Best Inexpensive Shoes For Pickleball

In 2021 I decided to try a couple of different brands of shoes for pickleball that was inexpensive or under $100.  My first impression was that they were made from poor quality material, but after wearing them around the house for a few days I decided they were “good enough” for what you get.

I have tried each of these shoes on at least one outing, and overall think that they are decent shoes. The sizing is somewhat different than my regular tennis shoes so I recommend you try them on in a store if you can.  I have a high arch so the sizing I list below is what fits me, but may not work for you.

My Recommendations For Best Budget Pickleball Shoes

Men

Women

Why Should You Buy An Inexpensive Pickleball Shoe?

There are several reasons to buy an inexpensive pickleball shoe. Here are some of the top reasons:

1) You need to replace your older pickleball shoes and don’t want to spend a lot of money.  A new pair of pickleball shoes is one place where I’ve always told people not to skimp on quality since there is such a huge difference in the comfort and performance of higher end shoes. You can still find some good shoes in your price range, so don’t give up hope.

2) You are starting out playing pickleball and want to try out a few different types of shoes before you invest more money into your game. It is very normal for players to end up owning many pairs of tennis shoes since playing tennis seems to be one of the sports that people try to see if they like it.  Or, you may play on some outdoor courts or use them for another sport like beach volleyball.  These shoes are good for those situations too.

3) You don’t want to spend more than $100 bucks on your first pair of pickleball shoes. If the above reasons don’t apply to your situation, then I’d recommend looking at higher quality shoes since you will be hurting the performance of your game if you are wearing uncomfortable shoes.

What Are The Advantages Of Playing A Budget Pickleball Shoe?

The advantage of playing with inexpensive pickleball shoes is that they are usually very lightweight.  This can be really important for older players since their feet aren’t what they used to be.  You’ll definitely notice the difference compared to an old sneaker or tennis shoe, especially if you like to play aggressive, fast paced games.

If you are trying to decide between a budget pickleball shoe or an inexpensive tennis shoe, I’d always recommend the pickleball shoe. Although the performance will be somewhat different, there are some good ones out there and most of them have felt pretty comfortable so far.  Don’t feel like you need to spend $100 or more just to have a good pair of pickleball shoes.

What To Look For When Buying An Inexpensive Pickleball Shoe?

When looking for an affordable pickleball shoe, here are some things to consider:

Comfort – If you are just starting out with pickleball, then comfort is king.  You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a shoe that hurts your feet after just a few games.

Quality – The quality of the material doesn’t need to be top notch (see the shoes I recommend above), but it should be decent.  The shoes shouldn’t come apart, the stitching shouldn’t be coming off, etc.

Performance – The performance of your shoe won’t be as good as a higher end pickleball shoe, but it should still be pretty good overall. You’ll have an easier time moving around in these types of shoes. At this price range, the shoes are usually pretty thin to help with being lightweight.

Price – All of these factors will influence the price you pay for your pickleball shoe.  I always recommend that people try to get a good value for their money.

Shoe Construction – Be sure and look at the construction of the shoe (tongue, seams, etc.) before buying any pickleball shoe. It is also best to try it on first to make sure you feel comfortable in them.

Conclusion

For most players, an inexpensive pickleball shoe will be fine for practicing or playing on smooth, indoor courts.  Be sure and check out my list of the top shoes you can buy under $100 if this is where you want to spend your money.

Remember, don’t buy a shoe that hurts your feet.  If they feel good on the court and you like playing with them, then I’d consider it a great value since most pickleball shoes are priced over $100 these days!