Badminton can be one of the more difficult sports to shop for. To excel on the court, you’ll need a lightweight shoe with ample cushioning, durability and most importantly, plenty of lateral stability. The game’s quick, cutting movements require a shoe that will both protect your foot and keep it in place so you can maintain control during fast transitions.
Whether you’re looking to pick up badminton for the first time or are seeking ways to take your game to the next level, consider one of the options featured here.
1. Yonex Power Cushion 35
With more than 60 years of badminton and tennis experience to its name, it’s safe to say that Japanese brand Yonex knows a thing or two about footwear. Its round sole Power Cushion 35 shoes are one of the brand’s newest developments, and you can get them now for under $75.
2. Salming Viper 3.0
Since 2001, Swedish brand Salming has been delivering a variety of footwear in categories ranging from running to badminton, the latter of which is the company’s specialty. The Viper is one of the brand’s premier models, and the 3.0 variation is currently on sale for nearly $40 off of its original retail price.
3. Carlton Airblade Tour
Carlton’s Airblade Tour shoes are currently on sale for more than half-off their original retail price, making them one of the biggest bangs for your buck on this list. They feature a reinforced upper with a Aegis Microbe Shield liner to fight bacteria and keep the sneakers fresh through extended use.
4. Hi Tec Squash Shoes
If you’re seeking a budget-friendly option, Hi Tek’s squash shoes are a no-frills choice equipped with everything you’ll need on the court. The mesh-based sneakers feature supportive leather overlays throughout and a grippy gum outsole.
5. Adidas Ligra 4
Adidas’ most prominent athletic footwear styles are its basketball, running and tennis sneakers, but the brand caters to athletes of all kinds, including badminton players. The Ligra 4 has a thick cushioned midsole and an upper supported by patterned synthetics.