Wilson Rush Pro Women's Shoe Review
The best performing shoe that we have playtested from Wilson so far, the Rush Pro offers amazing cushioning, comfort, stability and durability in a great looking package. With a built in tongue and plush, pillow-like cushioning, the Rush Pro fits snug to the foot, providing a true-to-size fit that is hard to beat. With a six-month sole warranty, we challenge you to wear these shoes out on the court. Our team of playtesters enjoyed their time in the Rush Pros and found this shoe to be low to the ground, fast and comfortable on court. Although it lacked slightly in the area of breathability, everything else about this shoe was top notch and scored high in our playtest.
Comfort - Score: 4.2
The Wilson Rush Pro is nothing short of being one of the most comfortable performance tennis shoes on the market. Karly found this shoe so plush that she joked that they could easily be mistaken for slippers. "The feel is unbelievably soft and the fit is so snug, almost glove-like. I love how much cushioning is provided throughout the shoe, especially the insoles." The only discomfort she found came from having a wider foot. "I just wish the toe-box fit a little bit wider, as the snug fit put a lot of pressure on the outside of my forefoot. But even with that pressure, I thought these shoes raised the bar for comfort."
When it came to comfort, Michelle raved about the pillowing this shoe provided right out of the box. "These shoes were so plush to wear, it was like walking on clouds when I first put them on. I had heard great things about the cushioning before ever wearing them and was happy they lived up to my expectations. The insoles are very comfortable and cushioned throughout the length of the foot. I didn't have any issues with rubbing or poking. I did find that after a couple weeks of wear the cushioning seemed to wear down a bit and they didn't feel as plush as they did in the beginning of my playtest, but that is to be expected."
Brittany found herself needing a short break-in period with this shoe. After an hour on the court the uppers loosened up enough to make the shoe feel even better. She said, "When I first started playing with this shoe I liked how the cushioning molded to my feet. I didn't feel like I was sitting on top of the cushioning. I will have to say that towards the end of the playtest I was noticing that there wasn't as much shock absorption in the heel."
Carol sang the praises of the comfort these Wilson shoes offered. She said, "This was an extremely comfortable shoe that had great cushioning for the whole foot. I really liked the foam insole that provided added comfort to my feet." With a more narrow foot, Carol had the opposite issue to what Karly experienced, explaining, "My toes had a little too much wiggle room for my liking and rubbed around a bit. It wasn't really uncomfortable, but it's a trait in a shoe that I like to minimize."
Ventilation - Score: 3.5
With the weather starting to get warmer, the ventilation of these shoes became more of a factor for Brittany. "I thought the ventilation was average. I definitely felt my feet warming up while I was playing and would need to take my shoes off after when I finished playing. More specifically, I felt the ventilation was slightly lacking in the forefoot."
"I didn't find these shoes to be super ventilated, but it didn't bother me too much when I was playing," stated Michelle. "I did, however, want to get these off pretty much as soon I walked off the court. They remained hot and slightly snug when I got off the court as well."
The uppers of these shoes don't feature very much mesh or perforations, which translated into warm shoes for Karly. She offered, "They were one hot pair of shoes to play in, especially the front of the shoe where it's almost entirely rubber. Towards the end of my hit I was usually eager to take them off because of how warm they felt and how drenched my socks were. Ventilation was the area that could've used the most improvement."
With an opposing opinion on the breathability of these shoes, Carol said, "My feet had great breathability in this shoe. I never felt overheated and I never had the urge to take the shoes off immediately after playing."
Arch Support - Score: 4.1
The arch offered a universal fit for our team. Carol found the arch to be a little on the lower side in this shoe, which was comfortable for her. "I'd say the arch in these shoes were just right for my feet."
Karly found the arches to be lower than most tennis shoes, but also didn't have any problems, saying, "I think the foam insoles really helped with the support since they were so cushiony and molded to my feet. I usually don't have issues with arch support, and there was no exception here."
Brittany has a medium arch, and she said, "I very rarely have a problem with the arch support, and this shoe continued that tradition. I felt my arch was fully supported and the arch was hitting the right place at the right height. I was very happy in the arch support department."
