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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung
    Have you tried Mizuno?
    are you sure your not working for them Cheung!

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    I have tried various brands of badminton shoes over the years. My personal preference always comes down to Mizuno and Yonex. Until recently I used to have 3 pairs of Yonex shoes, hardly used, because they either could not fit my orthoses, or if they fitted they were not twist-resistant enough, which is a must to hold my orthoses firmly in place. Most of the Mizuno have the same problem except one. So, my choice of Mizuno was simply a case of #beggars cannot be choosers"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung
    Have you tried Mizuno?
    no never seen them for sale, it was just a general sports shop so they only had a few makes

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    You tend not to get Mizuno in Scotland, even asics are quite rare but are slowly getting a foothold outside the runners market with their court shoes.

    Cheung could you suggest a Mizuno shoe?

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    An interesting thing about Mizuno shoes is that, everything I go to a store and ask for try-ons, my size is always out of stock
    (27.5cm)

    So, I never get to try on one of those.....let's see if I would have better luck this time.

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    I believe it's a matter of :

    1. Level of play
    2. Opponent level

    If you are a good player ie good footwork, good stroke - I guess you can wear anything and can still play well. The power-monger I spoke about during last year's Inter House competition wears basketball shoes and he trashes everybody in sight, except his 'archnemesis' who wears those old 'Butterfly' brand-type.

    Also, if your opponents are serious, and I mean those who truly play for pride - you will have to match that and surely a pair of badminton shoes will only help.

    Still, I read in a post last year about the same question - that stated that a friend of one of our regular poster here is quite an advance player, but because he wore the wrong kind of shoes, got injured.

    The importance of badminton shoes is synonymous with the need to prevent injury. Face it, else we could just play in slippers or bare-footed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dill
    Cheung could you suggest a Mizuno shoe?
    WOuld love to but shoes are very personal things. I tend to stick to one model only until the production run finishes! I'll give a report on the new ones when I can get to the badminton court.

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    To serious players,

    By the way, if you play a sport on almost everyday, you shouldn't wear the same pair of shoes on two consecutive days.

    After one day of hard wearing, although you can't recognize the change, most of the rubber/plastic were hard pressed and the tiny little molecure were compressed losing the shock absorption function. Long term use of compressed shoes will result in joint problems.

    So serious guy at least need 2 pairs of badminton shoes.(Also, it will be better if you only change the badminton shoe on court such that the rubber will not lose the elasticity during your walking all the day)

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    If you play to a competitive level, or in the process of footwork training, a pair of baddy shoes not only help ur movement, but also reduce the chance of injuries.

    If you just play for fun, and don't run as much, cross trainer, etc could be an acceptable alternative choice. However, make sure stay away from running shoes.

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    Right now I'm using cross trainers and they provide excellent grip if the floor is dust free(if it is dusty..they tend to pick up the dust and it is no longer grippy)
    At the gym I play regularly....sometimes it does gets dusty and slippery. I would clean off my sure first..then go play, the grip would be perfect. But after 1 rally..it has already become to slippery. Do badminton shoes make any difference in this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dill
    Slayer is spot on it's not really about the grip its about the lower centre of gravity as well as not having a built up heel with an air bubble to roll over on and break your ankle, they are generally more supportive for your feet and ankles than a fashion trainer becasue they are specific to badminton and certain other racket sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dill
    You tend not to get Mizuno in Scotland, even asics are quite rare but are slowly getting a foothold outside the runners market with their court shoes.

    Cheung could you suggest a Mizuno shoe?
    Here is the website which listed 5 model of Mizuno badminton shoes

    http://catalog.mizuno.co.jp/catalog/...=1101609147773

    I bought 2 pairs of Mizuno badminton shoes model number of 7KM-34009 recently. IMHO, they are the best pairs of badminton shoes I have ever worn. My feet fitted neatly and comfortably in them. They have excelleny design for the heel which tend to dissipated the force of impact whenever I land on my feet after jump smash. I reckoned they give good protection to my feet and really prevent foot injury. I threw away all my Yonex shoes.

