Every new season brings new or upgraded tennis shoe models. Everybody eagerly awaits the Adidas Stycon laceless model, but there is much more coming in the tennis shoe industry. We prepared this overview to help you with orientation and give you answers on what will be trending in the tennis shoe industry in 2020. And of course, we make our choice of the best tennis shoes in 2020. We will update our overview during the coming months as news about models and arrivals will be published.
Three Best Tennis Shoes 2020
It looks that almost all tennis shoe producers focused on one thing. Shoe Laces.
Laces are the theme of the 2020 season in the tennis shoe industry. The task seems clear.
How to prevent laces from breaking, how to hide laces, or how to get rid of laces entirely. All the most expected models take care of laces somehow.
I am curious what will be the reaction of recreational tennis players on this “laceless” development.
The other vital issues are the same as every season. How to improve traction, how to provide more comfort to feet, and how to increase the durability of the shoes.
What model dealt best with the challenges mentioned above? Our choice of the three best tennis shoe models for the 2020 season is in the table below.
|Asics Gel-Resolution 8||Nike Court Zoom Vapor Cage 4||Adidas Stycon|
|Gael Monfils shoes|
“Brake the unbreakable”
Lace garage on the tongue
|Rafa Nadal shoes|
A hybrid split model with increased abrasive drag against the court
|Stefanos Tsitsipas shoes|
First laceless tennis shoe model ever
“Dial-in” tightening system
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All Tennis Shoes 2020 models
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Nike Court Zoom Vapor Cage 4 by Rafa Nadal
Nike Court Tech Challenge 20
Asics Gel-Resolution 8
Adidas Stycon (Laceless)
Adidas Solecourt, CourtJam, GameCourt
The Roger – ON Shoes (Roger Federer new partnership)
New Balance 996v4 & New Balance 696v4
Fila Axilus 2 Energized
K-Swiss Hypercourt Supreme & Hypercourt Extreme 2
Head Sprint Pro 3.0
Babolat Jet Tere
Wilson Kaos 3.0 SFT
Want to know what is the difference between clay and hard tennis shoes? And why is it important to use different shoes for different surfaces? Check our Tennis Shoes for Every Surface Guide.
NIKE COURT ZOOM VAPOR CAGE 4
Nike and Rafael Nadal bring brand new NikeCourt tennis shoes in 2020. Zoom Vapor Cage 4 is a combination of successful Nike Zoom Cage and Nike Vapor tennis shoes.
|Nike Court Zoom Vapor Cage 4||Nike Women's Zoom Cage 3||Nike Men's Zoom Cage 3||Nike Men's Air Zoom Vapor X|
|by Rafa Nadal||15 color variations||21 color variations||29 color variations|
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NikeCourt Zoom Vapor Cage 4 tennis shoes came to the selected shops in mid-December 2019. The full-scale sale started in January, shortly before Australian Open 2020.
And now the new model from Nike is adopted by many professional tennis players (e.g. Kecmanovic, and many more).
NikeCourt Zoom Vapor Cage 4 will take advantage of all prominent technologies used by Zoom Cage and Vapor shoes. Zoom Cage will add durability, and Vapor will bring the speed.
Zoom Vapor Cage 4 will be a hybrid split model with increased abrasive drag against the court. Shoes should be very comfortable and provide enough support to the feet.
Hidden lace to prevent from getting blown out is another exceptional feature embedded in Zoom Vapor Cage 4.
Rafael Nadal is the face of these shoes, and if they are good enough for him, they should be good enough for everybody.
NIKE COURT TECH CHALLENGE 20
It is already 30 years from the day when Andre Agassi wore his Nike Air Tech Challenge 2. This season Nike celebrates the 30th anniversary with a revival of this iconic shoe. Nike Court Tech Challenge 20 comes to the market at the start of the summer and we expect a warm welcome from tennis players and collectors.
The design of shoes reminds the graphics of the original model from the nineties. However, the technology is new and modern.
Tech Challenge 20 has the Max Air unit for heel cushioning, grip for extra traction, and extended rubber for increased durability. The collar is asymmetrical for extended support of the ankle.
NikeCourt Tech Challenge is available in three different colors and its starting price is just slightly over $100. Frankly, these tennis shoes will be a big hit during autumn and US Open.
ASICS GEL RESOLUTION 8
Asics Gel-Resolution 8 takes another step for absolute comfort and stability of tennis players. The ultimate goal of creators was to make a shoe for baseline power players like Gael Monfils.
Monfils became the face of the 8th Gel-Resolution series. And that is no surprise as French player is known for perfect movement, speed, and change of the direction on the court.
Asics Gel-Resolution 8 uses two technologies: Dynawall and Dynawrap. Both technologies provide superior stability and flexibility with maximum comfort.
