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The 12 Best Basketball Shoes for Shooting Guards

best basketball shoes for shooting guards

There are a lot of different things to consider when choosing a pair of basketball shoes. Brands release a myriad of different models every year, and they all have different performance features for different playing styles. So, a good way of finding basketball shoes that will work for you is by sorting through shoes that were designed to cater to your position on the court. To that end, in this article, we will go over the best basketball shoes for shooting guards.

Shooting guards usually share a lot of characteristics with point guards, with the peculiarity that they play off-ball. Basketball shoes for shooting guards will therefore have great traction to get you around screens and stop on a dime to get into your shot, a supportive upper to withstand changes of speed and direction, and responsive cushioning with a little extra impact protection, particularly in the heel.

With all this in mind, we have sifted through the hundreds of models we test each season and picked out the top sneaker models that excel in these aspects. So, with all that being said, let’s get right into the best basketball shoes for shooting guards.

Updated: 06.29.22

Best Basketball Shoes for Shooting Guards Overall

Nike Kyrie 8 (Infinity)

The Nike Kyrie 8 is an awesome all-around performance model and the best shoe in Kyrie’s signature line. The shoe has great traction (that does take some time to break in), excellent cushioning provided by a large volume forefoot Zoom strobel unit and another standard unit in the heel, as well as great lockdown and some premium materials along the upper.

The Kyrie 8 features more cushion than you would expect out of a Kyrie Shoe but it doesn’t sacrifice any responsiveness. The shoe’s wide forefoot is also perfect to help players stop quickly and remain stable when stepping into their shooting motion. Read the full review. Price: $140

9.3/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Kyrie Infinity

New Balance TWO WXY V2

The New Balance TWO WXY V2 is an upgrade from the last version and is even better than their flagship model for the Klaw. The traction is fantastic for as long as it lasts. The cushion with FuelCell and Abzorb DRS works well for shooting guards. The FitWeave upper is comfortable and moves well with your feet. There is very little to complain about. See the full review. Price: $130

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy New Balance TWO WXY V2

Air Jordan 36

The Air Jordan 36 is another great all-around shoe. The main reason for it being on our list of the best basketball shoes for shooting guards is the full-length Zoom Air Strobel and an additional forefoot Zoom unit. Adding the great support (enhanced by the Eclipse Plate) and the grippy traction, you have a winner on your hands, just ask Jayson Tatum. See the full review. Price: $185

9.3/10
Total Score
Buy Air Jordan 36

Nike KD 15

The Nike KD 15 is a great basketball shoe, as simple as that. The Nike KD 14 was already a pretty flawless performance model, and the KD 15 improves upon it.

The cushioning system is superb. Cushlon is used as the primary foam carrier and on top of that is the full-length Nike Zoom Air Strobel unit to provide impact protection and bounce under your feet. The traction pattern is grippy and very reminiscent of the one featured on the Kobe 9, which offered some of the best traction of all time. A wonderful model that will work well for shooting guards. See the full review. Price: $150

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike KD 15

New Balance Kawhi 2

The best way to describe the New Balance Kawhi 2 is solid. No one feature will blow you away, but everything on the shoe works well, and even more importantly, it all works well together.

The cushion is denser and more responsive, so stability is its best asset. The FitWeave upper also reduces a lot of the weight from the previous model. It’s a good option for those who give effort on both sides of the floor. See the full review. Price: $160

8/10
Total Score
Buy New Balance Kawhi 2

Under Armour Curry 9

Steph Curry’s signature line is one of the most consistent signature lines out there, and the Curry 9 is another highlight. The Under Armour Curry 9 tweaked the slight shortcomings of the already excellent Curry 8.

The Curry 9’s stand-out feature is the cushioning/ traction system (also featured on the Curry 8): Under Armour’s Flow technology. Flow offers great impact protection and a seamless ride from heel to toe. The Flow foam acts as both the cushion and the traction, and both are superb. The Curry 9 also features an improved and more supportive upper as well as a more solid torsional plate in the midfoot and a wide stable base. Read full review. Price: $160

9.2/10
Total Score
Buy Under Armour Curry 9

adidas Harden Vol 6

The adidas Harden Vol 6 is a great improvement on the adidas Harden Vol 5. The shoe features a full-length Boost midsole, which is caged on the lateral side, keeping the cushion on the responsive side. Traction and support are also standouts on the Harden 6.

James Harden‘s playing style is more ball-dominant than a traditional shooting guard, but his size requires added impact protection, so his signature models are usually good options for 2 guards. Read the full review. Price: $140

8/10
Total Score
Buy adidas Harden Vol 6

Jordan Zoom Separate

The Jordan Zoom Separate was debuted and mainly worn by Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic. The shoe is a solid all-around performer. It features a Phylon foam cushion setup with a small oval-shaped, bottom-loaded Zoom unit in the forefoot. Traction works very well and the upper is nothing special but gets the job done. The shoe does have one drawback for shooting guards which is a lack of cushioning in the heel. Even so, it’s still a great pair of basketball shoes for shooting guards. Read the full review. Price: $120

8/10
Total Score
Buy Jordan Zoom Separate

Jordan Why Not.5

The Jordan Why Not .5 is Russell Westbrook‘s newest signature shoe and is what we’ve come to expect out of a Westbrook sneaker. The shoe is responsive and supportive with a more than decent cushion setup. At $130, there are better performance models, but the features on the Why Not.5 make them good basketball shoes for shooting guards, and if you’re a Westbrook fan on top of that, then go ahead and pull the trigger. Read the full review. Price: $130

7.5/10
Total Score
Buy Jordan Why Not.5

Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes for Shooting Guards

Nike KD 14 or Nike KD 15

Both of these models will work great outdoors. We went with the KD 14 here, because at this point you have a good chance of finding the KD 14 at a lower price, so beating them up outdoors will hurt a little less.

Both the KD 15 and the KD 14 feature a full-length Zoom Air Strobel that, mixed with the soft, plush Cushlon is more than enough to keep your legs fresh outdoors. The rubber compound may not be insanely firm, but there’s a lot of tread to wear down, so it should last you a while. See the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score KD 14
Buy Nike KD 14
9.5/10
Total Score KD 15
Buy Nike KD 15

Best Budget Basketball Shoes for Point Guards

Best Budget Basketball Shoes: Nike Air Max Impact 3

Nike Air Max Impact 3

Right off the bat, the Nike Air Max Impact 3 is absolutely the best budget model on the market today. The quality of the cushion setup, at the price, is awesome.

They’re incredibly soft and comfortable and feature an Air Max Unit in the heel. The upper is soft and needs no break-in time and you have a great feeling shoe. Support is terrific with two outriggers and the fit is wide-foot friendly. There’s really no other shoe under $100 that performs this well and this consistently. Read the full review. Price: $90

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Air Max Impact 3
Best Budget Basketball Shoes: adidas Harden Stepback 3

adidas Harden Stepback 3

The adidas Harden Stepback 3 is not as good as the adidas Harden Vol. 6, but it’s still a great budget option. The shoe features a full-length Bounce foam midsole that feels like the Bounce that we fell in love with a few years ago. The materials are basic yet comfortable. The fit is accommodating, and wide-footers will especially enjoy it. The best part is the traction. It grips every surface, outdoor and indoor. Read the full review. Price: $80

8/10
Total Score
Shop Harden at adidas

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