoot straps offer additional stability
  • wYshbone shank increases medial stability
  • Gum rubber offers great traction
  • ShockEraser midsole for landing softly
  • PU inner for fit and cushioning


  • Not the most mobile
  • The heaviest racquetball shoes reviewed
  • A more expensive pair of racquetball shoes

7. HEAD – Best Racquetball Shoes HEAD

HEAD Men's Grid 2.0 Low Racquetball/Squash Indoor Court Shoes

When it comes to sports played on a court, few brands have the prestige and reputation of HEAD. Whether you play tennis, squash, pickleball, or racquetball, Head offers a wide array of professional quality equipment.

Interestingly enough, the Grid 2.0 is technically intended to be used as a squash shoe, but the similarity between the two sports lend it just as well to racquetball. That said, you should likely be competitive if you want to use this racquetball shoe.


Part of this is because the HEAD Grid 2.0 offers by far the best all-around traction that we saw. While the outer sole is ultimately composed of a soft, tacky gum rubber, the compound has been altered a bit. This Hybrasion gum rubber provides the best of both worlds where your outer sole provides high-end traction, but it will not wear away quickly either though it is still definitely too soft to take outside.

Beyond the outer sole’s material, the tread style of the HEAD Grid 2.0 is also one of the best we saw. While we would have preferred there to be a forefoot pivot, the medial outer sole design of herringbone with a lateral outer sole design of softer waves ensure that your foot will stick wherever you put it.


The traction of the HEAD Grid 2.0 actually goes towards improving its mobility as well. With the stickier grip, a player who has excellent footwork will find that they can respond at the drop of a hat and be across court in a flash. Beyond the traction, this is also one of the lighter pairs of racquetball shoes that we saw and by far the highest performing pair at this weight.

This will further increase your foot speed, especially for the nuances of technical footwork. Finally, the nylon anti-torsion shank will bend and flex just enough to not impede your movement, but it will still offer a stiff enough brace to pivot off.


  • One of the lighter racquetball shoes
  • A reasonably priced pair of racquetball shoes
  • Gum rubber offers great traction
  • Decent traction style
  • Provides good breathability
  • HyBrasion compound is durable
  • Solid nylon anti-torsion shank


