Shoe shopping can be a tricky task for anyone, testing out different sizes, cushioning levels and colours can make a daily necessity turn into a mind boggling task. Throw in the challenge of finding a shoe that has to hold up in the multi directional craziness of netball, then that’s a whole other story. Thankfully, the team here at Pro Feet Podiatry combined with Active Feet Ocean Grove have assessed the current range of netball shoes and have listed their best models for season 2020!
When selecting a netball shoe it is important to ask yourself three simple questions-
Firstly, what surface are you predominantly playing on? The surface you are playing on can help form part of your decision. Netball shoes are designed to facilitate movement in multiple directions. To help with this, the bottom of the shoe is constructed with heavy duty rubber that prevents slipping and ankle rolling. However, this often leads to a trade off- the more durable the shoe, the heavier it may be. Outdoor netball courts are often abrasive and hard wearing on the sole of the shoe. Therefore, picking a netball shoe with a more durable outsole may be useful if the majority of your games are played outdoors. Alternatively, a player spending the majority of games on an indoor surface may find the more durable outsole, a tad heavy on an indoor court.
Secondly, what are the requirements of your position? Different netball shoes are designed to function more as a runner, while others perform similar to that of a traditional cross trainer. Often mid court players who spend the majority of their time on the ball of their foot may prefer the feel of a lighter shoe such as the Mizuno Phantom while other players may prefer the stability of the Asics Netburner in changing direction.
Finally (and most importantly), which shoe feels the most comfortable? The best shoe you can invest in is one that feels good when you put it on your foot. The range of shoe features and benefits is always important to understand but the most crucial factor is what shoe feels most natural and comfortable when you’re out on the court. All netball shoes are constructed to accommodate a range of foot shapes and sizes, orthotic devices, and ankle braces, which means that the challenge of finding your next netball shoe is a little less daunting.
Remember when trying on your netball shoes, be sure to take in your flexible orthotic devices, your ankle braces or any other devices that you use during a regular game. This will ensure the fit of the shoe is spot on when you get back on the court.
Based on the information above, our top picks of the 2020 range are the
- Asics Netburner Academy 8
- Asics Netburner Professional FF 2
- Asics Netburner 20 (Available in wider fitting)
- Mizuno Wave Stealth V NB
- Asics Netburner Super FF
- Mizuno Wave Phantom 2
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If you have any questions regarding netball shoes or would like to make a time to see a podiatrist, please feel free to email or call us. We would love to help!