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Comments: I have wide feet and this shoe probably fits the best among all of the ones I have had. The only
problem is the durability, lasted barely 6 months. I play tennis at least 3-4 times a week on hard court. If you dont play too often I
would recommend these.
From: Sidhu, 4/13
Comments: Solid shoe overall. Very resistable and sturdy for the price. Provides good lateral support and is stylish
too. The only downfall is the weight being too heavy. Otherwise a reliable shoe.
From: Michal, 3/13
Comments: Great shoes. I've worn them just shy of three months now, and they've been serving me wonderfully.
The ventilation, while not the best, is sufficient for the hot conditions of my state. Traction is very good too. Durability is very
impressive. I've worn the 3.3 Court Ballistecs and while those lasted a long time, these are showing even less wear. The outsole
rubber is extremely durable! Comfort is good except after the short break-in period, which is much more forgiving than the CB's
were, the shoe's interior expands a bit much and this could be problematic for those with medium or narrow width feet. Luckily
for me, my feet are medium-wide, so they fit almost perfect with minimal sliding in the toe region. I say minimal because there
was some sliding, as I stubbed my big toe on a quick stop and this caused some momentary pain, but nothing serious by any
means. The mini support belts don't necessarily provide the perfect fit as Babolat claims, but they do help tighten the shoe
if the laces aren't doing enough. Now for the best part: aesthetics. I have the red colorway and they are the most gorgeous shoes
I've ever worn. I've gotten at least-- and I'm not exaggerating-- fifteen compliments on the shoes and how simply cool they look.
The red is unique and flashy, yet not overbearing. The design is slick and intelligent. I give my applaud to the shoe's designer.
Fantastic work! So the shoes aren't the best in any category, but all around it's quite good. I would recommend it and I would buy
them again, though I'll probably wait for the next version Propulse 4.
From: Anon, 1/13
Comments: I've been playing heavily with these shoes for a month now. First things first, one of my shoes ended
up discoloring on me (never expected that to happen). They are definitely not a "straight out of a box" playing shoe. I would
recommend breaking it in first. I found it to be a heavier shoe then I prefer. I felt good support throughout the shoe. Great
traction. They showed minimal wear, considering how many miles I have put on them. I like the straps, which add to a better fit.
Overall, I would consider buying this shoe again.
From: Willie, 1/13
Comments: These shoes gave me huge blisters on the bottom of my feet after the first week of play and a
tournament. They look very cool, but they do not perform too well and would not recommend them to a serious tournament
player. Quality of looks is not as important as quality of performance.
From: Anon, 11/12
Comments: I got 2 pairs of the Babolat Red, White, and Blue shoes. One for using and one as a collector's item, and
to be honest pictures do not give enough credit to these shoes. They look incredible, and not to mention they are the most
comfortable of all shoes I have played in. I have tried out the Nike Courtballistics 4.3 and they have no durability. I have a pair of
the Adidas 7.0 Barricades and they are nowhere near as nice of a shoe as the 6.0s. This shoe is my favorite of all shoes. I will only
wear Babolat shoes for the rest of my high school/college career.
From: Trevor, 10/12
Comments: This is a very comfortable shoe while still being a tennis shoe. I am 6-1, 200 pounds with
wide feet. I have tried a few different shoes (adidas barricade, Asics Gel Nimbus, and this one). These are extremely comfortable
shoes while providing the stability needed for tennis. It's an excellent shoe, and I will probably purchase them again and again.
From: S.K., 10/12
Comments: I bought these shoes at Christmas. I loved them and only planned to wear them at the courts but I
loved them so much that I just had to wear them everywhere. It's been a good 9ish months and I am just starting to notice some
troubles with the traction. But 9 months is the best I've gotten out of a tennis shoe yet!
From: Ryan, 9/12
Comments: I'm 6 feet tall, I weigh 235 lbs, and I used to have a problem in my left ankle. I played for 8 months
almost everyday with these shoes without any problems. No ankle problems, no out-sole holes, just perfect! I used to have an
off-road vehicle and the only shoes that I had on when the vehicle was stuck in mud were these Babolats. I walked in the mud,
and they were dirty even in the inside, but I cleaned them and used them for another 2 months. Then because they were so
comfortable, I took an 9 hour flight with the Babolats to France on Christmas. My luggage got lost by the airline, so I had to walk
through snow with these shoes for many miles.
