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The Best NBA Shoes Week to Week

Best NBA Shoes

Here you will find our picks of the best NBA shoes week to week. The only thing better than picking up some great new kicks is seeing your favorite NBA hoopers rocking the same shoes on the hardwood.

NBA players rock some crazy sneakers during league games.

Best NBA Shoes Week to Week

Best NBA Shoes Week 26

Kevin Durant has finally returned to the lineup of the Brooklyn Nets, and he does so in some awesome kicks. This week he sported an excellent PE of his latest signature release, the Nike KD 14. Most of the upper and outsole are khaki with prints on them, and the scythe-looking strap is a smoke grey color with a blue Swoosh that matches the midfoot plastic piece. White in the heel and outsole complete the look. KD has not missed a beat, both on the court and feet.

We have this Nike Zoom Freak 1 PE worn by Giannis Antetokounmpo next. He wore this purple-based shoe when he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Milwaukee Bucks all-time leading scorer. After giving the city its second championship in franchise history and earning Finals MVP honors, he is back seemingly better than ever. He is surely making his campaign as one of the top players of all time.

Best NBA Shoes Week 25

WearTesters always looks out for awesome kicks every week, especially when there’s a new signature on the loose. And we got two this week. First up is Zion Williamson‘s second signature sneaker with Jordan Brand, the Jordan Zion 2. We haven’t seen any on-court action from this generational talent in the 2021-2022 season, but his shoes are a consolation. One of the most interesting aspects of the shoe has to be the upper and design with a more old-school look to it.

Second, Paul George with the Nike PG 6. We, unfortunately, also haven’t seen a lot of action from the man this season. This colorway isn’t as colorful as the release. It is, however, reminiscent of the Air Jordan 5 Moonlight that was released earlier. The full-length React midsole has speckles, and the outsole, some of the branding, and overlays look iridescent. An excellent, clean look for the shoe.

Kevin Durant also gave us a first look at what might be his next signature shoe, the KD 15, during a practice session with the Brooklyn Nets, and Caris LeVert played in a bright orange colorway of the Jordan 36, a colorway meant to raise awareness for kidney health.

Best NBA Shoes Week 24

Week 24 saw LeBron James lace up the low-top version of this season’s signature shoe during his game vs the Washinton Wizards. LeBron dropped 38 points on the Wizards, but the Lakers would come up short and lose the game 119-127.

The Celtics faced the Denver Nuggets min one of the best regular-season games of the season. The Celtics would take home the W, and a big reason for that was the performance of Jayson Tatum. Tatum played in a great colorway pf the Jordan 36 known as the “Avocado” colorway.

The Nike Zoom GT Run isn’t our favorite performance shoe, but we know an excellent colorway when we see one. The NBA sneaker king, PJ Tucker, rocked an exciting player exclusive. You don’t even know which one to look at first. Nothing’s official, but this may be calling out to all the teams he has played for. His personalized logo is on the top of the tongue.

Best NBA Shoes Week 23

Week 23 in the NBA has been all about the Brooklyn Nets. The team has been on a tear as they gear up for the NBA playoffs. In particular, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had some impressive performances. KD torched the New York Knicks for 53 points, and mercilessly taunted Evan Fournier as he did so. He did so in the “Ron English” colorway of the KD 14.

That performance was followed up by a record-breaking performance by Kyries. Kyrie dropped 60 points on the Orlando Magic, which was his personal best, and he did so in just 35 minutes of play. Kyrie laced up the Kyrie Low 3 and not his signature shoes for the season.

Best NBA Shoes Week 22

Giannis Antetokounmpo is in the MVP conversation once again, but not as much as others. Which is honestly crazy to even say that since he is still the reigning NBA Finals MVP. Although he won his chip in the Nike Zoom Freak 2, he is now sporting his newest signature, the Nike Zoom Freak 3. The PE shown here is especially beautiful with a light salmon upper and green hits. The reversed Swoosh, strap, and plastic piece that covers the Zoom unit give it more of a dark hue. No doubt these are the right shoes for the Freak.

Ja Morant is another player in the MVP conversation. Believe it or not, his team, the Memphis Grizzlies, are currently in the top 3 of the Western Conference. He sported an awesome Nike Kobe 6 Protro recently. It straight up looks to be out of a cartoon of some sort with the lightning bolts that extend throughout the whole shoe, even to the midsole. There’s also a pink reversed Swoosh and an interesting “Below” graphic on the medial midfoot. Killing both on the court and on feet.

