You want to be at your best each time you play the beautiful game, which involves the use of the best possible gear available. Not to say that gear makes all the difference down on the court, but that it couldn’t hurt to find out just how good you can be while using the right gear. When it comes to gear and accessories, shoes are by far the most important feature to look into, seeing how they provide you with the freedom you require to move freely around the court.
After looking at what the market has to offer at this point in time, we put together a list of the ten best basketball shoes you should consider if you’re thinking about improving your game.
Best Basketball Shoes 2017
10Under Armour Men’s UA Lockdown Basketball Shoes
Airflow is very important when it comes to basketball shoes which is precisely what makes these basketball shoes stand out. Thanks to their ingenious construction, these basketball shoes will let the foot breathe at all times, regardless of how much effort you put into your game. At the same time, these shoes benefit from an adherent rubber sole designed to provide maximum traction and from an added collar foam to increase ankle support overall.
9AND 1 Men’s Master 2 Mid Basketball Shoes
It is weight that makes these particular shoes stand out, or should we say their lack of weight. As per their synthetic leather upper, these shoes weigh a lot less than most basketball shoes out there, while still providing roughly the same standards. Also worth mentioning is that they boast an internal molded ethylene vinyl acetate midsole designed to provide superior cushioning and comfort as much as possible without impeding your movement in any way.
8Adidas Derrick D Rose 773 III Men’s Basketball Sneakers
With the Derrick D Rose, Adidas achieved the highest possible standards of comfort and adherence. Not only that but they also provide impressive support and breathability throughout their entirety thanks to their ingenious construction. At the same time, these shoes have non-marking rubber outsoles which vary in thickness in order to reduce the overall weight of the shoes while boosting their durability despite how intensely they are being used.
7Under Armour Men’s UA ClutchFit Drive 2 Basketball Shoes
These basketball shoes use so-called ‘second skin’ covers that won’t just provide you with the type of comfort you wouldn’t normally expect from basketball shoes but also with the type of airflow only professional athletes usually experience. Speaking of professionals, these shoes have 3D molded tongues designed to stretch around your feet as well as possible to provide you with a perfect fit.
6AND 1 Men’s Rocket 3.0 Mid Basketball Shoes
While these basketball shoes are soft and lightweight, you can expect them to enjoy the highest possible standards of toughness and durability. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched as to call these particular shoes some of the toughest the market has to offer at this point in time. The reason behind this being the fact that they are entirely man-made and that they are made using the strongest possible materials.
5Adidas Performance Men’s Light Em Up 2 Basketball Shoes
With these basketball shoes, you can expect to be in full control when changing direction at full speed. At the same time, you can expect them to weight almost half what most basketball shoes in this price range weight. Although lightweight, we assure you that Men’s Light Em Up are as reliable as possible. We say this because they enjoy a Bounce technology with an engineered air mesh upper and an EVA cushioning sock liner.
4Nike Men’s Lebron Soldier IX PRM Basketball Shoes
With the help of specially designed flywire cables along the surface of the shoes, these basketball shoes will guarantee that you won’t experience any discomfort when wearing them for long periods of time. On a related note, they also have midfoot straps designed to provide maximum lateral support, coupled rubber pods for a long-lasting durability, a hexagonal pattern to ensure multidirectional traction, and a surprisingly sturdy construction overall.
3Adidas Performance Men’s Crazy 8 Basketball Shoes
Thanks to their art torsion system, these basketball shoes will provide almost perfect midfoot integrity when running at full speed. They also benefit from Puremotion midsoles designed to mimic the natural movement of the human foot so as to make it comfortable for you to wear them for long periods of time without experiencing any discomfort or pain. These shoes owe their comfort not only to their ingenious features but also to their synthetic upper that will allow the feet to breathe freely at all times.
2Nike Men’s Prime Hype DF Basketball Shoes
These highly flexible basketball shoes from Nike are designed with comfort in mind above everything else. This being said, you can expect Prime Hype DF to reach the same flexibility and adherence standards any pair of high-end basketball shoes would. As a matter of fact, these basketball shoes enjoy a much higher standard of flexibility than most basketball shoes thanks to their lightweight rubber soles, their dual-density foam midsoles, and to their phylon core interior.
1Nike Hyperdunk Men’s Basketball Shoes
There are perhaps no better basketball shoes out there than Nike’s Hyperdunk Men’s Basketball Shoes. We say this because they use a Lunarlon midsole cushioning technology that is both soft and responsive at the same time. Furthermore, these shoes have molded heel counters which provide almost perfect adherence on the court, no matter what surface you’re using them on.
Last but not least, they have a synthetic & mesh construction that makes them not only surprisingly lightweight but also surprisingly comfortable to wear as well. Overall, they are perhaps the most comfortable basketball shoes money can buy.