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

Salming Race R1

Here are all the Salming Race R1 shoes I know of.

Salming Race R1 3.0
Salming Race R1 2.0
Salming Race R1 Original


Salming Race R1 3.0

Here’s the 3.0 version, which is coming out in September 2015:

Salming Race R1 3.0 Men [Red / Yellow]
Image via salming.com

Beauty. Thanks to Harrison and B for spotting this!

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Salming Race R1 2.0

Here’s the prior version, the Salming Race R1 2.0:

Salming Race R1 2.0 Squash Shoes
Image via salmingsquash.com

They have their own trailer:

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Here is one in purple and bright green. I think these came out in 2014.

Salming Race R1 2.0 Men - Purple
Image via pdhsports.com

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Spotted

Here’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez wearing the purple ones — well, on his left foot anyway — at the 2015 British Open:

miguel-angel-rodriguez-2015
Photo by Steve Cubbins


And now we have one in Blue and Yellow:

Salming Race R1 2.0 Blue
Image via holabirdsports.com

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Reviews

Here’s a review from Paul at PDH Sports:


Salming Race R1 (Original)

Here’s the original Salming Race R1, in blue:

Salming Race R1 - Blue
Photo via Salming Squash

I recently bought a pair of these and took a quick video of them:

The shoes also have their own trailer, which is pretty righteous:

Update: I used these shoes for over a year. Here’s how it went:

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Here is another model in orange from earlier in 2013. The official product photo:

Salming Race R1 Squash Shoes
Photo via Salming Squash

And here’s a nice photo by Jordan Mansfield:

Salming Race R1 Review

Adrian Grant wore these in the 2013 HK Open recently:

Adrian Grant
Photo by Steve Cubbins

The orange guys aren’t available at any of my usual affiliates but you can find them at squashunlimited.com, hitthenick.com, ultimatefloorball.co.uk, and squashwebwinkel.nl.

Reviews

I have a pair of the original Race R1s and I love ’em. Awesome design, very comfortable, and they have held up very well. My only problem with them has been that they are, honestly, the stinkiest pair of squash shoes I have ever owned. I don’t feel like the shoes get particularly hot or anything (they’re very breathable) so I don’t know why that happens. I got some of those sneaker balls to reduce the odor a bit, and that works.

Jeff at Control the T said these were “very comfortable” and “very light”.

Here’s a video review from Paul at PDH Sports:

Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 Women

The Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 Women. I’ve updated this post with a few new styles.


Here are the new colors:

mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-women-white-navy
mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-women-white-black
mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-women-black-pink
mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-women-black-orange
mizuno-wave-lightning-rx3-women-silver
Images via zappos.com

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Here’s an older black and green version. Or actually black and lime as they call it:

Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 Women [Black Lime]
Image via amazon.com

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Spotted

Rachael Grinham was wearing these at the US Open:

rachael-grinham-2014-us-open
Photo by Steve Cubbins


Here’s an older model, the Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 in green:

Mizuno Wave Lightning RX3 Green
Image via zalando.co.uk

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Here are some affiliate links to buy this product. This shoe is actually difficult to find at this point, in this color at least.

Buy (UK): zalando.co.uk

Spotted

Low Wee Wern was wearing these at the US Open:

low-wee-wern-2014-us-open

She seems to have put a bit of blue tape on the instep.

Asics Gel Tactic Men

Here are the latest Asics Gel Tactic men’s court shoes. This is a mid-priced Asics shoe, around $95.

Women’s version: Asics Gel Tactic Women


The Asics Gel Tactic seems to have received a makeover in 2015. Here’s a “white, black and pale gold” version [added July 2015]:

asics-gel-tactic-men-white-black-gold
Image via zappos.com

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Here’s one they call black, onyx and silver:
asics-gel-tactic-men-black-onyx-silver
Image via zappos.com

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Here are a few older models. Nice color combo on this:
Asis Gel Tactic Men - White Blue
Image via zalando.co.uk

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Here’s another model:

Asics Gel Tactic
Image via runnerspoint.com.

I feel like these are a bit too…..white. But these will appeal to some people no doubt!

They look better from the top:

Asics Gel Tactic - White Red
Image via zalando.co.uk

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Here’s an older model. Classy. I like this design a bit better than the newer version.

Asics Gel Tactic White Blue

Buy (Germany): amazon.de

They’re also available in France, but the picture looks a little different, and I’m not sure why. Could be an earlier model, or could be an inaccurate picture.

asics-gel-tactic-image-2

Buy (France): amazon.fr

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! Word is it will be shipping in September 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

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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