Tennis shoe reviews: K-Swiss Ultrashot

K-Swiss built their reputation on a high quality all-white tennis shoe but the introduction of a sharp new range and tie-ups with high profile figures in the USA has encouraged a new breed of young tennis players to wear their shoes. We review the K-Swiss Ultrashot


Founded in 1966 when two brothers moved from the fresh green mountains of Switzerland to the uber-cool urban state of California to create a footwear brand focused on tennis. As avid skiers and tennis players, the brothers took inspiration from leather ski boots to create a shoe that supported the aggressive side-to-side movement of tennis.

The shoe quickly gained traction with tennis players that wanted an all-white shoe but needed the quality that wasn’t provided by other all-white tennis shoes. Legendary players such as the ‘Woodies’ (Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde) and Anna Kornikova wore the shoe.

Fast forward to 2019 and K-Swiss has morphed into a global brand that still delivers high quality tennis footwear but are also renowned for some of the most modern designs in the ultra competitive market for sports shoes that are worn for fashion as well as tennis. Since being acquired by South Korean company Elan World in 2014 the company has been in the midst of a turnaround plan.



Which brings us to the new K-Swiss Ultrashot. K-Swiss themselves say, “The Ultrashot is designed for tennis players who require high performance footwear to match their high level of play. This streamlined tennis shoe features a lightweight mesh and synthetic leather upper for ultimate breathability in a lightweight build. On the inside, a molded Ortholite sock liner provides comfort with moisture management and ventilation. K-Swiss GuideGlide™ technology creates a unique midsole construction to center the foot from heel to toe for a more comfortable and stable ride. The Ultrashot’s Aösta II high-density rubber outsole with deep herringbone tread gives it ultimate durability and traction on any court surface.”


K-Swiss ULTRASHOT women's


For the more technical amongst you, the K-Swiss Ultrashot includes:

  • Synthetic Leather Upper
  • Textile Collar Lining
  • Draggaurd Rubber & Aosta Rubber Outsole
  • Molded EVA Midsole
  • Molded Ortholite x40 Sock Liner
  • Lace Closure

The men’s Ultrashot comes in three colourful styles including White/Black/Neon, Magnet/Malibu Blue, Black/Lollipop and Neon Blaze/Black. The women’s range comes in Fiesta/White and Coral Blush/White.



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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.