Basketball shoes are among the most comfortable and stylish footwear on the market today. Few other sports have the sneaker culture that is associated with basketball. Basketball players have always yearned for their shoes to be more than just tools to help play the sport. They use their shoes to express their individuality and creativity as well. On the court, the best basketball shoes provide great support for all the vigorous movements during the game, protecting your joints from impact and rolling. Off the court, they are the absolute peak of comfy-fashion. In fact, no modern athleisure look is complete without a stylish basketball shoe. Here are the 8 best ones available today.
Adidas Harden Vol. 3
This basketball shoe is definitively the best among the signature sneaker range of Houston Rockets superstar, James Harden. Made with premium materials, this basketball shoe has a traditional herringbone traction pattern which provides excellent grip on dusty courts as well. It also features Adidas’ Boost cushioning which is extremely comfortable and responsive to impact.
Nike PG 3
This basketball shoe is one of the most well rounded options available on the market today and is as versatile as Los Angeles Clippers superstar Paul George (whose signature shoe this is). The outsole features a ‘moon crater’ traction pattern and works well on all surfaces. Nike’s comfortable and responsive Zoom cushioning provides good impact protection.
Nike LeBron 16
When a basketball shoe has the name of the world’s best basketball player attached to itself, it better be damn good. The LeBron 16 is just that. Not only is this basketball shoe a vast improvement over the LeBron XV, it’s also one of the best shoes in LeBron James’s long signature sneaker history. Starting with the looks, the Battleknit 2.0 looks stunning and contains your feet well. The small lateral outriggers on the outsole provide a major boost to the stability. The cushioning and traction work well on all surfaces as well.
Nike KD 12
After a string of disappointing shoes, Nike has finally done justice to the name of Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant with the KD 12. The Zoom cushioning is highly comfortable and responsive. Though some reviewers have found the cushioning a little inconsistent when used on dusty courts, the general consensus is positive. The KD line has been notorious for a long and narrow fit, but the 12 gets rid of that and works well for all kinds of feet. The Flywire upper section is great as usual in this basketball shoe.
Adidas Dame 5
This basketball shoe is the latest signature sneaker of Portland Trailblazers superstar Damian Lillard. It is also his best by far. The basketball shoe features a full length Bounce cushioning which is highly responsive and provides great protection against impact. Made with supportive and comfortable materials, the Dame 5 does tend to get a little slippery on dusty courts in its translucent rubber versions.
Under Armour Curry 6
While this basketball shoe range does carry the name of the NBA’s most popular player, Golden State Warriors‘ superstar Steph Curry, it hasn’t been as well received as Curry’s game so far. The Curry range of shoes have been criticised for lacking enough cushioning and durability, while also looking quite bland. However, the Curry 6 has put an end to that. This basketball shoe has been much better received than its predecessors. The traction is wonderful and the HOVR cushioning system provides good court feel and stability. The knitted materials feel premium and need minimal break-in time.
Jordan Jumpman Hustle
The hard and thick herringbone traction pattern of this basketball shoe ensures that you will never be out of grip on any surface that you play. The forefoot has a bouncy Zoom Air Unit while the midsole features a comfortable Phylon system. While this basketball shoe is a great all rounder, it does lack a little in the field of lateral support because of a narrow base and a stretchy top. Still, this stylish basketball shoe is a great buy.
Nike Kobe 4 Protro
If you ever want to find the root of the current low-top trend among basketball shoes, look no further than the Kobe 4. The Kobe 4 Protro is the second signature sneaker of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, to get the Protro treatment. Since this is a revamped version of an old sneaker, it doesn’t feature a full length Zoom cushion and features a Phylon cushion in the front. The herringbone traction pattern ensures complete grip on the dustiest of surfaces and doesn’t require a lot of wiping. However, the Flywire cables and synthetic leather feel a little cheap and dated when compared to modern materials. It’s not as if this basketball shoe isn’t great, but there aren’t that many improvements to the original version and the asking price is really steep.