From: Mario, 8/12
Comments: Ok, for anyone looking for that review that will help you switch from Nike or
adidas, this is it. I have used Nike Courtballistec 3.3's and adidas barricade 7's up until I
ordered these Propulse 3's, and I can honestly say, WOW! Nike and adidas shoes don't even
compare to these. There is literally no break in time. I laced them up out of the box and hit
the court without wearing them around first. They also weigh a fraction of any shoe I've worn
recently, allowing me to feel like I am gliding across the court, and allowing for a noticeable
increase in speed. Durability is also a major plus for these shoes simply because I tear
through shoes, and the Propulse 3's are standing up to the test, along with the 6 month
outsole warranty. Great shoe and cheaper than anything Nike or adidas has out right now.
From: Ethan, 7/12
Comments: I bought these for my 5'6" 100lb daughter. We needed to buy
an after-market insole so that her feet wouldn't hurt after she played
in them. They wore through to those insoles after about 3 months. Now
to see if they will honor their durability warranty.
From: Steve, 7/12
Comments:I love them. Extremely comfortable with plenty of stability.
I had some adidas shoes before and my feet always hurt after playing,
but with these I don't hurt at all. Great shoes.
From: Chris, 7/12
Comments: This is, without a doubt, the best tennis shoe I have ever
worn. Great comfort, sharp design and reasonable light-weight. I play
three times a week and, after three months on hard courts, I am just
beginning to see some signs of wear, but nothing to be concerned about.
The front and heel straps contribute to a nice snug fit that keeps feet
aligned as laced up.
From: James, 7/12
Comments: I recently bought the Propulse after my Nike 3.3 CB wore out. Let me tell you, after only a
couple of weeks of wear these shoes have destroyed my feet. The naturally low shoe provided little to no protection on
my feet, leaving me with blisters and preventing me from court time. Also the outsole of the shoe is very weak and
poorly done. My Propulse currently has a huge gaping hole on the outsole from sliding after only 2 weeks of wear. The
hole on the outsole has ripped two of my socks. However these shoes do provide good arch support and comfort but
the performance is lacking greatly compared to the the Barricades and Courtballistecs.
From: Harrison, 6/12
Comments:Hurts your upper toe. The circumference is too small squashing your toe mostly due to the
rubber skin not stretching out like leather does.
From: CT, 6/12
Comments: One upside is that they are
comfortable. The downsides are that the outsole wore out in about 2 and a half months of wear. I wore these shoes 6
days a week and by the last day I wore them, there was a huge hole in the outsole. I'm not talking a little hole, I'm
talking about the top of the outsole was literally a whole and it was pink. If you play non competitively and like once a
week I would
say get them just for the comfort.
From: Christian, 6/12
Comments: This are the best tennis shoes I've ever bought, when you buy a tennis shoe you look for 3
things comfort, durability and good looks this shoe has all of those it looks so sweet babolat did such a good job they
last a long time too and also there so comfortable I've played in a lot of different tennis shoes adias but I'd these are
the best the most comfortable and durable. Best shoe out there guys and best brand to buy shoes from, great job
From: Kevin, 5/12
Comments: These are the only shoes that lasted me longer than 1 month. They lasted me 7
unfortunately... missed the warranty. But these are some of the most durable and comfortable shoes out there. Break in
is less than 30 minutes of play time and straps let you tighten the shoes in spots that laces just done cut it. If you are a
show breaker, and want some shoes that are great in support, nice on the comfort and durable for every bit of the 6
months, you found your shoe. Plus they look sweet.
From: Mike, 5/12
Comments: These shoes are very nice while they last. I ran through two pairs of them (all the way
through I might add) in less than 3 months. That said, be aware that the 6 month durability guarantee is actually a
one-pair replacement guarantee. I thought I had six months worth of shoes, but I ended up with less than half of that.
From: Taylor, 5/12
Comments: I have to say that these Propulse's are the most comfortable I have worn in a long time. I had
the new Vapors before these, and I ran through them in about a month. I got these at the end of March and already put
a hole through one of the outsoles. I think its due to the fact play six days a week for three hours at a time. At least
they have a six month warranty.
From: Nick, 4/12
Comments: I have been wearing Babolat Propulses' since their inception. I can say that this latest
incarnation is more comfortable than the previous shoes, but the uppers are softer, and your foot can move laterally. I
have a fairly wide foot, and I haven't had this happen with any other shoes. The sole is low, so this hasn't caused
concern for rolling my ankles, but I have to really tighten the laces more than I am use to doing. The biggest problem
with the shoe is durability. I am 170 lbs, and play 2-3 times a week. I wore through the sole in 2 months for the first
pair, sent them in for warranty replacement and then less than 1 month for the second pair. I keep wearing this second
pair because, I can't believe I need a new pair so soon.
