This page will cover the best Nike volleyball shoes available right now. We keep it updated as we review new or better options.
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- Best Nike Volleyball Shoe: 1st Place
- Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 2nd Place
- Best Nike Volleyball Shoe: 3rd Place
- Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 4th Place
- Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 5th Place
- Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 6th Place
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes
Best Nike Volleyball Shoe: 1st Place
Nike Lebron 20
The Nike Lebron 20 is an enormous shift in the Lebron sneaker line. The days of huge Air cushions and heavy, cumbersome designs is over. Lebron wasn’t even wearing the Lebron 19s on the court. The Lebron 20, on the other hand, is extremely popular, and for good reason. The best part: they perform just as great on the volleyball court.
When you put your foot into the Nike Lebron 20, you notice the comfort immediately. The sphere liner collar is plush around your ankle, and the upper can lockdown without being crazy tight. The knit is comfortable and the laces lay wide across the top of your foot. I’ve heard lockdown complaints but I didn’t have any problems at all. I also tried these with insoles, and still felt secure inside the shoe, even with my foot sitting higher in it. The Lebron 20 has a bit of an outrigger to it, and with great lateral containment, the stability along the net or playing defense is great. I thought there were traction issues at first, but once the outsole broke in, the rubber was sticking to both wooden and plastic courts. I’m a habitual shoe wiper but with these it didn’t feel necessary. I still did though.
I am writing a whole separate paragraph here to discuss the premier feature of this shoe and the reason it costs a steep $200: the cushioning. In the words of one of my co-testers, Stanley Tse, here, this is “the McLaren of sneaker cushioning” (Duke4005 likened it more to a Jaguar). I’m gonna skip past a car analogy and just say the Nike Lebron 20 has quite possibly a perfect cushion setup. A forefoot Zoom Turbo unit is toploaded, which means you can feel that spring every time you jump. In the heel, you need impact protection, so they put a 13.5mm (read: huge) zoom unit under your heel. The rest of the midsole is full-length Cushlon. The Lebron 20 is bouncy where it needs to be and cushions your landings at the same time. This sneaker feels amazing to jump in and easy to move in – ideal for a volleyball shoe.
The Nike Lebron 20 is almost perfect. But not quite. It does have a carbon fiber midfoot shank, but I still noticed some pain in my arch that usually comes from shoes with a lack of torsional support. Partway through a long day of play, I opted to put insoles in (Move Gameday Pros to be precise) to add a little more support through the midfoot, which I don’t always need to do. This might not bother everyone though.
The elephant in the room is the pricetag. The Nike Lebron 20s cost around $200, which is about as much as you can pay for basketball/volleyball shoes these days. You are getting an incredible shoe with top-tier tech for that tag. But I can see that price pushing many people to options that are almost as good for a fraction of the price.
Price aside, the Nike Lebron 20 is a premier option that manages to overtake sneakers with some other better features simply by having such incredible cushioning and traction. If these are in your budget, these are the ones to buy, and are therefore the best volleyball shoes in 2023. (Don’t forget to check out our full performance review here. It’s for basketball but it still applies for this shoe.)
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 2nd Place
Nike KD 15
The Nike KD 15 is Kevin Durant’s 15th signature sneaker. The KD line has been super popular and a high performer for years now, and the KD 15 is no different. Read on to find out why this is a top contender when choosing a volleyball shoe.
The best feature on the KD15 is the same as it was on its predecessors: the cushioning. A full-length Cushlon midsole surrounds a full-length Air Zoom Strobel unit that is right underneath your foot. You can see the Air Zoom Strobel if you remove the insole, and your foot can definitely feel it. I find myself using these when I need the cushioning. Knees are sore from a heavy leg day? Played the first day of a tourney yesterday? Playing on a ¼” plastic sport court in a cement convention center? Slip on the KD 15 and you won’t feel a thing. The Nike KD 15 manages to be soft and absorbant while still having bounce back. The fact remains that Air Zoom Strobels feel great, and Cushlon does too. This is truly a top-tier cushioning setup.
The other feature that stood out to me with the KD 15 is the rounded edge on the outsole. This is something that is way more noticeable in volleyball than in basketball. That rounded edge lets you be aggressive and really throw that penultimate step out in front of you, rolling through to your final, pushoff step. These shoes feel great to jump in.
The first problem I have with the shoe is its bulk. The KD 14 had a similar feeling on foot, although the KD 15 does have a better lockdown. It’s not a particularly heavy shoe, but the upper material is pretty thick, and the collar is pretty substantial. Neither of these are inherently bad, but I did find them feeling a little clunky at times. This is just a preference thing, though.
The other issue I have with the Nike KD 15 is a small stability concern. I played in these shoes for hours on end, and on a few separate occasions, I would land and feel the shoe wobble. I figured out what was happening: The cushlon is so soft, and when combined with the Air Zoom Strobel unit, landing at certain angles would cause the edge of the shoe to over-compress under your weight. This would make an otherwise stable shoe roll a bit underneath you. This is not as big of a deal as it sounds, as I only had it happen a few times in many, many hours of testing. In all but one of these occasions, I had a different insole in the shoe, which may have been sitting weirdly on the Air Zoom Strobel.
