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The 5 Best Pickleball Shoes To Help You Embrace the ‘One More Game’ Attitude

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"Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America," my mom tells me for the hundredth time this trip. I'm home for Christmas, it's 7 a.m., and my mother is already heading out the door for the first of today's two pickleball sessions. As is often the case, she's right: Pickleball courts are being built at record rates. So, if you're on the market for some sneakers to help you get in on the country's next breakout sport, we looked into some of the best pickleball shoes money can buy.

Finding the right pickelball shoes is an art. You want something that's non-slip, supportive, and comfortable enough to carry you through the "one more game!" ethos that guides the pickleball players life. Fortunately, plenty of brands are volleying to earn the top spot in the pickleball shoe hall of fame.

Below, shop the six best court shoes that will help you move freely so you can focus on your game. First one to eleven wins.

The 5 best pickleball shoes on the market

K-Swiss Match Rival Women’s Sneaker — $95.00

This stylish pair of kicks is beloved by many pickleball players, and comes in a brighter colorway if that strikes your fancy. The rubber soles on these babies will ensure that you’re sticking the landing as you fly across the court. They tend to run a little small—so consider sizing up.

K-Swiss Women's Express Light Pickleball Shoes — $105.00

If you’re looking to go bit lighter, but still want to stay in the K-Swiss family, consider this sneaker your new go-to. While the reviews on this shoes are a little bit mixed, those who love them really love them. “Finally got a good pair of tennis shoes. The width feels just right. Well built. No bumpy stitches inside that hurt bones. The materials are soft and flexible yet supportive,” writes one reviewer.

Asics Gel-Renmna — $80.00

These shoes come at a great price point. Even though they were originally made for tennis (like many shoes in this sport), these are a fave of pickleballers everywhere. Asics are also known to last and last, so you won’t have to buy a new pair for a while.

Wilson Rush Pro 3.5 Women's Tennis Shoes — $135.00

Crafted by the iconic tennis brand, Wilson, the Pro 3.5s feature an explosive sole and wide ankle support to keep your foot stable. The shoes also come in three playful colorways for mixing up your court aesthetic, and grabbing breakfast with your pickleball cohort after the matches are over.

Mizuno Women's Wave Lightning Z5 Volleyball Shoes — $120.00

These made-for-volleyball shoes are great for moving laterally, shuffling forward and backwards, and jumping when you need to. All these qualities also make them great pickleball shoes, which is why they’re showing up on courts everywhere.

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