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Top Ten Best Basketball Shoes of 2013 So Far | Updated Edition

Top Ten Best Basketball Shoes of 2013 So Far  Updated Edition
Posted: August 21, 2013 at 2:05 am   /   by   /   comments (83)

Yes, the Top Ten List is gone… Its actually been gone ever since the site layout was updated and it wont be seeing a Retro release. However, I will provide you with an updated Top Ten List of 2013 (so far) which has some new contenders making an appearance.

Start clicking through to take a look and if you own any of the featured models, share your thoughts on them in the comment section below.

Top Ten Best Basketball Shoes of 2013 So Far  Updated Edition


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  • August 21, 2013 at 2:10 am mark

    “Can a butterfly sing?”

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:31 am marc

    Why the M9 is not on the list?

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:32 am Trezz

    Great picks. I love the Super Fly 2 and the Lebron X but the Super Fly 2 has to be one of the best shoes I’ve owned. Like you said, it’s just a great all around shoe that caters to many different players and playing styles.

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:32 am Joey

    The m9 is a 2012 shoe

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:40 am Clyde

    I love how you stated that the Super.Fly 2 happened to beat the AJ XX8 and this is Jordan’s Hyperdunk version but only better. You can never go wrong with the Super.Fly 2 and XX8, especially how it’s super lightweight at the same time cushioned. Thanks for the liftoff with these Nightwing!

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:00 am brightkicks

    9 Pairs of Kobes :)

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:09 am TheBlueRoster

    I’m wondering if it is simpy the Superfly2 price difference? I have the Kobe 8 and Jordan XX8, the 28 s are amazing, simply incredible. When I tried on the SF2, the outsole felt incredibly stiff compared to the 28s. The decoupled heel and forefoot of the AJs are simply incredible. It’s the flexibility of the Kobe 8s with the cushion of the LBX

    • August 21, 2013 at 3:12 am Nightwing2303

      I actually stated the reason in the write up. Super.Fly’s need to be broken in… I mentioned in their initial quick look video that upon trying them on they didnt feel special. I agree that the decoupled heel and forefoot of the XX8 is amazing though, truly nothing else like it.

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:10 am Isaiah

    I love the Super Fly 2s I got the supernova color way and man that zoom air unit is amazing the cushion is almost perfect for me I’m 6,2 and weight 240 soo yea I need cushion lol the main reason I got them was because of all the promotion Jordan brand has been doing

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:34 am Jake

    Why no love for the Melo M9, NW? I thought you had a cutoff for reviewing these shoes? :(

    • August 21, 2013 at 3:46 am Nightwing2303

      10 spots, Melo didn’t make it. Its not the end of the world. Just a list on my top 10.

      • August 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm Jake

        Ah, I see. Still bought the M9 because of your review though! Keep up the good work, bro!

      • August 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm Dime Slinger

        I wanted to give the M9 a shot, but I think I feel the same way you do about translucent soles. All the colorways that caught my attention have those icy soles and that’s why I’ve stayed away from them personally.

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:39 am NoQ

    In my town, buyers pass on the superfly 2 and grab the HD2013. Obviously they never heard of kicksoncourt’s performance tests, and they never try on everything before they buy haha sales folks claim buyers often say the HD’s look cooler and dont even mind putting on the sf2.

    Hope they come across this site and this list when they start reading up on their hd’s haha

    • August 21, 2013 at 3:45 am Nightwing2303

      Hyperdunks are a great shoe. I just feel the Super.Fly 2 is more well rounded for every position vs this years HD.

      • August 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm NoQ

        I just feel the SF2’s aren’t getting any justice since “HD’s look cool” and buyers here don’t even bother to try em on. Theyre priced the same here btw, $180.

        But i totally agree, can’t go wrong with any of them, especially for recreational players like me. tbh, after some court time i dont think it matters which one i have on, nor can any make a big difference in my game. Lol

        Thanks for the list NW!

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:40 am Tim

    Damn where’s the melo m9, hard for me to believe some of these are better, no offense

    • August 21, 2013 at 3:44 am Nightwing2303

      None taken. Ive played in all the shoes, you possibly haven’t played in half of them and only own the Melo. They aren’t on the list bc its my list, no need to be bummed about it. Its just how it goes.

      • August 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm Tim

        True point, I do own the Melos and have only played in a couple of those others

  • August 21, 2013 at 4:09 am Hayden

    Superfly 2’s for the win they’re total beasts I customized a pair and they are great to play in and the ae’s are pretty sweet to.

