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The 30 Best Basketball Shoes 2022

At WearTesters, our team of expert reviewers test hundreds of basketball shoes each year. After testing, we collect the Best Basketball Shoes available and include them here for easy reference. 

We regularly update this page to feature the highest performing, currently available basketball shoesThe shoes listed are in no particular order. Check back any time you buy new basketball shoes.

We’ve also reviewed many other basketball shoes that didn’t make this page.  Every foot is different, so read the reviews carefully to find the best shoes for you. For details on methodology, see the detailed description at the bottom of the page.

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Updated 1/21/2022

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Best Overall Basketball Shoes

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Puma MB.01

The Puma MB.01 is a awesome, well rounded on-court performer. The MB.01 is LaMelo Ball’s first signature shoe and is considered by many to be the best first signature shoe ever.

The shoe features excellent grippy traction, a supportive, lightweight upper and a well-balanced iteration of Nitro Fusion foam for cushion. It is a huge improvement on Puma’s previous offering, the Puma Nitro Fusion and is reminiscent of a more supportive version of the Puma Clyde All-Pro. Read the full review.

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Kyrie 8 (Infinity)

The Kyrie 8 is amazing, and the second best shoe in Kyrie’s signature line, second only to the Kyrie 6. The shoe offers a perfect blend of cushioning and low-profile performance, which makes you wonder why the don’t use the same set up in every Kyrie shoe.

The shoe features a large volume fore foot Zoom stroble unit and another standard unit in the heel. On top of that you get excellent lockdown and some really great premium materials along the upper. The shoe is like a less clunky version of the Jordan 13, which is high praise. The traction does take some time to break-in, so keep that in mind. Read the full review.

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Under Armour Curry 9

The Under Armour Curry 9 is an improved version of an already great shoe, the Curry 8 (which is also on this list). Steph Curry’s signature line has been one of the most consistently great signature lines on the market, and the Curry 9 is another gem.

The shoe features Under Armour’s Flow cushioning/ traction system (as does the Curry 8). Flow offers great impact protection and a seamless ride from heel to toe. It feels almost like a running shoe that has been beefed up to be able to play basketball in them. The Curry 9 also features an improved and more supportive upper as well as a more solid torsional plate in the mid foot. Read full review.

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adidas Trae Young 1

The adidas Trae Young 1 is the first signature sneaker of the Atlanta Hawks’ superstar Trae Young.

The shoe packs a hell of a performance punch in a very minimal set up. Traction and support are on point, and the cushion set-up was fantastic. The shoe combines two of adidas’ foam cushioning systems Light Strike and Boost and they held up great, even outdoors.

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Nike KD 14

The Nike KD 14 provides great traction, great cushion, decent materials, solid fit and decent support. It’s a well-rounded, all-around performer. The fit is tricky so going up a half size or trying them on in store is recommended. If you get the fit right, your body will enjoy the cushioning combo of a full-length Zoom Air strobel and Cushlon midsole. It’s the perfect recipe for playing multiple hours without pain. Read the full review.

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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut is the first entry in Nike’s Greater Than series and is an impressive start. The GT Cut features a low profile, lightweight setup that compares favorably to the classic Nike Kobe 8. The React, full length Air Zoom Strobel, and heel Zoom unit work well together and provide solid cushioning despite how low this shoe sits to the ground. It’s a quick guard’s dream shoe but big guy’s may want to look elsewhere. Read the full review.

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Curry 8

The Curry 8 is the first shoe from Curry Brand (an Under Armour sub brand) and the first shoe to use the new UA Flow foam. Flow is awesome and immediately becomes UA’s top cushion tech. The beastly traction also exceeded expectations for outdoor durability. To top it off, the lightweight sock-like knit upper is really comfortable and more stable than expected because of the typical wide platform that Steph Curry prefers.

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Puma Clyde All-Pro

The Puma Clyde All-Pro was a surprise best basketball shoe. It’s the Kobe 9 reincarnated and improved. Traction is fantastic in all situations. The cushioning combo of ProFoam+ and the Pebax heel puck is balanced and responsive. Also, they fit true to size, snug, and supportive. They aren’t a signature shoe but perform better than most of those. Read the full review.

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adidas DON Issue 2

The adidas DON Issue 2 is a surprise hit on court. While the outdoor traction isn’t great, they’re awesome on indoor courts. Fit is also very good. The cushion is good enough when you factor in the added mobility and range of motion received from the Feet You Wear system. At $100, the DON Issue 2 is a very good bang for your buck. You won’t break the bank and you won’t be sacrificing any performance attributes due to price. Read the full review.

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UA Embiid 1

A solid all-around shoe that can be worn by any player and position. If you play primarily outdoors then these will also make for a great pickup. They’re moderately priced at $120. They include enough cushion and traction to ensure you can enjoy them for longer than the typical modern day basketball shoe. Read the full review.

Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes

If you play outdoors often, these shoes have the durability and cushioning to keep you going during long hours on the concrete or asphalt. If you want to know how to pick the perfect outdoor shoe, we also have an article that can help you out

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New Balance TWO WXY

The New Balance TWO WXY has everything you need and nothing you don’t. The traction is primed for outdoor play because it grips everything and doesn’t collect dust. The FuelCell cushion needs some time to break in. Once it does, a couple hours of playing on asphalt or concrete isn’t a problem. The synthetic upper is also super durable and can easily handle the rough conditions inherent in outdoor play. Just be sure to go down a half size from your normal shoe size to get the right fit.  Read full review.

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Nike KD 14

The Nike KD 14 provides great traction, great cushion, decent materials, solid fit and decent support. It’s a well-rounded, all-around performer. The fit is tricky so going up a half size or trying them on in store is recommended. If you get the fit right, your body will enjoy the cushioning combo of a full-length Zoom Air strobel and Cushlon midsole. It’s the perfect recipe for playing multiple hours without pain. Read the full review.

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361° Zen 3

The 361º Zen 3 isn’t Aaron Gordon’s signature but it is attached to him. The shoe features a thick slab of grippy rubber, with thick grooves that will hold up well to outdoor play. The shoe also features a plush Quick Foam Lite midsole. Quick Foam Lite is similar to Nike’s Cushlon, but better.  On top of all that you get a ton of support from the TPU shank plate that runs the length of the shoe. Read full review.

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Puma Clyde All-Pro

The Puma Clyde All-Pro was a surprise best basketball shoe. It’s the Kobe 9 reincarnated and improved. Traction is fantastic in all situations. The cushioning combo of ProFoam+ and the Pebax heel puck is balanced and responsive. Also, they fit true to size, snug, and supportive. They aren’t a signature shoe but perform better than most of those. Read the full review.

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UA Embiid 1

A solid all-around shoe that can be worn by any player and position. If you play primarily outdoors then these will also make for a great pickup. They’re moderately priced at $120. They include enough cushion and traction to ensure you can enjoy them for longer than the typical modern day basketball shoe. Read the full review.

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Nike Court Air Zoom GP Turbo

The Zoom GP Turbo isn’t even a basketball shoe, it’s a tennis shoe. Tennis is played outdoors on hard courts similar to where many people play basketball. The full length Zoom Air strobel, herringbone traction, and sleek fit provide a uniquely comfortable ride. Read the full review.

Best Budget Basketball Shoes

The best way to get the best basketball shoes on a budget is to buy last year’s models when they go on sale or clearance. You can find great deals on high performing basketball shoes if you don’t need the new, hot shoe. We even have Deals pages to track brand and retailer sales. Check out the full list here

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Nike Air Max Impact 3

The Nike Air Max Impact 3 was a big surprise. Easily the best budget model on the market today. The cushion set up is the shoes best feature. They are incredibly soft and comfortable and feature an upper that needs no break in time. The shoes support is also a stand out feature with two outriggers that make sure your hoot is secure during play. There’s really no other shoe under $100 that performs this well, this consistently. Read the full review. 

Nike Giannis Immortality

Nike Giannis Immortality

The Nike Giannis Immortality first dropped during the Milwaukee Bucks’ Finals run, and it was interesting to see that PJ Tucker was actually the first player to use them on-court.

The shoes biggest drawback is the lateral containment. Though there is an outrigger, the sculpted heel makes for a bit of a wobbly ride. Cushion, though, did decently protecting from impact. Wide-footers will also love the fit. Read the full review.

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Nike LeBron Witness 6

The Nike LeBron Witness 6 offers nearly full-length Nike Air for under $100, which already makes it a great “bang for your buck” shoe. On top of that the Witness 6 features great support, durable and grippy traction and materials that get the job done. Read the full review. 

Most Comfortable Basketball Shoe

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 Nike GT Jump

The Nike GT Jump features some of the bounciest cushion of all time. Nike designers describe them as “what the Shox should have been”.

The shoe features 2 large volume Zoom Air units in the heel and fore foot, a cushlon midsole and a full-length zoom air stroble on top of that. That’s just an INSANE amount of cushion. To top it off it features a synthetic upper that requires no brake in time and is very breathable and light-weight. The shoe is probably better suited for bigger players that need a lot of cushion, but without a doubt they are the most comfortable shoe out there. 

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Nike LeBron 18

The Nike LeBron 18 features one of the best max cushion set ups out there. The shoe features a full-length Zoom Strobel unit as well as a half-length Air Max unit. If that weren’t enough, Nike encapsulated both in a plush Cushlon midsole that compliments the springy-ness of Zoom. If cushion and comfort is all you’re looking for, then there are few better options than this one. Read the full review. 

