Finding the shoe that fits your game isn’t always an easy task. The shoes on your feet play a part in every hard-earned bucket, well-read steal, or big-time board.
A quicker first step, better ankle support, responsive traction – the right shoe can help with all of it. Whatever part of your game you’re looking to step up, finding the shoe tailored to you can give you an edge this season. At Eastbay, we have the full arsenal of 2018’s best team basketball shoes in a range of colorways, so it’s easy to rep your team every time you step onto the court.
The LeBron Soldier XII, with four lightweight straps, keeps you locked down and in control, just like the king himself. A shoe full of straps can be a hard thing to nail aesthetically, but the Soldier XII pulls it off – this shoe looks good. Ultra-responsive and comfortable Zoom Air cushioning gives you a beast of a shoe that doesn’t compromise comfort and makes for soft landings. It’s a shoe battle- ready out of the box and it delivers on stability, comfort, and overall versatility. You can take this shoe in the paint or stay in the backcourt — basically anywhere on the court — just like LeBron.
Without a doubt one of the most explosive and creative guards in the NBA, Kyrie Irving needs a shoe that can react to his flashy crossover and even flashier first step. With a zig-zag patterned cutout of the shoe where the rubber hits the hardwood, you get full traction through even the most rapid changes in direction. A lightweight foam coupled with Zoom Air cushioning in the heel makes for the responsive court feel that savvy guards need to be play-makers. The fourth iteration of Kyrie’s line is a weapon every elusive guard needs in their arsenal this season.
The Nike PG 2.5 gets back to its roots with a second debut of the midfoot strap. It hasn’t been seen since the PG 1, and it doesn’t add much to the shoe in terms of weight, so it still plays like a lighter profile basketball shoe. The strap, however, gives you the power to tailor your own fit so you’re ready to man up against anyone, just like Paul George, and the innovative outsole keeps you from wiping your soles on every dead ball, so you can stay zoned in on what matters.
The Nike Hyperdunk has officially hit its decade mark as a staple in Nike’s performance basketball shoe lineup. The shoe started breaking down walls with its flawless Flywire design in 2008, and it’s back in even better form for the 2018 season. Superb on-court feel and traction come from its wave-like outsole patterns that grab the hardwood with authority. The iconic line keeps its staple Zoom Air cushioning and complements it with a lightweight upper to help you log heavy minutes.
The Why Not Zer0.1 boasts a Zoom Air bottom with a Phylon midsole from heel to toe for an ultra-responsive feel. The heel bucket keeps you locked in for chasing down boards, while the bootie construction gives you the customized fit and comfort to log serious PT this season. The shoe is also offered in a mid-top if extra support is a priority, so pick up a pair – why not?
The Pro Bounce sports a high-cut silhouette with a sleek, not-too-busy design that excels in versatility and overall support. The shoe is equipped with ultra-tough TPU through the sole to help make toe-off motions and lift-offs more in control, yet explosive. If you play above the rim, a game’s worth of landings with the bounce midsole is a serious plus.
Under Armour SC 3Zero II – Available September 2018
Under Armour didn’t waste much time after the Curry 5 release to get started on Curry’s next performance basketball shoe. The second installment of the SC 3Zero features a large lateral wrap for 360-degree grip when pushing through screens, cutting to the hoop, or sliding over in time for the charge. The midsole brings you the explosive energy return seen in Curry’s elusive, change-of-speed offense by adding dual-density Micro G foam and Charged Cushioning.
Hovr tech cushioning – a high-end foam previously only found in running shoes – hits the hardwood for the first time. The shoe’s high-end foam provides great energy return and comfort while on the court. The shoe gets its guts and lateral mobility from the durable yet lightweight TPU material used in the heel counter, midfoot, and melted film on the mesh upper, all while being a seriously good looking shoe in the process. Find the Hovr Havoc in a low or mid-top in 14 different colorways today.
Shift into the next gear this season with the seriously grippy outsole on the Nike Zoom Shift 2. Nike drops in the same Zoom Air cushioning found in many of their performance-line shoes. At its core, the shoe stays light with its textile upper, a huge complement to the high-traction wraparound outsole for aggressive blow-bys. The Zoom Shift 2 is a serious deal sitting at only $100, and it’s poised to keep up with even the most elite players on the court.
Stay In The Know
Your game is unique to you, and your shoe should be too. The regular season is around the corner, and more shoes and colorways are in the queue to drop, so stay tuned.
Raise the bar this off-season with a shoe tailored to your training style. If you find yourself doing more cardio, then a lighter, hybrid training shoe may be a better fit. If your workouts are more dominated by power or Olympic lifts, then deciding between heel height and shoe stability could be the difference between you and your next PR this off-season.
Nike has a few trainers that cater to any training style, and with the unveiling of the all-new Nike Americana Pack — a collection of red, white, and blue colorways — you can get after it this summer in patriotic fashion.
