While the most important body part in volleyball is the hands, having the proper footwear is also essential to successful play. There are many popular brands of sneakers specifically designed for volleyball players, but three companies -- Adidas, ASICS and Mizuno -- are considered the leaders.
What Makes a Good Shoe
The most important aspect of the volleyball shoe is the protection provided in the heel area, according to Best-Volleyball-Equipment. Because of the repetitive nature of jumping and the fact that the heel absorbs pressure equal to eight times your body weight, proper cushioning and support in this area is vital. Best-Volleyball-Equipment recommends considering the upper, midsole and outsole of the shoe when making a decision.
The top volleyball shoes in the industry belong to Mizuno, specifically the Wave Tornado for men and the Attack and Wave Spike 9 for women, according to Galt Tech, as of January 2011. All are considered high-quality shoes for indoor play.
For women, the Adidas 6-3-1 CC Team series is the most popular brand, with a cooling component among its most popular features. For men, the Vuelo Climacool, which also comes with a cooling feature, is considered the best of the Adidas line, as of January 2011.
ASICS is the third of the top-three shoe manufacturers, with its GEL series the most popular, especially among women. The GEL series includes the SenseiTM, the Volleycross 2 and the 1130V, as of January 2011.