The arch support was neither too high or too low for Michelle. She offered, "Because of the tighter fit this shoe offers my foot was supported in all areas, including my arch. No complaints."
Foot Support/Stability - Score: 4.2
The stability and support the Wilson Rush Pro offers is another stand-out feature our playtest team found in this shoe. Brittany said, "This is one of the few shoes I have playtested in a while that really held my foot in place. I have a narrow width foot and did not experience any slipping or sliding in this shoe. While this might not be a positive for everyone, I also absolutely loved the slightly narrower toe box. My foot felt fully supported in this shoe. One thing I did notice was the ankle collar would flare out when I took a step, which made my ankle feel less stable. However, the low to the ground feel more than made up for this and I was never worried about rolling an ankle."
Carol thought the support and stability were great with this shoe and found them to provide a lot of support to her side to side movements. She said, "My ankles felt secure for all quick movements around the court. My toes had a little too much wiggle room for my liking, but that didn't impair my movement on the court."
"The very first time I put these shoes on I was a little worried that they were going to be too snug and would take a while to break-in," commented Michelle. "But, I was wrong. The sock-like fit just helped support my foot and kept me feeling secure and snug in the shoe, without being too tight. I enjoy a bit of a tighter fitting shoe, and this shoe was just that. I didn't have to tie the laces super tight to feel the support, it was built in. I really felt stable moving around in these shoes, and I think the support and cushioning were the stand-out features of this shoe."
Rolling an ankle never crossed Karly's mind with these stable shoes. She said, "The snug fit really helped give my feet a secure, locked-in feeling. I never experienced the least bit of sliding around within the shoes and felt extremely comfortable making quick movements when changing directions. I have nothing but high marks for the Rush Pros when it comes to stability."
Overall Sole Durability - Score: 4.3
Our playtest team tried to wear down the soles of the Wilson Rush Pros by spending hours on the court. Backed by a six-month guarantee, the outsoles of these shoes held up amazingly after weeks of play. "If you were to take a look at the soles of my shoes you'd probably think I was lying when I said I've played in them for over 20 hours," said Karly. "The wear is minuscule. The outsoles have experienced very little smoothing and look like they won't experience significant wear for at least another 20 hours. I was more than pleased with the durability of these shoes."
Michelle kept waiting to find wear on her shoes after 20+ hours of play, but they held up really well for her. "The tread is different than other shoes I've playtested, and they really proved themselves. With the six-month guarantee, it's a win-win situation. There is slight wear in the toe area, which is normal for me, but I'm impressed with the way the outsole looks."
Brittany chimed in, "When I initially looked at the new outsole I wasn't sure how it would hold up. I was impressed with how the outsole was holding up after the month-long playtest. I tend to do the most damage under my big toe, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was holding up. A bonus for this shoe is the fact that these shoes come with a six-month outsole durability guarantee."
Carol agreed with the group, saying the Rush Pros were, "Extremely durable. The bottom of the shoe still looks brand new."
Toe Durability - Score: 4.5
Our toe dragger, Brittany, is known to cause a lot of damage to her shoes if the bumper isn't thick enough. Luckily, this shoe held up to her punishment. She said, "I will say though that the blue toe bumper got pretty dirty, but that didn't affect its performance whatsoever."
Agreeing with Brittany was Karly, who is known to drag her toe as well. She said, "With the solid coverage around the forefoot, the outstanding toe durability came as no surprise. The entire toe-box is protected so well that wearing through any part of it is going to be one tough task. After all the time I put into these shoes I have yet to see any kind of wear in that area. The toe guard on this shoe was designed to last."
Traction - Score: 4.0
The one negative that Carol found with the Rush Pro was the traction. Her least favorite aspect of the shoe, she said, "I did slide around a bit from side to side, which I don't like to do. Even with my sliding, the shoe's support and stability made me confident in my movements."
Brittany disagreed with Carol. She enjoyed the feel and traction from these shoes, noting, "One of the biggest things I noticed with this shoe was how low to the ground my foot was. I really felt like I was connected with the court and felt very comfortable moving around. The outsole gripped the court surprisingly well, and I had complete confidence in my movement, especially when going side to side on the baseline."
