Auto racing technology in a tennis shoe? Tis true. Babolat has partnered with Michelin to bring exceptional traction and durability to our on-court soles. The shoes are lower to the ground, better ventilated and lighter than previous styles; the Michelin man is unobtrusively printed on the back heels.
Pictured above is the Propulse Lady 2, worn by Nadia Petrova and this editor (absolutely no game comparison intended). These were out-of-the-box comfortable, no break in required, snug and light, a true-to-size fit for my narrow foot. The adjustable new footbelt technology gives the Propulse a 4-point super secure fit -- another racing analogy. On-court, lateral and diagonal movement felt great.
Babolat reports that the Michelin Optimized Cell System technology (OCS) in the new range makes these 40% more resistant to abrasion. This is GREAT news for hard court players who can go through up to 8 pairs of tennis shoes a year. Platform tennis players who go through even more, should rejoice at the possible savings these soles will generate.
The Propulse 2, left, worn and signed by Andy Roddick, is the men's option within the Propulse range.
Propulse Lady 2 MSRP $104 USD, Propulse 2 $109. The junior version, the Propulse Junior 2, is $59.90.
Michelin technology is also being offered in the new Babolat Team and Drive lower priced shoe ranges.