Expert Review: Lotto Mirage 200 Speed ShoesPublished on 12/27/2022 · 4 min read This review is my honest opinion of the shoes, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Brandon M.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the shoes, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2022.
The Lotto Mirage Speed 200 shoe is ideal for competitive players looking for a lightweight shoe with a close fit to help them confidently cover the court.
About the gear
- Model: Lotto Mirage Speed 200
- Size: U.S. Men’s 9
- Width: Regular
- Fit: Runs true to length though slightly narrow
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 185lbs
- Usual shoe size: Men’s 9
- Foot width: Slightly wide but not a true wide
- Foot arch: High arch
- Experience: 28 years years of playing tennis
- When I bought these: July 2022
- Days tested: 30
- Court surfaces: Practice and match
- Where I’ve used it: Public courts in Kingsford and Iron Mountain, MI
How they perform
What I was looking for
I have long been a fan of lightweight shoes that help me feel close to the court. I am not particularly hard on shoes and have strong foot biomechanics, so I don’t need a bulky stability shoe to protect my ankles. I like to rotate shoes based on outfit and mood, but I am not particularly loyal to one brand or model.
Why I chose this gear
We’ve worked closely with Lotto at Curated, so I wanted to give their shoes a shot. Unfortunately, people tend to overlook them when I recommend them, so I decided that having firsthand experience in comparing and contrasting the shoes to other more popular models would be a great asset.
What I love about them
- Break-in period: The soft inner bootie and flexible outer cage are made for little to no break-in time. I was confident and comfortable wearing them right out of the box.
- Comfort: The Mirage Speed 200 is a comfortable shoe with good cushioning and supreme breathability, making it well-suited for warm weather and long matches or practice sessions.
- Weight: The Mirage Speed 200 is a very lightweight shoe that lets me feel fast on the court and doesn’t wear me down in a long match.
- Material: The rubber on the outsole has held up well to my testing and has good traction on the hardcourts I’ve played with them on. I like the added toe/inner foot material for dragging and sliding.
- Arch support: I’ve got high arches but typically don’t need added support from aftermarket insoles. These Lotto shoes don’t give me any issues with arch support, and I have stuck with the stock insoles.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Durability: I am not particularly hard on shoes, and they have held up well in my testing, but having a durability guarantee is always good for peace of mind.
- Fit: The Mirage Speed 200 is a very snug-fitting shoe. The inner bootie hugs my foot, which I tend to like in most shoes, but this model is narrow, and borderlines on being tight. Going up a half size may alleviate that but leaves room in the toes.
- Stability: I feel a little higher off the court in these shoes than in my K-Swiss Hypercourt Supremes. This can make me feel less stable when stretched wide and having to make quick direction changes, but I’ve never rolled the shoe over while playing, so it is more of a feeling than a performance issue.
- Features: With an inner bootie construction, there is no tongue to make getting the shoes on easier. With the snug fit, it’s more difficult than other shoes I’ve tried to get on.
- Other: The color options of the Mirage Speed 200 could use some modernizing. The White/Saffron colorway I have is easy to match to many outfits, and the multicolor laces are nice for customizing, but they are not eye-catching the way many of the new Adidas, New Balance, or K-Swiss shoes are.
Favorite moment with this gear
Wearing shoes for the first time always takes me back to being a kid, getting a new pair of shoes, and having to test them to see how fast I could run. Taking the Mirage Speed 200s onto the court for the first time, I felt like I could fly and reach any ball I wanted. Maybe it was the shoes, maybe I was just having a good day, but I felt like Lleyton Hewitt running down balls.
Value for the money vs. other options
As the middle option in Lotto’s Mirage line of shoes, the Mirage Speed 200 offers very good value. It offers a lightweight and good comfort typical of high-performance shoes but comes in $20 less than the top-of-the-line Mirage Speed 100. It is competitively priced with the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro, which is another lightweight shoe with arguably better looks. Both come slightly under the price of the Asics Speed Solution FF, one of our most popular lightweight shoes.
The Lotto Mirage Speed 200 is a speed-focused shoe with a close fit that lets players move around the court confidently to reach any ball.