WearTesters is reader-supported. When you make purchases using links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Top 13 Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes

Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes

The most comfortable basketball shoes on the market will always excel in two key features: materials, and most importantly, cushion. Our choices for the current best basketball shoes out there consist of the most well-rounded shoes, but here, cushion is the main feature we are looking at. So, no matter if we are talking about a great on-court performer, or just a cool casual shoe, to make it on this list it will have to have great cushion.

We have chosen 10 performance basketball shoes and 3 retros for this list.

When we are choosing performance shoes that excel on comfort and cushion, what we are looking for are shoes that allow you to play the most amount of hours with the least amount of impact on your joints. At WearTesters, we spend long hours every day testing our shoes, so we know and appreciate when we have a well-cushioned shoe on our hands. Anything that can keep us on the court for longer, whether it be indoors or outdoors, is always something we look forward to.

As far as retros and casual shoes go, we are looking for great step-in comfort and for shoes that will allow you to rock them for the longest time without soreness.

If you already picked up your hoop shoes for the year and want to boost their cushioning, a great option for that is Move insoles. They can take almost any hoop shoe from flat to bouncy and supportive.

So, with all that being said, let’s get into our picks:

Last updated 05.22.2022

Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes: Performance Basketball

nike gt jump

Nike GT Jump

The Nike GT Jump features the bounciest cushion, perhaps of all time. They have been described as “what the Shox should have been”. The shoe features 2 large volume Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot, a cushlon midsole, and a full-length zoom air stroble on top of that. That’s just an INSANE amount of cushion. To top it off it 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 are the most comfortable basketball shoes available. Price: $279

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike GT Jump
jordan 36

Air Jordan 36

The Air Jordan 36 is Jordan Brand‘s flagship performance shoe and thus receives the best tech. That makes it the most comfortable option from the brand. Although the midsole is basic Phylon, there is a full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit that you can feel right away plus an additional Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. It’s the same setup as the Nike KD 13. We’re not complaining as far as comfort goes. Plus, the upper is breathable and soft. Read the full review. Price: $185

9.3/10
Total Score
Buy Air Jordan 36
nike lebron 19 white background

Nike LeBron 19

The Nike LeBron 19 is one of the most cushioned shoes available right now. That’s pretty obvious the moment you lay eyes on them. There’s a full-length Cushlon foam midsole coupled with Max Air in the rear and Max Zoom Air in the forefoot. That’s a lot of cushion and makes it one of the most comfortable basketball shoes, even if you are not 6’9” and 280 pounds like The King himself. The worst that could happen here is that you have too much cushion. Read the full review. Price: $200

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron 19
nike kd 14

Nike KD 14

The Nike KD 14 feels like a springy marshmallow underfoot. There’s absolutely no question as to the comfort of this sneaker. A full-length, plush Cushlon midsole would be enough for most, but combine that with the spring-like feel of the full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit and you got yourself one heck of a comfortable sneaker. The upper is basic and getting your fit right is key in order to get the most comfort out of it. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy Nike KD 14
curry 9

Under Armour Curry 9

The Curry 9 looks familiar but looks different enough to be its own unique shoe. Although it and the Curry 8 both feature Under Amour’s Flow cushioning, the latest model is simply more comfortable than the Curry 8. And that’s all you can ask for from a brand that is still improving its cushioning technology. The transition is smooth and having all that exposed foam without an outsole makes this one of the most comfortable basketball shoes on the market. Read the full review. Price: $160

9.2/10
Total Score
Buy Under Armour Curry 9
Best High Top Basketball Shoes: Nike LeBron 18

Nike LeBron 18

The Nike LeBron 18 features a max cushion setup. There’s a full-length Zoom Strobel unit that is coupled with a half-length Air Max unit. With all that air, you could just get away with any foam. But Nike decided to go all out and use Cushlon, a plush setup that compliments the springy-ness of Zoom. If cushion and comfort are all you’re looking for, then there are few better options than this one. Read the full review. Price: $200

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron 18
Nike Air Max Impact 3