The NBA also saw the return of 2 superstars Victor Oladipo and the legendary, ABA superstar, Jackie Moon. Oladipo Laced up the flashy Kyrie 4s CNY in his 2021-22 season debut. Flint Tropics legend Jackie Moon on the other hand played in Adidas Superstar Highs for his match-up with the Golden State Warriors.

Best NBA Shoes Week 21

Post All-Star break and we’re now back to games that will determine whether or not teams will get a shot at the chip. Stephen Curry has been an absolute beast this season. He cultivated his All-Star weekend with 16 three-pointers and the Kobe Bryant NBA All-Star Game MVP award. He returns to action in one of the more hoped-for basketball shoes: Under Armour Curry 4 Flowtro. The base model was a great on-court performer which needed cushion, and Flow Technology definitely brings that to the table.

The NBA Dunk Contest wasn’t the best in 2022. However, it is still impressive when you get to be a champion in anything. And this year’s NBA Dunk Contest champ is none other than New York’s Obi Toppin. In his stint versus the revamped Philadelphia 76ers, he wore an Air Jordan 36 Low PE that looks like it took inspiration from the now-released Nike Zoom Freak 3 Uno Pack. It’s a playful colorway and if these ever release, you’ll be easily spotted on the court maybe even with the lights off.

Ja Morant put on one of the most impressive individual performances of the year. Ja dropped 52 points on the San Antonio Spurs as well as one of the craziest dunks and buzzer beaters you will ever see. He did all of this playing in a great, custom pair of Kobe 6’s.

LaMelo Ball, on the other hand, broke out a new custom version of his wildly popular Puma MB.01 Rick and Morty colorway.

Montrezl Harrell broke out another cool pair of kicks in his arsenal during his game with the Bucks. He wore a white and orange colorway of the KD 3’s specifically the Nike Zoom KD III ‘OKC Home” 417279-102 White/Team Orange-Del Sol-Black.

Best NBA Shoes Week 20

All-Star Weekend is always a historic night. It’s where stars and legends of basketball gather together to celebrate the game we all love. It’s also where we can see some really special sneakers. Starting things off is Chris Paul with the yet-to-be-released Air Jordan 36 Low PE. Some people would say this version of the flagship model looks better, and we can’t blame them. There are overlays on both sides that better help the Lenoweave upper in supporting your foot.

Jae’Sean Tate participated in this year’s Rising Stars Challenge and he packed some heat on his feet. Though not an awesomely popular basketball shoe, the Nike LeBron Soldier 11 was a solid sneaker. His version has his own personal touch to it with words like NBL, where he played prior to making the jump to the NBA. One of the best features of the shoe, though, is the wording “Everything Earned” on the top-most strap.

LeBron James once again makes an appearance here. He has one of the best PE’s we’ve seen and he seems to bring his A game every week. During this special weekend, he brought out the unreleased Nike LeBron 19 Low. His PE features flowers on the tongue and the other colors, white on the upper, red and teal midsole, and cream outsole, all compliment the theme. We’re still not sure about the tech specs, but we’re sure excited for these to release to the public.

Best NBA Shoes Week 19

DeMar Derozan has really put himself in the elite category of MVP contenders. He had a stretch of games recently that put everyone on notice. His jersey has now been rightfully retired at the University of Southern California, where he spent his college year. In his one year there, he averaged 13.9 PPG on 56.2% shooting for two-pointers. He honored his university by wearing a Nike Kobe 11 EM PE that is USC-themed. It’s good to never forget where one has come from.

The Nike LeBron 18 Low made some of our lists, including Best Low Top Basketball Shoes and Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet. They’re a great all-rounder and the namesake, LeBron James, seems to agree with that as he has gone back to it time and time again. He did sport a PE that is very interesting with a seemingly stitched pattern and Swoosh as well as a gum-like outsole. One of the best colorways of the shoe so far.

Best NBA Shoes Week 18

Joel Embiid gave us one of the nastiest poster dunks of the season during the Sixers game vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid landed a tomahawk jam over Jared Allen, one of the best shot blockers in the NBA, and he did so in the white and gold colorway of his signature UA Embiid 1s.

LeBron has made a habit of wearing a variety of different LeBron’s in recent years, switching between that season’s signature, the previous year’s signature, an Ambassador model, or one of the Soldier models. King James rocked a pair of LeBron 18 Lows and pulled off a sick reverse lay-up during his match-up with the Warriors.

