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This is a sad subject for me because it is 9AM and just woke up with the nasty pain in my heels. One year ago I finally decided to buy me tt shoes and purchased two pairs of wave medal 5 and since few months I am having a constant pain in my heels. Haven't changed anything else, haven't overdone my training routine. I blame myself for not doing my homework and buying so badly cushioned shoes. These are not good for hard floors, nor offering any special grip. Lateral support yes...I should have stayed with my previous Asics gel blade, or any other badminton or squash shoes all of them offering better cushioning , usually better grip,not necessarily heavier and overly the same height. Only the people with similar experience would understand me.
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I've been using Mizuno Wave drives for a few years now.They are just starting to wear out.I actually came across them by accident.
I just went to a local sports shoe store and bought the best, lightest indoor court shoe that I could afford at the time.And they were the Mizuno Wave.They might even be the first version.
hey are very light and the reason I love them is that I never think about them when I'm training or playing.They felt perfect from the first time I put them on.
I would not even consider a different TT shoe, unless something amazingly ground breaking came out. 
Until then, Mizuno gets my vote. 



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Originally posted by Kolev Kolev wrote:

This is a sad subject for me because it is 9AM and just woke up with the nasty pain in my heels. One year ago I finally decided to buy me tt shoes and purchased two pairs of wave medal 5 and since few months I am having a constant pain in my heels. Haven't changed anything else, haven't overdone my training routine. I blame myself for not doing my homework and buying so badly cushioned shoes. These are not good for hard floors, nor offering any special grip. Lateral support yes...I should have stayed with my previous Asics gel blade, or any other badminton or squash shoes all of them offering better cushioning , usually better grip,not necessarily heavier and overly the same height. Only the people with similar experience would understand me.

Kolev - Really sad to hear about your pain and thank you for pointing out the lack of proper cushioning in the Mizuno shoes. I am a big Asics gel shoe fan myself. I usually complement them with an additional gel insole to provide even more cushioning. 
Seeing what you described about your morning heel pain, I would recommend that you get yourself checked for Plantar fasciitis. It is a very common condition and the symptoms sound similar. I know this because my wife is facing the same right now.
Hope you feel better soon!

In my opinion, as Kolev mentioned, the badminton or volleyball court shoes are better for TT in every aspect, as compared to the regular TT shoes. I would recommend Asics gel series.


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Buy the Yonex badminton shoes. As sports wise, they are probably the most close. 

For hard floors, the protection from the best badminton shoes is better than table tennis shoes. 

Check Yonex website to find the one fits you.
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Originally posted by book4all book4all wrote:

Buy the Yonex badminton shoes. As sports wise, they are probably the most close. 

For hard floors, the protection from the best badminton shoes is better than table tennis shoes. 

Check Yonex website to find the one fits you.

I agree. I made a post in 2018 saying badminton < TT shoes, but have now done a 180.

High end Yonex or high end Victor shoes, in my experience, are the best shoes for TT I've worn. I've gone through several pairs of WM5, and now have a few months old WM6's sitting around, as badminton shoes are king. 

Ah well.

[The reason i didn't like badminton shoes earlier was the pair i had was very good, but it was THE most supportive badminton shoe out there, the heel area was way too large for TT. Most badminton shoes are not like this]. Now my weight is down, any vaguely supportive high end badminton shoe has enough support for TT, is just as agile, but is far better across the myriad of flooring situations you find yourself in - I never have to use water, and never lose grip.
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As far as I know, tennis shoes are more focused on lateral support and stability. Tennis is a game where you have to move your body quickly, and a good pair of tennis shoes can help you avoid slipping and move quickly while playing. I played in simple shoes for a couple of months, and when I bought a pair of tennis shoes from tennisshoez.com, I noticed that my productivity during the game increased. Check it out for more on the internet.
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