K-Swiss Hypercourt Express

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The K-Swiss Hypercourt Express was engineered based on the highly-acclaimed success of the Ultra Express. The midsole and outsole of this shoe compare to the Ultra Express is very similar. What is different is the sneaker’s upper. The Hypercourt Express was updated to have a more supportive, breathable, and stylish upper. Featuring seamless tech mesh, which is a breathable mesh material fused with a synthetic overlay, supports the foot better while you are moving around on the tennis court. The midsole is more cushioned than most tennis sneakers and delivers noticeable underfoot comfort. The shoe features a number of durability features along with the mesh and synthetic upper including a toe cap called Drag Guard and a stabilizing DuraWrap that helps to secure your midfoot. This shoe is not only built to perform well on the court, but it looks great too.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Updated seamless tech mesh upper for added support and breathability
  • DuraWrap technology at midfoot for added stabilizing support
  • Drag Guard at the front of the shoe protects the toe from wear and tear
  • Aosta II high-density rubber outsole is durable and grippy
  • Pivot point on the forefoot 
  • Comes in a variety of color choices
Cons
  • Some say they allow too much movement within the foot chamber
  • Sizing may be inconsistent with other K-Swiss shoes
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Positive
  • The traction is great for quick stops and directional changes.
  • There is a good level of cushioning to keep your feet comfortable.
  • Buyers say these work well for pickleball.
  • Can accommodate orthotics and thick socks.
  • The narrow heel helps keep feet in place.
  • The materials do not promote odor buildup.
  • The upper provides a good level of support.
  • There is enough space to not add pressure to bunions.
  • The upper is decently breathable.
  • These are less clunky and provide better ground feel than some other tennis shoes on the market.
  • These have an extra lacing eyelet to get a secure tie.
  • There is a good balance of arch and ankle support.
  • The material in the heel cup prevents socks from slipping down.
  • The materials are easy to wash.
  • According to buyers, no break in time is needed.
  • These are good for people with average to wide feet.
Negative
  • These may feel sloppy for people with narrow feet.
  • Some of the colors and accents are too flashy and bold.
  • The durability is questioned by some buyers.
  • The laces tend to loosen during heavy activity.
  • Some buyers say these have below average lateral support.
  • There are some complaints that the tongue is too narrow and slides around.
  • There are some reports of hotspots from some of the stitching.
  • Many buyers complain that these are not as good as previous K-Swiss tennis shoe models.
  • The quality and durability are not up to buyer expectations of K-Swiss.
  • Although rare, there are some reports of sizing inconsistencies.
  • The outsole wears quickly.
  • According to a few buyers, the shape and width feel cumbersome.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of this lightweight tennis shoe is made up of durable Aosta II high-density rubber and is designed to carry you over the tennis court with the right amount of traction and grip that tennis demands. The rubber is flush to the ground and does not feature any lugs. Rather, it features a zig-zag pattern for durability and traction. The forefoot features a much-needed pivot point right at the ball of the foot which will allow you to pivot and change direction quickly and easily. The rubber is reinforced in high wear areas in order to aid in the sneakers’ durability. This rubber wraps up around the toe and is equipped with Drag Guard at the toe in order to protect the toe from wear when you drag the toe on a serve or tough shot. The shoe also boasts a rigid 180 PCS mid-foot support chassis for added support and stability. The outsole of this sneaker will ensure great performance on and off the tennis court.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Hypercourt Express is more cushioned than many other tennis shoes out there. Several consumers have commented on how comfortable their foot feels on the court. The die-cut EVA midsole is designed to give a pillow-like comfort within the sneaker. The support chassis that runs from the middle of the outsole up through the midsole is another great addition to this sneaker. It helps to keep your foot stable as you are moving over the tennis court. This support chassis is made up of a durable plastic material and is designed to move and flex with your foot. The shoe offers plush cushioning with a running-inspired feel.
Upper
Upper

Upper

As an update to the K-Swiss Ultra Express sneaker, this shoe features many updates to its upper for added support and a fresh new look. The upper is constructed using Seamfree technology. This technology is a seamless construction method that fuses layers of TPU to the shoe’s breathable tech mesh. This results in a flexible build. The upper also features Durawrap technology in a herringbone pattern that wraps around the midfoot to ensure a secure and supported fit. The eyelets on these sneakers are reinforced with a durable TPU material and aids in the durability of the upper. The heel collar and tongue are both padded and deliver excellent comfort and support. The sneaker also boasts a molded Ortholite x40 Sock Liner which aids in support and comfort as well.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Tennis shoes aren’t made to be super lightweight like running shoes are these days. These shoes weigh in at around 14 ounces, which is heavier than a lot of running shoes. With that said, a large number of consumers have commented on how lightweight these shoes feel on the tennis court.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The tech mesh that makes up the upper of this sneaker allows for excellent airflow in and out of the foot chamber. Some tennis shoes do not offer this kind of breathability so this is a great update for the K-Swiss line. The forefoot of the sneaker features a tightly woven tech mesh that is designed for great breathability. The rest of the sneaker is equipped with both the tech mesh and a seamless synthetic overlay. This overlay does not detract from the breathability of the shoe and delivers breathable comfort.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The first thing many consumers have noticed about this tennis sneaker is the surprising comfort it offers right out of the box. The EVA midsole delivers more cushioning than expected in a typical tennis sneaker while the seamless tech mesh upper allows your foot to flex and move naturally. The overall fit of this shoe is wider and roomier than many other tennis shoes and can be great for people with average to wide feet. The heel collar and tongue are both very plush and deliver excellent cushioned comfort. However, it should be noted that some people with more narrow feet say this sneaker allows for too much movement within the foot chamber, no matter how much they try to tighten the laces.
Style
Style