  • Not the best ankle support
  • Fit runs a bit small
  • Not the best cushioning
Bestseller No. 1
ASICS Men's Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes, 8M, White/Black
  • Traditional lacing closure for optimal fit. Molded-EVA midsole provide enhanced cushioning and shock absorption. Features a rear and forefoot GEL® Cushioning System that offers shock-absorbing support at toe-off and offers superior movement and support through the gait cycle. Designed with Trusstic System® Technology that reduces the weight without compromising the structural integrity of the shoe. Rubber and gum rubber outsole containing more natural rubber content than traditional soli
  • Take your performance to the court with the ASICS® GEL-Rocket® 9 volleyball shoe!
  • Lightweight mesh upper with synthetic overlays provide structured support and comfort.
  • Foam-padded collar and tongue.
  • Breathable mesh lining and a cushioned footbed provide added cushioning.
Bestseller No. 2
Mishansha Men's Hard Court Tennis Shoes Non Marking Outdoor Racquetball Badminton Volleyball Trail...
  • FASHION DESIGN: Combined unique colorful-matched pattern and synthetic leather design, avantgarde fashion and guiding trend
  • BREATHABLE UPPER: Synthetic leather with breathable mesh fabric, keep air flow and feet dry
  • COMFORT INSIDE: Ergonomically curved ankle design with skin-friendly mesh lining, gives more soft touch. Foam insole enhance footbed support and reduce friction
  • MD&RUBBER SOLE: Combined extra elasticity MD midsole and unique pattern rubber outsole ,offers good grip, wear-resistant and cushioning when do sports
  • PERFECT FOR: Indoor court, tennis, badminton, squash, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, training, gym, running, walking, casual
SaleBestseller No. 3
PUMA Men's Cell Surin 2.0 FM Sneaker White Black, 13 M US
  • Clean Synthetic leather upper with perforations for breathability.
Bestseller No. 4
HEAD Men's Sonic 2000 MID Racquetball/Squash Indoor Court Shoes (Non-Marking) (Black/Blue) 11.0 (D)...
  • Non-Marking Gum Rubber
  • Combortable EVA Midsole
  • HEAD Heel Energy Frame support
  • Shoe Weight: 11.6 oz (Size 10.5)
Bestseller No. 5
Python Wide (EE) Width Indoor Mid Racquetball (Squash, Indoor Pickleball, Badminton, Volleyball)...
  • You've finally found the perfect EE Wide Width Indoor Gummy Sole for use in Racquetball, Squash, Badminton, & Indoor Pickleball
  • Extremely High Quality Synthetic Leather Upper with Open Mesh Inserts for Ultra Light Weight and Breathability
  • Non-Marking Gum Rubber/Lightweight EVA Insole for Comfort and Cushioning
  • Shoe Weight: 11.6 oz (Size 10.5)
  • Die-cut Artholite insoles provide superior shock absorption and deodorization as well as breathable comfort
Bestseller No. 6
ASICS Women's Gel-Rocket 9 Volleyball Shoes, 9M, White/Black
  • Traditional lacing closure for optimal fit. Molded-EVA midsole provide enhanced cushioning and shock absorption. Features a rear and forefoot GEL® Cushioning System that offers shock-absorbing support at toe-off and offers superior movement and support through the gait cycle. Designed with Trusstic System® Technology that reduces the weight without compromising the structural integrity of the shoe. Rubber and gum rubber outsole containing more natural rubber content than traditional soli
  • Take your performance to the court with the ASICS® GEL-Rocket® 9 volleyball shoe!
  • Lightweight mesh upper with synthetic overlays provide structured support and comfort.
  • Foam-padded collar and tongue.
  • Breathable mesh lining and a cushioned footbed provide added cushioning.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Ryka Women's Influence Cross Training Shoe, Steel Grey/Chrome Silver/Diver Blue/Zuma Pink, 8 M US
  • Dual impact insole
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Dual density foam midsole with high impact N-Gage EVA energy return provides shape retention and cushioning on impact
Bestseller No. 8
ASICS Men's Gel-Blade 7 Court Shoes, 10.5M, Speed RED/White
  • Lightweight performance like never before, the Asics Gel Blade 7 is perfectly designed for players that want to be as light as possible moving around the court. Featuring an EVA midsole that delivers bounce and cushioning, the Blade shoe series has been a popular choice over the years.
  • Court: Indoor (Squash, Pickleball, Badminton, Racquetball)
  • Length: True to Size
  • Width: Medium
  • EVA midsole
Bestseller No. 9
ASICS Men's Netburner Ballistic FF MT Volleyball Shoes, 10.5M, Black/Black
  • FlyteFoam Midsole Technology - Our FlyteFoam technology provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness no matter the distance, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that traditionally happens with softer, low density foams.
  • NC Rubber outsole - Compound containing more natural rubber content than traditional solid rubber, resulting in enhanced traction on court systems.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).
  • Twisstrust System -
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System - Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
Bestseller No. 10
ASICS Men's Gel-Tactic 2 Volleyball Shoes, 10.5M, White/Black
  • Breathable textile linings. Two layer SpEVA® midsole improve bounce-back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown. Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact and allows for a smooth transition to midstance. Trusstic System® reduces the weight of the sole unit while retaining the structural integrity of the shoe. Durable, non-marking rubber outsole offers great traction control. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 10 oz Product measurements were take
  • Get top-notch performance with a modern and sporty vibe in the Gel-Tactic 2.
  • Seamless and breathable open mesh uppers with synthetic overlays.
  • PGuard® Toe Protector for added durability.
  • Lace-up closure for optimal fit.

How to Choose Racquetball Shoes

Racquetball is a sport that requires lots of lateral movements and quick stops and starts. As such, you should choose a pair of shoes that offer a strong grip, lots of stability, plenty of shock-resistance, ample flexibility, and some ankle support. While it may be tempting to wear your street gear on the racquetball court, it’s never a good idea.

Outer Soles

Racquetball shoes must provide substantial traction. Gum rubber is the predominant material choice for the outer soles of racquetball shoes. This sticky yellow material provides players with an excellent grip. On the downside, gum rubber wears out faster than polyurethane and other synthetic sole materials.

