If you are anything like me, you probably think that Badminton shoes are incredibly comfortable and look absolutely stylish too. I often want to wear them out. But does the fact that Badminton shoes are comfy and look great mean that you can use them for casual wear? Some people have said yes and others have said no. What’s the right answer?
Can Badminton shoes be used for casual wear? Yes, Badminton shoes can be worn for casual wear, but they should not be. While Badminton shoes are comfortable and stylish, the soles are only designed for indoor use. This means that wearing them outdoors will result in quick damage and signs of wear and tear, even though they will not impose any damage or pain on your feet.
If you play Badminton and own a few pairs of Badminton shoes, you are probably aware of just how comfy they are – I certainly am. You might even think about wearing them out to town, to a party, or just to a bit of a stroll through the park. Wearing your Badminton shoes out might seem like an okay idea, but in reality, it is not. I wanted to know what makes Badminton shoes poor candidates for casual wear, so I set out to do a bit of investigative work on the design of the shoe and what makes them so well suited to indoor use only. Read below to learn what I found out.
What Happens to Badminton Shoes When You Wear Them Casually?
Using Badminton shoes for casual wear is not particularly a bad idea for health or safety reasons. It is a bad idea because the shoes quite simply will not last long term if they are used on rough surfaces. That being said, you might wonder what happens to Badminton shoes when they are used outdoors or for regular casual wear.
It is expected that on tar or concrete surface, Badminton shoe soles will wear down quickly, so you will not get much of a return on your investment. For the purpose of playing Badminton, the soles of these shoes do not provide much in terms of resistance, especially on uneven or rough surfaces. Once you have started wearing your shoes outside, they will not be as effective on the court anymore either. They will probably have a damaged sole surface, which could impact negatively on how the shoe grip to the court floor. They may grip too much or too little as a result of being exposed to outdoor surfaces.
The Result of Wearing Badminton Shoes Outdoors
What happens to Badminton shoes when you wear them outdoors or off the court? It really all depends on the surfaces that you will use the shoes on. If you use your Badminton shoes inside at home on a tiled surface, you probably will not impose much damage or wear and tear on them at all. However, when you take them outdoors, everything changes.
In some countries, especially those with a hot climate, the rubber on the sole of the shoe will quickly start to melt and lose its grip. If you consistently expose your shoes to heat they will quickly become damaged become useless to you on the court. In some countries where it is cold and wet, wearing Badminton shoes outside could result in a slipping hazard.
This means that there are two reasons why you should not wear your Badminton shoes as casual wear: you could slip and get injured (twisted ankle at the least, or broken bones at the worst), or you could find the shoe deteriorating in quality and reliability way before it is “best before” date. This means that they will let you down on the court at some point.
- The soles will lose their grip potency.
- The soles will become unevenly worn and even crack/tear.
- The shoe’s soles will eventually detach and fall off.
Can I Wear My Badminton Shoes to Commute to the Badminton Court?
Many Badminton newbies are not too aware of the dangers of wearing their Badminton shoes off the court. For some, it just feels natural to put their Badminton shoes on at home and then wear them while driving or commuting to the Badminton court. This is a bad idea. Can you wear your Badminton shoes to commute to the court? No, professionals would say that you can’t. They will only start to show unnecessary wear and tear and will be less effective on the Badminton court if you are using them on any other type of surface. You should wear your regular shoes to the court and only put your Badminton shoes on when you get inside the practice area. Remove them before you head home.
Why Badminton shoes are specifically required for Badminton
If you have spent some time watching other people playing Badminton, you might have noticed that a few players wear different types of shoes to practice. Is it okay to wear other types of sneakers to practice Badminton in? While it may look like the practice is going fine, there are risks to wearing the wrong shoes on the court. Badminton shoes are specifically designed for use on Badminton courts – other shoes simply pale in comparison.
The reason why you need Badminton shoes for playing the sport is that the soles are designed to come into direct contact with the court surface and provide the right amount of grip when doing so. Before you buy Badminton shoes, make sure you know what type of court surface you will be playing on. Is it wood, PVC, or asphalt? You will find shoes designed to provide the ideal type of grip on each of these surfaces.
Badminton shoes are designed to ensure that movements such as jumping, suddenly changing directions, or quickly stopping are made possible and are also well supported. The shoes are not just designed to provide grip, but also to protect the feet which are constantly moving. Providing cushioned support is something you can expect from these shoes.
What makes Badminton shoes stand out from regular sneakers on the court is that they are designed from rubber that is both wear-resistant and anti-slip. The soles provide grip while the arch of the foot is provided with padded support which acts as effective shock-absorption. The shoes are also designed from material that breathes, to keep feet dry and cool on the court, even during the toughest games.
What Kind of Shoes Should I Wear for Badminton?
When shopping around for Badminton shoes, dedicate yourself to only wearing them for practice and not for casual wear. There are 3 types of Badminton shoes available to choose from:
- Badminton shoes built for all-round performance – these are generally the best shoe for beginners, intermediate, or just-for-fun Badminton players. If you shop for this type of shoe you can expect it to provide shock resistance, stability, and lightweight agility on the court. These shoes are designed to provide all-round support and enhance your game on the court. The shoe allows for quick sudden movements as well as speedy movements.
- Badminton shoes built for support – some players who are avoiding injury or recently recovered from one will probably prefer a supportive shoe over one that promotes speed. Supportive Badminton shoes provide the player with excellent stability and shock resistance for a safer, more stable time on the court.
- Badminton shoes built for speed – for speed on the court, shoes need to be lightweight. They also need to provide grip without providing too much grip. The inner design of these shoes does not change easily in shape and allows a player to move quickly and with agility on the court. Most of these shoes have a built-in bounce pad to absorb the shock of an impact and allow a player to move around quickly.
While you certainly can wear your Badminton shoes out and about, it’s not a good idea if you want them to last. You also shouldn’t use them as casual wear if you want them to provide sufficient grip and support on the court. When buying Badminton shoes, choose ones that are designed to be used on the surface type that you are most likely to practice on.