You might remember the old refrain, “for the want of a shoe, the horse was lost”.
In badminton, the want of a shoe won’t cause you to lose a horse, but it could cause you to lose a point or even a match.
If you confine your badminton to the backyard or a nearby park, you probably don’t need special badminton shoes. You can have fun – or even a cutthroat match – wearing your normal athletic shoes, whether they are called running shoes, tennis shoes, basketball shoes – about any type of shoe except golf shoes.
However, if you play recreational or competitive badminton indoors, you will want to invest in a pair of shoes designed specifically for the game.
Badminton Shoes Allow You To Be Fast On Your Feet
Badminton is one of the fastest games around. It takes a lot of stamina to play the game, as well as the right gear. Badminton doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment but you do need a good racket and badminton shoes. In fact, having a good pair of badminton shoes is as important as having a good racket because in badminton, footwork is incredibly important. Whether you are a serious or recreational badminton player, you need to be able to stop, start and turn quickly, safely and easily.
What To Look For In Badminton Shoes
The first thing to look for in buying badminton shoes is the soles of the shoes. Stay away from shoes with thick soles as this can lead to injury. The best badminton shoes have thin soles. This keeps your feet closer to the ground and reduces the possibility of injury.
Second, consider the weight of the shoes. They should be lightweight as this can help you move around the court faster.
Third, make sure the shoes conform to the shape of your feet, as they will be far more comfortable. Also, when choosing a shoe size, be sure to buy shoes that allow a little room for your feet to move around.
Another important factor in choosing a badminton shoe is grip. The best badminton shoes have “gummy” soles, which provide a better grip so that you don’t slip, or fall while playing.
Finally, check out the interior of the shoes and make sure you buy a pair with inserts that will absorb shocks as this will help reduce fatigue.
How Much Do Badminton Shoes Cost?
You can pay as little as $30 for badminton shoes or as much as $100. What you choose to pay will depend mostly on your budget and the feel of the shoes.
Here are some of the badminton shoes currently available online and their typical prices.
Yonex SHB-41 Men’s Badminton Shoe
The manufacturer describes these shoes as “a light, ergonomically shaped badminton shoe for the serious player. The Yonex Power Cushion is very good in absorbing shock and converts the impact energy for smooth transfer into the next movement”.
Cost: $36.90 to $49.95
Ektelon Quicktrack SE Women’s Court Shoe
This is a women’s court shoe from Prince. It is said to be an impressive performance shoe that offers an excellent blend of ventilation, support and comfort.
Wilson EB 7 Court Shoe Men
This is said to be a comfortable performance shoe that offers impressive durability, traction and support. It has a modern, aggressive looking cosmetic combined with an excellent blend of ventilation and comfort.
Wilson E 87 Ladies Low Badminton Shoes
These shoes are low profile to the ground with a gum rubber sole that should provide pinpoint traction throughout the entire match. The shoes are soft and very breathable.
Yonex SHB-42 Unisex Badminton Shoe
Yonex describes this shoe as a “very economical and comfortable badminton shoe. It also features with Power Cushion to absorb shock and make a smooth transfer for the feet. The shoe is designed with scientific contoured which can offer players with a lot of stability and comfort in the toe area and also forefront of the shoe”.
Wilson EB 9 Court Shoe Men
This shoe is said to have an upper lightweight and breathable mesh that keeps your foot cool and dry. They are built on a contoured last with an adjustable mid-foot strap to give you maximum comfort and support.
Yonex SHB-71EX Indoor Court Shoe
This shoe has uppers made from leather and polyester mesh, a midsole utilizing msLITE technology and a power cushion to help absorb shock and reverse impact energy.
Yonex SHP-100 Power Cushion Limited Edition
These are new, light shoes with a power cushion for optimal performance. One reviewer said these shoes, these are “the best badminton shoes I ever have. It is very light and very comfortable to move quickly side by side without feeling hurt in anyway. It is a very well thought design”.
Cost: $88.95 to $94.98
Yonex SHB-91MX Men Badminton Shoes
This shoe is described as having new Super msLITE technology in the midsole that creates a light well cushioned feel and Tough Guard III to help increase durability. It also has a 3D graphite sheet sole plate that provides stability, and power cushion technology for added cushioning and an anti-twist system.
Retail costs more
Keep in mind that these are online prices and the badminton shoes described here will probably cost more at retail. Many people buy shoes from online outlets. However, you may not feel as comfortable buying badminton shoes sight and feel unseen. If you know your size and the exact shoes you want, you can buy online and save money. However, if you are not sure about the exact size and fit of badminton shoes that would be best for you, then buying them retail might be a better choice.