What are the Chief Differences among Volleyball Shoes?
The short answers are basic design, materials, support, and price.
Basic Design: Volleyball shoes are like most other athletic shoes in this respect. That is, every manufacturer has its own designs for uppers, midsoles, cushioning, and support. You need to read the description of each volleyball shoe and compare the different features of each in order to decide which volleyball shoe is best for you.
Materials: Modern volleyball shoes are no longer made of leather. At one time, you could buy all leather or all synthetic leather volleyball shoes, but those days are long gone. The reason is that leather shoes, on the whole, are heavier. Consequently, leather is not the best material for volleyball shoes. Most volleyball shoes today are a combination of synthetic leather and mesh uppers. This composition provides lighter weight, more breathability, and faster drying.
Support: All volleyball shoes are enhanced by manufacturers to have additional cushioning and support. Examples:
ASICS®: Gel pockets included for added support, comfort and stability (included in toe, heel and arch of sole)Mizuno®: Pebax Technology® for stability and cushioning; enhanced AP mid sole and shock absorbing cushioning in fore footAdidas®: ADIPRENE® insert for comfort and shock absorption
Price: Price is another area where volleyball shoes resemble most other athletic shoes. More expensive volleyball shoes usually are better and they offer fancier features. Typically the higher priced volleyball shoes are lighter and offer better traction, more cushioning, and more support. However, these characteristics may not make your foot happier. Sometimes a less expensive volleyball shoe will fit your foot better and be more comfortable.