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Best Nike Basketball Shoes

Best Nike Basketball Shoes

Nike puts out a ton of different basketball models every year. Just keeping track of all the different releases is a headache. So knowing which are the Best Nike Basketball Shoes or the best on-court performers is a tall order.

But not to worry, that’s what we’re here for. At WearTesters, our expert testers put all these kicks through their paces to help you find the best shoes overall, and in a bunch o different sub-categories.

With all this being said, let’s jump in and go over the top Nike Basketball shoes that are currently available on the market. Hopefully this list will help you find the pair of Nikes you were looking for and get the most out of your hard-earned money.

Last updated 11.15.2021



Best Overall Nike Basketball Shoes

nike kd 14

KD 14

Easily one of the best shoes of 2021. Where should we start with Kevin Durant’s 14th signature shoe, the Nike KD 14? The cushion is amazing. We have come to expect low profile, bouncy cushion from the line and these are no different. The midsole is Cushlon with a full-length Zoom strobel. The materials are not premium but they’re what we’ve come to expect in a modern day performance model: lightweight synthetics that get the job done. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score
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Nike LeBron 18

LeBron 18

The King gets the royal treatment with the Nike LeBron 18. The midsole is Cushlon with a full-length Zoom Strobel and a rear Air Max unit that runs from the midfoot to the back of the shoe. Now that’s a TON of cushion. So, if all you’re looking for is cushion, look no further. The traction was an improvement from the LeBron 17 and the materials, with the exception of the tongue, were functional. The one weak point of the LeBron 18 is the lateral support. The base is narrower than usual and the absence of an outrigger doesn’t help. Still, these are one of the best Nikes out there. Read the full review. Price: $200

9/10
Total Score
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Nike Zoom Freak 3

Zoom Freak 3

The Greek Freak’s third signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Freak 3, boasts two huge Zoom Air pods in the forefoot that are housed in plastic and sit within a Phylon midsole. Aside from the cushion, the fit, support, and materials all did their jobs just fine. You’re not going to get anything extraordinary here, but you’re also not going to get anything terrible, just a solid on-court shoe. Read the full review. Price: $120

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy at Nike

nike pg 5

PG 5

The Nike PG 5 are semi-bad boys. One thing that stood out on Paul George’s fifth signature shoe was the traction because it was almost exactly like the Nike Kobe 9, which is the GOAT for some. They didn’t perform as well, but it’s still a good option, especially if you primarily play indoors. Where these took a hit was cushion-wise. Though they feature the same tech specs as the Nike PG 4, they don’t feel the same, most likely because of the more firm Phylon midsole. Fit, though, was an improvement. True to size is the way to go here. Materials and support weren’t terrible either. Read the full review. Price: $110

8.5/10
Total Score
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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

Air Zoom GT Cut

The Nike GT Cut is the first release from the brand’s new Greater Than line up. The midsole is React, their most premium foam, with a full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit along with an extra Zoom unit in the heel. That’s three layers of the best of what Nike can offer! However, these are still a minimal set up. Impact protection is just enough for comfort.Surprisingly, the traction was better indoors, but they are durable enough if you want to rock them outdoors. Everything else did its job just fine. Read the full review. Price: $170

9.1/10
Total Score
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nike cosmic unity

Cosmic Unity

The Cosmic Unity is basically the shoe that would come out if you combined a KD shoe with a Kyrie shoe. The shoe features a full-length Zoom Air Strobel. However, there’s no lower-to-the-ground implementation of the tech than these. While these offer some spring to your step, you’ll still be able to feel the court very well, which can be good or bad depending on preference and playing style. The beefy midsole, which is made of recycled foam, really helps with containing the foot on the footbed. As an added bonus, if you pick these up you will be contributing to Nike’s Move to Zero campaign. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.2/10
Total Score
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Best Nike Outdoor Basketball Shoes

Nike Soldier 14

LeBron Soldier 14

The Nike LeBron Soldier 14 did release a while back, but it can still definitely hold up with the best of them. If you thought these were laceless, we don’t blame you. The laces are actually tucked inside the sleeve, which really is the most annoying part of the experience. The cushion is full-length Cushlon with forefoot and heel Zoom Air. This isn’t anything new, but we’d take this set up any day of the week. The woven upper is almost a steal, considering these are a takedown model from the King. Read the full review. Price: $140

8.3/10
Total Score
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Best Cheap Nike Basketball Shoes

Nike Giannis Immortality

Giannnis Immortality

Giannnis Antetokounmpo really has now become immortal to the city of Milwaukee, so it looks like he called his shot with the Nike Giannis Immortality. Yes, these aren’t his signature shoe, but it still performed well despite the seemingly lackluster tech specs. The cushion is just Phylon and nothing else. However, once they break in, they do have some plushness and bounce to them which makes for a comfortable ride. Plus, they’re durable outdoors and the traction actually works well even on dusty floors. If you’re in the market for basketball shoes under $100, definitely take a look at these. Read the full review. Price: $80

