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Comments: This is the best shoe I've tried. They have a super soft back-ankle pad that is most comfortable. They
are better than Babolat Propulse 3, KSwiss Uproar, Prince T22, and New Balance 804 in my opinion. They are super stable on my
my low arch. (Yet to try Nike and Adidas.).
From: David, 12/12
Comments: The best shoe all the way around since the Barricade V. I've been using it since and really hope Head
keeps making it. Amazing cushioning, stability, and good weight but not too light for those who like really light weight shoes.
The mid lower sole control is superior for traction and side to side movement and it actually lasts decent.
From: Ali, 11/12
Comments: These shoes offer great value, as they are good quality at a very good price when on sale.
The performance is great. The soft rubber sole grips the court really well. The lateral support is very good, and
ventilation is excellent, better than most other tennis shoes I've tried. The fit is medium width, giving a better fit than
the Barricade 6, which were too narrow for me. On the down side, the insoles included with these shoes are garbage,
(as it is the case with most other tennis shoes these days). However, once I replaced them with some quality sport
insoles, the comfort level increased dramatically. Also the shoes require a little break-in, they started to feel a lot better
after a few days. As I previously said, the outsole is made of a relatively soft rubber, and offers great traction. It also
means that it will wear fast, probably faster than your average tennis shoe. For me personally, I don't mind sacrificing
durability for better performance when it comes to tennis shoes. It helps me move faster, and also avoid slips/injuries.
Besides, with the 6 months warranty, you get two for one, and at the sale price, that's a pretty good deal.
From: Vlad, 6/12
Comments: Great stability and shock absorption simultaneously. I really like them. I used to use K-Swiss
and Nike, but I like the cushioning of the Heads better.
From: Ben, 6/12
Comments: I came from using the Barricade 6.0, and before that the Barricade 5. This shoe
from Head had some nice reviews about being closer to the Barricade 5.0, which sounded good to me since the B6 I did
find to be narrower, and much more difficult to break-in. So far, the Speed Pro has been more like the B5 as far as
shorter break-in and the fit is like the Barricade 5.0, not as narrow as the Barricade 6.0. I will say, the Barricade 6.0
was durable like a tank, I could not wear through the outsole in 4 months. Only 1 month into the Speed Pro, and the
tread looks like my 4 month-old Barricade 6.0. It is not as durable as a Barricade, but if you are looking for a wider fit
like the Barricade 5.0 with decent comfort and shorter break-in, Speed Pro is good so far. If you can't wear through
Barricade and want a shoe that will wear out in 6 months to get the second pair, this one is much less durable than the
Barricade, and it is very very stable and comfortable too!
From: James, 1/12
Comments: I have been an adidas Barricade II user for many years and wanted to try a different shoe. I
purchased the Head Speed Pro on September 9th and I am very disappointed with the shoe. I play an average of 2 times
a week and after only 4 months I already have worn a hole in the toe.
From: Bob, 12/11
Comments: I got a pair of Barricade 6's and I knew they were going to be stiff and it would take me a
while to break them in so I bought a pair of Speed Pro as my "back up". Well, turned out that the Barricade's were
smooth and easy to break in where as the Head Speed Pro are extremely stiff and by the end of the match my feet
really hurts. I've played with them about 8 hours. I hope they will get better but so far I am not happy with them.
From: Bruno, 11/11
Comments: The Speed Pro is a solid shoe. The toe box is medium and feels very close to what we all
experienced in the Adidas Barricade 5. So, it fits great if you have a slightly wide foot. Note: The toe box not as wide as
the Prince T22. For me this shoe is something of a cross between the Adidas Barricade 5 and the K-Swiss DS Defier. It
has the traction and rigidity of a players shoe in the forefoot but with a soft feel in the heel for comfort. The softness of
this shoe has not caused me any problems on aggressive cuts as the middle of the shoe stays rigid under duress. Lots
of smart engineering in this shoe. Perhaps the nicest thing I can say about it is I played for 5 hours last weekend and
had virtually no foot pain, which is a rarity for me. It's too early for me to really comment on durability as I've only got
maybe of 10 hours of play on them. So far so good. Really my only problem with the shoe is it's lacing system. I really
like Nike's sock idea and find myself wanting to make this shoe fit more snugly. But that's not a big issue. I highly
recommend this product.