Tread patterns also have a tremendous impact on the movements and traction of racquetball shoes. Since racquetball movements are quick and random, we recommend soles with traditional herringbone tread and circular accents.


Players who are caught up in a shoe’s performance factors may overlook their comfort. Cushioned midsoles respond excellently to hard landings and abrupt shifts. Keep an eye out for sneakers with proprietary gel and foam forefoot coverage. A good buffer is going to give you smoother landings, quicker recoveries, and a little bit of bounce.


Racquetball requires lots of lateral movements. As such, your uppers need to be capable of withstanding non-stop pushes and pulls. We see a lot of mesh uppers with hard synthetic overlays. These dynamic support systems provide balanced support and flexibility. They also offer excellent breathability and temperature regulation.


Racquetball players need lots of ankle support. However, a reliable pair of shoes will not restrict an athlete’s ability to make lateral and medial moves. Rolled ankles are some of the most common racquetball injuries. Mid- or high-top racquetball shoes provide players with adequate ankle support.

What Type of Shoes for Racquetball

Many shoe manufacturers produce racquetball-specific shoes. Popular brands include Asics, Adidas, Wilson, New Balance, Ekelton, and Head. Resist the urge to wear conventional sneakers or other athletic footwear on a racquetball court. Racquetball shoes have very specific purposes. They are designed to be worn on a specific surface and to perform a specific task.

Many racquetball courts also have strict footwear requirements. Still, newbie players often improvise their footwear, opting for tennis, volleyball, basketball, or even running shoes.

While there are some obvious similarities between these sports, it doesn’t make up for the fact that none of these shoes aren’t made for racquetball courts. When you opt for a sneaker that is made for an entirely different surface or movement, you jeopardize your performance and safety.

Racquetball shoes should always be lightweight, flexible, and snug. Racquetball requires quick bursts of movement in all directions. Since racquetball is always played on a glossy indoor court, players are required to have gum rubber soles. You don’t want to be the player that unknowingly marks up a court with your street shoes.

You also don’t want to be the athlete that tracks in dirt and grime from the outside. Behaviors like this could get you blacklisted. As such, it is important to have a dedicated pair of racquetball-specific sneakers.

How to Wash Racquetball Shoes

We do not recommend wearing racquetball shoes outside of the court. However, even properly used racquetball shoes can become soiled or smelly. If you need to remove excess dirt, consider dropping your racquetball shoes in your washing machine. Just be sure to remove the laces and insoles before starting the wash.

Use a regular wash setting, warm water, and a deep-cleaning detergent. Remove your shoes from the washer as soon as the cleaning cycle is complete. Put them in the dryer with a few clean towels. Then set the dryer to air-dry. If your sneakers are still moist after the drying cycle, allow them to air-dry overnight.

If your racquetball shoes smell, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda inside the foot cavities. You can vacuum the baking soda up before wearing the shoes again. Baking soda is a cheap and effective odor remover. It can be used repeatedly, and it will not damage footwear.

You can also use a small brush and soapy water to remove dirt and scuffs from the exterior of your shoes. Just be sure to rinse off any soap residues before drying your shoes. If your shoes are wet, use a towel to absorb any excess moisture.

Best Racquetball Shoes – Buyer’s Guide

Outer Sole

Best Racquetball Shoes Reviews – Outer SoleThis is by far the most important quality for most people when choosing a pair of racquetball shoes. The outer sole will ultimately determine how much traction you have which will be important both for mobility and for stability.

That said, your physical ability would probably lend you to one type of traction over another. This is because too much traction can actually be a bad thing if your body is not able to handle the G-forces when you stop. This can even lead to injuries especially ankle injuries.


All racquetball shoe outer soles will be made out of rubber. That said, some types of rubber are harder than others.

The harder the rubber, the less traction the outer sole will provide. The softest type of rubber used for outer soles is gum rubber.

This rubber is exceptionally soft and will provide incredible traction. Of course, this is material that can stop you so suddenly you roll your ankle if you are not careful.

One of the ways that racquetball shoe manufacturers account for this is by adding polyurethane to the rubber. This will ultimately make the outer sole harder, less sticky, and reduce the traction.

On the plus side, it will also allow the outer sole to slide a bit which will help prevent ankle injuries. On top of that, rubber with polyurethane added to it is also significantly more durable than pure gum rubber.


