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25 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 of 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 05.18.2022



Best Nike Basketball Shoes Overall

Nike Kyrie Infinity

Nike Kyrie Infinity

The Kyrie 8 is the most well-balanced Kyrie signature sneaker we’ve seen to date and it made our best overall list, too. The cushion is the biggest improvement. There’s a full-length Phylon midsole with a forefoot Zoom Air Strobel unit and a standard Zoom Air unit. Both feel bouncy and responsive as well as provide good impact protection. The traction, reminiscent of the Nike Kyrie 6, works well on most surfaces. If you’re looking for a shoe that will give you an all around great experience, this is one you should consider. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.3/10
Total Score
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Nike 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
Buy Nike KD 14
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Nike Kyrie Low 5

Even though the Kyrie 5 Low is aesthetically very similar to the flagship Kyrie model, the Nike Kyrie Infinity, the performance features are quite different. The main difference is the cushioning. The Kyrie Infinity offers more of a plush ride on court whereas the Kyrie Low 5 is much more responsive. This isn’t a bad thing, it just means that the Kyrie Low 5 is better suited for lighter, shifter players. Read full review. Price: $110

8.5/10
Total Score
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Nike 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
Buy Nike PG 5
Nike PG 6

Nike PG 6

The 6th shoe in the Paul George Signature line is not the best Paul George shoe, but it is still a great on-court performer. The PG line is very consistent in quality but very inconsistent when it comes to performance features. The PG 6 is the first PG to feature a fully foam-based cushioning system, in this case, React foam. The shoe is very comfortable and provides great traction. The one drawback is the quality of the upper materials, but they are functional, and at the price point you can’t ask for much more. Read the full review. Price: $110.

8.5/10
Total Score
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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

Nike 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

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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Nike Zoom Freak 3

Nike 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
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Nike LeBron 18

Nike 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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Best Nike Basketball Shoes for Outdoors

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Nike KD 14

The Nike KD 14 makes an appearance as one of the best outdoor options in the market today. It’s so good that it made our Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes list. The cushion with the combination of a soft, fluffy Cushlon along with the full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit really gives these much-needed impact protection capabilities needed on that concrete or blacktop. Everything else works together well to provide a supportive ride. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy Nike KD 14

Best Cheap Nike Basketball Shoes

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Nike LeBron Witness 6 

We know that the King loves Nike Air, so it’s not any surprise that one of this budget models, the Nike LeBron Witness 6, features a ton of it. Although it isn’t full-length like it looks (it’s a dog bone shape), that’s still a ton of air for a take down. We’ve come a long way since the 90’s with budget tech. The upper is basic textile mesh and the midsole’s Phylon. The heel wings help keep your feet on the footbed, as well as support your heel to avoid ankle sprains and other injuries. Read the full review. Price: $100

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron Witness 6
Nike Giannis Immortality

Nike 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 enough to make it to our Best Budget Basketball Shoes list. 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

Nike 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 and is featured in our Best Budget Basketball Shoes list. 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
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Best Low Top Nike Basketball Shoes

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Nike Kyrie Low 5

The Nike Kyrie Low 5 makes another appearance on our list for one simple reason: it is a very good on-court performer that happens to be a low-top. The only thing to keep in mind is the basic cushioning which is better for smaller, guard-style players. Read full review. Price: $110

8.5/10
Total Score
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Nike 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
Buy Nike LeBron 18 Low
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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut is the modern-day Kobe shoe for us, in the sense that it is a low top that provides adequate impact protection, but feels really nimble underfoot for those more intricate footwork. There’s a drop in React midsole that cradles the foot nicely. Under that is a full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit that absorbs a lot of the initial impact. The materials aren’t anything to be amazed about, but they’re a nicer type of textile that more than get the job done. Read the full review. Price: $170

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

Nike LeBron 19

Nike LeBron 19

The Nike LeBron 19 fits well for those with wide feet, and it even made our list of the Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet. The toe box is bubbly and that gives way for a wider forefoot. The textile use for the upper is also considerably forgiving. The cushion is at a maximum with a full-length Cushlon midsole, a large heel Air Max unit, and a giant forefoot Zoom Air unit. The units also share air between them through a chamber in the midfoot. Read the full review. Price: $200

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron 19
Nike GT Run

Nike Zoom GT Run

The Nike Zoom GT Run not only has maximum cushion with layers of React and a forefoot Zoom Air Strobel unit, but it also has one of the best fits for wide-footers, so much so that these made our Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet list as well. Although the shoe is a bit hard to get into, the materials are so malleable and the last is wide enough to accommodate those with wider feet. Just give these time to break in and you should enjoy them just fine. Read the full review. Price: $90

9/10
Total Score
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Best Nike Signature Basketball Shoes

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Nike 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
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Best Looking Nike Basketball Shoes

Nike Air Total Max Uptempo

Nike 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
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Best Nike Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

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Nike 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 Nike KD 14
Kyrie Low 4

Kyrie Low 4

The Nike Kyrie Low 4 is an underrated one. People sometimes confuse this as the low top version of the Nike Kyrie 4, but it isn’t. It’s actually closely related to the Nike Kyrie 7. And with that comes great ankle support. A strong internal heel counter is featured that really makes sure you’re locked in there and your ankle isn’t going places it doesn’t need to be in. These are also featured in our Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support list. Read the full review. Price: $150

8.9/10
Total Score
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Best Nike High Top Basketball Shoes

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Nike 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. We have a full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit that’s amazing. Beneath that is a Cushlon midsole. And still below that are two large volume Zoom units, one in the forefoot and on in the heel. There’s no wonder Brittney Griner and Nikola Jokic love these. Read the full review. Price: TBA

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike GT Jump
Nike LeBron 19

Nike 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
Buy Nike LeBron 19

Best Nike Retro Basketball Shoes

Best Nike Basketball Shoes: Nike LeBron 9 Watch the Throne

Nike LeBron 9 Watch the Throne

The Nike LeBron 9 Watch the Throne was previously a friends and family only release. If you had these back then, you were someone special and most likely spent racks for a pair. But now the brand finally released it to us common folk. It’s nearly identical to the original one, too. We love the trend of sneakers that used to be PEs or highly limited becoming widely available. If you’re a fan of the album, the artists or the athlete, we highly recommend copping a pair. Read the full review. Price: $200

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron 9 Watch the Throne

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