  • August 21, 2013 at 4:14 am Hayden

    I’m a PG who’s 5’11 and even though the cp3’s are a great guard’s shoe I liked playing in the hyperdunk’s and superfly 2’s better

  • August 21, 2013 at 5:24 am Ron

    Your performance review on the ae was the reason I picked them- behind the kobe v, they’re the second-best shoe ive played in of all time. Keep up the amazing work!!! #nightwingknows

    • August 21, 2013 at 5:34 am Nightwing2303

      Kobe Vs were such an awesome shoe. One of the greatest low tops of all time. Glad you like the CP3s!

    • August 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm ron235

      Ok, this is weird Ron. I came here to write the same exact comment. CP3 AE has been my fave guard shoe since
      ZKV (and Rose 1.0) as well.
      -The other Ron

  • August 21, 2013 at 7:15 am melofourdeuce

    I can see why people would be wondering why the m9 wasn’t on the list, as it was super plush, versatile performer with an awesome fit. But there’s only 10 spots with many deserving choices so it is what it is. Although they’ve been my go-to shoe, it isn’t without its faults. Lateral containment/stability being one of them.

    • August 21, 2013 at 7:28 am Nightwing2303

      I understand it as well. Someone wants their shoe to be on the list… unfortunately I play in a bunch of shoes for testing and with this being a top ten, there just wasn’t room as there are better overall performers out there. This takes nothing away from the things the M9 excels at but people need to understand that not every shoe will make it.

      • August 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm Rem111

        Looks to me like the M10 will make up for that!! BTW great job NW as usual šŸ˜‰

    • August 26, 2013 at 11:53 am Tadatsune

      the M9 is the best-fitting shoe that i’ve purchased in the last 2 years or so (the air penny v should also get a shout here…), but i had an incredibly awkward landing in them (wasn’t trying to do anything spectacular, simply took an unchallenged midrange jumper) and twisted my ankle…that left me out for two whole weeks…
      since them i’ve used them sparingly, that has never happened to me before and i’m still wondering why it did, everybody’s experience with them seems to be very different from mine.
      thinking about wearing them when i play later this evening, though…

      • August 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm Ice09

        Didn’t Melo go back to the M8 Advanced for a lot of his games towards the end of the season? I wonder why he switched back? He also had injuries (not sure what they were as I am not a Knicks fan) towards the end of the season, so I am wondering if he was not comfortable wearing the M9s anymore and lost confidence in them.

  • August 21, 2013 at 8:18 am Vince

    The superfly 2 seems like the perfect shoe aside from the heel having foam as the only source of cushioning. The hyperfuses for example, are no good after the foam wears out because there is no heel zoom unit. Do you think that will be a similar problem with these superfly 2s?

    • August 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm Nightwing2303

      You rarely use your heel when playing so the heel cushion doesn’t make a difference. Its all about focusing on what the body uses which will make the shoe’s features more efficient. Video yourself and run the footage in slow motion and you will see that you are not touching your heel to the ground (upon impact) almost 95% of the time.

      • August 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm Vince

        You’re right. Since most athletic movements are done on the forefoot, then heel cushioning is a bit overrated. I wonder why theres so much complaining on the hyperfuses. Anyways, nice top 10. Glad we can see your list before the video at the end of the year.

  • August 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm Chris

    No Under Armour?

    • August 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm Nightwing2303

      They haven’t really come out with any new hoop kicks this year. Since this is ‘So Far’ then anything can change from now until December.

  • August 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm gabriel

    Worn my super fly 2’s for two games now and it feels amazing to run hard in. Take off and landings are awesome, support and fit are good too. Really happy with my purchase and alot of thanks to Nightwing2303 for helping make an informed decision šŸ˜€

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm M pierce

    Thanks nightwing. You know how much I like top ten lists. Lol. And I bet jordan brand has sold about 1000 superfly 2s just cuz you. Keep it up.

  • August 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm Sneakerfreak


  • August 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm Adam

    I believe the Super.Fly IIs are $130 not $140

  • August 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm Shaq

    Looks like I’ll be picking up the superfly 2 for the next basketball season. Love the reviews NW! Can’t wait for Lebron XI review

  • August 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm Dime Slinger

    Nightwing I’ve been wondering if there is a way that notifications could be implemented on the site? I thought about messaging you, but it seems more likely that you would see my request here. The reason being is that after future posts are added, previous ones get swept pages back.

    I’m sure that this is a post that will want to be frequented more often and it could become a needle in the haystack after a while.

    *I owe your insight for picking up the Superfly 2 and not sleeping on them waiting for the xx8 SE. Props to your craft and everything that you do for the community.

