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 05.16.2023
Best Puma Basketball Shoes Overall
Best Puma Basketball Shoe
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
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
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
Best Puma Basketball Shoes for Outdoor 2023
Puma Court Rider 2
The Puma Court Rider 2 is also a great outdoor option. The outsole grooves are thick and will surely last you a while. Of course, this is still a guard shoe, so the cushion is on the denser side of the scale. However, because it is dense, it will last longer than fluffier foams. The upper is a mix of textile mesh and synthetic overlays. It’s a great combination of durability and breathability. Read the full review. Price: $110
Best Puma Basketball Shoes – Honorable Mentions
The Puma MB.02 is a decent shoe that didn’t live up to expectations set by the Puma MB.01, but that’s not to say it’s terrible. The bar was just set high enough for it not to reach that bar. The aspects of it that did match were the traction and the fit. Its con is the overall stiffness. The midsole and upper don’t move too well with you, especially for a guard shoe. Read the full review. Price: $130