Volleyball shoes help you move quickly on the court.
Volleyball involves movements that are specific to that sport. It is a game of power and agility and requires shoes designed to make the actions safer and easier for athletes. When compared with regular tennis shoes, volleyball shoes use different designs and materials and should be selected based on the athlete's foot, physical build and position on the court.
Unlike regular tennis shoes, volleyball shoes are made with gum rubber soles that facilitate better traction on the playing surface, which is typically a basketball court. This rubber helps athletes avoid sliding on the hard surface. Cross training and other fitness routines such as running or walking don't involve sudden starts and stops and, therefore, don't require a sole with heightened traction.
Volleyball shoes are designed to facilitate safe and easy movement in the rapid side-to-side motions involved in the spot. The shoes' midsoles are structured to provide support and cushion at the ball of the foot, which is where volleyball players spend much of their time. Stronger midsoles help enhance performance and decrease the risk of injury by absorbing shock. Regular tennis shoes are designed specifically for forward motion and don't provide as much support in the ball of the foot.
Quality volleyball shoes are lighter in weight than other athletic shoes. This enhances the athlete's speed and agility on the court. These shoes include materials such as synthetic leather and mesh to keep the weight at a minimum. Tennis shoes or running shoes weigh more to accommodate the materials used to provide stability and cushioning.
The price of volleyball shoes is comparable to other athletic shoes. Higher quality, recently designed shoes from known brands cost more, while older models with fewer enhancements cost less. Prices range from $50 to $140, according to Volleyball Magazine, and that is similar to the cost of other athletic shoes.