Best Racquetball Shoes Reviews – DesignWhile the material of the outer sole is by far the most influential in terms of traction and durability, the design of the tread will also play an important role in how well the outer sole sticks.

In this regard, you will want to avoid any shoes that have deep or thicker treads without a good reason. This is because the more surface of the outer sole that makes contact with the court, the better traction it will provide.

For indoor courts, like the ones on which racquetball is played, you will want either hexagonal or herringbone tread designs. Herringbone offers more all-around traction, but hexagonal tread will provide better lateral traction.

Another feature to look for is a forefoot pivot. This is a circular design that sits right under the first joint of the big toe. This feature provides an excellent point for jumping and sprinting.


After the outer sole, the next most important part of a racquetball shoe is the midsole. This is the part of the shoe that your foot directly rests one.

Depending on the design, features, and materials of the midsole, you will play better with one style or another. For instance, if you have a tendency to play a hard style with a lot of leaping smashes, you will want to make sure that the midsole offers plenty of heel cushioning.

Conversely, if you play a quicker style that involves sprinting in a chase and recover strategy, you will definitely want to invest in some racquetball shoes with responsive forefoot cushion.

Though, cushion for the forefoot is generally designed to provide a bit of recoil to help you sprint and change direction quickly rather than offer protection from hard leaps.


Best Racquetball Shoes Reviews – ShankAn overlooked factor in racquetball shoes is the shank. This is the part of the shoe at and around the arch of the foot.

Depending on whether you are looking for more mobility or more stability, the shank will need to be firmer or more flexible in response. That said, all good quality racquetball shoe shanks should offer a good mix of both.

If you are looking for a more stable racquetball shoe, then a firmer shank will be preferred. However, a firm shank can also work well for a player who shifts laterally quite often so long as they have a tendency to play on their toes. That said, a firm shank could also leave the sole of the foot sore if you do not use the proper footwork.

Flexible shanks are generally preferred by most players, as they are more forgiving than firm shanks and are far less likely to leave the sole of your foot sore after play.

The main issue with more flexible shanks is that they will not stabilize your foot quite so much. Sprinters often prefer this arrangement as it prevents the shank from impeding on their movements.


In the end, the best racquetball shoes will not mean the same thing to all players. That said, there are a number of qualities that can help you identify the best racquetball shoes for your needs.

Since few of us are professional athletes, chances are the best racquetball shoes will be the ones that balance the different qualities out better than the others.

In this regard, the best racquetball shoes will actually turn out to be a pair of tennis shoes.

If you are looking for something a bit more budget-friendly, ASICS offers a great option with both their Gel Rocket 7s and their Gel Rocket 9s. While both of these shoes are similar, the Gel Rocket 9s definitely win in the price department, while the Gel Rocket 9s some slight improvements over the previous model.

The Adidas Barricade Club aims to provide the best of all worlds without selling out too much in any direction. Whether you consider durability, traction, or mobility the most Important qualities when playing racquetball, the Adidas Barricade Clubs offer an excellent balance.


  1. I just LOVE Adidas shoes but I just wish they offered more styles with better ankle support. I feel like that’s where I need the most support but Adidas just always falls short. Especially in a game like racquetball.

    • Fair enough. Adidas has shoes with really good ankle support for basketball shoes for example. Definitely, they should improve this point in other kinds of sports.

  2. I have been searching online for where to buy new racquetball shoes. Everywhere gives me a different opinion. I just have no idea at this point. The only thing I do know is that Adidas does have very comfortable shoes so I guess I should go with that one. Any tips?

    • Hi Kyle, first of all, check all the pros and cons of each product. Look at features that are more important for you. Adidas provides really comfortable shoes, unlikely you will regret buying it.

  3. I have tried out the Adidas shoes before and I just don’t like how heavy they feel on my feet. Is that just in some of their styles of shoes or is it most of them?

    • If you are looking for one of the lighter racquetball shoes then you should check ASICS Gel Rocket 7 or ASICS Gel Rocket 9 (number 2 and 1 in our list). While the heel may not be as reinforced, the mesh and synthetic upper provides some of the better breathability on our list as well.

