Best Basketball Shoe Colorways: A Power Ranking

Best Basketball Shoe Colorways: A Power Ranking

The best basketball shoes are the ones that deliver a high level of performance and also have a range of interesting, flashy colorways. What’s even the point of having the best performing shoes if they are boring to look at? For your convenience we have assembled a power ranking of the dopest colorways Eastbay has to offer. 

10. Under Armour Curry 7

There may be no bigger holiday in the world than the Chinese New Year, and Steph pays homage to that with this colorway of the Curry 7. Though most of the shoe is a dyke blue gray it can be forgiven thanks to the watercolor style pink lilies that cover the heel and wrap around the sides. Absolutely exquisite.

9. adidas D.O.N Issue #1

Shoe Colorway Power Rankings Stealth Spiderman

The DON Issue #1 has been crushing the colorway game so far. The “Stealth Spider-man” is no exception. Lime green is a tricky color to pull off, because if used wrong it can look atrocious. The adidas design team did a good job using it sparingly as more of a highlight element. The largest chunk is found on the outsole where it’s mixed with black to give off a nice lava lamp vibe that wraps around a little. The green is also used a little on the trim of the shoe, the propulsion plate, and the logo on the tongue. Set against a black upper the green really pops, bringing this seldom-used color scheme to life.

8. Nike Kyrie 5

Nike Kyrie 5 Friends Colorway

Lots of people love “Friends,” but Kyrie loves it so much he got a tattoo celebrating the show on his arm. So, it isn’t surprising he would also dedicate a colorway of the Kyrie 5 to the show. The shoe uses colors from the opening credits on the outsole and lacing system to contrast the black upper. Kyrie’s name is spelled out below the swoosh in the “Friends” font, and there is a third eye on the back of the heel (because of course there is).

7. Nike Zoom Freak 1

Shoe Colorway Power Rankings Roses

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s success on the court has landed him his own signature shoe and they haven’t disappointed. Recently released was the “Roses” colorway. It is predominantly white, which gives it a cleaner, classier look. What really makes the shoe stand out, though, are the colors the designers picked to complement the white. The backwards swoosh is a metallic gold that brings a muted, calming presence to the shoe. The outsole is a bright red and there are several red accent marks on the tongue to really bring the shoe to life.

6. Nike KD 12

Shoe Colorway Ranking Youtube

Many of the KD 12 colorways are monotone, so this ‘Youtube’ colorway is a nice surprise even if white is one of the primary colors. However, there is an excellent balance of both the white and the red to keep the shoe bright but not overbearing. The small black elements on the heel and tongue are a nice point of contrast. This is most likely the best colorway of the 12 so far.

5. adidas Dame 5

adidas Dame 5 Black Panther Colorway

The purple and black color combination is criminally underrated. Look no further than Baltimore for an example of how cool this combo looks when done right. This colorway is part of adidas’s Marvel Pack and is easily the big winner. The textured elements that serve as a shout-out to Wakanda are visible without being overwhelming, and though the purple feels underserved the use of a matte finish keeps the shoe understated but powerful.

4. adidas Harden 3

adidas Harden 3 Team History Colorway

James Harden is the face of Houston’s franchise and his Harden 3 “Team History” colorway pays homage to the all teams he’s played for. There are callouts to his high school team, a Sun Devil for Arizona State, and a wonderful use of old-school Houston logos. It is reminiscent of graffiti on a wall, but because many of these smaller callouts feature the same color pattern (gold, orange, maroon red) it blends together well. The all-black midfoot strap helps break up the callouts and is a nice visual reprieve.

3. adidas Dame 6

Dame and adidas have had some interesting collaborations on the Dame 6. First was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and now we have one with Pusha-T. A soft blue pairs well with the orange and white to give off a springtime vibe. Dame’s initials and birth year grace the side of each shoe while Pusha’s are located on the heel. There is a blank place near the toe for you to sign your own name making the shoe your own.

