by Brian Lipton


Wilson Sporting Goods has introduced the Glide, the world’s first high-performance tennis shoe designed to support, control and enhance how players slide on hard court surfaces, so they can recover up to 30 percent faster to the next ball.

The shoe, which took Wilson Labs footwear engineers, materials experts and designers four years to develop, has been designed to allow players to precisely control forward and lateral slides on hard court surfaces. In play-testing, the Glide enhanced players’ natural speed, agility and quickness to command shots on the run.

Among its new features are Glide plates, which are made from polyethalyne technology, a rubber reinforced toe and inner drag pads which offer a second wall of protection during lateral and forward sliding for increased durability, a very low-to-the-ground heel drop, and an Endofit™ tongue that provides an intuitive, comfortable fit and added stability

Wilson Glide Sneakers
Wilson Glide Sneakers

“The Glide is a completely new type of performance tennis shoe and is a direct reflection of how the speed of the game has changed,” said Hans-Martin Reh, general manager of Racquet Sports. “In studying how players use sliding, particularly younger players, it was clear current performance tennis shoes are not designed to protect the athlete and accentuate the sliding movement. We knew that if we could develop a way to do both, we had the opportunity to revolutionize tennis footwear and provide our athletes with a new level of speed and efficiency not previously available.”

The Glide shoe retails for $199 and is currently available at a variety of retailers and tennis academies.