Aron Nesmith of the Boston Celtics is a New Balance athlete and broke out a funky new colorway of the New Balance TWO WXY, which we chose as one of the best outdoor options in 2021. Montrezl Harrell, who was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, took the opportunity to lace up a pair f “Summit Lake Hornet” Nike Lebron 11s.

Best NBA Shoes Week 17

Khris Middleton is an NBA Champion by all means and he for sure represent the Milwaukee Bucks really well. He is a fan favorite there, especially after an awesome performance in the 2021 NBA Finals as the second option of the team. He is also a big fan of the Nike Air Zoom GT Cut and we can’t blame him. We have tagged it as the most Kobe-like sneaker out right now with its low-to-the-ground, tactile feel and full-length cushioning set up. The colors he chose also compliment their uniforms really well. Plus, we get a peak at his logo.

The New York Knicks had a break out season last year with their break out star being Julius Randle. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award and no one doubts that he deserved that. He has been struggling this current season, though. It does seem like the league has figured their team out. What we really need to figure out is how we can get our hands on his Nike Kobe 5 Protro PE. The most interesting part of this colorway are the light grey cheetah prints that seem to call back to the Nike Kobe 7 Animal Pack.

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers broke out a rare AND 1 performance model called the AND 1 Override. Nikola Jokic on the other hand didn’t lace-up any particularly rare or exciting new pair of kicks, but he did have a note worthy sneaker moment. Jokic has been tying his weeding ring to the laces of his Nike GT Jumps and his Nike Zoom Rize 2s all season. A nice little feel good sneaker moment, just in time for Valentines day.

Best NBA Shoes Week 16

Cade Cunningham has been impressive all season long, displaying a wide array of skills on the court. In week 16 the rook turned in his 2nd triple double of the season in a loss to the Cavs. Cade has been rocking the Nike GT Cuts all season which is a good choice for his shifty and athletic style of play.

The Celtics beat the Miami heat behind a strong performance from Jaylen Brown, who dropped 29 points on the night. Brown has been an adidas athlete since he entered the league, but this year he became a sneaker free agent. Brown has been testing different models all year, and he broke out a pair of Kobe X Elite Low. Facundo Campazzo also laced up some Kobes (in this case Kobe 6s) during his match up with the Brooklyn Nets.

Kyrie Irving’s signature for the year, the Kyrie 8, is one of the best performing shoes of the year, but continues to play in earlier models of his signature line. During the Nets game in Phoenix we saw Kyrie lace-up a pink and silver pair of Kyrie 1s.

Immanuel Quickley of the New York Knicks wore a great pair of custom PG 5s in the teams colors and featuring Spike Lee (as Mars Blackmon) and the Knicks logo on the sides. Just awesome.

Best NBA Shoes Week 15

We start off this week’s NBA shoes hunt in Oklahoma City with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He has been a beast since Russell Westbrook left the Thunder, but it has become even more apparent this season. Every time he steps on the floor, there seems to be much anticipation for him to do something amazing. One of the things he did do great this week was wear custom Converse All-Star BB Shift. It features a multi-patterned textile upper and half double-lasted midsole. There seems to be Zoom Air in the shoe, but we’re not sure how its implemented since this pair hasn’t released publicly. We hope it does.

Kelly Oubre Jr of the Charlotte Hornets is also a Converse athlete, and got a wild pair of the same  Converse All-Star BB Shifts, this time with a tropical printed upper, which sounds weird, but they looked great.

Next we’re off to Denver, but not for one of their players. The Memphis Grizzlies were in town and we of course wanted to see another exciting player who has been tearing up the league: Ja Morant. The blue uniforms their team wore that day were a perfect match for the shoes he rocked. The Nike KD IV “Year of the Dragon” is a rare sneaker that features a lot of fuse in a festive blue with hints of crimson. The outsole is also translucent with a bluish hue to it. It’s actually nice to see Ja switch it up a bit every now and then.

Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 300 points this week as well. Edwadrs has been ballin’ out of control this year averaging 22.7 ppg, 5.2 rbpg, 3.5 apg with 3 threes per game, which isn’t bad for a guy everyone thought couldn’t shoot. Edwards has been playing all year in the adidas CRAZY BYW 2.0 in some great Minnesota inspired colorways.

