How to Choose the Best Kids Tennis Shoes

Some people say that tennis is an expensive sport. I would not agree with it, as you need just three basic things to start playing. You need a tennis racket, tennis balls, and tennis court or at least some space with a wall. Eventually, there is a fourth thing you need to consider. Kids tennis shoes can save your kid from injury and give him/her better stability when playing. We put together basic advice on how to choose the best kids shoes.

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Does my kid need tennis shoes for the first tennis practice?
Regular Kids Tennis Players
How to choose the best kids tennis shoes?
– Grass Court Kids Tennis Shoes
– Clay Court Kids Tennis Shoes
– Hard Court Kids Tennis Shoes
– All Court Kids Tennis Shoes
Sizing of Kids Tennis Shoes
– Laces or Velcro Strips
– One or Two Pairs

check also our Kids Tennis Racket Guide here

Does my kid really need tennis shoes for the first tennis practice?

In the beginning, I start with the most asked question. Does my kid really need special tennis shoes for the first training session? The answer is pretty simple. No.

Kids like to try a lot of different sports. It would cost you a fortune to buy your boy or girl special shoes for every sport he or she tries. I recommend using any sneakers your kid already has. Any sports shoes are good for the first few sessions. Kids always start with light practice sessions with more physical activity and games before starting to play serious tennis.

By the way, you can borrow a tennis racket and ball in most tennis clubs, so you have basically zero costs at the start. It really does not make sense to buy special tennis shoes at the start.

My kid is playing tennis regularly.

ASICS Kids Resolution

At the time when it is clear, that tennis is not a short-lived time killer, you should consider investing in good tennis shoes. Tennis is a sport when footwork is very important and foot injuries can happen. Kids’ tennis shoes can prevent unwanted slips, falls, and resulting injuries.

Tennis shoes provide stability on the court, good traction, help in controlled sliding and improve the overall play. You can play tennis in any shirt and shorts, but I would not underestimate the impact of good tennis shoes.

How to choose the best kids tennis shoes for different surfaces.

The most important factor in choosing the best kids’ tennis shoes is the surface. Every surface requires a different set of parameters from shoes.

Generally, there are three different basic surfaces: grass, clay, and hard courts. The most used surfaces are clay and hard (flex or carpet) courts. There are not so many grass courts, as their maintenance is very difficult.

You can check with your local club what court surface they have. Fortunately, kids are usually playing all season long at the same courts and even tournaments are organized at the prevailing surfaces in the region.

Grass Court Kids Tennis Shoes

It is very rare to play on grass tennis courts these days. We will put here a few notes you should have in a mind just in case your kid is going to play on the grass.

Playing style on grass consists of strong serve and fast volleys. Players need to move quickly on the baseline and to the net and back on the grass.

Grass tennis shoes should have a flat and thicker outsole. The grip should be good to prevent slips and shoe form should be flexible and durable to withstand a lot of short runs.

Babolat Jet All Court Junior Wimbledon Tennis Shoes

Clay Court Kids Tennis Shoes

Clay is one of the most used surfaces. Playing style on clay consists of a lot of slides to the sides and long baselines exchanges combined with effective use of stop balls.

Clay tennis shoes should have the best possible grip on the outsole to help with sliding. The grooves should release the remains of clays easily. Clay shoes should have increased angle support, as kids can sustain ankle injury very easily. The form of the shoe should be durable to hold on during slides.

Wilson Kids Girl’s Stroke K

Hard Court Kids Tennis Shoes

Hard is probably the most used surface in tennis clubs. It has higher construction costs, but its maintenance is easiest. The hard surface can be either concrete with carpet on it, or some kind of rubber surface (usually with a word with -flex at the end, e.g. Taraflex).

You will need durable outsoles for hard surfaces, as abrasion is the largest here. You also need good heel cushioning to ease the pressure on your foot (especially heels). There are almost no slides on hard courts, so you do not need to think about side durability.

New Balance Kid’s 996v3 Hard Court Tennis Shoe

All Court Kids Tennis Shoes

All Court Tennis Shoes have a combination of parameters from Clay and Hard Tennis Shoes. It is a good middle choice if you play on both surfaces, and want to be on the safe side on both.

Babolat Junior Propulse Cushioned All Court Tennis Shoes


To pick the right size is the most important but also the most difficult task. I recommend starting with the size of casual shoes your kid wears. Be aware, that shoes should have enough space in front to move fingers freely. Thumb and pinkie should not be pressed against the shoe wall. The heel should hold on in the shoe and should not to shuffle during the run.

Later, you will know if you need to buy a size or half a size bigger shoes for tennis, but at the start, there is no better advice than start with casual shoe size. Keep in mind, different brands have different shapes of shoes (for example the size 5 for Adidas can be different than size 5 for Nike). If you find a comfortable shoe for your kid, then stay with the brand and type, just move to larger sizes as your kids get older.

Laces or Velcro strips

There two basic shoes fastening possibilities for younger kids. Shoes can have either velcro strips or standard laces.

Velcro strips are easier to use and therefore will be the number one choice for youngest tennis players. However, velcro strips wear away much quicker than laces.

I would recommend choosing kids’ tennis shoes with standard laces as soon as your kid knows how to lock them. Laces can adjust the fit of the shoes and fix the toe much better than velcro strips.

One or two pairs?

It is always good to have two pairs of shoes and changed them regularly during the season. However, I know that kids grow really quickly and it is not very money wise to buy two pairs instead of one.

In case, your kid play on one specific surface, e.g. hard, I would pick hard tennis shoes. Later, as his or her tennis skills improve enough and start playing on different surfaces regularly I would move to two pairs of shoes or invest in All Court tennis shoes.

Best Kids Tennis Shoes Summary

If your kid really likes tennis and plays regularly, I would not hesitate to invest in good kids tennis shoes. Tennis shoes provide your kid with additional comfort and stability. Additionally, it will prevent possible foot injury from bad movement, slipping, or increased pressure on heels. And the health of your boy or girl is worth to invest.

adidas Kids' VS Switch 2 SneakerNew Balance Kids' 696v3ASICS Kids Gel-Resolution 7adidas Kids' Adizero Club Tennis Shoe
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Tennis Pro Guru

Simon is the leading editor of from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Clash 100
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel Dedicate 7 (for hard outdoor and indoor courts) & Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts),
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship
Bag: Axiom Backpack


  1. Thank you for you great advice! Can I ask you a question? My son who is 11years old is slightly flat footed so he needs good arch support. He plays on hard court. Do you still recommend the New Balance Kid’s 996v3 Hard — for flat footed kids or recommend a different shoe or in sole inserts?

    Thank you~grace

    • I am sorry, but I am not a doctor so I would prefer to stay away from any kind of medical-related advice. It would be better to consult an orthopedist.

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