The Courtballistec 3.3 is the current model of the shoe line worn by Rafael Nadal.  Considering the amazing court coverage we see from the Spaniard, it has to be considered that the Nadal tennis shoes might be useful for their speed and durability.

Having tried the Rafael Nadal shoes myself, I’d tend to agree with all the comments about these being very narrow and causing some discomfort around the ankle.  I didn’t notice the problem with the arch that some people have mentioned.  The shoes do feel a bit better after breaking in, but I really prefer a shoe with softer and less narrow material around the ankle.

On the other hand these shoes do seem to be fairly durable.  I’ve had no problems with the out sole and after a few weeks of play the signs of wear are quite minimal.  Nike is also offering the 6 month durability guarantee on this pair of shoes so it’s hard to go wrong for durability with this pair.  If you can stand the discomfort at the start and also don’t mind a narrow fitting tennis shoe, by all means give this new nike air courtballistec a try.  The style of the shoe is quite cool and impressive, but that really is no surprise coming from Nike.

Nike Court Ballistec 3.3

What do Reviewers Say?

  • Narrow and stiffer upper material around the ankle.  Makes for good support, but isn’t really comfortable before a long break in period
  • Durable around the toe and durable out sole.  The shoe is durable.
  • Shoe is on the heavier side
  • Looks great, your opponent will probably jealous wearing his plain old boring white tennis shoes
After using the shoe for a few weeks I don’t think I’d buy it again.  Avoid this shoe unless you have experience with or are specifically looking for narrow fitting shoes.
I would actually recommend taking a step back to the Nike Air Court Ballistec 2.3 because the upper material is much softer and the shoe is just more comfortable overall.  The drawback is that this model is becoming harder to find in the size you want.  Seems to be the unfortunate case with most good tennis shoe models.

Nike Air Court Ballistec 2.3

Nike Air Court Ballistec 2.3
After finding the 3.3 a little less to my liking because of the narrow fit I switched back to the court ballistec 2.3 for awhile because it just feels a lot more comfortable.  One thing I noticed about this shoe is that it seems a lot tighter in the toe area, but I was able to fix it for the most part by just adjusting the lacing system.
I’ve played about two weeks in these shoes and have started to enjoy them a little more than I did at first.  They didn’t really need any breaking in, but I just got more used to how they feel.  The fit is sort of tight though it seems like it’s just tight enough to fit well.  Why they switched the upper material on the 3.3 is a mystery to me, but these are so much more comfortable around the ankle.

What Do Reviewers Say?

  • Very comfortable tennis shoe with the soft, but supportive upper
  • Max Air provides good cushioning
  • Stable and supportive with all around good durability
  • One of the better shoes around if you can still find it for sale.
I’m glad I gave this shoe a second chance because it really does seem to be quite good.  I was a big fan of the 1.3 model, but the heavy mesh look to this model really was a turn off for awhile.  Can’t argue with the performance though, since the air court ballistec 2.3 offers a very comfortable and solid overall shoe.