Overall, the Nike KD 15 is an excellent shoe that should be considered one of the absolute best options available. The elite cushioning setup in this shoe is so valuable in volleyball that I almost always have them in my bag. If I start feeling my feet and knees getting sore, I’m putting on the KD 15s and the pain goes away. Find a full performance review of the Nike KD 15 (for basketball) here!
Best Nike Volleyball Shoe: 3rd Place
Nike Kyrie Infinity
The Kyrie Infinity is the 8th of Kyrie Irving’s signature sneakers. Though they share a lot of their aesthetics with their predecessors, they have some key improvements that make them the best Nike volleyball shoes.
The Infinity’s best feature is noticed as soon as you take a step: the cushioning. The forefoot Air Zoom unit feels bouncy right where you want it to. Jumping feels responsive and explosive but soft on the landing. The shoe is extremely stable, with a rather wide forefoot and a traction system that wraps up around the edge of the foot. This makes it feel great when cutting in for an approach jump, with a smooth transition as you roll through the motion. The lockdown on this sneaker uses bands that wrap tighter around your foot as you pull on the laces. This works extremely well, and your foot will not be moving anywhere it shouldn’t. As a last note, the traction gripped perfectly on wood and plastic courts, even with some dust.
That crazy lockdown actually leads to the only cons: comfort and fit. This shoe is very, very snug, and gets tighter when you tie the laces. This feels secure and is great for not slipping inside the shoe, but it can be very uncomfortable depending on your foot shape. The toebox was a little narrow for my fairly narrow foot. If you have a wide foot at all, or even just a more neutral foot shape, I would consider going up a half size.
Despite some minor discomfort, these are great sneakers. The traction, stability, lockdown, and cushioning are top-tier, making them the best Nike volleyball shoes. Find a full review here.
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 4th Place
Nike React Hyperset
Joining the Hyperace 2 as another volleyball-specific Nike sneaker, the React Hyperset will be familiar to some. This shoe (specifically the bottom half) is a retooling of the 2017 Nike Hyperdunk. It was also the official shoe of the USA Men’s Volleyball team in the 2021 Summer Olympics.
The React Hyperset uses a long strap that wraps around the midfoot back to the heel. This combines with the Flywire lacing to give great lockdown. This shoe also has great stability. The React cushion is responsive but not very soft. The shoe remains stable, leveraging a wide forefoot base to keep your foot flat on the ground. The traction on this sneaker is good as well, with no slipping on clean floors.
The primary issue with this shoe is the cushioning setup. It’s not particularly great for volleyball. React is responsive but not the softest (it’s much better in running shoes). In my experience, it’s less bouncy than Zoom Air, but also doesn’t provide the same impact protection as other, softer foams. If you’re jumping high or landing heavy, you might want something with a little more protection. The other issue is availability. The Hyperset seems to go through waves of being easy to find and then impossible to find. Hopefully, Nike (and most other shoe companies) can get their supply logistics figured out soon.
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 5th Place
Nike Giannis Immortality
The Nike Giannis Immortality is the Greek Freak’s second budget sneaker. Despite the lower price point, this shoe is an excellent performer that’s hard to beat without paying significantly more.
The key feature of this shoe is its price point. At $85 (often cheaper in some colorways), it’s the most affordable on the list by a good margin. Most importantly, it outperforms its low price point. The tech isn’t anything crazy, and it’s lacking Zoom Air, but the foam midsole is sufficiently responsive and will still protect your joints. This cushioning setup is basic but surprisingly effective. The lockdown comes from how your foot sits comfortably below the top of the midsole combined with a plush, breathable upper. I was surprised by how nice the shoes felt on foot.
The con for this sneaker is highly volleyball specific. The outsole is widened in the forefoot, but it doesn’t have the smooth, rounded edge of the Kyrie Infinity or the Puma MB.01. The lateral edge is squared off and very stable. The problem is that it’s so tough that it doesn’t want to roll over that squared edge. When you take an approach, your penultimate step needs to be able to roll from the lateral side to the medial side of your foot. It wasn’t impossible in these shoes, but it did feel a little restrictive.
This is still an excellent shoe. You can read the full review here.
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 6th Place
Nike Hyperace 2
Nike’s most popular volleyball-specific shoe is the Nike Hyperace 2. This shoe is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none situation. Almost every feature is good, but not great.
The Nike Hyperace 2 uses a basic but effective lockdown system. The laces hold your foot in place and tighten the heel cage. With this lockdown, your foot stays where it is supposed to inside the shoe. This combines with the wide forefoot to give adequate lateral stability. The traction is a very unique pattern with lines along the edges and wide circles through the arch. I was worried this wouldn’t be effective, but I didn’t notice any slipping.
I’m putting cushioning in the cons, but it’s not really “bad”. The Zoom midsole is not super noticeable but it’s there. The shoe is responsive enough but could be softer on the landing. The biggest con is definitely subjective: style. The only available colorways are white, black, white with a red swoosh, and white with a blue swoosh. When combined with the rather basic look of the shoe’s structure, I feel that most basketball shoes and a lot of other volleyball shoes look more modern, and frankly more fun.
This is a good, all-around shoe that will get the job done, even if it’s not the most flashy option.
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