We’ve already listed the best basketball shoes for point guards, the best basketball shoes for shooting guards, the best basketball shoes for centers, and the best basketball shoes for small forwards. Now we’re going to dive into the best basketball shoes for power forwards.
The power forward position has evolved greatly over the last decade. At one point power forwards, as the name would indicate, were bruisers. A power forward was usually the second tallest player on the court, he or she was slightly more agile than a center, a rebounding pillar and you would rarely see a PF take a shot anywhere near the three-point line. Nowadays, a power forward needs to retain those skills as well as spread the floor, get up and down the court in a hurry, and knock down threes.
These new skill requirements mean that finding footwear that can keep up is harder than ever. But, have no fear, Weartesters is here. Out of the hundreds of shoes we’ve tested, we looked for shoes that have a good amount of cushion and support to accommodate bigger players but still have grippy traction and some responsiveness. So without any further ado, here are our best basketball shoes for power forwards.
P.S.: I you are just looking for the best all-around basketball shoe, you can check out that list as well.
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Best Basketball Shoe For Power Forwards 2024
Puma MB 03
The Puma MB 03 might just be the best LaMelo signature shoe to date, which is saying something. In terms of on-court performance, the Puma MB 01 is hard to beat, but the MB 03 features better materials, and, in our opinion, a more refined and unique design, which might just clinch the W. Read the full review. Price: $130
Nike GT Jump 2
It’s nice to see the changes Nike made in this shoe. They have taken everything that was great in the first model and tweaked it to make the GT Jump 2 that much better as a performance basketball shoe. But this shoe is still one of the best-cushioned shoes we have ever seen, which, combined with the upgraded materials and fit make it one of the best basketball shoes for power forwards and the best basketball shoes for centers you can pick up right now. Read the full review.
Nike LeBron 20
The Nike LeBron 20 is one of the most hyped LeBron James basketball shoes. It strays away from previous releases like the Nike LeBron 19, even in the traction department. That shoe’s grip was inconsistent, but this one’s a beast. The midsole is full-length Cushlon with a forefoot Zoom Turbo unit and an additional standard heel Zoom Air unit in the heel. For bigger forwards, this is the dream. You can combine nimbleness for intricate footwork and tons of impact protection. The upper is lightweight and comfortable as well. Read the full review. Price: $200
Nike LeBron 21
The Nike LeBron 21 promises to be a beast on court. It can be described as a remix of the Nike LeBron 20, and that shoe was amazing, in particular, it is amazing for versatile positions like Power Forward. The cushioning system makes it an excellent choice for explosive and shifty bigs. Barring any unfortunate surprises, this will be one of the top models this year, one of the most universal, and one of the most comfortable on court, as well as an attainable Kobe substitute. Read the full review. Price: $200
Jordan Zion 2
The Jordan Zion 2 is a significant improvement from the Jordan Zion 1. This time around, with a different cushioning setup, the performance is better, and the traction is some of the best on the market this time around. It grips the floor like nobody’s business after a short break-in period. It’s best felt when going aggressively from side to side. The materials aren’t anything extraordinary and could have been better, but at least the strap works to lock down your forefoot. We can see how Zion Williamson would need this shoe on his next stint in the NBA. Read the full review. Price: $120
Nike Air Zoom GT Jump
If you are looking for a shoe with cushion, look no further. The Nike GT Jump. The Nike GT Jump has some of the bounciest cushion of any shoe ever.
The GT Jump comes equipped with 2 large volume Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot, a cushlon midsole, and a full-length zoom air strobel on top of it all. If that crazy amount of cushion weren’t enough, the GT Jump features a synthetic upper that requires no break-in time and is very breathable and lightweight. The shoe is probably better suited for bigger players that need a lot of cushion, but without a doubt, they’re the most comfortable shoe out there. Read the full review. Price: $200
Anta KT 7
The Anta KT 7 is 2022 NBA Champion, Klay Thompson’s signature shoe. The cushion is the highlight of this tech-heavy model. Anta describes the KT 7 cushion set-up as a nitrogen-infused foam, which is bouncy yet stable at the same time. A great setup for forwards.
The midsole is wrapped on the lateral side and exposed on the medial side, similar to Adidas’ previous setups with Boost. The shoe also features Anta’s 3D Hug system that works in conjunction with the carbon fiber torsion plate to offer some Grade A support. The KT 7 features the best of everything Anta has to offer. Read the full review. Price: $150
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Nike Air Max Impact 4
The Nike Air Max Impact 4 is the best budget basketball shoe currently on the market. Fortunately for Power Forwards, the shoe excels in impact protection and support.
The shoe features a surprisingly soft foam and a heel Air Max unit that pack a ton of impact protection. On top of that, the shoe features great support and containment features. Everything on the shoe feels like a steal for a shoe under $100. Read the full review. Price: $90