From: Anon. 10/11
Comments: This is a highly underrated shoe. For those of you who may have a tendency to think the big
name brands first, don't overlook a hidden gem like this one. I couldn't believe how comfortable and supportive they
felt. I've worn just about every high end Nike shoe and a couple of adidas as well as Reebok. These shoes are right up
there. They take a day worth of playing to break-in, but the next time I put them on total bliss. And they have a nice
look to them as well. I would have preferred the black color way. I wear orthodic inserts, so this shoe was wide enough
to accommodate them. They are well cushioned and the mesh adds for breathability. I plan on getting the black color
way when I'm done with the whites (which doesn't seem to be soon). Durability seems to rival the big name shoes.
From: Vince, 10/11
Comments: I used to wear adidas Barricade 5's and I loved them. The Barricade 6 did not fit right so I
looked at this shoe. It took me about a week to really break it in and I absolutely love this shoe. Cushioning is better
than the Barricade 5's and the shoe offers great support. I will get a second pair due to 6-month warranty. I am really
impressed, love the shoes.
From: Malik, 9/11
Comments: I am 6 hours in and these shoes are great. I'm a huge Adidas Barricade V fan due to the
room in the front part of the shoe and the amount of support they offer, however they were a tad heavy. The Barricade
6 was too narrow for me and even made my feet sore after playing with them, even though I loved the light weight feel.
These Head Shoes take the best qualities of the Barricade 5 and 6 as they're very comfortable, have great support and
feel much lighter than the stated 17.3 oz. I play a lot so the 6 month guarantee is a no brainer.
From: Eric, 7/11
Comments: These are very good shoes. I have Morton's Neuroma in one foot, so I was looking for a
heavy-duty everyday practice shoe and these fit the bill nicely. Very good cushioning and comfort, plus good support
and traction. And for a 17 oz shoe, they feel much lighter than that. I just bought my 2nd pair.
From: Dave, Charlotte, NC, 4/11
Comments: These are my go to shoe when it comes to matches. Very comfortable, soft but with
excellent support. Durability is OK but when you want longer lasting shoes you sacrifice the comfort a bit. They come
with 6 month warranty so get 2 shoes for the price of 1!
From: Juan, San Diego, CA, USA, 03/11
Comments: I bought these shoes about 6 weeks ago or so. First time I wore them, my right arch hurt so
bad I didn't think I could continue to wear them. But after spending so much for them I pressed through. I now have to
wear 2 pair of socks just to tolerate them. I do not like these shoes at all. They make my feet hurt and they're way too
clunky. I have always liked New Balance shoes but can't stand the current styles they offer. They are so ugly but I
guess I'll have to go back to them because I have to say they fit my feet better than any shoe I've ever worn. I am done
with Head. Worst tennis shoes I've ever owned. 4.0 weekend warrior.
From: Matt, Wilson, NC, USA, 03/11
Comments: I have to admit, I wouldn't look at Head shoes before and got them just because of a whim.
My other tennis shoes are Barricade V's. These Heads are on par performance wise compared to Adidas, have nice snug
fit and overall are very good. Recommend.
From: Saguaro, AZ, USA, 02/11
Comments: My favourite tennis shoes are the Asics Resolution, in comparison these sneakers are
comfortable and support is decent, but unfortunately they are not suitable for hard tournament use and feel way too
rigid for frequent wear. also the arch support is insufficient and the outside sole wears out too fast. I don't think I am
buying a Head shoe anytime soon.
From: Luigi, Paris, France, 01/11
Comments: Best shoe I've ever owned. I can play 5 sets and my feet never hurt. Blow adidas away, great
shoe. Unfortunately never on sale.
From: Chriz, New York City, NY, USA, 01/11
Comments: Adidas Triad user and fan. I'm the type that has flat feet and use either superfeet black/light
blue insoles. Size 12 shoe preferred.
Appearance is pretty nice. Not as heavy as I thought it would be with the seemingly durable outer skin like so. The air vent on the bottom may play a big role during hot days as well as the vents slotted through out the cover of the shoe. The stock insole looked decent but not supportive enough. The arch support was somewhat low/med and was wide enough that my feet would still be on the foot bed instead of bulging out the medial side of the shoe.
I normally wear cycling socks (thin) since I ride to the court often. When I tried on the shoe I was wearing medium cushioned crew socks. Tried them both with stock and my own insole. Felt solid and supportive. I took some lateral steps and hops and was pleased with the fit. On the inside of the shoe where the Achilles meets the shoe, the material seems to be of a texture to help prevent slipping. This bothered me with thin to medium socks. I've also tried doubling up on socks (which I didn't like). I've since purchased thick socks (Champion & Thorlo's) and now the shoe feels much better.