Best NBA Shoes Week 14

Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks have been a below average team so far when it comes to standings. They have a 17-25 record and sit 12th in the Eastern Conference. Still, that does not stop Adidas and the star point guard with coming up with great PEs. In Week 14, we saw a great-looking Trae Young 1 on feet. It features a sky blue midsole, except for the Boost, and outsole, while the upper is multicolored with hits of orange, red, black, a little bit of yellow. These are fresh and we would not mind at all if they released to the public.

Jordan Brand has a lot of athletes in their roster, one of whom is Jeff Green of the Denver Nuggets. And it seems like, though he has played for 11 teams, he has never forgotten his roots he built in college. He had a solid college career where he averaged 13.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 3.1 APG for Georgetown University. With this Air Jordan 36 PE, he pays homage to his school. The upper is gray with navy blue hits and the logo of the university is featured on the tongue.

Best NBA Shoes Week 13

The Phoenix Suns have absolutely been tearing the league up. They’re currently the 1st seed in the Western Conference with a record of 30-9, having won three of their last five games. They are, of course, led by the man that many have dubbed the next Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker. The man idolizes the Black Mamba and always has his shoes on with the quote, “Be Legendary.” Recently, he pulled out an all orange Nike Kobe 6 Protro PE that has a dessert-themed outsole. It perfectly matches the Suns uniforms.

The current trend in the NBA has been the giving out of 10-day contracts to those who have been previously out of the league. One of those lucky players is the electrifying and entertaining Lance Stephenson. He is back strumming his guitar on his defenders and he did so in his debut in the And1 Born Ready sneakers. Only those who have been around for a while will know about this sneaker, but it’s always nice to see that the pros give love to the OG streetball brand.

Week 13 also saw the return of Klay Thompson, after 2 years away from the hardwood. He had the best return possible, scoring 17 point in just 20 minutes of play, dunking all over the Cavs and taking home the W. Klay rocked his 7th signature shoe with Anta, a shoe designed to protect Klay’s injured lower body.

Kyrie also returned recently but we got the first look at Kyrie in his current signature shoe during his game vs Portland. We saw a couple more awesome Kobe’s on the hardwood, including Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s Kobe 3 Preludes, and DeMar Derozan, who is quickly becoming the King of Kobe’s, laced up an amazing colorway of the 6s.

Nikola Jokic has been rocking a great shoe for a player of his characteristics, the Nike GT Jump. The GT Jump features an insane amount of cushion, perfect for bigger players that need that extra bit of impact protection. Jokic lead the Nuggets to a victory over the Houston Rockets with 20 points 8 boards and 7 assist.

PJ Tucker added another gem to his massive sneaker collection and brok’em out during the Heats game with the Hawks. He played in the “Beast” PE colorway of the LeBron 2, a shoe that needs a general re-release.

Best NBA Shoes Week 12

The NBA has had a great week after Christmas. There were awesome game-winners, two of which came at the hands of DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls, great performances by both teams and players, and, of course, eye-catching kicks. One sneaker that caught our eye was a new colorway of LaMelo Ball’s new signature sneaker, the Puma MB.01. This shoe has been tough to get for consumers and we hope that this colorway drops. The orange now becomes the accent to a full black silhouette. It’s a less loud scheme than the release colorway and we’re here for it.

LeBron James, easily the greatest player of this generation and, some would argue, of all time turned 37 years old on December 30. It is insane to think that some of the younger players still can’t keep up with him. This type of performance at this age with that many miles on his legs shouldn’t be able to do the things he does. For his birthday, he sported an all white Nike LeBron 18 with gold hints on the heel, midfoot, and a bit on the toe box. Colors truly fit for a king.

Carmelo broke out a cool Christmas / Bad Santa themed pair of Jordan 36s for the Lakers match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sadiq Bey laced up a classic pair of blue camo Kobe 6s. During their game vs the Miami Heat, Steph laced up one of the sleekest colorways of the Curry 9 we have seen to date. As an added bonus we saw a, nearly recovered Klay Thompson warm up in a white and blue pair of his Anta KT 7s (cycle right). Kyrie finally made his return to NBA courts in a pair of “Bruce Lee” Kyrie 3s.

Best NBA Shoes Week 11

Christmas in the NBA usually means good matchups and possibly a test run for the NBA Finals. But next to the head-to-head greatness, we all look forward to some exclusive kicks that players have on their feet. After all, this may be the only game we see such PEs or customs. The most heat-filled game was also the most anticipated one, even though the Brooklyn Nets didn’t feature their superstar, Kevin Durant.