Strength: Nike Romaleos 3
Struggling to hit your next PR? Many big lifters find themselves stuck at the same weight, but the right lifting shoe is often the game-changer to help you get past your wall.
A Lightweight Profile
The Nike Romaleos 3 features an improved, lightweight, honeycomb heel that reduces weight without giving up heel stability. This hollowed heel helps make the Romaleos a lightweight option that mimics the comfort of a trainer. In fact, without insoles, it weighs in at around 12 ounces — roughly the same as lighter training models without elevated heels.
Performance On The Platform
These lightweight features may have you wondering if the shoe is sacrificing some stability. Rest assured, the same lightweight material that refuses to compress under even the heaviest deadlifts — a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel — is trusted by pro athletes on the platform every day.
The shoe locks you in with a rugged, seatbelt-like midfoot strap and the trusted Flywire cables you’ve come to expect from Nike trainers. Insoles are also a critical factor when evaluating the stability of a lifting shoe, so the Romaleos gives you two — a firmer one for competition and a softer one for training. This gives you the option to leverage its lightweight characteristics with a softer training sole, and put up big weight when it counts with the firmer, competition sole.
Elevated heels help increase your ankle’s range of motion by increasing dorsiflexion at the ankle. This allows for more depth when you dig deep on the platform for your next squat. The standard height for a lifting shoe comes out to .75” and the heel height of the Nike Romaleos falls at .79” — an ideal height for most high bar and low bar squats that also helps keep the torso upright.
Agility: Nike Metcon 4
The Metcon 4 is equipped for almost anything a routine training day or practice may throw at you — sled pushes, rope climbs, burpees, box jumps, cleans, agility drills — you name it, and the Metcon 4 keeps up. Flexibility to bust out short runs between lifts makes the versatility packed into this shoe hard to rival.
Durability To Get The Job Done
The Metcon 4 boasts a drop-in midsole, a firm heel that brings you lower to the ground for lifting, and enough cushioning at the forefoot for cardio and training. Sitting low to the ground with a 4mm offset, the new Metcon provides a stable platform for adding in some weight during workouts. The TPU used in the heel, also found in Romaleos, provides the grit you look for in a strength shoe to make some progress with the barbell for next season.
Light, Yet Stable
The Metcon 4 checks off a lot of boxes by allowing you to cross-train, lift, and bust out short runs of up to 100 yards. A breathable upper and Nike Flywire work together to keep the weight off for runs, while also locking you down from laces to midsole.
When it’s time to get vertical, an upgraded, lightweight heel clip minimizes drag against the wall for exercises like handstand push-ups. The bottom of the shoe uses a high-traction, tri-star pattern for precise grip both on and off the squat rack. And if it’s time to climb, the same grippy material wraps high near the center of the outsole to help you finish strong up the rope.
Keep The Workout Moving
Some trade in comfort for stability with training shoes, but the Nike Metcon 4 keeps your feet cool and comfortable through even the most grueling practices. It accomplishes this by using a soft and breathable mesh around the heel and ankle. So when it’s time for a quick run, avoid making pit stops at the gym bag to swap shoes simply because the pace of a workout changes. If you want to keep your workout moving, grab a pair of Metcon 4’s to help you finish strong this season.
Freedom: Nike Free x Metcon
The Nike Free x Metcon is the best of both worlds, combining the comfort and breathability of the Nike Free line and the durability of the Nike Metcon line.
Tough Where It Counts
A training shoe with the comfort of a Nike Free couldn’t possibly hold up in training, right?
Don’t let the cushion and comfort fool you into thinking this shoe can’t handle lifting and agility drills — it’s stable in the areas that training demands most. Much of its durability comes from the triangle midfoot wrap: a reinforced rubber that wraps from the bottom of the ankle to the outsole for protection while racing up the rope.
The Free x Metcon also uses Nike Flywire — long fibers that support the shoe in key points of pressure. The mesh on the shoe’s upper works in a similar way by reinforcing key areas where training demands the most impact, and staying light and breathable where it doesn’t. This mesh combats these stress points with a durable TPU lining: the same material used to withstand the massive weight put on the heels of the Romaleos.
The sole of the shoe adopts some of the Nike Free’s forefoot flex grooves, but keeps things rugged at high-impact areas like the toe and heel. The toe of the shoe is made up of a stiffer material that provides great stability when driving up the toe during burpees, or quickly changing direction laterally. The same material is applied to the heel of the shoe to make it durable enough for some lifting — even the WOD.
Break Free This Off-Season
From a comfort-fit bootie down to a flex-grooved outsole, the Nike Free x Metcon raises the bar for comfort in a training shoe. With the ability to take these on a run of up to 1 mile or 20 minutes on a treadmill, you get more freedom than any training shoe we’ve ever seen. If you need heavy cardio in your workouts, then gear up with the Nike Free x Metcon and hit the ground running.
Whatever your training needs, picking up a training shoe tailored to your workouts will give you a solid finish to any season. Check out the entire Americana Pack at eastbay.com.