    • August 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm Nightwing2303

      If you use the search bar, just type in Top Ten Lists and this one will show up along with the others before it. Its a tag so anytime you search the tag you’ll find it.

  • August 22, 2013 at 12:31 am dp28

    I applaud you for being impartial towards brands. Its fresh to see linings and ektio making the list not just the big brands.
    Can you explain which criteria you put weight more weight on personally when you make your list?

  • August 22, 2013 at 1:53 am HNIC

    I’m not but hurt with this list, thanks to nightwing I’ve been blessed to own all but the two on it and that’d be the wade and I just didn’t like the cp3 colorways left for me to rock.

    Keep it up NW, next cop will be the superfly 2, but good luck getting me to come out my 28s, far as I’m concerned bury me in them.

  • August 22, 2013 at 6:15 am Tasos

    You can find Li-Ning Way of wade on-line from a Swedish e-shop here ( i wonder why Li-Ning supplies a market like Sweden where basketball isn’t popular at all and lets other markets without supplies.

    • August 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm Dime Slinger

      Man I couldn’t read diddly on that. I did decipher somehow that the WoW are between 110 & 165 because the price was slotted between the Rose 773 II & LeBron Low respectively. Maybe they’re about 130 now?

  • August 22, 2013 at 7:28 am Leslie Chao

    I’m quite new to the shoe competition so forgive me if I sound like an idiot. But I just wanted to ask what exactly was better about the Superfly and XX8 that are greater than the Kobes? Your Kobe review left such a great impression on my that I am baffled. Of course I don’t doubt your words however, I’m just curious.

    • August 23, 2013 at 6:12 am m liu

      these are the things that SF2 are better than KOBE 8

      1. traction last longer specially if you play outside

      2 zoom air (flight plate)in the sf2 feel a lot better than lunarlon that K8 has, which also bottom out much faster than zoom is better than the K8

      5. upper is more durable

      6.k8 is low top , SF2 can feel like a low top and high top depends on if you tie all the way up or not

      that’s enough reason for why on is no1 the other is #3 for the same price

    • August 26, 2013 at 11:48 am Tadatsune

      man, it really comes down to what you need from a sneaker, and what your personal preferences are…i own and enjoy the 2, but to be absolutely honest i’m much more inclined to reach for the kobe 8s when i have to play a serious game, it’s very low to the ground, it’s a low top, it’s light while being incredibly supportive, and i love the full length foam more than pretty much any cushion system available. i know folks who think that the crazyquick is the best sneaker to have come out since something like the TS supernatural creator, and that’s purely based on what they want from a basketball shoe….

  • August 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm Boogieblind

    got the super fly 2s a couple of days ago and after the first b-ball session I have to say these could become my nr. 1 pick too. Traction was incredible and I felt really light-footed. I will have to play in them for a bit longer to say more but right now these seem to be a great sneakers!

  • August 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm BSHU

    The D Rose 3 and 3.5 are both solid shoes. They look good and perform well for any player. I got them both at outlets for forty bucks too šŸ˜‰

  • August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm Sneakerfreak

    Adam what are you talking about the superfly 2 are $140 I have the slam magazine that says they are $140

  • August 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm Hayden

    On the superfly 2’s are listed at $130

  • August 26, 2013 at 2:29 am zabi

    had the opportunity to try melo m9 and superfly 2 today.everything nightwing said about these 2-they were all the same with my observations,like the superfly 2 didnt feel special upon try on,the melo m9 fits like glove,and all the more.. i first put on the superfly 2 and tried bouncing its forefoot and the zoom took my attention,and when i tried the m9 after,i almost decided not to take it off,really,one of the best fitting shoes-makes me not want to go back to fuses,haha. but my decision was to take the superfly 2 based on nightwing’s review. i know i did too much talking on this,blah blah blah, but hey,just wanna show my appreciation and support to this site,and most especially to the man behind this.thank u for all ur efforts man,just really, thank you a lot. you influence many on how to choose hoop shoes.. more and more power…

    • August 26, 2013 at 10:10 am M Liu

      Zabi , glad you pick the SF2 , u wont be regret it in the long run, M9’s traction cant stand too long on heavy use, specially if you play outdoor from time to time. once you tie up the SF2 lace good the fit will also feels great. before nightwing’s SF2’s review i guessed this would be a great shoe by the way it’s design, then i was waiting on review didnt expect this would be something amaziing or make it to the NO.1 . i wanted to buy theSF2,and i did however wait for the review to get the “go ahead” approval from NW and KickGEN .and the shoe is just as good as they deeply inspected hahaha

      • August 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm zabi

        yeah, m9’s traction was way too shallow.. while that of sf2’s…both also had perfect fit,not narrow or wide for my foot,just perfect.. so glad i was able to buy sf2’s.. many thanks nightwing for the go signal..