We stay in the Brooklyn side of things with the unreleased adidas Harden Vol. 6. The previous version left a ton to be desired, so we’re hoping these will be good. Not only did James Harden wear his new signature shoe, he also wore a PE giving props to Kobe Bryant. Russell Westbrook for the Lakers also debuted his next signature sneaker, the Jordan Why Not.5. This colorway was made in collaboration with Honor the Gift. Two upcoming signature sneaker debuts in one game. What a Christmas Day.

Best NBA Shoes Week 10

Week 10 started off with a bang with a couple of awesome retros. LeBron laced up the Watch the Thone LeBron 9s that just released, during the Lakers game vs the Phoenix Suns. In the same game, we also saw an purple version of the Kobe 4 worn by Trevor Ariza. We also saw PJ Tucker break out a legendary Scottie Pippen shoe, the Pippen 1 in an all purple collab with Kith.

On the 23rd of December, Steph put up 46 points in the “Elmo” colorway of his Curry 9s, LeBron Broke out a new colorway of his retro LeBron 9s and hit a wacky no look shot over the Spurs, and LaMelo ball led the Hornets to a 17 point, come-from-behind victory over the Denver Nuggets in his newly released MB.01s from Puma. But the biggest performance of the night was turned in by Kemba Walker of the New York Knicks. Kemba, who has been struggling all year in New York, put up 44 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a pair of Jordan 36s.

Kemba Walker in Jordan 36s

Best NBA Shoes Week 9

Jason Tatum broke out a very cool PE of the Jordan 36, the Jordan 36 Lemonade. The Australian prodigy Josh Giddey rocked the Kobe 9 “Peach Jam” during OKC’s game versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Dame Lillard gave us a first glance at his signature for the year, Donovan Mitchell showed up with a slick PE vs the Clippers and the great Steph Curry broke the NBA’s record for career 3-pointers in a special edition of his Curry 9.

Best NBA Shoes Week 8

The Kobe AD NXT 360, one of the best performing Kobe’s, made an appearance on the feet of Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets. Jason Tatum broke out some awesome Jordan 36 PEs and announced that he would be getting a Jordan signature soon. We cant wait. Trez was at it again as well with a pair of adidas J Wall 1.

Best NBA Shoes Week 7

After the untimely passing of designer Virgil Abloh, we saw a bunch of different tributes on court, including Richard Hamilton’s Off White Jordan 2 lows (casual) and PJ Tucker’s Jordan 5s. Other than that, Montrez Harrell had an ultra-personalized Reebok Kamikaze II Low and DeMar Derozan had an awesome looking pair of Kobe IVs.

Best NBA Shoes Week 6

This week was a bit quieter than the rest (up to this point). The Greek Freak had a stand-out, bright yellow colorway for the Nike Zoom Freak 3, LeBron hooped in a Laker colorway of the Lebron 19 and Durant pulled out a new colorway of the KD 14.

Best NBA Shoes Week 5

Week 5 brought us a couple surprises. Luka Doncic showed up in a PE colorway of the Jordan Zoom Separate, Draymond somehow played a full pro game in the Converse All Star BB Jet, and Montrez Harrell also played a whole game in another pair of, all be it more expensive, bricks: the Air Jordan 1 Off White.

Best NBA Shoes Week 4

Week 4 was a good week for signatures: Steph broke out the “Elmo” Curry 9 and Donovan Mitchell wore a sleek Black and Yellow Don Issue 3. But the biggest stand out was again P.J. Tucker with the Kobe 4 Undefeated and his red and grey Kobe 2.

Best NBA Shoes Week 3

Week three saw some Halloween customs, Ja Morant busting out the KD 4 and Draymond rocking his Converse signature, the Converse G4 Hi.

Best NBA Shoes Week 2

Week 2 saw PJ Tucker break out some serious heat including a pair of Air Jordan 4 Eminem x Carhartt valued at over $10.000. Luka Doncic also broke out a pair of Jordan 35 PEs and Anthony Davis wore some peach Kobe 6s.

Best NBA Shoes Week 1

Opening night in the NBA is a big occasion and NBA players usually bust out some serious heat. This year several players broke out their new signature models for the year. Steph, James Harden and Trae Young all broke out their new signatures: the Curry 9, the adidas Harden Vol.6 and the Trae Young 1. Also, Montrez Harrell rocked his new self-owned signature shoe.