Been getting loads of info on this forum and next on my list is probably a pair of badminton shoes? I say my level is intermediate and I would like to know if getting a pair of badminton shoes should be my next purchase or just stick to my Nike bowman running shoes which I currently use to play. I only play once or twice a week if I get time. Will getting a pair of badminton shoes help my feet more from getting an injury or my pair of Nike will do the trick? I don't intend to buy a top of the range shoe as ive spent too much on rackets, but unless I'm old I feel all these new shoes are way too bright for my taste :-)
my 2 cents: never, ever, ever don running shoes for badminton...there are too much lateral movements in quick spurts for badminton, and imho running shoes are not designed for that purpose. worse stilll, you will risk injuring your ankle by rolling it inwards or outwards, depending on whether you are an overpronator or oversupinator.
Apart from all the injury issues, you'll also risk ripping your running shoes from all that intensive lateral movement and braking. My friend bought a new pair of running shoes (NB) and decided to use it for badminton, and the sole was torn and separated at the mid-sole area.
Thanks for the advice, looks like I will be purchasing a pair soon :-) The aspacs look nice and 'normal' compared to the more colorful shoes i've seen. Think I will have to research more to see what are the recommended shoes in my price range. Having a quick read, I see people are changing their shoes quite often. I know you guys play a lot but is it to just the abuse they get or its the companies making sure we buy another pair sooner than later?
I presume the key tech is to have good ankle support and gel cushioning?
One other advice: Don't save too much money when choosing/buying badminton shoes.
They are responsible for your health and will save your feet for "unnecessary injuries".
I can't understand players who plays with rackets for 200$ and then playing with the cheapes sport shoes they can get. Don't make that mistake.