Squash is a fast paced and grueling sport. Unlike it’s American cousin, racquetball, rallies will go for longer periods of time. This forces the players to stay on their toes, as killing the ball is very difficult. In situations such as this, a squash player can’t afford to be using the wrong or inferior equipment. Though most people think about the racket in this situation, what’s often more important is the player’s footwear.
Wearing the right squash shoes
Many courts, and squash etiquette, require that players wear clean shoes that will not leave marks-this usually means no black-soled shoes-or damage the court. The wrong shoes or dirty shoes can actually cause the surface of the courts to become uneven or slippery, which can lead to injuries. Therefore, the shoes you wear to the squash court should not be the shoes that you wear while playing.
Indoor squash shoes are designed for play on indoor courts.
These shoes have special outer soles made of gum rubber. This is soft to the touch and usually light brown or blondish in color. They are firm enough to provide the necessary traction for playing while still being gentle enough on the courts.
Shopping for squash shoes
Due to increased blood flow, your feet swell during a match. When shopping for men’s or women’s shoes you should make sure that you walk around for at least fifteen minutes before shopping. This will let you try on shoes when your feet are already swollen.
Once you have the shoes on move around the same way you would while you play.
Try moving from side to side and ask yourself these questions:
· Do the shoes feel stable?
· Are you slipping around inside your shoe?
· Does the shoe turn too easily?
· Can your foot move a bit from heel to toe?
· Can it move around in the footbed?
· Are the squash shoes long enough so that your toes don’t hit the end of the toebox?
· Are the shoes too tight?
You’ll notice that it’s time for new squash shoes if the soles look especially worn or if your feet hurt the day after a match; e.g. if the inside of your shoes wear out this can cause pain.
Replacing squash shoes
Replacing your shoes is also a matter of how your feet naturally move. If your toe or heel drags you may wear out your shoes unevenly and have to replace them more often. Generally, squash players replace their shoes as many times as they play per week. So, if a squash player plays four times a week, then he will buy a new pair of men’s squash shoes four times a season.