December 7th, 2011 by Ben Croft
Racquetball Warehouse Shoe Playtest Form
Test Shoe: Nike Multicourt 10
Name: Ben Croft
What type of foot do you have? Arch: (Low Medium High) Width: (Narrow Medium Wide)
How many hours did you playtest the shoes? 30 hours
Did these shoes require any break-in period? Yes If so, how long? 2-3 hours
Scale – 1: Horrible 2: Poor 3: Average 4: Good 5: Tremendous
Comfort: 1 2 3 4 5
Comments: I was pleased with the level of comfort offered by the Nike Multicourt 10’s. Although they’re not as soft as the previous generation of the Multicourt, I was still very comfortable in this shoe. After playing with them for about an hour, I gave up on the thin insole that came in the shoe and replaced with it with the Spencho Arch Support Insoles, which I use in most of my everyday and playing shoes. After adding the insole with a softer cushion, I was much more comfortable. Being a big fan of low shoes, the height, lightweight, and snug fit were all added benefits. I gave the Multicourt a 4 out of 5 in comfort.
Arch Support: 1 2 3 4 5
Comments: I have a medium arch, and the Multicourt 10’s naturally to my foot. Although personally I found it to be more comfortable once I put in the aftermarket insole, the original insole began to contour to the shape of my foot after roughly an hour. I felt a very natural and tight fit to my arch and was pleased with how quickly the shoe began to fit to my foot’s natural shape. I rated these shoes a 4 out of 5 in arch support.
Foot Support/Stability: 1 2 3 4 5
Comments: Keeping in mind this is a low shoe; I knew not to expect the support that I would get from a higher shoe. That being said, I got exactly what I expected from them, which was good support. I have not had any ankle problems in roughly ten years, so I like the maneuverability of the shoe along with the support it offered. Even while planting my feet for a dive, or pushing off laterally to retrieve a pass I felt very stable. Again, the MC10 scored a 4 out of 5.
Traction: 1 2 3 4 5
Comments: Along with most gum rubber court shoes, the traction was superb for the Multicourt 10. As a player who makes very aggressive cuts and changes of direction, I was happy getting as much traction as I did from them. Nike’s soft gum rubber seems to grip the floor equally if not better than its indoor court shoe competitors. Nike’s shallow tread is one thing that concerned me about the traction after a few months of use, but I have yet to have a problem with it after a few weeks of play.
Looks: 1 2 3 4 5
Comments: Cosmetically these shoes are just what I look for. As far as my taste in shoes, a company cannot go wrong with white and simple. They are a classy mix between white and silver with the classic black Nike “swoosh.” The gum rubber sole is not my favorite look, but it offers the most traction so I’ll gladly deal with it. The Multicourt 10 scored a perfect 5 out of 5 in the looks category.
What did you like about these shoes? I am a big fan of low shoes. I feel my performance peaks when I wear low shoes compared to shoes with more ankle support. Not only are they pleasing to my eye, the traction was great; they were lightweight, maneuverable, and stable. They fit my narrow foot with medium arch very well, and continued provide me with comfort, stability, and traction through the entire playtest. They fit, feel, and play very similar to their older sibling, the Nike Multicourt 9.
What did you dislike about these shoes? One thing that stood out that I was a little disappointed with was the lack of a comfortable insole. For me it was too thin and did not provide enough cushion until I replaced them. Also, the durability lacks a little compared to Nike’s competitors shoes. Although for a $55 shoe it continued to perform through a vigorous playtest. Albeit better than last year’s Multicourt 9, it began to show signs of wear and tear in the toe area in the later stages of my playtest.
Additional Comments: Being the newer version of one of my favorite racquetball shoes, I had high expectations of the Nike Multicourt 10 to perform extremely well. Once again, I was very pleased with the outcome of my playtest review. If you are looking for a sleek and lightweight shoe at a competitive price I would recommend trying the Nike Multicourt 10.
Overall Rating: 4.4