I got this shoe hoping it could be a replacement for Prince T22. This shoe seems to be a good quality shoe. The materials are soft and durable, the outsole appears to be able to last, upper materials are comfortable and cushioning is good. The laces hole design is a bit different, more on a side rather than the middle of the arch, this seems to give a bit different feel but seems to lock in your foot quite well. My problem with the shoe was that since I have high arches, when I bend my forefoot the shoe uppers crease too much between the toes and the arch area, which creates a dent and becomes quite uncomfortable. Part of the problem was possibly that I could have gotten half size smaller shoes and see if creasing would stop, but I think likelihood was it would still not be super comfortable. Too bad because otherwise the shoes seemed like a quality tennis sneaker, and looked better than T22's too.
I'm 66, a 4.0 player, play singles and doubles on hard courts here in Hawaii several times a week! Live on an outer island, so have to resort, excuse the pun, to on line shopping for almost all my tennis needs. On average, probably am replacing shoes every four months, and have tried Babalot,Adidas,Nike, and countless others, and thus far, this shoe has amazed me comfort wise right out of the box! Have worn them several weeks now, so not sure about durability yet, but am impressed with how amazing they feel, and I'm rather picky! Will definitely buy another pair, even if they only last a couple of months, they are that comfortable!
I was hoping this 2.5 version took care of an obvious problem I had with two other pairs of Big Shots. The heel collar on the previous versions was as rough as sandpaper, which tore holes in the heels of my socks. This was a few pairs, so it's not isolated incidents. This 2.5 is not quite as rough, but still the same problem. Tore heels on both socks yesterday, 5/6/16. I've worn them about 3 weeks now. I'm a 3.5+ serious doubles player that plays 4 times a week. This is a great playing shoe, but the factory should have corrected this problem in the almost 2 years these shoes have been released!!!