Additionally, Asics uses a unique outsole design that maximizes contact area of zones crucial for braking and reduces friction during sliding as part of the concept “brake the unbrakable.” Shoes have a lace garage on the tongue to prevent any lace breakages too.
Asics Gel-Resolution 8 shoes are made in three versions for kids, women, and men. Models are offered in different color variations. Asics also prepared a particular version of Gel-Resolution 8 Clay for clay surface.
ASICS GEL-RESOLUTION 8 MODELS
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ADIDAS STYCON LACELESS TENNIS SHOES
Adidas Stycon tennis shoes are already available in shops. The sale started on 7th January 2020.
Adidas Stycon shoes have a revolutionary design with knit collar expanding foot shape and ensuring a supportive fit. The company replaced laces with a “dial-in” tight/loosen system of hidden laces on the side.
Adidas Stycon is available in men’s and women’s styles and versions for hard courts and clay courts. Stycon for clay courts is black/night metallic/grey colored. Hardcourt shoes are in grey/white/dash green color combinations.
As everybody expected, the price for this new model starts north of $100. Stycon is one of the more expensive tennis shoes models, but its price is not extraordinary. The first laceless tennis shoe model could not come cheap.
Buy Adidas Stycon on Amazon here.
Adidas Stycon model can be a game-changer. It is the first laceless shoes for all tennis players and used by one of the top tennis players. The player is Stefanos Tsitsipas, and the big premier came in January. Stefanos Tsitsipas already used Adidas Stycon ahead of big premiere during ATP Cup played in Australia.
Maybe his all year long “totally ripped off” shoelaces were part of a smart marketing campaign. It happened at the Australian Open in January 2019 and then again in July 2019 at Washington and back at Laver Cup.
Now his problems and problems of many other players should be gone. Adidas Stycon will be the first laceless tennis shoe model with a collar knit to secure hidden laces.
Additionally, the model keeps all the great features (midfoot stability and lateral movement support) of former Adidas models and adds something extra.
Check Adidas Stycon laceless tennis shoe availability and prices on Amazon here.
ADIDAS SOLECOURT, COURTJAM, GAMECOURT
However, if you prefer shoelaces on your shoes, you should turn your attention to the three latest models from Adidas. Adidas Solecourt, CourtJam, and GameCourt tennis shoes are available in various colors and alternatives for men and women. Adidas revealed all three models in 2019, but they will be relevant also in 2020.
|Adidas SoleCourt Boost||Adidas GameCourt||Adidas CourtJam Bounce|
|worn by Stefanos Tsitsipas|
in 4 available colors
stops at the forefoot
the balance between comfort and court feel
|women tennis shoes|
breathable, snug upper
|available in 4 colors|
adiwear rubber sole
breathable mesh upper
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the ROGER – ON SHOES by ROGER FEDERER
Roger Federer was Nike’s most known tennis player for years. However, their relationship ended back in 2018.
Federer signed a new $300 million apparel contract with Uniqlo in 2019 but did not sign any contract for shoe partnership. He still wore Nike Air Zoom in the 2019 season, but now he is ready to move on.
On, the Swiss sneakers company announced in November 2019 that Roger Federer become one of its investors. The exact amount of investment was not disclosed, but Roger Federer will be a substantial shareholder of the company.
He will also perform a lot of marketing duties for the company. Federer will also spend some time with the design department to start his sneakers line.
Zurich, Switzerland based On company was established back in 2010 and currently has annual sales of approximately $200 million. On is known mainly for its running shoes that use patented Cloud rubber soles that are very popular among runners.
We can expect that new Roger Federer branded shoes will be revealed during the 2020 season. Nobody will be surprised if new shoes will be dedicated to tennis players.
It is probably no accident that Roger Federer invested in On just at the moment when he should regain control of the “RF” logo that belonged to Nike till now. So be prepared for On Roger Federer Tennis Shoes in 2020.
Update 07/07/2020: The long tennis break caused by Covid-19 brought the first Federer ON shoes. They will be called “the ROGER”. The Roger shoe sale should start in summer at prices around $260 (€240). And surprisingly they will be street style shoes, not tennis shoes.
NEW BALANCE 996v4 & NEW BALANCE 696v4
New Balance 996v4
Tennis shoes from New Balance were popularized by Canadian star player Milos Raonic. The brand adds a new model in the popular line of 996. The brand new model is the 4th in order; therefore, the name will be 996v4. It had a premiere at courts in January.
New Balance 996v4 tennis shoes are for hard-courts. They have Hypoknit upper for support and stretch, NDure technology for superior durability, and Fuel Cell foam for better feel. The outsole is non-marking. The model will be produced in Men‘s, Women’s, and Kids alternatives in different colors, as you can see in the table below.