  • August 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm BasketballNeverStops14

    If you put insoles in the superfly 2 will it ruin the flight plate?

  • August 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm Jack

    Hey NW, why no Hyperdisruptors?

  • September 2, 2013 at 11:20 am Dime Slinger

    I finally got me a pair of CP3 VI AEs. I love everything about the shoe! These just bumped the Kobe VIII off for my top. I have the XX8 and Superfly 2, but the low cuts are the business for me. CP3s ring in at $125 too! I got the breds on sale for $109.

    The description of the CP3 VI AE being the guard specific version of the Hyperdunk is a good line.

  • September 7, 2013 at 12:39 am DaSharpShooter

    I am not surprised that the KD VI is not on the list.

  • October 28, 2013 at 7:44 am jboneous

    So Hyperdunks rate higher in the Performance Review but lower in a Top Ten List??
    Same goes for all these other shoes, they are out of order according to the Performance Reviews.
    What am I missing?

    • October 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm Nightwing2303

      Youre missing the part where you read what I write. This is my personal list. Not a ranking… Pay attention.

      • October 29, 2013 at 3:02 am jboneous

        Well to be fair, where you explain that is actually found through a link to a different page but thanks for the quick response. No offense, my misunderstanding..

        I bought those hyperdunks after your review. Now I’m wondering if I should buy the XX8 SE’s or the Super.Fly 2’s

        I bought the Super.Fly’s at Nike Outlet for $56!! I should have bought 2 pair…lol

        Do you see the Super.Fly 2’s going to the Outlet stores?
        I’m thinking I should wait on the SF2 and get the SE’s now.

        I love your reviews by the way, got me stoked about basketball again!

        • October 29, 2013 at 3:14 am Nightwing2303

          No worries. I don’t know for sure but with how many color ways they’ve released, I’m sure they will hit outlets eventually.

  • October 29, 2013 at 3:32 am codeasia

    Hey NW, do you have any particular timetable for the final update of this personal list? Your own preferred top performance shoes? Personally, I prefer your recommendations rather than going to scores…. Its good we play the same position, of almost the same height and built, plus not that far from date of birth…. hahahaha…. 30’s rocks!!!

    • October 29, 2013 at 3:37 am Nightwing2303

      I always put it out at the end of the year. We’re almost there lol

  • October 30, 2013 at 1:50 am Franco

    Where would the anatomix spawn land on this list? I feel like they are a really good shoe and can PG’s play in them?

  • November 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm Griffin

    The Hyperdunks traction is freaking amazing and the upper like fits perfectly. The side to side traction is definitely the best part about the HD2013

  • November 14, 2013 at 12:38 am Dustin

    No Anatomix?

    • November 14, 2013 at 12:40 am Nightwing2303

      It would be wise to look at the date this was published then compare that to the date the Anatomix review was published.

  • November 26, 2013 at 1:09 am Ndem

    you didn’t like the new durants?

  • December 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm ed

    someone needs to put the penny 5s on here, the grip on these shoes are insane.

  • December 18, 2013 at 5:57 am Dezmond

    I love the Super.Fly 2’s but I think the forefoot zoom, on my right shoe, might have popped because the outsole actually indents and isn’t equal with the left one. I also notice landings are more rough too.. I’ve only had the shoe for 2 months, if that didn’t happen they would be my favorite shoe of all time.

  • December 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm eShoeGuide

    I love the Super Fly 2s I got the supernova color way and man that zoom air unit is amazing the cushion is almost perfect for me Iā€™m 6,2 and weight 240 soo yea I need cushion lol the main reason I got them was because of all the promotion Jordan brand has been doing

  • January 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm DUde

    no LeBron 11? KD VI? come on!

    • January 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm Nightwing2303

      KD VIs traction is garbage and the LeBron 11 wasn’t out when this was made. SMFH

      • February 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm Kelly George Janoras

        which is better lebron 11 or superfly2?
        is lebron 11 much better than hyperdunk 2013 and kobe 8?

  • February 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm Kelly George Janoras

    Hi Chris i have a question,
    I’m 13 years old 5’3″ and a guard
    please give me a list from 1-4,if which shoe among this four is best for me;superfly 2,hyperdunk 2013,kobe 8 and lebron 10