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Best in SHOE

Just as racquet manufacturers seek out new technology and innovations for their frames, the shoe side of tennis no different. Whether it’s discovering a lighter yet more resilient cushioning for the midsole, or additives for high-wear areas of the outsole to promote greater durability, tennis shoes are constantly progressing. While certain traits will always be coveted, the concept of what constitutes a shoe continues to evolve.

Take the Adidas Stycon. In the past, shoes have been designed to protect or even hide their laces, but the Stycon has forgone the feature completely. Instead, the full-bootie upper construction has internal support straps that lock the foot in place. It looks like a shoe you’d expect to see on the hardwood, not a hard court, but it’s no cosmetic gimmick—stability is first-rate, even on aggressive lateral movements.

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