From: Roy, 4/12
Comments: Arrived in the mail on Friday and played my first match with
them on Saturday. Very comfortable shoe with little to no break in
required. I brought my other shoes just in case the Babolat's required
some break in and hurt my feet but they felt great and I wore them the
entire match. My feet are slightly wide and Babolat's have always fit
well. I can't wear most adidas or nikes since they are so narrow but I
hear the vapors are a little wider than normal (may give those a shot
one day). The grip is perfect as they allow me to slide on the hard
court and recover quickly. So far so good. We'll see how they hold up
in a couple of months.
From: Brian, 4/12
Comments: Great shoe, very comfortable but ripped on the inside of my left shoe during the
first week while sliding for a ball on a hard court. This isn't covered by warranty so I am out
$120. Since that fateful day I have been using my old Nike Vapors which have little to no
outsole left from hard court sliding and also have no sign of tearing on that inside left part of
the shoe. I'm not sure of it was just a bad slide and I dropped my foot too much or just a
poorly designed upper, but whatever it was the shoes are unusable because every time I slide
I rip through my sock and slice my foot.
From: Anon, 3/12
Comments: First the good. VERY comfortable. Incredibly stable with the velcro system. Sharp looks.
well in general (see 'the bad' for more, however). Nice and low to the ground, a very fast shoe. Excellent traction,
good...I slide on hard courts and the traction on these was so good it wasn't as easy to slide...again, the good news is I
feared rolling an ankle, until (see 'the bad'). The bad news, however, is after using for only 2 months, the rear upper
from the plastic support when running up to cover a drop shot. This caused my ankle to roll (no injury) and me to fall
forearm and wrist). I also had a tear through the sole near the back, but it did not seem to affect play. The one silver
that Babolat VERY PROMPTLY replaced these shoes in the warranty! I must temper the above saying I wear out
Barricades in 3
months as well, so I am very hard on shoes. However, the Barricades simply wear a small hole at 3 months, these tore
the upper. A big difference.
From: Steve, 3/12
Comments: By FAR the best shoe I've ever worn. Ever. This is my 3rd pair
of Propulse 3..I'm almost addicted to this! More comfort, grip, and
lighter feeling weight than any other shoes I've ever worn (even outside
of tennis)The only problem is the Michelin durability guarantee. I am a
player for my school's #1 singles spot and very aggressive. It took a
little more than one season to completely wipe off the grip on the
outsole, which is what usually happens to me, but it was more than 6
months so I couldn't replace them for free. But it is SO worth the
money. Greatest shoe I've ever worn. 10/10
From: Brandon, 3/12
Comments: I've had these shoes for 6 months, still in great durability, got to admit that they have
movement by 60%. Great feel, overall great. But just recently I've started playing singles and they're great, but the
and turning left and right suddenly have created problems in my toes. They have cut off about 1/2 a inch of skin of my
toe on the 4th side, and just recently cut the one next to my big toe. These cuts have been where the joint is on your
toe on the
top section of the toe. I really hate this since it hurts when I run. So I wouldn't recommend these to anyone. And I
only got 6
months with them.
From: Dany, 3/12
Comments: These shoes are the best when it comes to support and
durability. They provide a lot of comfort for the player and come in
three different colors. Although it says durability lasts for 6 months,
I've had this for a year and have used in both hard and clay courts. I
recommend this shoe for any player!
From: Michael, 3/12
Comments: Bought a pair of these and the first time out with them, playing doubles nonetheless, I got
blisters from them. I got the blisters at the top of the Achilles support from both shoes. It took a couple weeks before
even consider wearing them again, which I did. Silly me. The second time out with them went much like the first. Now
they are in
the Goodwill donation bag. In telling my blister story to guys at my club, I found out that two others have had the
after buying these shoes. I should have asked around before getting them.
From: Lee, 3/12
Comments: Great shoes..... I play 6 days a week on clay courts. I have used these for almost 9 months
and is still in
great shape. Excellent grip and durability. That is not even the best part, this shoe fits like a glove with the strap and is
flexible. My movement on court has almost improved by 30%. These are the best shoes I have tried so far.
