This page will cover the best Nike volleyball shoes available right now. We keep it updated as we review new or better options.
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 5th 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.
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 4th Place
Nike Giannis Immortality
The Nike Giannis Immortality is the Greek Freak’s first 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 $80 (and often cheaper in some colorways), it’s the cheapest 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. Additionally, the lockdown comes from the way your foot sits comfortably below the top of the midsole combined with a very plush, breathable upper. I was surprised by how nice the shoes felt on foot.
The con for this sneaker is extremely 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 stable that it doesn’t want to roll over that squared edge. When you take an approach, your penultimate step really 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: 3rd 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: 2nd Place
Nike KD 14
Kevin Durant’s 14th signature shoe is still a great volleyball shoe. The KD line has been excellent for years, and this sneaker continues that trend. Though made for basketball, this could very well be the best volleyball shoe for hitters.
The traction was great when testing this shoe, with no slipping on wood or plastic courts. Lockdown was sufficient, although the strap doesn’t do much if anything. Stability is helped by a lateral plate in the midsole which also serves to cage the cushion slightly. The cushioning is where this shoe really shines. The KD 14 features a Cushlon midsole with a full-length Zoom Air Strobel, which is hands-down the best cushioning technology available. This sneaker walks that perfect line of feeling super bouncy and still protecting your joints. Nike made a shoe that is excellent for any sport that requires jumping, and playing volleyball in the KD 14 is both fun and effective.
The only real con to the KD 14 is that the strap is more aesthetic than functional. The lockdown is still good enough without it, but Nike could still do better with their straps in general. Besides that, the mid-top can be a little uncomfortable for some, although others prefer the higher collar.
Watch this space for the Nike KD 15 which is releasing soon and is looking like it will be a great shoe for volleyball. The Nike KD 14 comes in many different colorways. The full review can be found here.
Best Nike Volleyball Shoes: 1st 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.
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