The Best Squash Shoes Review

Welcome to the best squash shoes review on earth. What makes it the best? I post MORE shoes than any other site. Since I'm not actually a store (instead, I link to other stores), I can post everything I find, and I'm not limited to whatever's in stock at the moment.

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

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

Adidas Essence 11 Men [New Styles]

Here’s the Adidas Essence 11 for men. In the Adidas range of court shoes, these Adidas Essence 11s sit at the low end. Next above these in the range are the Adidas Court Stabil 11. The top-end shoe in the range is the Adidas Adipower Stabil 11.

The three shoes all look pretty similar, so I created a free one-page PDF for my email subscribers that shows you all the shoes together so you can tell them apart a bit easier:

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See below for some links to buy these shoes.

Adidas Essence 11 Affiliate Links

This is a good-looking one in navy and orange-y:

Adidas Essence 11 [Navy]
Image via sarenza.co.uk

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Buy (UK): sarenza.co.uk


Here’s a new white and blue one [Added Dec 2014]:

Adidas Essence 11 Men [White Blue]
Image via zalando.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): holabirdsports.com | squashgear.com

Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk


And here’s a white and green one [Added Dec 2014]:

Adidas Essence 11 Men - White Green
Image via zalando.co.uk

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Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk


Here’s a black and orange one:

Adidas Essence 11 Men - Black
Image via zalando.co.uk

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Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk


Here’s a blue and orange one:

Adidas Essence 11 Men - Blue
Image via zalando.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk | sarenza.co.uk | zalando.co.uk

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Men [New Style]

Here’s the Asics Gel Rocket 7. Asics Gel Rockets are one of the most popular shoes in squash.


Here’s the navy / white / lime color scheme [added May 2015]:

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Men [Navy White Lime]
Image via holabirdsports.com

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): holabirdsports.com


Here’s one in colors they call “flash yellow” and “Chinese red”, which seems like a weird color name for a shoe, but maybe it will bring you good fortune and joy. Anyway here they are:

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Men [Flash Yellow/Black/Chinese Red]
Image via amazon.co.uk

asics-gel-rocket-7-yellow-red-pdh
Image via PDH Sports Instagram

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk | pdhsports.com


Here’s a blue version for men. It’s the latest in a long and distinguished phalanx of Asics Gel Rocket shoes.

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Blue
Image via Racquetsklep.pl

I’m pretty sure that was a tip from Michał Porębski (thanks!)

Haven’t seen this one for sale though.

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk coupons


This is a pretty cool color scheme. This might be good for the Princeton squash team…

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Men - Black White Orange
Image via holabirdsports.com

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): holabirdsports.com | squashgear.com

Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk coupons


Here’s the green version:

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Green
Image via pdhsports.com

This shoe was released in 2014. It is part of the Asics Gel Rocket 7 line of shoes low-priced shoes from Asics.

Affiliate Links

See below for some links to buy this shoe.

Buy (US): holabirdsports.com | squashgear.com

Buy (UK): pdhsports.com | zalando.co.uk coupons


Just saw this black version:

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Black
Image via asicsamerica.com

Affiliate Links

You can buy this guy here:

Buy (US): amazon.com | holabirdsports.com | squashgear.com

Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk coupons

Asics Gel Rocket 7 Reviews

What are your thoughts on this shoe? Please leave a comment below!

Asics Gel Upcourt Men

I first saw the Asics Gel Upcourt on the feet of my regular playing partner Jeremy. He had the blue ones at first, and he liked them so much he got the blue / yellow / black ones. They are good-looking and he said they were comfortable right out of the box. Another guy I play with, Peter, has the black ones. I think he said they were a little bit small, but “the price is right” (under $60 right now). Check out some affiliate links below. There are a bunch of different colors, some available in the US, some in the UK, and some in BOTH.

Click here for Asics Gel Upcourt Women

Here are the blue / “flash yellow” / black ones:

Asics Gel Upcourt Men - Blue / Flash Yellow / Black
Image via zappos.com

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): squashgear.com | zappos.com


Here are the blue ones that Jeremy was wearing (they seem to be sold out now):

Asics Gel Upcourt Squash Shoes Blue
Image via amazon.com

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Buy (US): amazon.com | zappos.com

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk


I like how these white ones look:

Asics Gel Upcourt Squash Shoes Men White
Image via amazon.com

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): amazon.com | zappos.com

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk | zalando.co.uk coupons


And the black looks nice too.

Asics Gel Upcourt Black

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): amazon.com | squashgear.com | zappos.com

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk


Here’s a new one in light blue, only available in the UK right now:

Asics Gel Upcourt Men - Light Blue
Image via zalando.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk coupons


And here’s another cool color, the green guy:

Asics Gel Upcourt Men - Green
Image via zalando.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk | zalando.co.uk coupons


Reviews

Have you tried the Asics Gel Upcourt? Please leave a review in the comments!

Salming Race R2 [Video Review]

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

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): holabirdsports.com | squashgear.com

Buy (Canada): controlthet.com

Buy (UK): pdhsports.com | sweatband.com

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

Nike Court Shuttle 5 Men

Why should the ladies have all the fun? Now the lads have a classy Nike Court Shuttle 5 option too. Here are a couple different styles and some affiliate links to purchase them if you’re interested.

2015 Versions

Ah, just spotted this clean white and red version in 2015:

Nike Court Shuttle V Men [White Red]
Image via amazon.com

[See also: women’s version]

 

Affiliate Links

Buy (US): amazon.com


2014 Versions

Here are some versions from 2014. No longer available though.

Bluish gray version:

Nike Court Shuttle 5 Men - Blue Gray
Image via sarenza.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): sarenza.co.uk coupons


White and light blue type of guy:

Nike Court Shuttle 5 Men - White Blue
Image via sarenza.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): sarenza.co.uk coupons


2013 Versions

These are no longer available, but this is what they looked like…

nike court shuttle v court shoes
Image via sarenza.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (UK): sarenza.co.uk


nike court shuttle 5 white
Image via sarenza.co.uk

Affiliate Links

Buy (Taiwan): ebay.com


Here’s another style, which Saurav Ghosal is wearing now. I can’t find them for sale anywhere though.

Nike Court Shuttle 5 Men - Black
Image via jabong.com