Best Men’s Tennis-Inspired Trainers for SS19
UK Springtime is upon us! And that means it’s time to change up your wardrobe. None of us need an excuse to buy a new windbreaker, but buying a new pair of trainers for the season is probably the best investment you’ll make this time of year given how much you’ll use them. So with that in mind, we’re talking Tennis-Inspired Trainers/Court Shoes!
What Exactly Is a Tennis Shoe?
But before we take a look at the season’s best offerings, first let’s establish what we mean by ‘Tennis Shoe’. As the name suggests, a tennis shoe was originally designed to give a player the best grip or traction, support and comfort when taking to the tennis courts. But through the years, tennis trainers have migrated into casual lifestyle ranges and are now defined as basically any athletic footwear that has a flexible rubber sole and a lightweight upper made from either canvas or leather.
So, now we know we’re talking about hitting the High Street and not Centre Court, here’s some of our favourite Men’s Tennis-Inspired Trainers for SS19;
Lacoste Men’s La Piquée Textile Trainers
Website: John Lewis
Lacoste have a tennis heritage richer than most, so it would only seem apt to start with the French legends. This season we love the La Piquée, a reimagining of a classic court silhouette expertly-engineered with a piqué knit upper with a contrast-colour detail. The injection-moulded EVA outsole and moulded footbed adds support and comfort, while the classic embroidered green crocodile branding at the quarter gives these trainers a sport-luxe feel.
Superga Sport Lendl 4833
Legends of the game are often the inspiration behind some of footwear’s best tennis shoes, and the Superga Sport Lendl fits that billing to a tee. The sole tennis shoe comes with all the original features of the Superga Sport trainers Ivan Lendl wore when winning countless matches during his career, including the signature “swallow’s tail” logo embroidered on the side of the leather upper.
SWIMS Breeze Tennis Knit
Don’t let the name fool you. While Norwegian brand SWIMS do offers swimwear, they also offer up some of this season’s most stylish tennis shoes. All the way from Oslo, Norway, the Breeze Tennis Knit is a light, flexible and durable trainer perfect for the active warmer months thanks to its grippy rubber sole and breathable mesh upper.
New Balance 220
Website: New Balance
Famed for their grip and retro styling, New Balance have long offered one of the most extensive tennis trainers back catalogues around, and for SS19 we like their 220 silhouette. Originally launched as a running shoe back in the late 70s, the 220 sneaker offers all the modern comfort of a suede/mesh upper, as well as some truly classic styling. If you’re looking to add a bit of colour to kick game, the 220 is available in Classic Blue with Tempo Red or, our favourite, Varsity Gold with Classic Blue.
Fred Perry B3 Mesh
Website: Fred Perry
We couldn’t have a tennis-inspired style round-up without featuring Fred Perry, could we? A reissue from the archive, the B3 is a modern take on one of Fred Perry’s tennis shoe classics. Made with a mesh upper and suede trims, the trainer comes fitted with a webbing sports stripe at the side in nostalgic colours, and Fred’s signature Laurel Wreath sports badge.
adidas Originals Stan Smith
Naturally, adidas have plenty of options when it comes to tennis-inspired footwear but there’s really only one you should be looking at; that’s right, the Stan Smith. One of adidas Originals’ most loved silhouettes, the eponymous trainer of the tennis legend has been knocking around in some form since 1971 and there’s no sign it’s going away any time soon. The full-grain leather upper is complimented by perforated three-stripe detailing for breathability, while an Ortholite sockliner enhances cushioning for the heel of your feet. We’d always opt for the classic green trim but it is available in 16 other colourways.
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