The shoe is still breaking in. Occasionally my feet will cramp up or get hot spots on the lateral side of the foot bed. A big dislike is that the shoes don't seem to sit flat. It feels like there is a wedge on the lateral side. It gets to be uncomfortable and feels like it neutralizes the support I need from my insole. The medial side of my knee aches as if I had on shoes with poor arch support.
Changing direction during play feels great. Good traction and grip. However, after 3 days of playing, the lateral corners of the heel are almost down to no tread. The cushion of the shoe is very comfortable yet not too squishy to make the shoe feel sluggish.
Likes - Looks aggressive, cushion is great, and has durable yet breathable material.
Dislikes - Achilles heel material is abrasive, even with aftermarket insoles the arch support seems low as the shoe feels like it tilts your feet to the mid-line, AND doesn't help with my attempt at more spin and consistency (jk-lol) I would buy again if the shoe was redesigned to sit a bit more level and or had a better insole.
From: Nathan, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 11/10
NTRP: 35 year old 3.0 - 3.5 player
Comments: These shoes are comfortable but they wear out pretty fast. I bought them and in a month
and a half I had a huge hole in toe. I play everyday so if you only play a couple times a week, they will probably hold up.
From: Brodie, Cochran, GA, 10/10
Comments: I've tried the Prince Screams, Nike Vapor Vs, Nike Air Court Ballistec 2.3s, and this is the best
so far. Great out-of-the-box comfort, roomy toe-box, super cushioned and the stability is fine. The free flip-flops are
a nice touch too. Kudos to Head!
From: Randy, Denver, CO, USA, 08/10
Comments: I used to use Nike and Adidas but found the comfort got worse and worse 3 weeks with the
Head Speed Pro I can say this is the best sneaker I have ever used the comfort is unreal. Just because its head don't
overlook the sneaker it's a gem.
From: Rocky B, NY, USA. 06/10
Comments: These shoes are awful! I definitely don't think I ordered the wrong size. First 4 days make my
feet cramp badly and then the last 2 days I've gotten huge blisters. Won't even bother wearing them out in attempt to
get the 6-month durability guarantee.
From: Garrett, CA, USA. 06/10
Comments: HEAD tennis shoes of the past have not exactly inspired my confidence. I cannot recall if
there is one ATP pro who I've seen in a pair. Past offerings have been more concerned with style than substance.
However, maybe HEAD should consider a pro contract because they have created a great shoe that will rival any top
quality Nike/KSwiss or Adidas shoes on the market today.
COMFORT: Very comfortable when teamed up with a pair of Superfeet shoe inserts available here on TW. No pinching, no break in, nice firm and super stable (torsionally stiff). TRACTION: Superb but not too sticky. APPEARANCE: Great, not gaudy, kind of plain (love that!). As close as you'll get to an all-white shoe.
WEIGHT: A bit clunky, but if you are like me, and getting older, you appreciate the support and cushioning for hard court tennis. LACING SYSTEM: Could be better if they just adopted the K-Swiss system or added one more hole. The final hole seems a bit low on the ankle. Fair.
SUPPORT: As good if not better than a Barricade or K-Swiss.
PRICE POINT: Good.
SKILL LEVEL: 5.0 - 55 Years old.
STYLE OF PLAY: BASELINE/RETRIEVER/SINGLES
From: Mark, San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA, 05/10
Comments: I was also a devoted Barricade 5 wearer. I am a teaching pro and am on my feet long hours.
My Head rep gave me a pair to try and it is the best shoe I've ever worn. Similar to the Barricade with much more
cushion. You may give up a slight amount of stability but to me the trade off is well worth the improved cushioning.
From: David, Lexington, KY. 5/10
Comments: I really thought the Barricade 5 was my shoe of choice till I got to try a pair of these. Maybe
for the first 10 to 15 minutes I had to "break them in" but after that everything was great. Traction, support, and
durability. The thing I like most about this shoe is the comfort, very cushioned; this is what sold me on them. Very
similar to the Barricade 5 in every department, but the softness really stands out.
From: Don, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 04/10
Comments: I currently have six pairs of tennis shoes. Typically buy Nike but the narrowness of their
shoes is beginning to cause my feet to hurt after singles. Purchased these due to high ratings. Best tennis shoes I have
From: Bob, Atlanta, GA, USA, 04/10
Comments: I picked these shoes because tennis magazine gave it the highest rating for cushion. I
developed plantar fasciitis six months ago and had been struggling to keep it at bay. I needed something to make my
first steps in the morning more tolerable. From day one I could feel the difference. As far as performance they perform
as well as any other shoes I have used. But, the cushioning system that head uses is a blessing over other shoes I have
tried. Looks like its head from here on out.
From: Ace, Houston, TX 04/10