From: Skankar, 3/12
Comments: These shoes are superb! Only the narrowest of feet would find
the forefoot too wide. I have moderately narrow feet with a moderately
high arch and these fit perfectly, glove-like. They're a BIG improvement
over the the previous model, which I own, in EVERY way. On the previous
models in-soles were a must, not with these. I haven't had them very
long but I'm sure they'll be as durable as the previous model. Don't be
fooled by the apparently flimsy look. After two tries Babolat finally has a HR
shoe to compete with the big boys.
From: JPR, 3/12
Comments: I like these shoes a lot. When I first tried them on, they were perfectly snug, supportive, and
fit my foot
very well. I have been wearing nike vapor 7 and 8, and new balance ct 1003 and 1004. These are narrower than the
nb's and have
broken in a bit wider than the vapors. Still better than the nike cb's and 2k11s after 15 hrs of court time.
From: George, 2/12
Comments: Best shoe ever, BUT 6 month durability? Get out of town. I bought them abroad so I can't
ask for my
money back, on slow courts using them 5 days a week, maximum 3 month, actually just 2.5 month. But I'll buy them
because they fit me perfectly and aren't heavy.
From: Fab, 1/12
Comments:These are great feeling shoes. The only problem is the low durability. All in all the shoe with
warranty is ok.
From: Anon, 12/11
Comments: Do you wan't a shoe for a wider foot and a shoe that gives you awesome
support. Do you want a shoe that makes you incredibly close to the
ground, giving you a better feel to the court? Do you want a comfortable
shoe? Do you want a stylish shoe? Do you want a durable shoe? If you
want a shoe with all of these characteristics this is the perfect shoe,
especially for support with top of the line straps.
From: David, 11/11
Comments: Alright, folks - best shoe ever, hands down (based on my foot). Key thing to remember is
person's experience with a shoe might be a complete 180-degree turn from the next person. Height, weight, skill level,
conditions, aggressive style vs. conservative - all these factors can affect the overall experience with a shoe. I'm a 6'0"
player with a wide foot that gets more narrow towards the heel, so these shoes fit like an absolute glove and my feet
me to not take them off - I could wear them all day, every day, baby! These shoes required zero break-in time, cinched
with the straps - exactly like strapping your foot into a form-fitted ski boot or a rollerblade and blazing down the trail.
Marty McFly's shoes in Back to the Future that adjusted perfectly to his own feet - come on, everybody, we all
remember how cool
that was. This shoe actually made me excited to get out and play. Incredible surface feedback from such close contact
court, very light and maneuverable, great lateral support with all movements, and zero sign of wear after an aggressive
practice session last night. Plus they look so hot that now my son wants a pair so he can be just like his dad (ok, he
wants to be
like Andy Roddick). I have a high arch, but used arch supports to fill any gap. Again, this is the perfect shoe for my foot
playing style, so congrats Babolat, you've won another happy customer!
From: Nate, 11/11
Comments: Bought the Propulse 2's and loved them. I don't play too much so they lasted about 3
months and then
the toe cap started to peel away from the shoe. Tennis Warehouse took care of me and sent me the newer Propulse 3,
comfortable but way to much width in the front! I'm sliding around in these things.
From: Luke, 11/11
Comments: This shoe fits like a glove right out of the box. It is a incredibly stable
shoe, and surprisingly light considering it's slightly bulky appearance.
I highly recommended.
From: Matt, 9/11
Comments: These are great shoes. They have a glove like fit. Not only does it look great but has super
It is a must buy.
From: Anon, 9/11
Comments: This shoe was great. Great speed and movement but I wore completely
through them in about 3 weeks
From: Robert. 9/11
Comments: I bought them for indoor and outdoor racquetball. So far they feel great, but I am having
blisters on the back of the right shoe. However, there is no sign of blisters on the left one. I would buy them again!
From: Steve, 9/11
Comments: I bought my son a pair in March 2011. He wore through the sides and sole with 2 1/2
Warehouse replaced for free and the second pair have the soles worn out and the side has a huge hole. I am very
will not purchase again.
From: Dee, 9/11
Comments: This is a great shoe! Perfect for customization and it looks great. There is good cushion and
weight. For those with wide forefoot and narrow heel, shop no further! By the way, Tennis Warehouse is the best place
From: Kai, 8/11
Comments:This shoe is very comfortable except for the fact that when the court is hot, so are your feet! I
first pair for three weeks before I wore through the outsole and sent them back for the six month warranty. The shoe
offers a very
low ride to the court though and it really locks your foot in.
From: Hunter, 7/11
Comments: I have worn these shoes for 2 months, and I love them very much! They are very good
comfortable shoes and the traction is great. I have wide feet and the shoes are just perfectly fit me thanks to the top
This is my first time wearing Babolat shoes, and I will highly recommend to any tennis lover!
