Here’s Why You Need Table Tennis Shoes While Competing
Playing table tennis requires proper table tennis shoes because it is a game full of quick movements and small steps. Proper table tennis shoes are also important because table tennis requires more lateral footwork than other sports such as running where straightforward steps are more common. You don’t want to use running shoes or cross trainers or even tennis shoes while playing table tennis. The outer soles of those type of shoes are too thick and the heel cap is too high to allow for the flexibility you need to play table tennis. Using anything other than table tennis shoes on your feet and ankles would be the fastest way to get an injury.
Li-Ning understands that table tennis shoes should be thin and grippy on the outer sole. They also should feature a flat heel and strong support to allow players to jump from side to side without fail. Li-Ning manufactures its shoes based on proven research from multiple sources, including the Chinese national table tennis team. They go to great measures to select the right fit for their athletes by studying foot shapes, grips, appearances and sizes. Building on their research, table tennis players should first understand which of the three types of feet they have: normal, high arch or flat foot. Considering your type of foot plays a large part in determining your shock absorption and mid sole thickness.
If you are lucky enough to have a “normal” foot, you can spend more time deciding on style and color because chances are most table tennis shoes will fit you well and offer the necessary support and comfort. If you have flat feet, make sure you choose a table tennis shoe with a thin, flat insole. Conversely, if your feet have high arches, you would benefit from a custom support insert – which the Li-Ning Table Tennis Superstore also sells. Believe it or not, the way you lace your table tennis shoes also plays a large part in performance – you can “lock” your laces to better support your heel, ankle or mid foot. If you feel you need more support in one area of your table tennis shoes, double your looping or strengthen your knots higher or lower on your shoes.
Li-Ning manufactures lightweight table tennis shoes – approximately 200 grams for women’s shoes and slightly more for men – which is important for breathability. You don’t want your feet to get too overheated or sweaty. This is accomplished by using more mesh and less leather than some other shoe brands. Remember, table tennis is a sport full of intense training and high-level competition. Athletes can’t afford to slip or deal with poor support when they move. Selecting the right table tennis shoe will help your footwork and prevent injury to important impact places such as your ankles and knees.
Men’s and Women’s Table Tennis Shoes From the Li-Ning Table Tennis Superstore
Li-Ning manufactures table tennis shoes for all athletes featuring comfort, stability, durability, and breathability. You can compare these ratings as well as the shoe weight on our website. Some of the advanced technologies in our table tennis shoes include vented bottoms, flexible soles and cushioned insoles. Please remember that Li-Ning styles and colors change every spring and fall. When the quantities and sizes shown here are sold out, this item will no longer be available. Also, please enjoy free shipping on orders of $150 or more.
Remember to try SNEAKER KEEPER sprayed on your table tennis shoes after your match to target and eliminate harmful odor-causing bacteria, mold and fungus. This will extend the life of your table tennis shoes.