2. Nike Kyrie 5

Nike Kyrie 5 Have A Nike Day Colorway

Kyrie has one of the more impressive collections of colorways and one of the top ones is the “Have a Nike Day.” The denim color and texture pairs well with the white to give a clean, fresh look. It also has some nice subtle color elements such as the paint splatter on the tongue and the rainbow of colors on the outsole that wraps up the side of the shoe. The element that ties everything together is the 3D “Nike” on the heel of the shoe that really pops against the denim.

1. adidas D.O.N Issue #1

There is a lot of retro happening in the league right now. Throwback jerseys and courts are everywhere, but the best so far is the ‘Mailman’ colorway of the D.O.N Issue #1. A soft purple exquisitely blankets most of the shoe with small touches of orange and powder blue. The mountain range on the side of the shoe is perfect, full stop. To fully tie the shoe together, a postage stamp sits prominently on the back half of the shoe. This colorway fully deserves the top spot.

Best Basketball Apparel For AAU Season

Best Basketball Apparel For AAU Season

Style is important. Not the “spent $3,000 on a St. Laurent jacket” kind of style, but more the “we’re going to step out looking clean and fresh” kind of style. As we enter AAU season where it’s a little easier to show off your fashion sense we’ve put together a couple of outfits that will help you stand out on the court while also making sure you sure you can reach your peak performance. We also wrote a piece about the best shoes for AAU season that you can read here.

Nike Tech Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie x Nike Tech Fleece Jogger x KD 12

What’s the best feeling in the world? The correct answer is when you are absolutely unconscious in a basketball game, but not far behind that is when you rock an outfit that not only looks good but also is comfortable. The Nike Tech Fleece collection does exactly that. Nike completely reimagined the hoodie to give you a more customizable fit by removing the drawstrings and adjusting the zipper. Streamlining the fit and using a three-panel hood with bound cuffs helps keep you as warm as possible. We went with this muted pink color to help give you some pop and offset the black KDs. I’m a firm believer that everyone looks a better when they have some color in their outfits. Color is an excellent way to help you stand out. The joggers use the same lightweight, breathable fleece material as the hoodie and have the cuffed ankle to seal out the cold. They also feature zippered pockets on the sides and back to keep anything from falling out.

Nike JDI ‘90s Basketball T-Shirt x Nike Floral DNA Shorts x Kyrie 5

Nostalgia seems to dominate our culture more now than in the past couple of decades. Music, television, or fashion nowadays are constantly paying homage to previous decades. Is it because millennials and Gen Z are lazy and don’t want to create anything new? (No, that’s a dumb stereotype and if you bring it up again, I’m going to subtweet you). This fit is a little more laid back than the previous one. The shirt has clear call-outs to the ‘90s with the colors it uses (lime green, pink, blue) and the shapes that accompany the graphic elements on the back. There are deconstructed triangles and circles that really give off a vibe that many of the same clothes of that decade had. One of the things I really enjoy about this shirt is that the front is clean and minimalistic while the back is where you make a statement with the bold lettering and other elements. The shirt also features moisture-wicking technology to help keep you cool and dry in the heat. The shorts are more toned-down color wise but feature a wonderful palm leaf spread. It helps bring them to life and mixed with the colors on the t-shirt really give off a summer vibe. The shorts also have striped hem tape, which is an shout-out to old basketball style, and are made with Dri-Fit® technology to keep you cool. Perhaps no shoe has a better colorway to finish off the outfit than this Kyrie 5 which uses the same color scheme as the shirt.

Nike NBA Marlon Sassy Doodle T-Shirt x Nike Icon Shorts x Kobe A.D.