From: Alvin, 7/11
Comments: I've worn these shoes for a couple of weeks and the traction is shot. I'm sliding like I'm on
ice when I'm
actually on a hard court. Also the shock to the balls of your feet when you push off hard or land hard is unacceptable.
very comfortable for walking around, but any high level player should stay away!
From: Chris, 7/11
Comments: This is a great shoe! I've been using these for about 6 months playing 2 to 3 hours a day and
traction is still on the shoe. I have also worn these to 2 different tournaments in that time.
From: Brett. 07/11
Comments: I am not a fan of the Propulse 3. My feet and knees hurt after playing on hard courts. They
out quickly and the stability isn't great. If you are looking for a comfortable and durable shoe look elsewhere.
From: Brooks. 07/11
Comments: Just purchased these shoes as a graduation gift for my grandson, he
was very happy with their looks and thought they were awesome, then
he wore them for the first time and when he was tightening the straps
one of them broke. He was very disappointed and I was not a happy
camper. I am returning them for a replacement pair and hoping
this will not happen again.
From: Sandie. 7/11
Comments: The upper is way too soft. It'll feel like you're wearing slippers on the court. Stay away from
From: John. 7/11
Comments: I absolutely love these shoes. LOVE THEM! It amazes me that they can feel so snug and
secure - like
you're locked into a ski binding or something - and yet, still be so comfortable. I've had them for about 5 months now
had any durability issues at all. As long as Babolat makes these shoes, I will be wearing these shoes. Well done Babolat!
From: Kevin, Severna Park, MD, USA, 7/11
Comments: First off let me say I have never used a more comfortable shoe I can remember. (I have used
a pair of
Asics before so thats saying a lot!) But the soles are not durable at all when it took me 3 months to wear through the
Challenger 8 but I blew through these in a month. Although if you don't play as much then these shoes are alright
because I clock
in at least 2-3 hours a day.
From: Josh, Orange County, California, 7/11
Comments: Great shoe! Great support, ventilation (no more smelly socks) and comfort. The sole is on a
and if one plays often on hard courts it will wear out before warranty expires. Babolat is outstanding on handling
- just pack the shoes with worn outsoles, receipt and a warranty card and send it to the address on the card and about
later they will send you a brand new pair of shoes. Perfection :)!
From: ALY. 6/11
Comments: My children just bought me the Babolat Propulse 3 Red Shoes for Father's Day. I wore them
team practice. I'm 50 years old, USTA rating of 4.0+, 6'3" @ 200 lbs, and a loyal Adidas Barricade V user. Let me tell
you the facts
- Babolat makes the best shoe on the market today. I cannot speak about durability, however this is the lightest, most
comfortable, and handsome shoe on the market. Traction and stability are excellent. I've got a wide foot, 2E, and I had
wearing the shoes right out of the box. I had a great
Father's Day! I recommend that you buy as many pairs as you can, before the company makes a change!
From: Ken. 6/11
Comments: I like this shoe. I think they are way more comfortable than the Propulse 2. They are wider in
part and softer.
From: Marco. 6/11
Comments: Great shoes, but like the old one the durability is low. It took me
about 3 months to wear out.
From: Leong. 6/11
Comments: These shoes are amazing!!! They are very comfortable and are great for people who have
wide feet like
myself. The toe guard is great for people who have ingrown toenails because its doesn't rub on the toe. Highly
shoe. YOU WILL LOVE IT!
From: Kahil. 6/11
Comments: These really are great shoes. They're kind of hard to get on though. I have only had them
about 1 week
so I cant really comment on the durability. It's a pretty comfortable shoe. The upper is so soft to the point that I feel
sometimes lacks support. I don't feel like I would ever roll an ankle. I got my regular size and they feel pretty good,
maybe a little
bit on the small side but great if you have a wide foot because the toe box is pretty wide.
From: Alex. 5/11
Comments: These kicks rock! They look really fresh, and they perform like monsters. They are light, ride
low to the
ground, and the straps add the extra bit of comfort. The soles are really durable (Michelin rubber). It also comes with a
From: Joey. 5/11
Comments: There pretty good shoes. There really light and comfortable and have very little break in
problem I have with them is that they aren't durable at all. I'm in high school and I've had these shoes for only like 2
the sole is already tearing at where my toe usual is. However, thanks to the 6 month guarantee, I can get a new pair
once the sole
gets torn up. I'd give the shoes a B-.