New Balance 996v4 Models
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New Balance 696v4
If you think that paying $100+ for tennis shoes is too much, then New Balance has a solution for you. A new model of New Balance 696 shoes were introduced too. The new 696v4 is available at very affordable prices well below $100. 696v4 are for use at hard-courts and use the same NDure technology as the 996v4 model we mentioned above. Except for that, 696v4 also has a Herringbone-pattern outsole for added traction during lateral movements.
Check the price of New Balance 696v4 men, women, and kids version on Amazon here.
FILA AXILUS 2 ENERGIZED
Fila Axilus 2 Energized tennis shoes (men or women) model is known for its extreme quality and more than just affordable prices. They are suitable for players moving aggressively on the court. Players who value very durable outsole will like these shoes. Fila Axilus 2 Energized offer also excellent traction on all court surfaces.
You can choose from 10 different color combinations, one nicer than others. It is tough to choose, so if you decide to go with Fila Axilus 2, let us know what color did you choose.
Fila will also add a cheap Junior model of Axilus 2 Energized.
Check price of FILA AXILUS 2 ENERGIZED on Amazon here
K-SWISS HYPERCOURT SUPREME
K-Swiss is another brand that is usually underestimated. However, their shoes also offer excellent quality at a reasonable price. In 2020, K-Swiss added a new model to its successful Hypercourt model line.
The target audience of Hypercourt Supreme shoes is aggressive and competitive players. Shoes have two new technologies: Surge 7.0 for better energy and Dragguard 7.0 for increased durability of outsoles. Shoes are ideal for hard and clay court surfaces and are available in women’s and men’s versions.
Women’s K-Swiss Hypercourt Supreme tennis shoes are available in three different colors: Blue/Neon (picture above), White/Blue, Silver/Wren – check prices and color variations on Amazon here
Men’s K-Swiss Hypercourt Supreme tennis shoes are also available in three different colors: Black/Soft Orange (picture above), Barely Blue, Limoges Green – check prices and color variations on Amazon here
K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2
Men and women versions got a slight upgrade for better support and cosmetic. Both versions are available in three different color variations. Women’s K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2 got White/Silver, Blue/Pink, Blue/Wren/Green options – check on Amazon here. Men’s K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2 got White/Black, Blue/Black, White/Limoges/Green options – check on Amazon here.
HEAD SPRINT PRO 3.0
Head tennis rackets are famous, but not everybody knows that the Head is doing excellent footwear too. In 2020 we will see a new model of the Sprint Pro line. After successful Sprint Pro 2.0 and Sprint Pro 2.5, a new Head Sprint Pro 3.0 is coming.
It should be available from the third week of January, and its primary focus will be on weight. The weight of the new Head Sprint Pro 3.0 will be just 335 grams what makes them one of the lightest tennis shoes on the market. Additionally, the shoes will be extremely breathable with sock construction for extra comfort.
Sprint Pro 3.0 will be available in six different color combinations, three for men (navy/red, black/teal, yellow/white) and three for ladies (blue/pink, teal/white, white/iridescent) and in hard-court and clay versions.
Check availability of Head Sprint Pro 3.0 on Amazon here.
BABOLAT JET TERE
Babolat is in the same category as Head. It is very well known as a tennis racket and strings producer. However, Babolat also proudly presents its footwear line. Babolat Jet Tere is its flag-ship shoe model for the season 2020.
Men’s edition of these shoes is produced in two colors: Black and Fluo Yellow. Shoes are made with durable outsole suitable for all court surfaces. Babolat Jet Tere offers great comfort combined with good shock absorption. Shoes are lightweight for speedy reaction. The price is very reasonable for this type of shoe.
Check availability and price of Babolat Jet Tere on Amazon here.
WILSON KAOS 3.0 SFT
Wilson prepared another update of its popular Kaos tennis shoe line. This time Wilson slightly upgrades its Kaos 3.0 tennis shoes to Wilson Kaos 3.0 SFT.
Kaos 3.0 SFT keeps all technologies used in Kaos 3.0 as Skinguard, DF2, Duralast, or R-DST+. Additionally, there are two major additions comparing to Kaos 3.0. Wilson Kaos 3.0 SFT has “Quicklace” feature for easy one-pull tightening of laces. The second improvement is the use of Symbiofit, a bootie, and lateral webbing for better comfort and support.
Wilson Kaos 3.0 SFT all court shoes are currently available in men’s and women’s versions. Wilson prepares also clay version of 3.0 SFT shoes with different outsole for better adhesion and movement on clay.
Check prices and availability of Wilson Kaos 3.0 SFT on Amazon here.