Badminton is a sports that demands speed and agility. Footwear play a major role in efficiency and quickness of a badminton player. Are you looking for a light weight badminton shoes with good cushioning? Following are few recommendations on good badminton shoes for beginners and advanced level players.
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Top badminton shoe brands in India
Asics – Asics use Gel Blade and Gel Progressive technologies for agility and stability.
Yonex – Power cushioning is the major technology used in yonex badminton shoes. Yonex claims that power cushioning will absorb and reserves shock power for next movement.
Nivia – Nivia verdict, Hy-court, achiever, Appeal, Smash etc are top selling Nivia badminton series’s.
Adidas – Adidas Instinkt and precision are two main categories of Adidas badminton shoes.
Li-ning – Li ning ‘competition’ & ‘professional’ are 2 main series of badminton shoes from Li-ning.
Victor – shoes are categorised into three, ‘all round’, ‘support’ and ‘speed’.
Best badminton shoes in India – buyers guide 2017
What is special about badminton shoes. why not normal shoes ?
So lets have a look at things that makes badminton shoes different from other types of shoes. Success in badminton depends on a quick and efficient footwork. Badminton involves quick movements like jumps, quick forward and backward movements from ready position. Normal shoes are not optimised to absorb shocks, they slip in PU court, are not light weight & don’t have enough cushioning. This means high chance of ankle injuries and blisters.
Weight, size, grip, sole type & cushion
Many players spend more time to choose a racket, that is best for their playing style. But foot wear also are at least as important as rackets. Footwork is one of the most important skills developed by young professionals in an early stage of career. For moving fast shoes need good traction and grip. Lightweight designs in best shoes help in efficient movement. Good sole types absorbs and reserve shock power. Grips made with different rubber types help with reverse movement, Sudden turns, sudden halt quick jumps etc. Stability is achieved by using different sole shapes.
Best shoes for PU-synthetic court and cement courts
‘PU-synthetic’ or ‘cement’ are the most common indoor court types in India. Choose a sole type depending on the surface you are playing on. Main sole types are- soles made with different materials like gum rubber, non marking rubber sole etc. Top brands also use their own technologies to improve sole performance.
Technologies used in quality badminton shoes
Tops brands innovate and nurture new technologies for better experience. For example yonex developed power cushioning for efficient shock management. They also developed many other technologies as shown in the image. Many options are available other than Yonex, which is offering good quality at lower price.
Ergo-shape & round sole provide comfort and stability at the forefoot area and toes.
Power Cushion (used by Yonex, acts as a shock absorber and reserver)
Double Russel Mesh controls moisture and help in better air exchange.
Hexagrip, Lateral shell, Syncro-fit sole etc are other innovations.
Top badminton shoes under 1000
Nivia flash Shoes
Available in different sizes and 2 colour options. White blue and dark grey yellow combinations
Zeefox slice Men’s shoes (Non-Marking)
Made with PU, linen and non marking sole, this shoe have colourful design combination of white, red and black.
Good badminton shoes under Rs 2000 in India
Nivia Hy-Court Mesh PVC
Sole material is Eva(middle sole) and Rubber, cushioning is done with mesh PVC. This shoe have a standard quality make in this price range. Available for all foot size from 3 to 12 (UK) size.
Proase Yellow Badminton Shoe
Made with synthetic leather and non marking sole (good grip). Available in sporty yellow black combination. This is also a good choice for beginner and intermediate players.
Best badminton shoes under Rs 3000
Yonex SRCI 65 R
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ALi-Ning Star Icon
Top shoes under 5000 for badminton players
Yonex SHB 46EX
Features: Yonex power cushion, PU-leather, polyester mesh. Available in different size options.
Li-Ning Star Trek
Best junior badminton shoe in India
Yonex SHB 34jrex Badminton Shoe
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