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    Default Using Tennis shoes to play badminton?

    Due to size and width constraints, I may not be able to obtain a pair of Badminton court shoes in time before I go play.

    Is it acceptable for a person to use tennis shoes to play badminton in indoor courts?

    I do not really mind as I don't have much of a choice (when I put on any yonex shoe they are so tight its like stepping in a vice, I have to take 2 sizes larger which the shop usually does not have, or don't carry the wide width shoes) but seems like some court management are rather strict and they demand non-marking soles etc. So I may not be allowed to play.

    For my part, I do not want to play in footwear that will also damage the court, and cause inconvenience to other users.

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    You shouldn't be wearing tennis shoes because you might injure yourself. They are simply not meant for badminton.
    Yes, only non-marking soles are allowed on badminton courts. Any other shoes are not recommended.
    Here's a suggestion. There are shoes for wider feet out there from brands like Mizuno and Yonex. Check out their website or visit a shop nearby to find out more about them. You could also get loads of info in the forum on footwear.
    If they are still too tight for you, I think you better do it bare feet.
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    Hi Barca, thanks for the informative reply. Can you elaborate on the injury I would get from using Tennis shoe in the long term to play badminton.

    As I have just finished a game on a outdoor hard court using the tennis shoe. Now tonight's ache is my right heel seems to be higher than my left. Hopefully by tomorrow it would be less painful.

    I was told by the person who sold me the shoe, that the tennis shoe is more suitable than a badminton shoe on hardcourt (supposed to last longer). And that it was suitable because tennis would also involve lots of running but less jumping. Nonetheless I find that it is harder to move around the court with a tennis shoe than a jogging shoe, but the tennis shoe has much better grip on surface, you won't skid, but there is almost no cushioning on the heel. So if I lace up the shoe tight my heels really hurt.

    Yes I have searched out the suitable models. Now to see if I can get one in time before I play at the indoor court.

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