Volleyball is a demanding sport that involves jumping and making sharp turns. While enjoyable, individuals that want to play well at recreation and competitive levels must own quality pair of shoes. The slippery casual model you wear to work, for instance, will only let you down. For best results, your shoe of choice should have a non-slip rubberized sole that grips most surfaces well. It should also be comfortable, specialized for jumping, and have a light design that you will enjoy wearing for hours. Many professional brands promise the foregoing and more. However, to perform well without spending the hefty sums most brands charge; here are 10 best models for 2017:
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10. ASICS Gel-Netburner
Offering the value that most individuals appreciate the Asics brand for, the Gel-Netburner is a popular men’s volleyball shoe. Made of lightweight ballistic fabric, its sports-grade design is light and fun to play in. Styling (safety yellow, white, and Poseidon) is eye-catching, while its improved sole is durable and rubberized to improve traction. When playing on indoor slippery grounds, therefore, the risk of slipping and compromising gameplay is slim. The gel cushioning on its forefoot and rearfoot, on the other hand, attenuates shock well for safety and added comfort. Because of its advanced FluidRide system, ASICS Gel-Netburner is light and generates a superior bounce.
9. Mizuno Wave Lightningz2
Made of premium synthetic and textile fabrics, Mizuno Wave Lightningz2 is a mid-cut volleyball shoe with a comfortable white/black design. Even though cheap, its impeccable style and ability to improve the performance users have attracted it many positive reviews. For instance, because of its parallel wave plates, users enjoy better lateral stability when playing. Its Dynamotion technology streamlines movement, while its slip-proof outsole is durable and made of non-marking rubber. When playing indoors, it does not stain courts as some cheaply made volleyball shoes. Finally, gamers appreciate its ever-cool air mesh technology and its sturdy dura shield toe guard.
8. Adidas Performance Ligra 4
Specialized in manufacturing quality sports accessories, Adidas is a dominant global brand that never disappoints. To look good and perform like a professional, for instance, Performance Ligra 4 is one of the most recommended shoes. Featuring dark navy, vivid red, and white accents, its charming outlook appeals to most individuals. Its synthetic and textile body is comfortable, while its flexible sole normalizes motion by improving stability. At high speeds, therefore, the risk of sliding or tumbling is slim. If you enjoy playing outdoors, you will also have a positive experience with this shoe. Its mesh upper and linings breathe to keep feet cool and dry. Its Adiwear outsole withstands abuse well while its synthetic overlays offer strategic foot support.
7. Adidas Performance Court
Designed for female players, Adidas Performance Court is a comfortable synthetic/textile shoe with a stable low-top arch. Perfect for training and playing, its lightweight designs enables individuals to attack the court with zeal. It also has stylish overlays that better stability further and a sports-grade rubber sole that boosts both comfort and traction. Because of its advanced adiprene heels, this shoe protects knees and ankles from injury. It softens landings, soaks stress well, and improve the flexibility its heels via its mid-foot support system.
6. Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2
With this navy-red Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2 shoes, you get a stylish men’s shoe for volleyball with a durable high-performance design. If the heavy models you wear often frustrate you, for instance, its lightweight synthetic/textile construction is invaluable. It does now weigh down users. It is also comfortable, breathable, and has well-placed parallel wave plate that improves lateral stability. During games or practice, therefore, you will be able to make quick and well-coordinated lateral movements without tumbling. Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2 has a flexible rubber sole with a non-marking outsole and a toe guard (dura shield).
5. Adidas Performance Response Boost
Featuring an energy-returning response boost technology, Adidas Performance minimizes energy expenditure during competitive gameplay. Coupled with its lightweight design, users are able to play longer without running out of gas or developing sore feet. Its breathable mesh upper keeps feet cool and dry. The Adiwear outsole offered protects users from slipping on all surface, while its advanced torsion system improves mid-foot integrity. Apart from jumping high, you will launch powerful spikes without aggravating joints.
4. Adidas Performance Volley Team 3
Have you used many types of volleyball shoes with poor results? If you are planning for an upcoming event and a new pair shoes ranks among your list of wants, Adidas Performance Team 3 is ideal. As most Adidas shoes, the lightweight synthetic and textile fabric used to make it is durable, breathable, and non-irritant. Padding is optimal while its ventilated stay-cool design keeps feet dry, cool, and comfortable in all environments. To help you breeze through the toughest workouts, this shoe has a flexible rubber sole with a shock absorbing Adiprene cushioning. Choose your ideal size to enjoy a professional experience on volleyball courts.
3. Mizuno Wave Bolt 5
Are you an avid volleyball player? Do you have large feet that do not fit in most popular volleyball shoes? Mizuno Wave Bolt 5 will serve you well. Featuring a wide rounded design that fits most leg shapes, users enjoy a comfortable experience indoors and outdoors. Its sole (rubber) flexes for added comfort, while its synthetic and mesh fabric breathes well to keeps feet cool. It also wicks moisture to keep feet dry and has a lightly padded interior that absorbs impact well when jumping. Finally, its outsole is a non-marking high traction model that performs well on smooth surfaces. Mizuno Wave Bolt 5 has Dynamotion fit technology orients feet naturally by eliminating distortion.
2. Nike Volley Zoom Hyperspike
Equipped with an advanced flywire technology and a low profile responsive cushioning, Hyperspike Zoom from Nike never disappoints. Treasured by most volleyball players, its lightweight and aerated design is a major attraction. Styling (metallic silver, gray, white, and black) is eye-catching, while its durable rubber sole also grips surfaces well to maximize stability. If you play on slippery courts, therefore, expect and safe and fun experience without spending much on shoes. If you are an aggressive player, all components are durable. The advanced production techniques used also improves its performance and durability further.
1. ASICS Gel Rocket 7
This Onyx and silver-themed ASICS Gel Rocket 7, is our pick of the volleyball shoe for 2017. Featuring a stable 2.75-inch shaft, this low-profile shoe is comfortable. Its synthetic and textile materials breathe well, while its rubber sole absorbs shock well as you jump. This protects heels, knees, and joints, in general, from irritation as you play. You also get a compound rubber outsole that improves traction and forefoot gel cushioning that attenuates shock on impact.