8.2/10
Total Score
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Nike Air Max Impact 3

Air Max Impact 3 

Not a lot of people will care about the Nike Air Max Impact 3. It’s a budget model with no big name attached to it. But, it’s a beast on court. The most surprising aspect was how soft the foam on the shoe was. We assume its Phylon since no other foam was mentioned, but it definitely felt like Cushlon with its plushness and subtle bounce. The heel Air Max unit helps with impact protection, but wasn’t really noticeable. Plus, these are wide-foot friendly. Everything was more than good enough for a shoe under $100. Read the full review. Price: $90

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy at Nike

Best Low Top Nike Basketball Shoes

nike lebron 18 low

LeBron 18 Low

It’s kind of amazing how the Nike LeBron 18 Low can be so different from its high cut counterpart, (even though the LeBron 18 is already technically a low top). The biggest differences are the materials and cushion tech. The materials were switched to a cheaper, multi-layered ripstops upper that does its job just fine. A lot of fuse was also used. The cushion tech is replaced by a full-length React midsole, an upgrade from Cushlon, but the Zoom strobel was removed. The Air Max unit was, however, kept. Cushion wasn’t as good as the normal Lebron 18, but the support was a huge improvement. No lateral stability issues here. Read the full review. Price: $160

9.2/10
Total Score
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Best Nike Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet

Nike Giannis Immortality

Giannis Immortality

The upper on the Nike Giannis Immortality is a nice, breathable, and very forgiving woven upper. Because of this, wide footers should be able to get in comfortably without having to wrestle with the shoe. The base is also wide enough so that you stay stable on the foot bed at all times. A beefy forefoot outrigger assists you as well. Read the full review. Price: $80

8.2/10
Total Score
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Nike Air Max Impact 3

Air Max Impact 3

The Nike Air Max Impact 3’s materials are what you’d expect from a modern budget model: mesh. It shares design and construction cues with the Nike LeBron Witness 6. The shoe upper gives a lot of space for the foot to enter and exit, and wide-footers would be happy going true to size in these. Couple that with a wide base and a large outrigger, and you shouldn’t have any problems with support in these. Read the full review. Price: $90

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy at Nike

Best Nike Signature Basketball Shoes

Nike KD 14

KD 14

This spot once again goes to the Nike KD 14. Let’s not forget that the Nike KD 12 and Nike KD 13 were also great on-court performers so seeing a Kevin Durant shoe in this list twice should really come as no surprise. For the cushion, traction, and support you’re getting, there’s not a lot of basketball shoes that’ll rival what you get with these for the same price. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy at Nike

Best Looking Nike Basketball Shoes

Nike Air Total Max Uptempo

Air Total Max Uptempo

A lot of people remember the Nike Air Total Max Uptempo as the shoe that Reggie Miller wore. And rightfully so. He made so many clutch buckets and highlight plays in these bad boys. These certainly have elements of Jordan Brand sneakers, like similar paneling with the Jumpman Pro Strong. They also feature the latest and greatest of Nike’s tech at the time: full-length Air below a Phylon midsole. If you need nostalgia, style, and tech from the 90’s, these have you covered. Read the full review. Price: $170

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy at Nike

Best Nike Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

Nike KD 14

KD 14

And yet again, the Nike KD 14 makes another appearance on this list. The ankle support of the shoe is great, especially considering the cushioning system. Cushlon can be really soft, but the sculpt of the rear plus the wide base all around really helps contain the foot to prevent injuries. Again, this shoe is just great overall. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy at Nike

Best Nike High Top Basketball Shoes

Nike LeBron 19

LeBron 19

When it comes to high tops, there really isn’t any other shoe that’s higher than the Nike LeBron 19. But, we really shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since he had signature sneakers, LeBron James has always opted for high-collared shoes. They are quite a specific cup of tea, but they’re usually objectively good performers. Read the full review. Price: $200

9.7/10
Total Score
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Future Releases

Here are some upcoming potential high performing Nikes you can look forward to in the next few months.


Nike Kyrie 8

Kyrie 8/Infinity

We’re still not sure what Nike will be calling Kyrie’s next signature sneaker, but the drama surrounding it has definitely called attention to itself. Kyrie reportedly did not like the design of the sneaker, yet he was still found wearing them during off-season runs. The Nike Kyrie 7 was a good performer, but felt awfully familiar to its predecessor. We’ll have to see if the brand comes up with something new. Price: $140

9/10
Potential Score

Nike GT Jump

GT Jump

This is the last shoe in the Greater Than lineup, the Nike GT Jump. There’s no question about the highlight of this shoe: layers upon layers of cushion. The tech specs have been out for a while and Brittney Griner and Nikola Jokic have been the ones to unveil these to the world. Judging from their size and play style, it seems clear who the target market is. Price: TBA

9/10
Potential Score

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