It can be challenging to find everything you need for the volleyball season with dozens of different shoes, knee pads, ankle braces, and other gear to choose from. That’s why Eastbay is here to help you gear up with our guide for the top volleyball shoes, apparel, and equipment.
When you’re out on the floor, you want a shoe that you can trust to support you no matter what. The Nike React Hyperset is built to let you make big plays in big moments. It starts with Flywire technology that gives you a supportive fit and allows you to fly around the court with ease. Underneath your foot sits React foam that provides responsive cushioning to keep you energized from the first to the last set. Combine the cushioning with the NIKESKIN overlay that increases durability around the toe and suddenly you have a shoe that’s built to last while keeping you in the game longer. Other important features include a lateral strap that offers more stability for those side-to-side movements and a rubber sole for excellent traction in all directions.
When looking for the best pair of volleyball shoes, it’s nice to have options for both style and color. The adidas Crazyflight is one of the few volleyball shoes that’s available in both a mid and low style. Both styles feature the latest in adidas shoe technology with Boost cushioning in the midsole to bolster support. The mesh upper was molded with TPU zones to keep you light on your feet while reducing heat build-up within the shoe. Along the back of the shoe, you can find a molded, S-shaped heel counter that enhances the stability of the shoe.
When designing a volleyball shoe, every component has to work together. The outsole, midsole, and upper all have to be in sync to create a smooth, comfortable performance shoe. In the Sky Elite, the TRUSSTIC system in the midfoot and the GEL technology in the heel work in tandem to control and stabilize twisting in the midfoot area while absorbing shock. The material in the midfoot region is made with FLUIDRIDE tech which consists of lightweight fibers that continually bounce back into place after each step creating adaptive cushioning underfoot. There’s even more comfort in the form of a mesh insole and a sock liner that helps limit moisture in the shoe. The sockliner can also be removed if you have custom orthotics that you prefer to play in.
When you’re on the volleyball court, you want to be cool and comfortable while also ready to explode into action at a moment’s notice. The Nike Zoom HyperAce 2 is designed to do both. These shoes are built with small, breathable holes to keep your feet cool and dry throughout the match. To keep you stable and comfortable, a TPU heel counter, in conjunction with a heel cage, stabilizes your foot in the shoe. A foam midsole combined with Nike Zoom Air delivers the signature responsiveness and explosion that keeps you ready to dive for any balls and rise up for any kills. Combine that with the rubber tread and you will be able to push off with maximum power every time.
The Under Armour Highlight Ace 2.0 is one of the more technologically advanced shoes available. A 4D foam sockliner conforms to the contours of your feet, providing ideal comfort while also hugging your foot to prevent any internal slipping and sliding. A 3D rubber toe cap offers durability from wear and tear as well as protection for your toes. There are internal webbing loops with the purpose of enhanced fit and support to push off from unconventional angles in all directions. That way, no matter where you are on the court or how off balance you may be, you are never out of a play. In the midsole there’s a full-length Charged Cushioning system made to absorb all the stress and pressure put on your knees and feet and convert it into responsive comfort.
Being able to stand up to the demand and rigors of a tough club season is a hallmark of any good shoe. The Under Armour Block City 2.0 is one of the most durable shoes available thanks to the rubber toe cap and the coated mesh panels that line the midfoot and help keep you stable. To complement the forefoot, the midfoot is comprised of lightweight mesh and a toebox to make sure your foot is still able to breathe. The outsole has a herringbone traction pattern similar to the best basketball shoes, but there are also strategically placed diamond-shaped insets which improve the grip even more.
Eastbay also has you covered with a huge selection of the best equipment and apparel to help you feel your best on the court.
Ankle sprains are a problem for every athlete, and volleyball players can be at an especially high risk. All it takes is coming down off-balance after a spike or a block and you can spend the next several weeks watching games in a walking boot from the bench. Thankfully, ankle braces provide support to help protect against sprains. The ASO Ankle Stabilizer offers a secure fit thanks to stabilizing straps that form a figure eight around your ankle, and it’s bilateral, meaning it can be worn on either ankle. Another option is the McDavid ankle brace which has a built-in anatomical arch that adds a layer of support in addition to the elastic top strap that helps you customize the fit. If you prefer something different there is also the Mizuno DXS2 brace where support and stability come from three main parts: anchored wrap, under heel, and V-shaped belts.
Knee pads are an essential part of every volleyball player’s kit. Getting floor burn is a bottom 10 experience, but thankfully we have several great options to save your knees. The Nike Essential Kneepads are built with shock-absorbing foam and abrasion resistance to keep your knees protected, and the short style design allows for greater freedom of movement on the court. There is also the Under Armour Strive 2.0 which features a heat liner for increased breathability and dual-density padding which helps keep bulk down while maintaining excellent protection. Mizuno offers the LR6 kneepad which provides complete patella, lateral, and medial protection. In addition, the VS-1 padding is strategically placed to give you the confidence to go after every ball.
Of course, compression shorts play a huge role in a volleyball player’s comfort. A poorly made pair of compression shorts can rub you the wrong way and irritate your skin to the point of madness. Eastbay carries some of the top brands’ compression shorts including the Nike Pro 3” which features a lined gusset and ergonomic seams that allow for a greater range of motion while preventing annoying irritation. Under Armour also has a 3” compression short made from lightweight HeatGear fabric, allowing you to float like a butterfly and spike like a gorilla. It also has built-in, anti-odor technology which prevents the growth of microbes and keeps the shorts fresh. There is also the Mizuno Vortex Hybrid Shorts which have a lower rise and a wide waistband for impressive comfort and a lined, flatlock gusset to provide stability.
With all this gear and equipment, you’re going to need something to carry it in. Enter the Nike Hoops Elite Pro Backpack. It has been completely redesigned this year to give players easier access to their things. Instead of a traditional opening this year’s model features something more akin to opening a duffel bag. While you still carry it like a traditional backpack when you lay it flat you are able to fully open it to grab whatever you need. Ever had to grab something quick from the bottom of a full backpack? It is one of the more frustrating feelings as you have to unpack your bag just to grab a charger, and then you have to turn around and repack it. This backpack eliminates that annoyance. It does still have plenty of other traditional backpack features including a laptop sleeve, ventilated pocket for wet items, and space for an oversized water bottle. The bottom panel was crafted to resist abrasion so this backpack will last you for a while.
No matter what type of shoes, apparel, or equipment you need to power through the season, Eastbay has you covered. Check out eastbay.com for anything you need.