It’s a new year, so it’s time for me to do a tennis shoe review and replace my tennis shoes. My time with the Prince T22 Tennis Shoes for men have come to and end. Overall, the Navy and Lime mid height shoes have served me well, providing stability and comfort along the way. Would I choose them again? Read more below.
Prince T22 Tennis Shoes Product Specifications:
Weight: 16.7 oz
Technology: TPU forefoot – to lock the foot in place for support and stability. wYshbone TPU for foot stability during lateral movements.
The Prince T22 continues the proven tradition of the Prince T Series with added performance and stability features including adding mesh to the upper, to impove ventilation.
Prince T22 Tennis Shoe Review:
The Prince T22 Tennis shoes replaced a pair of New Balance 696 Tennis shoes. The New Balance 696 were low height, and since I had 2 pair of low height tennis shoes back to back, I wanted to go with another pair that were in between low and mid-height. Previously, I had previous great experiences with Prince shoes (T14 and NFS Viper) so I took a plunge on getting the T22. The color was one of the first things that drew me to choosing this model. All of the colors available are nice, but the Navy and Lime just sends a special kind of statement, it screams cool and unusual so it was right up my alley. Looking at the sole of the shoe, you can see a few areas of tread patterns, including the TPU forefoot unit. I never felt that those different areas made a difference in the amount of traction I had on the tennis court. Along with the TPU forefoot, the whole upper of the Prince T22 just had a very comfortable and tight fitting, locked in feeling. In many of my prior shoe reviews I talk about ventilation playing a big part in my enjoyment of the shoes. The T22’s did not disappoint. As you can see, there is plenty of mesh in the toe box, tongue and on both sides of the upper which has made wearing and playing in these tennis shoes very comfortable during the very hot summer months. The shoes had a very stable feeling, part of the reason for this had to be how heavy they were. The T22’s were a full 4 oz heavier than my previous pair of New Balance 696 tennis shoes. You can definitely feel the heft when you put on the shoes for the first time. As a matter of fact I wondered how the weight would effect my on court movement. I thought I may have to end my relationship with the shoes much earlier than normal. However, I was pleased that the heaviness did not hamper my movement at all. Even during the most intense court movements, my feet never felt too heavy to move.
Prince T22 Tennis Shoe Pros & Cons:
Color/Design – The shoe design is very eye catching. All colors look good, but the Navy and Lime give the T22 a more special look
Price – The price is reasonable for a great pair of tennis shoes. Not the cheapest, and not the most expensive, but you get a lot of style and function for the money.
Support – The weight and fit of the T22 made my foot feel very stable and supported.
Ventilation – Mesh in all parts of the upper, including the toe box which is where I need the most ventilation made the shoe very comfortable during the hottest summer days.
Weight – Some may feel that the T22 is too heavy. If this is the case, there is a Prince T22 Lite Tennis Shoe model that weights a little bit less than the regular T22’s
I would recommend these shoes. The only reservation I would have is with the weight. The weight of the shoe may be an issue for some players. If this is the case, i’d suggest trying the T22 lite model for a lighter feel.
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Prince T22 Tennis Shoe Guarantee:
Prince provides a 6 month guarantee on the outsole to protect against wear.
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