The Best Squash Shoes Review

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Below are all men's non-marking indoor men's squash shoes.

See also: Women's Squash Shoes | Junior Squash Shoes

Salming Race R2 [Version 3.0 Released]

The Salming Race R2 has come in three different versions:

Salming Race R2 3.0
Salming Race R2 2.0
Salming Race R2 (Original)


Salming Race R2 3.0

Just spotted this new version in July 2015! Thanks to Harrison for the tip.

Navy / yellow looks great:

Salming Race R2 3.0 Men [Navy / Yellow]
Image via handballshop.eu


I LOVE the white:

Salming Race R2 3.0 Men [White]
Image via handballshop.eu


Salming Race R2 2.0

Here’s the Salming Race R2 2.0 in red and green. Another cool style from Salming.

Salming Race R2 2.0 Men - Red
Image via pdhsports.com

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Spotted

Max Lee was wearing these at the 2015 British Open:

max-lee-2015
Photo by Steve Cubbins

Product Notes & Reviews

The naming convention is kind of weird here. We already had the Salming Race R1 and its successor, the Salming Race R1 2.0. Now this shoe here is named the Salming Race R2 2.0. But it looks pretty much the same as the Race R1 2.0. I don’t get it.

Update: Tony commented as follows:

There is a difference between R1 2.0 and R2. The tongue on the R1 2.0 is attached to the footbed with a mesh as the R2 have a free-floating tongue.

Another update: watch my video review below!

The R2 is very similar to the Salming Race R1. Here are a couple photos showing the mesh connector thingy I mentioned in the video:

salming-r1-r2-comparison
salming-r1-r2-comparison-closeup

Oh, one last thing that I forgot to mention in the video. In some of the pictures and videos, these shoes come out looking very red. In real life, they’re red, but with a dash of orange. I have been advised by my fellow players that in a pinch, my shoes can double as traffic cones.


Salming Race R2 (Original)

Ah, here’s the original “1.0” version:

Salming Race R2 - Black Green
Image via tennis-warehouse

Asics Squash Shoes Men

Asics squash shoes are used by many top pros and club players. They’re one of the top brands of squash shoes worldwide.

As with many other manufacturers, Asics do not actually make squash shoes per se; they make non-marking indoor court shoes. They market their shoes primarily towards volleyball and handball players, but Asics are also appropriate shoes for playing on squash courts, and many players use them.

Below you will find links to the latest men’s styles. For women’s shoes, see Asics Squash Shoes Women.

Asics Squash Shoes

Asics have a number of different models:

Asics Gel Blade
Asics Gel Blast
Asics Gel Domain
Asics Gel Dominion
Asics Gel Fireblast
Asics Gel Flashpoint
Asics Gel Progressive
Asics Gel Rocket
Asics Gel Sensei
Asics Gel Upcourt
Asics Gel Volleycross


Asics Gel Blade 4

This is a higher-end shoe from Asics, $120 currently. This one’s got a classic style and I’ve seen them around quite a bit. At various points I’ve seen Karim Abdel Gawad, Tom Richards, and LJ Anjema in these.


Asics Gel Blast 6

Another high-end Asics squash shoe, around $120. The prior version, the Asics Gel Blast 5, was quite popular, but they made some big stylistic changes to this shoe for the Gel Blast 6, and I don’t think they won many people over with the new designs.

Previous models:
Asics Gel Blast 5


Asics Gel Domain 3

Around $90. The previous model, the Asics Gel Domain 2, was quite popular, but I haven’t seen the 3s around much.

Previous models:
Asics Gel Domain 2
Asics Gel Domain


Asics Gel Dominion

Also $90. These seem quite similar to the Gel Domain 3 above, except with mesh above the toe, for more breathability.


Asics Gel Fireblast

The shoe of World #1 Mohamed El Shorbagy. UK only. Around £85 but prices vary.


Asics Gel Flashpoint

Around $90. Flash.


Asics Gel Progressive 2

Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan was spotted wearing these. Cool design. Seem to be UK only. Around £70.


Asics Gel Rocket 7

Very popular, and have been for years. Around $70.

Previous models:
Asics Gel Rocket 6
Asics Gel Rocket 5


Asics Gel Sensei 5

$100. Tons of cushioning, but that adds weight.

Previous models:
Asics Gel Sensei 4


Asics Gel Upcourt

Only $50. A couple of friends use these and like them.


Asics Gel Volleycross

$100. More ankle support.

Li-Ning Metal X Squash Shoes

These are called the Li-Ning Metal X.

li-ning-metal-x
Image via amazon.co.uk

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Product Info

Emma Beddoes has been wearing these shoes for a while, but I only just figured out what they are. Here she is at the British Open:

emma-beddoes-2015
Photo by Steve Cubbins

I think Li-Ning is a big brand in the badminton market, but they haven’t made much push into the squash scene. At least that’s what I thought, until I realized Emma Beddoes was wearing them the whole time.

Adidas Squash Shoes Roundup (Men)

Adidas squash shoes are one of the more popular brands in the squash world. Many top pros wear Adidas.

Here are the 2015 Adidas squash shoes that are most popular for squash. Adidas also have other models that are appropriate for indoor courts, so I may add to this list in the future.


Adidas Adipower Stabil 11

These are the top-end court shoe from Adidas. Most cushioning, most expensive. Been spotted on Adrian Waller, Peter Barker, and more.

Adidas Adipower Stabil 11 Men [Blue Orange]

Adidas Adipower Stabil 11 Men [White Blue]

Adidas Adipower Stabil 11 - White Green Black

Adidas Adipower Stabil 11 Men Blue

Adidas Adipower Stabil 11 Men - Black

Previous models:
Adidas Adipower Stabil 10.1


Adidas Court Stabil 11

This is the mid-range model from Adidas. A little less cushioning, a little lighter, and a little less expensive.

Adidas Court Stabil 11 Men - White Green

Adidas Court Stabil 11 Men [Navy Orange]
adidas-court-stabil-11-white-blue

Adidas Court Stabil 11 Men - Black

Previous models:
Adidas Adipower Stabil 10.1


Adidas Essence 11

This is the least expensive shoe in the Adidas range.

Adidas Essence 11 [Navy]

Adidas Essence 11 Men [White Blue]

Adidas Essence 11 Men - White Green

Adidas Essence 11 Men - Black

Adidas Essence 11 Men - Blue

Previous models:
Adidas Essence 10.1