"To be honest, I was a little leery at first with how the traction was going to hold up due to the new zonal tread pattern, but was I in for a treat," said Karly. "The traction performed way above my expectations. I found great grip on the court so I didn't experience any slipping, yet there was also a good amount of give, so I never felt stuck. Traction loss was minimal through out the playtest, which was a huge plus for me."
Traction was a bit of a mixed experience for Michelle, who found this shoe to be missing that "grip" feel that some other performance shoes have. "There was no hesitation or issues with movement, but I I would have enjoyed a little more grip from the tread of the shoe. Changing directions was easy, and because the fit was so good my foot and shoe really felt like one. There was no slipping or extra movement within the shoe."
Weight - Score: 4.1
Because it's a more durable shoe with added cushioning, the Rush Pro was bound to be slightly heavy. Michelle said, "The weight didn't bother me when I was on the court at all. The shoe never felt bulky to me either, which happens sometimes with heavier shoes. They didn't feel as quick as some other shoes I've been playtesting, but they did the trick."
Carol thought that the Rush Pro was fairly light, considering the structure of the shoe and the level of support. She said, "I really felt as if I was gliding around the court in this shoe. It never weighed me down."
Brittany was in agreement, saying, "I thought this shoe felt and played a lot lighter than its actual weight. Being a fan of lighter weight shoes, I was surprised with how much I liked the weight of the Rush Pro. I felt very speedy on the court and was even able to get to a couple more drop shots than usual. I think the low to the ground feel contributed to how fast this shoe felt on court."
Finding the ideal weight in the Rush Pros was Karly, who said, "They were heavy enough to offer great stability and support, yet they were light enough to not hinder my movements. The thick padding and extra protection around the toe-box make them look like a bulkier shoe, but I didn't think they felt bulky at all while playing in them. It was the perfect amount of weight to offer great stability and durability without feeling too heavy."
Overall - Score: 4.2
Michelle Ð "I enjoyed the fit and cushioning of these shoes. I also adore the cosmetics and look of the Wilson Rush Pro. The bright blue was fun to wear, and I enjoyed matching my outfits with them."
Carol Ð "I think this is a great Wilson shoe, and I really liked the light weight feel and high support level. The cushioning was great and I felt really low to the court, which I love. I think the design is sharp and looks like a player's shoe. My feet never felt tired or overheated."
Brittany Ð "I loved the low to the ground feel and how it kept my foot in place when I was moving around."
Karly Ð "The cushioning, stability and weight were the perfect mix."
Michelle Ð "The ventilation wasn't great, and I often changed out of my shoes right after getting off the court. Also, there were some interesting wear marks on the top of my toe box."
Carol Ð "Only two things I didn't like: the wiggle room for my toes and the traction. I adjusted on both counts, but prefer to have a snugger fit around the toe box and a shoe that grabs the court a bit more during side to side movements."
Brittany Ð "There was nothing major that I disliked, but I would have liked a little bit more shock absorption, ventilation, and a tighter ankle collar."
Karly Ð "The lack of ventilation and slightly narrow toe-box was a bit of an annoyance."
Comparing this shoe to other shoes they've worn our testers said:
Michelle Ð "Weight and durability wise, these are comparable to the Gel Res 5s that we just playtested. These definitely lack in ventilation compared to those, but I like the fit of the Rush Pros a bit better. I think these are also comparable to the Babolat Propulses."
Carol Ð "I really liked this shoe and was completely comfortable in it. I still prefer the Asics Gel Resolution 5, because I felt it really molded to my foot vs. me adjusting to the shoe. I was pleasantly surprised with this new Wilson Rush Pro, and I would definitely play in it."
Brittany Ð "This is definitely the highest performing shoe Wilson has produced in a while. It had similar characteristics to the Prince Rebel 2 and the adidas adiZero Tempaia II, but with a narrower fit, especially in the toe box."
Karly Ð "The combination of the slipper-fit feel, support and weight reminds me of the Barricade 7s. An exceptionally cushioned shoe that offers great stability without slowing me down on the court."
Playtester Foot Types:
Michelle - Medium width, High arch
Carol - Medium width, Medium arch
Brittany - Narrow width, Medium arch
Karly - Medium width, Medium-low arch
Review date: May 2013. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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