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15 Best Low Top Basketball Shoes

Best Low Top Basketball Shoes

For the longest time, low top basketball shoes fell out of fashion because they were perceived as being “bad for your ankles”. Not true at all. It took the late great Kobe Bryant and the introduction of the Kobe IV to get everyone back on board with low tops. Low tops have since become some of the best on-court performers each year.

Nowadays lower-cut shoes are some of the most popular silhouettes and a lot of us can’t wait to get our hands on the low top versions of our favorite models. So with this in mind, here’s our list of the best low top basketball shoes.

Last updated 05.23.2022

Best Performance Low Top Basketball Shoes

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adidas Trae Young 1

The adidas Trae Young 1 is the first signature sneaker for the flashy Hawks star. Our first impression of the shoe wasn’t great, but once we got them on court, they have proven to be a great performer. This is another, “clearly for guards” shoe. So, again, if you’re looking for shoes for a bigger player, these might not be for you, but they are an excellent pair of low top basketball shoes. Price: $140

9/10
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Under Armour Curry 9

The Curry 9 may look similar to the Curry 8 but it takes everything in that shoe and ramps it up. Both feature Under Amour’s Flow cushioning, but the latest model is simply more comfortable than the Curry 8. The transition is smooth and having all that exposed foam without an outsole just screams comfort. You also get really good traction and a great lightweight upper to go along with that. It almost feels like a running shoe that has been beefed up to be able to play basketball in them. The best low-top basketball shoe currently available. Read the full review. Price: $160

9.2/10
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Nike PG 6

Nike PG 6

Paul George’s signature line has consistently brought us, great on-court performers. While the PG 6 isn’t the best Paul George signature shoe, it is still a very good performance model. It is the first model in the line to feature a 100% foam-based cushioning system, in this case, React foam.

Traction and cushioning are the shoe’s strongest points, and support and fit are on point. The one weak point is the shoes materials which are cheap, but functional. A great low-cut option. Read the full review. Price: $110.

8.5/10
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Nike PG 5 

The Nike PG 5, Paul George’s fifth signature model and the follow-up to last year’s solid but not well-rounded Nike PG 4. The PG 5 offers some really great features and others that aren’t so great. The shoe features some really great traction (that is not durable outdoors), full length, firm but responsive cushion, and a supportive upper. These are really meant for indoor play. Price: $110

8.5/10
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Nike Kyrie Low 5

The Nike Kyrie Low 5 is aesthetically very similar to the flagship Kyrie 8 / infinity, but the shoe is quite different in performance features. The main difference is in the cushioning. The Kyrie 8 is way plusher, and the Kyrie Low 5 is more low profile and responsive. The Kyrie Low 5 is a great shoe, but, it only certain types of players will enjoy what it has to offer. Read full review. Price: $110

8.5/10
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Nike LeBron 18 Low

The LeBron 18 Low is a weird one because it’s nothing like its higher counterpart. The materials are the shoe’s low point but they do their job well. Other than that, everything on the shoe is great. If you’re a fan of cushion, a fan of all-around performers, or just a LeBron fan you will like these. A good versatile pair of low top basketball shoes, for all types of players. Read the full review. Price: $160

9.2/10
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Under Armour Curry 8

The Curry 8 is the first shoe launched by the new Curry Brand (an Under Armour sub-brand), and the first shoe to showcase the new UA Flow foam. Flow is awesome and immediately becomes UA’s best cushion. The Curry 8 also offers beastly traction that unexpectedly held up great outdoors. If that weren’t enough, the lightweight sock-like knit upper is really comfortable and more stable than expected because of the typical wide platform that Steph Curry seems to prefer. Price: $160

9.5/10
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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

The first model in Nike’s Greater Than series, the Air Zoom GT Cut is an impressive start. If you liked the Nike Kobe 8 you will probably love these. The GT Cut features a low-profile, lightweight setup. A drop-in React midsole, 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. Bigger players might want to look into other models. Read the full review. Price: $160

9.1/10
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Nike Cosmic Unity

Nike Cosmic Unity

The Nike Cosmic Unity is the result of combining the best features of the KD 12 and the Kyrie 7. The shoe features the now-famous full-length Zoom Air strobel that provides all the cushioning we love with beefy stability. The traction consists of grippy herringbone and the shoe fits true to size. Another great all-around shoe that should work well for most players. Is the sustainability aspect a marketing gimmick? Yes. But overall, the Cosmic Unity is a well-rounded, great shoe. Read the full review. Price: $122.97 $150

9.2/10
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Puma RS Dreamer

Puma RS Dreamer

The PUMA RS Dreamer is easily one of the best-looking shoes currently on the market. The only thing that could be improved is the cushion. Regarding everything else, it checks all the boxes. The Puma RS Dreamer features a great fit, solid support, and really good traction. Just add a cushy insole and you’re good. Read full review. Price: $125

9/10
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Brandblack Rare Metal 2

The Brandblack Rare Metal 2 is a great on-court performer, once you get past its initial break-in period. The Rare Metal 2 rewards patience. The traction is the shoe’s best feature and it is incredible. The shoe has no business being as supportive as it is at its weight. The cushion is similarly deceptive and is way more comfortable than you’d expect. Extra points for the unique design. There is no other basketball shoe like it. Read full review. Price: $250

8.8/10
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Best Low Top Basketball Shoes: Retos / Casual

We all know low tops look great off-court as well. Check out our top picks for the best low top basketball shoes for off-court use. You can rock some of these on court as well, but that’s up to you:

New Balance 550

New Balance 550

The New Balance 550 is a flawless retro and a great pair of low top basketball sheos. Great craftsmanship, wonderful materials, and just awesome looking. This forgotten retro was brought back to life by New Balance in a big way. They have become one of the hottest casual basketball shoes out there and just a great shoe. Read full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
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Air Jordan 11 Low IE OG Bred 2021

Air Jordan 11 Low IE OG Bred 2021

These guys are almost identical to the original release and one of those shoes that you could still use on-court (MJ did so no excuses). They feature solid rubber herringbone traction, a phylon midsole, and a full-length Air-Sole unit. Solid retro with some performance value. Read full review. Price: $170

9.2/10
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Reebok Question Low Green Toe

These might be the best-looking shoe on the list. A wonderful retro that’s almost identical to the PE that Rajon Rondo rocked his rookie season with the Celtics. They are fresh as hell. You could try to use these on the court, but they are so pretty you might not want to. Read full review. Price: $120

9.2/10
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Jordan 13 Low Singles Day

The Air Jordan 13 Low Singles Day is set to release on Singles Day, November 11th. The shoe pays homage to an unofficial Chinese holiday that calls out to bachelors and bachelorettes alike. A weird concept but there’s no denying they are different and the 13 is a classic silhouette. Read full review. Price: $200

8.2/10
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