Style

Shoes specifically designed to perform on the tennis court may not always be the most stylish kicks out there but K-Swiss kicked it up a notch in the style department with the Hypercourt Express. This sneaker has a hybrid look of a tennis shoe and a running shoe. It is available in an impressive array of vibrant color schemes so you can go with the subdued white and gray or you can sport a bring green on the court, with several other options in between. The sleek silhouette gives this shoe a great look on or off the court.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Reviews on the durability of this sneaker go either way. Some users have said that the durability isn’t that great due to the roomier fit. This is because some people have said that their foot moves around too much within the foot chamber, which wears on the shoe more due to abrasion. Others have said that this sneaker is excellent in terms of durability. The features offered on the Hypercourt Express that aid in durability is the Aosta II hard rubber outsole, drag guard, and Durawrap technologies. The outsole is reinforced specifically in high wear areas to aid in durability while the drag guard helps to protect the toe area from wear when you drag your foot. The Durawrap technology that wraps the midfoot helps to secure your foot in place and helps to maintain the shoes’ integrity.
Protection
Protection

Protection

One thing you definitely need to be protected from while playing tennis is from movement within the sneaker due to sudden changes in direction and while performing lateral moves. Depending on your particular foot, this sneaker may protect your foot well or you may feel movement. If you have narrow feet, then you may experience some movement within the foot chamber. However, if you have more volume in your feet, the technologies offered in the Hypercourt Express may be enough to keep your feet protected while on the court.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Unlike running shoes, tennis shoes are not engineered to deliver a ton of response when it comes to absorbing shock and releasing that energy to propel you forward. Rather, tennis shoes focus more on supporting your feet through lateral movements and changes in direction. With that in mind, the Hypercourt Express is a fairly responsive shoe in that it helps to keep your foot steady within the chamber thanks to the DuraWrap technology wrapping around the midfoot. It also keeps your heel comfortably in place with the plush heel collar.
Support
Support

Support

K-Swiss engineered the Hypercourt Express to deliver support and comfort on the tennis court. The upper was redesigned, from the Ultra Express, to be more comfortable and supportive. In doing this, K-Swiss made the upper more supportive through the use of seamless tech mesh which is mesh material bonded with a synthetic overlay to provide sturdy and sure support and stability. Along with this, the midfoot of the shoe is equipped with DuraWrap technology which is a plastic material fused within the midsole and outsole that helps to support your midfoot and deliver a locked-down fit. The heel cup is both supportive and comfortable and helps to keep your heel in place as you perform various multi-directional movements on the court.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These sneakers are made by a tennis shoe company so, naturally, the best place to wear these is on the tennis court. However, a large number of reviewers have said that these shoes could perform well throughout high-intensity workouts or even at the gym. They deliver enough cushioning for short distance running and provide enough traction for activities you might see at Cross Fit. Because these shoes do not feature aggressive lugs but rather are flush with the ground, they wouldn’t work well off-road.
Price
Price

Price

Depending on the colorway you are after, these sneakers can be purchased for anywhere from $95 to $110. That is a pretty standard price for specialty tennis sneakers and from a brand you can trust.
Traction
Traction

Traction

When considering the level of traction provided by these sneakers, you must first consider what they are designed to do - perform well on a tennis court. The Aosta II high-density rubber that makes up the outsole of this sneaker is engineered to deliver excellent traction no matter what direction you are going in on the tennis court. The added pivot point on the forefoot will help you to move and change direction quickly while keeping you right on your feet. Because the outsole is flush with the ground, they won’t perform well on slippery surfaces but will deliver solid performance on a typical tennis court.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Tennis shoes, in general, do not need to be extremely flexible because you aren’t going to be moving from heel to toe very often during a match. With that said, you want to be sure your tennis shoes are not too stiff so that you can serve and move around the court efficiently and effectively. The seamless tech mesh that makes up this sneakers’ upper, combined with the EVA midsole help the sneaker’s upper to maintain a great amount of flexibility. Like with most tennis shoes, however, the outsole is not made to flex like a running shoe. It does flex the proper amount for tennis, but there are not flex technologies on the sneaker to make it flex extraordinarily.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The seamless tech mesh upper of this sneaker is a combination of a breathable mesh material fused with a flexible synthetic overlay and is designed to provide support and stability. Because the upper is not made up simply of mesh, it provides more stability to your foot than other sneakers. The DuraWrap technology that K-Swiss placed at the midfoot also delivers an excellent amount of stability because it keeps your foot snug and secure within the foot chamber. The plush heel cup and heel collar not only keeps your heel comfortable, but it locks it in place and keeps you stable.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop in these shoes is pretty typical for most tennis shoes. The support and stability offered within the foot chamber remain flush with your foot and helps to protect you as you move around the court.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Durawrap technology wraps around the midfoot to help keep your foot snug, secure and supported
- Seamless tech mesh makes up the upper and provides breathable support
- Drag Guard at the front of the sneaker protects the toe area from wear
- Molded Ortholite sock liner provides comfort and additional support
- Aosta II high-density rubber outsole aids in the sneakers’ durability
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are an avid tennis player and are looking for a breathable, comfortable, supportive, and great-looking sneaker, then the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express is a great option for you. This sneaker is built to be a speed sneaker on the court and will help move around the court efficiently and effectively. There are some negative things people have said about the shoe, including the fact that it may be too roomy for some peoples’ feet and may allow for too much movement and toe jam within the foot chamber. However, there are a large number of reviewers who have said that this sneaker is surprisingly comfortable and is great for the tennis court, gym, or for casual use. In the end, K-Swiss is a trusted tennis shoe name and for the price, these shoes are worth a try.