From: Ben. 5/11
Comments: It's the best shoe I have ever worn. They are very light. They are not as sticky as my
Barricades but don't
reallly slip much at all. They are so comfortable and they look amazing. I want to buy ten pairs now so I don't have to
find a new
From: Joe, USA. 5/11
Comments: These shoes are very comfortable and low to the ground. Some may not like the extreme
the upper, which may seem like it has less lateral support. For me, I like the softer upper which prevents black toes
attributed to harder or less forgiving uppers like the Barricade 6. If you get the right size and tighten the foot belt, you
have not issue with lateral support. It feels a lot lighter than its listed weight. Traction is great. If you play 10+ a week,
definitely wear the soles out before the 6 month warranty.
From: Dave, Irvine, Ca, USA. 5/11
Comments: Previously I wore Asics Gel Resolution 2s and Adidas Barricade 5s and I can say that I love
3s the best. The Resolution 2s were light, but not very durable. The Barricade 5s were sturdy, but heavy. The Propulse
the best out of the other two and has great traction on the court. The shoes did not require any break-in period and I
many compliments for the hot red color, like a sports car. I do agree that if you have a wide foot like myself, you
should go a half
size bigger than what you normally wear.
From: Ray, Carlsbad, CA, USA. 5/11
Comments: These shoes look great, and I have used Propulse's ever since the originals were out.
style seems to stray away from the tight, sock fitting feel that you got with the previous version. I thought at first that
needed to be broken in, but unfortunately not the case, as after playing tennis for an hour my feet were aching. Too
room in the toe box and too wide.
From: Nick, MN, USA, 4/11
Comments: Amazing dynamite shoe. It looks great, feels great, and can be truly game changing.
From: John, IN, USA, 03/11
Comments: I have never worn Babolat shoes before. Nike for 8 years and Adidas Barricade 2, 4, 5, and
6s for the
past 7 years. As a Babolat player, I tried them and they feel extremely good. I sometimes get a little pain the top of my
and the velcro "belt" allows me to tighten the fit of the shoe without having to lace them up to much. Kind of like a
shoe for most everyone. It has a wider toe box which might not be the best for some, but with the custom fit features
works great. I am on clay half of the time so I am not yet sure of the durability-I've only had them for a month and
they show very
little wear so far. I get a lot of comments from everyone about how they look! Would really like to see a black
From: T, NC, USA, 03/11
Comments: I love these shoes, they are extremely light and you don't even need to break them in. I had
Barricade 6.0's which were extremely stiff and heavy so these were quite the transition. I felt that these boosted my
game due to
the increased mobility. I had heard that other Babolat shoes were a 1/2 size smaller than other shoes but that is NOT
with these shoes at all; order your regular shoe size unless you wear ankle braces like I do. Overall I give them a 10 out
Babolat has made a fantastic product here.
From: Trevor, Phelan, CA, USA, 03/11
Comments: I bought these shoes less than a month ago, I play college tennis and I was surprised that
totally worn out after less than a month, plus I made a huge hole on the side of the shoe, this is a really nice shoe,
and good grip while playing, but if you wanna spend some cash for using them for a month or so, is up to you.
From: Bruno, Pueblo, CO, USA, 03/11
Comments: This is a great shoe, great color, and is best on the market for comfort and style. I have
the shoe made a tremendous difference after my matches and cut down my recovery in half. Babolat did a great job.
From: Steve, Dallas, TX, USA 3/11
Comments: These shoes are awesome if you only want to wear them 3 weeks. That's how long
they lasted. I won't be getting another pair.
From: Mike, Cedar Rapids, IA. 3/11
(Mike, if you went through your original pair of shoes before 6 months, you can take advantage of the durability guarantee for another pair of shoes. If you have questions, please check our Customer Service link for more information or give us a call at 800-883-6647. -- TW Staff)
Comments: The shoes are not reliable for people who slide and dash to every shot. The shoe straps
broke off and
the tread on the bottom of the shoe did not last long at all. My type of playing (fast and aggressive) is not meant for
The appearance of the shoe is great and the feel is great, but the durability is not so great. I have already sent these
back and got
myself a pair of Court Ballistecs.
From: Thomas, St. George, UT. 3/11
Comments: I love this shoe. I played for an hour and a half every day, yet I see no wear and tear. The
only problem I
see with this shoe is the grip, I tend to play an aggressive power game, and going left and right I tend to slide a bit too
running really fast, a bit of a problem with the back of my foot. Three hours of tennis you will be feeling the squeezing
straps in the back squeezing together. Looks almost a little too "fake" with the textures and the clear plastic on the
sides. All I can
say is that Babolat needs to fix the grip.
