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5 Best Puma Basketball Shoes

Best Puma Basketball Shoes

Puma basketball shoes have been on the rise in recent years. Puma reintroduced itself into the performance basketball market in 2019 with the release of the Puma Clyde Hardwood, which was a great first offering from the brand. Puma also signed some top-notch talent to the brand, including DeAndre Ayton, Michael Porter Jr., and Terry Rozier, but when they landed LaMelo Ball, the world started to take notice. At this point, the brand has started to produce some excellent products, and several Puma basketball shoes have already made it onto our Best Basketball Shoes list.

Though the brand was quiet for a long time, at least in the basketball space, we’re glad that they’re finding their stride again. Whenever we have more competitors in the footwear space, it usually means better and more options for everyone. We’re all here for it. With that, check out our list of the Best Puma Basketball Shoes that you can buy right now.

Last updated 9.26.2022

Best Puma Basketball Shoes Overall

Best Puma Basketball Shoe

Puma MB.01

The Puma MB.01 is a great start for a signature line. LaMelo Ball has been absolutely killing it since his rookie season and his first sneaker is right in line. There’s a reason why Chris included it in his Best Basketball Shoes of 2021 list.

Traction was solid for the most part even on dustier floors. Cushion started out a bit stiff but felt nice when broken in. The shoe is overall supportive as well, so there’s no need to worry when you’re playing. We’re glad that the brand has again come up with another solid basketball shoe. Read the full review. Price: $125

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Puma MB.01
Puma Rise Nitro

Puma Rise Nitro

The Puma Rise Nitro succeeds the could-have-been-better Puma Fusion Nitro, and it looks like Puma listened to the possible improvements we suggested. The outsole is not only beautiful in our eyes, but functional. Their torsional and spring plates are combined to create the ProPlate, similar to the one used in the Puma Clyde All-Pro. The midsole is full-length Nitro-infused foam, much like the Puma MB.01. True, it’s hard to get at the laces, but that’s not much of an issue with the great fit. See the full review. Price: $125

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Puma Rise Nitro

Puma TRC Blaze Court

The Puma TRC Blaze Court continues Puma’s resurgence into the basketball performance sneaker scene. The outsole looks awesome and will perform awesomely though it may chip in certain places outdoors. It’s mainly made of multi-directional lines with a herringbone pattern in key places. Trinomic cushion is now foam-based and is what Puma shows when you turn the shoe over. The rest of the midsole is ProFoam+ which is really comfortable. If you haven’t tried Puma basketball, this is a good place to start. See the full review. Price: $120

9/10
Total Score
Buy Puma TRC Blaze Court
Puma Court Rider 2

Puma Court Rider 2

The Puma Court Rider 2 follows up on a decent basketball shoe in the Puma Court Rider, the shoe that LaMelo Ball wore before transitioning into the Puma MB.01. The midsole is full-length Rider Foam which does a good enough job of combining court feel with impact protection. It feels and plays like it was made for a lighter, more nimble player. Just be careful with your sizing as these tend to fit long, even in your true size. Trying them in store is best. Read the full review. Price: $110

8.5/10
Total Score
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Best Puma Basketball Shoes for Outdoor

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Puma RS Dreamer

The Puma RS Dreamer is J. Cole’s first ever signature basketball shoe. While it is quite interesting to see a rapper get one, the performance cannot be questioned. This makes a good outdoor option for two reasons. One, the traction. The rubber is tacky and will grip any blacktop or concrete you choose to play in. Second, the materials. The base layer is mesh, which provides breathability, but the overlays are raw materials which add to durability. Read the full review. Price: $125

9/10
Total Score
Buy Puma RS Dreamer

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