    I also tried to look for other model of Mizuno badminton shoes but was told that there is only one model imported for Singapore market. The saleman introduce me to use 9KV series which I refused to buy because they are for playing volleyball.
    Last edited by leehsim; 11-27-2004 at 08:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leehsim
    Here is the website which listed 5 model of Mizuno badminton shoes

    http://catalog.mizuno.co.jp/catalog/...=1101609147773

    I bought 2 pairs of Mizuno badminton shoes model number of 7KM-34009 recently. IMHO, they are the best pairs of badminton shoes I have ever worn. My feet fitted neatly and comfortably in them. They have excelleny design for the heel which tend to dissipated the force of impact whenever I land on my feet after jump smash. I reckoned they give good protection to my feet and really prevent foot injury. I threw away all my Yonex shoes.

    I also tried to look for other model of Mizuno badminton shoes but was told that there is only one model imported for Singapore market. The saleman introduce me to use 9KV series which I refused to buy because they are for playing volleyball.

    In Japanese, eh? Time to exercise my rusty and broken Japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckBur
    In Japanese, eh? Time to exercise my rusty and broken Japanese.
    I have surf other Mizuno site in other region

    http://www.mizuno.com/

    The two sites which show good information on badminton shoes are



    Taiwan Mizuno site

    http://www.mizuno.com.tw/workspace/basic/mizuno/html/sports/product.jsp?id=eOjNTRNsbLeBMwEiAIJBseRkDRjdu8&fath er_name=¤gKÕû%20-%20ˬ°Á

    Japan Mizuno site

    http://catalog.mizuno.co.jp/catalog/...=1101613610055

    So either you have to use Mandarin or Japanes to understand or else to rely on the nice pcitures with some guess works.

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    In my opinion one of the best badminton shoes you can get is the Mizuno model 7KM 34014. It is surprisingly one of the cheaper Mizuno badminton shoes in the Mizuno range.
    Some of the most important properties of a good pair of badminton shoes are that they should not bend when bending with both hands the toe and the heel sides towards each other in the centre, there should be a bend at the toe end, the heel sides must be stiff and sufficiently high, the sole must not be sitting on a cushion of air, and the shoes must resist twisting. Most badminton shoes do not come quite close to meeting these requirements. The much promoted Yonex anti-twist badminton shoes have much poorer anti-twist performance than the Mizuno 7KM 34014. You will be surprised to find how many so called good badminton shoes can be easily bent, toe and heel ends bent towards each other.
    The 7KM 34014 is very wide at the front and is suitable for fitting an orthoses. However, it may not fit people with high arches as the front part is a bit low. It doesn't fit the above requirements 100% but its the only one I find comes closest. I would like any recommendations on better shoes that meet the requirements completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak
    In my opinion one of the best badminton shoes you can get is the Mizuno model 7KM 34014. It is surprisingly one of the cheaper Mizuno badminton shoes in the Mizuno range.
    Some of the most important properties of a good pair of badminton shoes are that they should not bend when bending with both hands the toe and the heel sides towards each other in the centre, there should be a bend at the toe end, the heel sides must be stiff and sufficiently high, the sole must not be sitting on a cushion of air, and the shoes must resist twisting. Most badminton shoes do not come quite close to meeting these requirements. The much promoted Yonex anti-twist badminton shoes have much poorer anti-twist performance than the Mizuno 7KM 34014. You will be surprised to find how many so called good badminton shoes can be easily bent, toe and heel ends bent towards each other.
    The 7KM 34014 is very wide at the front and is suitable for fitting an orthoses. However, it may not fit people with high arches as the front part is a bit low. It doesn't fit the above requirements 100% but its the only one I find comes closest. I would like any recommendations on better shoes that meet the requirements completely.
    I am totally agreed with your opinion.

    I was looking for 7KM-34014 in Singapore but manage to get only 7KM-34009(S$79.00) and no other model nos.

    What is the price of 7KM-34009 in HK dollars?

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    lmao course u need the proper shoes you could hurt your ankle by wearing the inadequate shoes. It's like saying why do we need badminton rackets to play badminton with lol . Wot a daft question to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leehsim
    I am totally agreed with your opinion.

    I was looking for 7KM-34014 in Singapore but manage to get only 7KM-34009(S$79.00) and no other model nos.

    What is the price of 7KM-34009 in HK dollars?
    Hi Leehsim,

    Where did you buy the 7km-34009? thanks.

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