From: Jack, 3/11
Comments: I just recently got these shoes but they are the most amazing, comfortable, and light shoes!!
problem is the backs of the shoes tend to dig into my heel but that is no big problem.... Great job Babolat!
From: Tyler, 03/11
Comments: I love these shoes style speed and comfort I think Babolat shoes tend to run a 1/2 size small
but I knew this already I used to have the Babolat all-court team and I learned the sizing issue.
From: Frankie, Flushing, NY, USA, 03/11
Comments: GREAT SHOE!! Wore the Propulse 1 and loved them other than a tad bit narrow (never tried
propulse2). The Propulse 3 is wider and roomier than the previous model, which I like. I did go up in size from a 10.5
to an 11.
These shoes are NOT STIFF at all unlike other shoes ex. barricade 6.0, which I could not wear. Truly a glove-like fit. I
shoe a 9/10 only because the clear grey plastic part on the back of the shoe above the straps can hit my ankle at times.
back of the shoe looks like 2 fangs digging into my ankle at time. Possibly because there are 2 seams back there that
rigid. I'm used to Nikes super padding where the ankle is where as the Propulse are a bit lacking in that area. I'm sure
thick socks will help out or longer socks will help I was wearing crew Nike socks. It can be annoying during long hours
of play. I
had small imprints on the back of my ankle after 3hrs of play. Don't let this hesitate you on getting them as this is my
with them, and I haven't seen anyone else complain about this issue. Other than this small issue I will continue to get
until Propulse 4 come out.
From: Oliver Lee, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 03/11
Comments: These shoes look like Indy cars on my feet and they perform that way too! The best shoe I
and I have owned plenty; every 3-4 months I wear through a pair. Now all the kids at the club are getting them too.
Vamos! Yeah I
know Nadal doesn't where these...but he should!
From: Rex, Granite Bay, CA, USA, 03/11
Comments: These shoes are awesome, need no break-in. I feel these are the best pair ever!
From: James, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, 02/11
Comments: These shoes are spectacular. BUT, beware of the sizing. I wear a 11.5 in the Courtballistec
line of shoe
and so I ordered these in an 11.5; my toes were touching the end of the shoe. Had to send back for a size 12.0. I would
recommend getting this shoe in half a size larger than you normally wear unless you are used to the Babolat sizing.
From: Aubrey, Carrollton, GA, USA, 02/11
Update: Well I had posted that these run a half size small BUT, upon receiving the larger size, I realized that these DO NOT RUN SMALL. They just have a different fit than the Nike line that I'm not used to. When laced up, they are pretty much the same length because they are a bit wider than the Nike CourtBallistics as well (but not by much at all). So I would advise to try these on first if you can. But if not, get your usual size!
Comments: These shoes are amazing I have had the best comfort wearing these shoes after the
barricades hurt my
feet a lot. With these shoes it's an awesome pair; darn good job Babolat keep it up keep on making awesome shoes
From: Ranbir, Mumbai, India, 02/11
Comments: This is my third pair of Propulse shoes and they are by far the best shoe I have ever worn.
of the box and into a pretty decent tennis match and they were just perfect. No break-in time required. Light and
Provides great support. You done good Babolat!
From: Kevin, Charleston, SC, USA, 02/11
Comments: PERFECT SHOE! Probably the best shoe I have ever used! I did not feel the need to break
them in. I have
a fairly wide foot with a low arch and I went from box to the court, literally. 3 hours of play and I loved every step!
From: SHEA, Homeland, CA, USA, 02/11
Comments: Babolat... Great job! Ok let's make this quick and easy. So Babolat achieved perfect comfort,
and traction. I mean the straps work perfectly, I mean you don't even have to use the laces. These will fit perfectly no
whether your feet are narrow or wide...There is a small downside on these shoes, they do require a 3 day break in
period or 12
hours of consistent playing, just a quick little tip, when you first wear the shoes the heel area of the shoes will be a very
does get more comfortable...I think Babolat priced these to compete with Nike and Adidas, BUT these are just as good,
both and these are my favorite so far. Great shoe, Great price, Great Brand, Great Job.
From: Shane, Santa Cruz, CA, USA, 02/11
Comments: In response to Alex's comments, anyone who buys these should break them in first. I've
three generations, and each one has required a day or two of walking around to break them in, I would advise wearing
around the house for a couple days and then the should be court ready.
