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Choosing the right basketball shoe for you isn’t easy with so many options available. However, we hope WearTesters is able to help you narrow things down so spending $100+ on a new pair isn’t such a daunting task. With that, these are the best basketball shoes of 2018…so far.
Keep in mind that we have a regularly updated section for the year’s best performance models up at all times so if you wanted more options then head over to The Best Basketball Shoes of 2018 page for more information. The ANTA KT3 Low isn’t featured on that page (yet) but we’ll add it in there soon.
Yes, many brands have been left off the list. One reason for that is that we try to keep the “so far” lists down to five options (the end of the year list usually has about ten slots to fill). Another reason is that the other brands seem to be slacking by utilizing existing pieces from last year’s performers without flawless execution.
One question we all had during adidas’ 2016 reign was “How will adidas top this next year?” The short answer is that it hasn’t. The Crazy Boost You Wear X could have been that shoe but iffy traction durability and a $200 price tag that makes the shoe nearly unattainable hasn’t helped the brand at all. Some people are willing to try the shoe out but they can’t because it simply isn’t available.
Don’t get us started on Under Armour. The brand has so much potential but seems to waste it each year. The Curry 4 was awesome, but the Curry 5 isn’t up to par. It’s great looking, don’t get me wrong, but the Curry 4 felt much more fluid and the traction was much better than it is on the 5. Micro G is still missing as well. Where the hell has it gone? It was a top tier foam compound that could compete with the best the other brands had to offer…and it’s nowhere to be found in the basketball line.
We hope you enjoy our brief breakdown on what we feel are the top performance models so far. Feel free to share your own list of the best basketball shoes of 2018 based on the pair(s) you’ve played in thus far. You can also share your own insight as to why Nike/Jordan are back dominating the performance basketball market after being pushed against a wall throughout 2016 and 2017. Do you feel they were pushed into making better products or did the competition run out of ideas too soon?
As always, we appreciate everyone’s support and we’ll see you soon with the next performance review.