Table Tennis Shoes

Table Tennis Equipment

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Sharlynne Go

Sharlynne Go Asked 11 years ago

Hi coach,

I need to buy a pair of new shoes, but dont know which kind would i should buy. Please help me!

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

Hi Sharlynne,

The key is to get a shoe that has good grip so you can move properly. Most table tennis brands offer good shoes. Most indoor sports shoes are good too. Asics has a good range of shoes for table tennis.


Take a look at this video response titled Choosing Table Tennis Shoes.

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Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 11 years ago

When I am doing practice I am always barefooted....This thing increases a lot of grip

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Hi Aasim,

You may find that this is the best for you but for most players they will need the support from the shoe.

utkarsh agarwal

utkarsh agarwal Posted 11 years ago

can tennis non marking shoes work?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Tennis shoes aren't the best for table tennis. A specific table tennis shoe or indoor sports shoe is better.

Arjun Patel

Arjun Patel Posted 11 years ago

It'd be ideal to put a video on this topic in the equipment section


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

That is a good idea Arjun.

Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 11 years ago

I like and have always played in Dunlop Volleys (ex tennis player). I like that they're flat to the floor and grippy, although they can be a bit slippery when new (you can rough them up a little with sandpaper). I find they wear down quickly and usually get a hole in the soles after a season or two. But they are cheap. There are fake Dunlop Volleys out there - just called Volleys (they look the same but not as well made). The real ones are better. I once tried playing in some new Asics with a thick tread. It just didn't work, felt weird and I played badly - I changed back to the Dunlop Volleys mid match.

mat huang

mat huang Posted 11 years ago

JUst get shoes from chinese brands. Ther're like 15-20 and pretty good

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago


Jeff spent most of his younger playing days in Dunlop Volleys.

Debo :

Debo : Posted 11 years ago

Badminton shoes are equally good for Table Tennis like Yonex Brand shoes.

Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 11 years ago

I bought a pair of Reebok CrossFit's (Nano 2.0) today. They feel like they'll be good for TT but I haven't played in them yet. Also bought a new cheap pair of Dunlop Volleys.. just in case!

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Dana Ence

Dana Ence Posted 8 years ago

Good time for a shoe question:  Alois or Jeff, do you know of any company that will sell a pair of "rights", or only one shoe?  I have to wear a hard-shell boot on my left leg from wake-up to bedtime (diabetic condition), so buying a pair means I have a useless left shoe and a very expensive right shoe.  Any company you might direct me to??  Thanks guys, keep up the good work!!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Dana,

I don't know any.  What size are you... Maybe one of our members will have some clues.

Dana Ence

Dana Ence Posted 8 years ago

I wear a 10.5 or 11 EE Width (U.S. size)...which I believe is 44/45 in Euro sizes?  Don't know what system you use in Australia.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks Alois!

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 8 years ago

Did any Indoor shoes is same as table tennis shoes?


D K Posted 8 years ago

Are there any not-only-table-tennis shoes?
I ask because I have to play on a linoleum.
And my normal table tennis shoes (from Joola) slide a lot here.
I have used a hall football shoes before,as they were the only shoes I managed to find which did not slide on it.
But it was very awkward to move with it on the usual table tennis floor.
And they had no durability,they were gone after a month.
So do you know about any shoes that can have good grip on both table tennis floor and the polished linoleum? :/

Bhavesh Gnnanapareddy

Bhavesh Gnnanapareddy Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois/Jeff,

Is it compulsory to wear a pair of shoes because I fell comfortable when I play bear foot and I don't like to wear shoes and play table tennis. Pls advice thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Bhavesh,

The rules do state that shoes are part of Playing Clothing.  However, if you are playing locally it is probably OK. Playing clothing shall consist of a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt and shorts or skirt or one-part sports outfits, socks and playing shoes; other garments, such as part or all of a track suit, shall not be worn during play except with the permission of the referee.

Peter Nielsen

Peter Nielsen Posted 8 years ago

 I haven't tried many brands of shoes. Last year I bought a pair of Adidas BT Booms, a badminton specific shoe. Six months ago I purchased a pair of Adidas table tennis shoes. The Bt Booms, although less attractive, are slightly heavier but have much better traction making the most noise at the club. One can have a flash pair of light table tennis shoes but if there's no grip they're not going to help much. Cheers

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experiences Peter.

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