From: Kristian, Chicago, IL, USA, 02/11
Comments: This is the first Babolat shoes I have purchased. First impression was they are a really good
shoe. As soon as I put them on my feet I knew they were going to work out. First time with them on I played for 3.5
my feet were mad at me when I took them off. I have worn the Nike Ballistics in years past, but was not happy with the
box. I have a narrow foot so Nike shoes tend to be my best option. I now know what my feet have been missing all
these years. I
might be one of the only ones though that went with the white version instead of the red. My only concern before
buying these is
that the all white would show dirt/clay too quick and they would appear old after a short period of time. The great
these is they are almost wrapped in a rubber casing that cleans easily. The straps on these shoes almost make you feel
are securing your feet into a custom fit shoe. I highly suggest these for anyone looking for some new shoes!!
From: Jason, Spartanburg, SC, USA, 02/11
Comments: Coming from Nike's Air Oscillates, I didn't quite know what to expect. I read reviews of the
Propulse 2s and how the heel was disproportional to the forefoot, which put strain on the Achilles tendon; thus a lot of
customer reviews said they got sore legs after sessions. This was not the case for me with the Propulse 3s.
From my first experiences of the shoe, the cushioning is very plush, toebox is very roomy, the cell shield at the forefoot is very flexible with adequate breathability, and the traction is quite good; I tested them out on a dusty floor of a studio with very minimal slippage. The straps really do lock you in and it is something you can noticeably feel.
My only complaint with be that the plastic 'cup' that wraps around the heel rides a little too high on the inside of the tendons, which jabs into the tendon when you stretch out your leg to the side. But I believe the stiffness of the plastic should wear down the more you use the shoe. All in all, my comments generally agree with Jeff's below mine, aside from our opinions of the cushioning.
From: Linh, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 02/11
Comments:First Impressions - these are very sleek and flashy shoes. Lots of shiny plastic bits and
shaped to encase
your foot like an exotic sports car. The synthetic mesh in the toebox is very flexible and allows for decent ventilation.
Barricade & Genius wearers take note, this shoe is much roomier in the toebox. I'm practically swimming in them even
good with the length of the shoe. The straps do allow you to anchor your feet in. I don't particularly like the bit of fabric
join the center of heel counter (the fabric looks cheap and applied as an afterthought).
On the court: The shoes felt lighter than the specs indicate. Very maneuverable and better then average traction on hard courts. The shoes allowed for stable mobility both laterally and also during sprints to the net. The cushioning however was a far different experience. After a set of a hours of doubles, blisters were forming on the ball of both feet. I'm 5'11" / 165lbs and wear Thorlo tennis socks so that lack of decent cushioning was a huge disappointment!! The cuff above the heel counter also pinches and chaffs if you adjust the straps tightly for maximum stability.
Post match: After 6 hours of wear, there was little sign of wear to the outsole but the clear gray plastic on the inside heel counter appeared to have lost its structural integrity. It now bows out and has begun to turn opaque like plastic often does when you bend it back and forth repeatedly. I give this component another two weeks before it completely fails.
Overall: Sleek aggressive shoe, low to the ground, stable, and grippy. But inadequate cushioning. I'm going to buy premium insoles if I plan to keep wearing these shoes. Some design flaws but also some well thought out features.
From: Jeff, San Diego, CA, USA, 02/11
Comments: The best version of the Propulse series yet! The color is just awesome, and the ventilation is
No break in period, just put them on and start playing. Very comfortable shoe. Ankle support in excellent and traction
so what more do I have left to say?
From: Anthony, West Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA, 02/11
Comments: Love these shoes they are cool and comfortable.
From: Jose, Fecham, CA, USA, 2/11
Comments: These are not only the coolest looking shoes I have ever owned; they are very comfortable
very well! Vamos!
From: Rex, Granite Bay, CA, USA, 02/11
Comments: LOVE THESE SHOES!! These are my first Propulses and I didn't know what to expect. I've had
shoe before and loved them though. My first though when I got them was that they were going to be too bulky but
around they're amazing. It took time to get used to how "boxy" they were but I'm happy if that's going to prevent
rolling my ankle.
Comfort is 9/10 sexiness is 20/10 lol..the mesh front on the shoes makes them very flexible and comforting.
From: Ryan, Bowie, MD, USA, 02/11
Comments: Please provide a TW Review, and a TW Review video.
From: Anon, 01/11
(We will be reviewing this shoe mid February, look for the review by the end of March.--TW Staff)