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 (Retro) Air Jordan 11 Low I.E. OG Bred 2021

The tech specs of any AJ 11 are well-known to sneakerheads: Phylon midsole with full-length Air Sole, a set-up that still beats most modern basketball shoes.

The Air Jordan 11 Low I.E. OG Bred 2021 features the same set-up and is proof that retros can still be super comfortable and that Jordan Brand was ahead of its time when they designed the Jordan 11.  

These bad boys are playable if you were so inclined. The upper is a nice black leather with mesh sections. Read the full review. 

Best Low Top Basketball Shoes

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Under Armour Curry 9

The Curry 9 looks a bit like the Curry 8 but it takes all the great features of that shoe and ramps it up. Both shoes feature Under Amour’s awesome Flow cushioning, the but the latest model is simply more comfortable than the Curry 8. The transition is a bit smoother and the impact protection is just a bit more plush.

The under Armour Curry 9 feels more like a running shoe that has been beefed up to be able to play basketball in them, than a traditional basketball shoe. You also get really good traction and a great light weight upper to go along with that. The best low top basketball shoe currently available. Read the full review. 

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Nike Zoom GT Cut 

The Nike Zoom GT cut was the first offering in Nike’s Greater Than series, and was an impressive start. The GT Cut is very similar to the Nike Kobe 8 so if you liked those, you will probably love these.

The GT Cut features a low profile, lightweight setup with a React, drop-in midsole, a full length Air Zoom Strobel, and extra heel Zoom provide solid cushioning despite how low this shoe sits to the ground. The shoe is built for quick, shifty guards. Read the full review.

Best High Top Basketball Shoes

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Nike LeBron 19

The Nike LeBron 19 is the shoe with the most cushion, currently available. and its pretty easy to see that even at first glanace. The shoe features a full-length Cushlon foam midsole coupled with a visible Max Air in the rear and, also visible, Max Zoom Air in the forefoot. That’s a lot of cushion and comfort for people not 6’9” and 280 pounds like The King himself. Read the full review. 

Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet

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Under Armour Curry 8

The Under Armour Curry 8 makes it’s second appearance on this page. The wide forefoot build makes the shoe wide-footer-friendly and the lightweight sock-like knit upper is really comfortable and more stable than expected. The Curry 8 also features UA Flow foam, one of the best foam cushioning set ups currently on the market.  

Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet

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Nike LeBron 19

The Nike LeBron 19 makes another appearance on our list.  Flat-footers will really enjoy playing in these.

You will find a huge forefoot Air Zoom unit that basically covers the whole front half of the shoe. There’s also a plastic piece that comes up the midfoot that will act as a containment piece for side-to-side movements. As an added bonus, the midsole is full-length Cushlon for added impact protection when you land. Read the full review. 

Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

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Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36 in general is an excellent performance model. The shoes features full-length Zoom Air, top notch traction, and most importantly, great support features. The shoe provides a midfoot torsional shank plate, a strong internal heel counter, a secure 1-to-1 fit and a wide base for added stability. The only issue is the protruding forefoot Zoom Air bag but that just takes some getting used to.  Read full review. 

Best Retro Basketball Shoe

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adidas Forum 84

The adidas Forum 84 was almost Michel Jordan’s first signature shoe. The shoes features awesome materials on the upper that has been expertly aged to give the shoe a vintage look. The shoe features a radial traction pattern, a cup sole and a full length EVA wedge as cushioning. Read full review.

Most Hyped Basketball Shoe

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adidas Yeezy QNTM BSKTBL

After spending years teasing it, Kanye West finally released his own basketball shoe. The years of build up made the Yeezy BSKTBL highly anticipated. And it ended up being a solid performer by including a full length Boost midsole and a herringbone outsole. Read full review.

Best Basketball Shoe Insoles

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Move Insoles

Move Insoles come with the backing of the likes of Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Jamaal Crawford. If that worent enough they come packed with performance features including Shock Free foam for step in comfort, DS37 foam as the main cushion booster, a forefoot grip layer, a EVA torsion plate and a Nylon-based torsion plate on Game Day Pro. There are two models to choose from. The Game Day and the Game Day Pro, chek them out!

Methodology

Keep in mind that all of these basketball shoes will accommodate any position or player as long as the shoe in question meets your specifications or requirements. Detailed information on each shoe is featured in its respective performance review. Performance reviews feature an in depth look at each shoe’s pros and cons, price, weight, technology, and other performance specifics. Click on the image or link to read the full performance review for each shoe.

If a model isn’t featured, it’s either because the model has yet to be tested/reviewed or because we feel it does not belong among the current top basketball shoes. Please reach out via Twitter if you have any follow up questions.

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