Why You Need Netball Shoes

Netball involves rapid acceleration, sudden and rapid changes in direction, stopping, balance and jumps thus the game places many demands on a player and as a result, injuries can occur. Netball shoes are built specially to cope with the rigorous demands of the game, more so than your regular trainers or running shoes.

Why netball shoes?

A netball shoe is specifically designed to protect the feet from the specific stresses encountered during a game and to give the player more traction. The differences in design and variations in material, weight, lacing characteristics and other factors among netball shoes are meant to protect the areas of the feet that encounter the most stress. Without the proper support, your ability to perform well is reduced while the risk of injury is increased.

Q: Which brand of netball shoe? ASICS.

The ASICS netball shoe range caters specifically to both indoor and outdoor netball surfaces. Shoes within the ASICS netball shoe range include a combination of benefits, some are outlined below:

  • Impact Guidance System™ - The Impact Guidance System is a technical design philosophy that allows the foot to perform in a more natural manner.
  • Personal Heel Fit System (P.H.F) - Moulds and customises itself to the individual heel shape of the wearer. This is one of the reasons that make the shoe so accommodating for the demands of netball.
  • Removable Sockliner - The sockliner moulds to the shape of the foot but it can also be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic. Increasing the supportive footbed will reduce the collapsing of the arch that leads to muscle fatigue and running inefficiency.
  • Light Midsole - Light and durable, the midsole has a 55 density for increased stiffness to boost the spring rate which is great for jumping.
  • GEL® Cushioning System - GEL-units are strategically placed in the midsole of the shoe to help absorb player impact on the various court surfaces.
  • AHAR® - ASICS High Abrasion Rubber is the tough rubber compound used at the heavy-contact areas of the outersole to cut down on excessive wear.

Here's a selected range of leading netball shoes:

Netball shoes for women

Asics Gel Netburner Ballistic - Womens Netball Shoes

ASICS Gel-Netburner Ballistic

Ballistic, the newest addition to the Asics Gel-Netburner range, is ideal for those who play netball frequently. It’s mid top cut provides stability so that those who typically wear an ankle brace may not have to. It also features an exoskeleton on the upper toe area which prevents delaminating and provides the look and feel of a running shoe. Gel cushioning is in the rear and fore foot areas, while the midfoot trusstic prevents the ankle from rolling or turning.

Asics Gel Netburner Super - Womens Netball Shoes

ASICS Gel-Netburner Super

This is the most advanced shoe option within the netball range – ideal for keen and committed netball players.

Asics Gel Netburner Professional - Womens Netball Shoes

ASICS Gel-Netburner Professional

This netball shoe is designed for the player who wants the look and feel of a running shoe and has a neutral foot type.

Asics Gel Pivot - Womens Netball Shoes

ASICS Gel-Pivot

The Gel-Pivot is a great choice for the social player. The shoe comes with plenty of performance and stability at an affordable price.

Netball shoes for juniors (+10 years)

Asics Gel Netburner GS - Kids Girls Netball Shoes

ASICS Gel-Netburner GS Netball Shoes

The recommended introductory shoes for any youngster wanting to start playing netball on hardcourt surfaces.

Netball shoes for fun-net & netta players

Since players of this age are only playing on grass court and the games are more about having fun (non-competitive), you don’t need to invest in an expensive brand of shoe. Growth and development of children is crucial therefore it is important to aim for a shoe that:

  • Provides adequate support and cushioning.
  • Is a good fit to the arch – running shoes in particular come with a variety of arch supports. Knowing what type of arch the child’s foot has–high, medium, or low–can help in selecting the most comfortable and supportive shoe.
  • Provides for pronation – For some children who have flat feet or who pronate excessively, special orthotic inserts may be beneficial.

Important: A shoe should conform to the shape of their foot. A foot should not conform to the shape of a shoe. Read: Choosing the Right Shoe for Netball