A review of the Salming Race R1 Shoes for Squash

Salming Race R1 Squash Shoes

I have been using the Salming Race R1 shoes for a little over a month and I am very impressed with them. They are a very light pair of shoes. I have found them to be very comfortable. They grip the squash court floor very well and provide the support required for the hard movements we as squash payers make on court. They are a terrific pair of shoes for squash.

The top of the shoes are primarily a mesh material with an EXO Skeleton structure around that to provide the required support. Being mostly mesh definitely helps keep them quite light. Light shoes for squash are a definite benefit. They have to have the strength though to support the hard directional changes squash player makes though and they do.

I find the Race R1 from Salming to be pretty comfortable.  They are very soft on the top of the shoe due to being primarily mesh. Due to this they require no real break in period.  You can just put them on and play right when you take them out of the box. From a width perspective they are average.  I have a pair of Asics Blast-5 as well and I find I have to pull the laces a little tighter on the Asics than on the Salming’s.  Both pairs are the same size so the Blast is definitely a bit wider shoe.

Traction on the squash court is imperative and they do not disappoint in this area.  Squash requires a lot of directional changes.  We plant are feet and expect our shoes to grip the floor so we don’t slip.  The Salming Race R1 I have found to be terrific at this. Grip though is not the only factor though in supporting the movements we as squash players make.  The shoe itself has to hold our foot in place well inside the shoe. If you are moving laterally hard to cut off a ball and plant your foot hard to stop and change direction it is critical that your foot be held in place and the shoes do not let your foot start to roll. The Race R1 performs very well at this.

Overall the Salming Race R1’s are a terrific pair of shoes for squash. They perform incredibly well for such a light shoe. Traction is very good and support is as well. If you are looking for a good performing, good looking, light pair of shoes the Salming Race R1’s are an excellent pair of shoes for squash.

7 thoughts on “A review of the Salming Race R1 Shoes for Squash

  1. I’m not going to go into a full review of these shoes because I agree with everything that is written above. These shoes are comfortable, very stable and offer good grip. I’ve had them for a few weeks now and played a few matches and trained in them and so far have no complaints. They seem to be solidly constructed too and I hope to get a full season of squash out of these shoes which is pretty good given that I play 3-4 times a week.

  2. Could you please elaborate on the width a little bit? Based on foot length, I’m size 8.5 (US) and based on foot width I’m 9.5-10 depending on the brand. Because on this disproportion I need a shoe with a little extra room in the toe box area. Would these shoes be a good fit? or they might be too tight for me?

    • AJ,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on our blog!

      The Salming Race R1 shoes are not that wide of a fit. They are not particularly narrow either. Overall I would describe them as average. That being the case based off of what you normally wear based off of measurements you would probably need a 9.5-10 to accommodate the width of your foot. If you are looking for a pair of squash shoes that have more width, so you don’t have to get a longer shoe than you need, you might want to look at the Asics Gel-Blast 5. I have found that they definitely have more room in the forefoot than the Salming’s, and other Asics models for squash. Asics lists them as a standard D width on their site but I have a customer at the club that is a 2E that is able to use them without having to move up in size.

      I hope that helps!


      • Jeff,

        Thanks a lot for the detailed response, it was extremely helpful 🙂
        I actually went ahead and tried couple of Asics’s tennis shoes at my local shop just to get an idea of the fit, and you were right, 10 is the way to go. I’m going to get a pair from you guys pretty soon!

        Thanks Again

  3. Jeff,

    I currently use the Adidas Adipower Stabil 10 which I have found to be very durable. I tend to drag the top of my toe and the side of my foot along the court and the Stabil has a leather toe guard to prevent wear. They have lasted me 8 months now (playing 4-5 times a week) and their time is almost up.

    Although they have been a satisfactory trainer they are quite heavy and I’m hoping the Salming can offer a light weight and durable alternative. What is your impression of their durability?


    • For someone that drags their toe and the side of the foot the original Race R1 are/were not the most durable. I played with a pair (just switched to the 2.0 version) and did not have a problem but I do not drag my foot too much. The 2.0 are definitely improved in that area. They have a reinforced abrasion section to protect that area of the shoe. They are a super comfortable pair of shoes and are very light. The version 2.0 are on our site here: http://www.controlthet.com/salming-race-r1-2-0-safety-yellow-squash-shoes/

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