Nike Air Max Impact 3

The Nike Air Max Impact 3 proves that price does not always equal performance. Though this one is a budget model, it provides “signature line” comfort. The foam is presumably Phylon, but it is a very plush and slightly bouncy iteration of it with an Air Max unit in the heel. In addition, the upper is very soft and breathable which is always a plus. Don’t be fooled by the price tags of some sneakers. Great performance and comfort can come at any price point. Read the full review. Price: $90

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Air Max Impact 3
nike lebron witness 6

Nike LeBron Witness 6

The Nike LeBron Witness 6 may be considered a budget model, but the near full-length Air Max unit begs to differ. It’s just crazy that you can get all this cushion at such a low price. The Phylon midsole isn’t too bad and it does give comfort underfoot. The Air unit’s shape can be more accurately described as dog-bone. But, even though it isn’t full-length, it’s still one of the most comfortable basketball shoes you will find on a bidget. Read the full review. Price: $100

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron Witness 6

Nike Zoom GT Run

The Nike Zoom GT Run is the follow-up to the Nike Zoom BB NXT, although the brand won’t tell you that. Just like its predecessor, this one has multiple layers of cushion: a React insole and midsole with double-stacked Zoom Air with a forefoot Zoom unit that seems to be a strobel version of Zoom Turbo. Whether you’re walking in a mall or playing for hours on the court, these should help your legs stay fresh and your feet not hurting. Read the full review. Price: $175

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Zoom GT Run
361°-Zen-3

361º Zen 3

The 361° Zen 3 is an under-the-radar sneaker that really deserves more attention than it gets. 361º used Quikfoam Lite for this sneaker and they absolutely nailed the comfort. Chris describes it as “Cushlon on steroids.” Take that for what it is. Plus, outdoor hoopers will love these because of all the impact protection and outsole durability. These may not come from a big brand, but it performs just as well. Read the full review. Price: $105

8.8/10
Total Score
Buy 361° Zen 3
Peak_Lou_Williams_Underground_2-removebg-preview

Peak Lou Williams Underground 2

The Peak Lou Williams Underground 2 features Peak’s premier foam cushion: Taichi. For those who don’t know what that is yet, it’s basically pillows for your feet. It’s literally that soft. Peak always comes out with one of the most comfortable basketball shoes of the year and this one’s no different. Read the full review. Price: $70

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Peak Lou Williams Underground 2

Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes: Retro/Casual

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE 'Bred' 2021

Air Jordan 11 Low I.E. OG Bred 2021

The Air Jordan 11 Low I.E. OG Bred 2021 is proof that retros can still be comfortable and that Jordan Brand was ahead of its time. The tech specs of any AJ 11 are well-known: Phylon midsole with full-length Air-Sole. That still beats most modern basketball shoes. The upper is a nice black leather with mesh sections so your feet don’t feel like they’re in an oven all the time. Playing in these wouldn’t be a terrible idea either. Read the full review. Price: $170

9.2/10
Total Score
Buy Air Jordan 11 Low I.E. OG Bred 2021

Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT

Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT

The Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT really stays true to its name. The CMFT is to be read as “comfort.” It features a canvas upper that is more forgiving than leather. For the midsole, it was basically injected with foam, presumably Phylon, and they decided not to cover it on the outsole. That makes the foam more able to compress and expand under the weight of the wearer. There’s also a heel Zoom Air unit for that extra pep in your step. Read the full review. Price: $150

9/10
Total Score
Buy Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT

Air Jordan 1 Zoom

Air Jordan 1 Zoom

The Air Jordan 1 Zoom doesn’t make it hard for us to find out what the update is with arguably the greatest sneaker of all time. But this isn’t just any regular Zoom unit. They actually used the same Zoom Strobel unit that was first seen in the Nike KD 12. With that, you’ll be able to feel how springy and comfortable these are right away. The materials are all reflective but there are other colorways if that’s not your thing. Also, you’ll probably want to go up half a size when you purchase a pair. Read the full review. Price: $175

8.8/10
Total Score
Buy Air Jordan 1 Zoom

Add a Comment

Related Posts