  4. The fact that you include detailed Youtube videos alongside each of your shoe picks is phenomenal. I love being able to see the shoes and all its features in action.

  5. Asics has always been my favorite brand regarding design and fun colors. They always seem to pull some fun and bright colors into their styles and it just makes my day better to put on a colorful pair of shoes. Now, I’m not sure how great they are for racquetball but the style is top quality.

    • Despite the fact that Adidas’ shoes look nice, they also have a lot of advantages such as a solid balance between traction and durability, good cushion, solid bounce, great mobility, etc.

  6. I have always just bought shoes that are marketed for volleyball as my racquetball shoes. They are essentially the same thing regarding all the mobility and bounce you need. I just find it’s easier to research.

  7. Asics has some of the best comfort quality I have ever felt in a shoe. I bought a pair for running and now only purchase them for all of my sports including racquetball. They seriously reduce the soreness in my feet after working and playing for hours.

  8. My boyfriend has been playing racquetball for years and has invited me to go and play with some buddies in a few weeks. I really don’t know how to play but I want to go to support and try it out. Do I really need to buy a special pair of shoes if I’m probably never going to play again?

    • Of course, it is much better to play with real racquetball shoes. The quality of the game will be much higher plus you would feel more comfortable. But if it’s a one-time game and you would not use it anymore then it would be a waste of money.

  9. I totally agree with how Asics shoe sizes tend to run small. I am normally a size 8 in all of my tennis shoes no matter what brand except for Asics. Sometimes I’m an 8.5 or even a 9.

  10. The traction of the ASICS Gel Rocket 8 is absolutely unbeatable. I have never had a shoe with as much support and traction as this one. Definitely deserves to be on this list.

  11. I used to always buy Wilson shoes but then I tried out a different brand and realized just how heavy and hot the Wilson brand gets based on design. My feet were always sweaty and smelled bad. I had to always put those deodorizer bags in my shoes because they smelled so bad.

  12. So do you really not have to break the Wilson shoes in? Because I have never had a pair of shoes that I haven’t had to break in before actually wearing on the court.

    • It included a shank inside the sole to allow for more natural movement of the foot prior to break in. It’s still a great shoe and does a good job at taking away stiffness. Breaking shoes in will become a thing of the past with the Rush Pro 2.5.

  13. The New Balance shoes are so in style right now. The simple designs the company comes up with are just so fresh and simplistic. My daughters are always begging me to buy them even though the most physical activity they do is walking from their car to starbucks.

  14. I got a pair of New Balance shoes for racquetball and ended up hating them. They really don’t give you much traction and therefore your mobility on the court is greatly limited. I would recommend any other brand.

  15. I absolutely love the ASICS Gel Rocket 8 but the shoelaces really do bother me. They just never seem to be tight enough on my feet to make them feel as secure as they should be. Maybe that’s just a weird quirk of mine, HA!

    • You might have that feeling because it is one of the lighter racquetball shoes. But we never know until we try. Hope shoelaces will be durable.

  16. I am super interested in the Wilson– Men’s Rush Pro 2.5 but sadly I am a woman and I’m not sure what size to order them in. Do you know the size conversion on these shoes? I know it’s generally about 2 shoe sizes but every brand is different.

    • Better to check the sizing chart. For sure they will have it on the website. As each brand has its own sizes it would be not useful to check any general sizing chart.

  17. I just have never enjoyed wearing New Balance shoes. I feel like they really lack in the area of comfort. They don’t seem to have any special features to keep your feet from getting sore after playing in them.

  18. I really do feel like the Asics comfort design really does help keep my feet from being sore all day. The Forefoot gel in the shoe makes walking feel less impactful and especially lessens the impact of a jump. The comfort for the price is the best on the market.

  19. I have never come across a shoe that I loved better than the Ektelon for racquetball. They really are the best brand to purchase from for racquetball specifically because they cover all the comfort and mobility bases you need all in one shoe. The raised ankle area really helps with darting around the court without twisting an ankle.

  20. It’s really neat that there is a better material to use for traction on shoes that keep the bottom from wearing down as well. Why don’t all shoe brands just switch to the new and better one?

    • I believe the question is only about time. I hope all brands will switch to better materials and techniques. At least they would need to do that to keep their customers in such a competitive market.


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