Best Basketball Shoes

Each year dozens of basketball shoes are released offering improved tech elements with new and impressive colorways. While it’s great to have options, sometimes it’s overwhelming when looking for the best ones to play in. To help guide you on your search we created a list of the top basketball shoes.

Under Armour Curry 7

Steph Curry makes everything look effortless on the court. No player in the league can knock down a 30-footer or put defenders in the spin cycle while looking like he’s just playing a game of pick-up at the park. Curry’s unique game requires a unique shoe, and designers at UA have consistently put forward some of the best basketball shoes available.

The Curry 7 is a low-top, same as every Curry has been, and features a foam-padded ankle collar that helps keep you light, loose, and ready to put the defense on its heels. Curry is always flying around the court, coming off screens, relocating after offensive rebounds, and that’s why keeping the weight down on the shoe was so important. The upper is made from a mixture of synthetic leather, TPU skins, and lightweight mesh for the perfect balance of support and breathability.

For cushioning, designers used a combination of HOVR and Micro G technology. Micro G sits under the heel to protect the back part of your foot while HOVR is responsible for both cushioning and energy return. You will also find a midfoot plate that helps stabilize your foot with each step you take.

adidas Dame 7

Dame Lillard is not here to be your friend. The man has ripped the heart out of multiple fanbases the past several seasons, waving them goodbye after he sends their teams packing from the postseason.

The Dame 7 is one of the lightest shoes available thanks to a strong focus on limiting weight in each part of the shoe. It all begins with a textile upper that is flexible, lightweight, and extremely breathable, giving you the freedom to fly around the court. The midsole is home to the patented adidas Lightstrike cushioning which, much like the name suggests, is also extremely lightweight. Lightstrike may be on the firmer side of cushioning, but it also provides some of the best energy return in the game.

The lacing systems on adidas signature shoes are often one of the most well-liked features with plenty of athletes praising the snug fit. The Dame 7 is no different. Its integrated lacing system gives you multiple options for how tight or loose you want your shoes. The last piece to call out on the shoe is the rubber outsole with a zig-zag traction pattern, giving you the grip you need to attack with confidence.

Nike KD13

Kevin Durant is one of the most versatile players basketball has ever seen. He is a 7-footer with one of the purest strokes in the game and the ability to envelop players on the defensive end. He has the advantage in every situation on the court, and he needs a shoe that can help him attack and exploit that advantage.

The KD13 is one of the more unique shoes in Nike’s lineup. It features their patented Zoom Air cushioning running the full length of the shoe for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. It is stitched directly into the upper so that you feel the energy return with each step that much quicker. There is also an extra unit of Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot to give you additional cushioning under the balls of your feet.

One thing you won’t have to worry about when you take the court in the KD13 is breaking it in. The upper was constructed using minimal amounts of material to keep it lightweight, flexible, and ready to go right out of the box. To top off the shoe, a soft tongue and cushioned collar help stabilize and protect your ankle.

adidas D.O.N. Issue #2

There may be nothing more exciting in basketball than when Donovan Mitchell catches fire. He’s capable of hitting ridiculous step-back threes, putting big men on a poster, and knocking down silky pull-ups and floaters. He has the full arsenal on offense, and he needs a shoe that can help him unlock it.

The Issue #2 is set up to keep you explosive and comfortable on the court. It features Bounce cushioning technology that sits in the midsole, delivering responsive comfort and exceptional energy return with each jump. A rigid heel cage was a necessary addition to help provide some stability as you move up, down, and across the court.

The half-bootie construction and rubber outsole gives you both the freedom and confidence to fly around, knowing the shoe will never let you down.

Under Armour Embiid One

Joel Embiid is one of the last few dominant big men in the league today. He is a roving menace on defense, locking down anyone who challenges him in the paint, and a battering ram on offense capable of going through you or around you with his strength and quickness. Embiid and UA designer Reggie Wilson worked closely together to develop a shoe that all players, regardless of their position, can play in.

One of the most crucial aspects of the shoe is how breathable it is. Wilson learned from a Philadelphia trainer that Embiid’s feet would get incredibly hot during games. “Some of the shoes he was wearing were so bulky, so many layers, and that was one of the things we wanted to avoid. We wanted to make this as breathable as possible but still strong enough for him,” said Wilson. By constructing the upper with mesh layers, Wilson was able to ensure that heat was able to escape and fresh air could flow through the shoe.

During the design process, Embiid and Wilson were in constant communication regarding the cut of the shoe. Eschewing the typical high-cut that has become common with basketball shoes, they decided to go with a mid-cut, which better matched Embiid’s style of play. The cut really speaks to the versatility of the shoe. Guards and wing players get the freedom they need to drive hard to the basket and big men get the support they need to dominate down low.

From a cushioning standpoint, the Embiid One is built with HOVR technology, Under Armour’s patented cushioning tech, that provides some of the best, most efficient energy return in the game. Sitting under the heel is Micro-G cushioning to add additional cushioning, ensuring you are comfortable and primed to attack all game long.

To find these shoes and more of your favorite signature models head to eastbay.com, where you’ll find a wide selection of colorways and sizes to choose from.


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