Everyone loves being the person to “discover” something first. It could be a song that hasn’t blown up yet, a memeable photo, or better yet a style of shirt, pants, or shoes that hasn’t hit the mainstream yet. While everyone has heard of Nike, they produce so many different collections some can go unnoticed. The Marlon Sassy Doodle set is one of those collections that has gone under the radar. Sassy is a self-taught artist famous for his illustrations of rappers and other pop culture figures. He partnered with Nike to create this set of t-shirts with his illustrations of several basketball players. For this outfit we selected the one with Giannis Antetokounmpo (for the record I didn’t have to look up how to spell it) who now has an argument for best player in the league. This shirt has a unique style that is unlike anything Nike has done before, so you’re guaranteed to stand out. In order to keep the shirt as the focal point of the outfit we went with a clean, simple pair of shorts that are made to perform. The Nike Icon Shorts utilize knit jacquard construction to maximize mobility and breathability and are made with Dri-Fit® material to neutralize sweat. Giannis debuted his signature shoe in the playoffs, but it won’t be available till the summer, so we decided to use a Kobe A.D. that matches nicely with everything. There are some elements that use a similar green to the shirt, plus a nice peach orange and deep purple to brighten up the shoe.

Crossover Culture Name Tag Long-Sleeve Training Top x Crossover Culture Ambush Shorts x Crossover Culture Fortune LP Low

We are going to change it up a bit with this next outfit. Crossover Culture is a relatively new brand based out of L.A. and has turned out some really nice apparel and shoes. This outfit also ties back in to one of my favorite takes which is that playing basketball in long sleeves is better than short sleeves. It’s so much more casual and sends a message to the opposing team that you can still drop buckets without going 100%. The Name Tag Long-Sleeve Training Top is an excellent shirt to play or train in thanks to the four-way stretch that gives you a wide range of motion, so your workout or shot isn’t constricted. They’ve also reinforced the side seams with taping which increases durability. The shorts pair well and are extremely comfortable and feature zippered pockets and moisture-wicking technology. Where Crossover Culture really excels, though, is with their shoes which are a breath of fresh air and some of the most technologically advanced available. They have an LP Energy System that helps with impact protection, and a CMEVA carrier midsole provides comfort for every step you take on the court. They’ve also added Wishbone Suspension to give you dual-direction stability that doesn’t restrict flexibility.

adidas Dame Dametime T-Shirt x adidas Lillard Shorts x Dame 5

Damian Lillard does not get enough credit for how good of a player he has become. Now in his seventh season in the league, there is nothing Lillard can’t do on offense whether it’s bombing from long-range, attacking the rim, or creating for his teammates. He is also universally regarded as a great leader and one of the most confident guys in the league. Lillard may be finally starting to get more recognition as adidas has begun creating some Dametime apparel. The Dametime T-Shirt is a testament to Lillard’s clutch shooting late in games with graphics on the back that resemble a clock face. The shirt also uses Portland’s team colors as the basis for its color scheme. The shorts may seem simplistic, but they are built to help you dominate on the basketball court, not the fashion runway. Both the shirt and shorts have state-of-the-art, moisture-wicking technology to keep you comfortable on the court. adidas really stepped up its game with the Dame 5, equipping it with internal pods along the midfoot and under the tongue to give you cushioning in the areas you need it most. There is also a Bounce midsole to help absorb shock from landings and running.  

These outfits are sure to keep you looking good and feeling comfortable throughout the season. However, if nothing up there sparked an interest you can find tons of performance and casual apparel on to create your own perfect outfit.

2.7 Release Report: From A New Jordan Retro 9 to the launch of Crossover Culture, Here’s What Is Dropping This Week

2.7 Release Report: From A New Jordan Retro 9 to the launch of Crossover Culture, Here’s What Is Dropping This Week

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:


2.7 Jordan Retro 9

In just a couple of weeks, basketball fans everywhere will be tuned in to Los Angeles. From the highest flyers to the sharpest shooters to the greatest players, the city will play host to the biggest names in hoops. To get you hyped for the huge spectacle, Jordan is dropping a new colorway of their classic Retro 9s.Clean black and summit white colors make up the nubuck and leather upper while gold accents give the shoe a flashy style – fitting for the City of Angels. The insole of the shoe even features a graphic inspired by a map of LA. It’s a shoe that is truly fit for the stars.  Men’s $190.00. Boys’ $140.00.


2.7 Jordan XXXII

Chinese New Year is right around the corner and we can think of no better way to celebrate the Year of the Dog than by rocking these special AJ XXXIIs. Chinese-inspired flowers and fireworks are featured along the upper and heel areas while Chinese lettering can be found on the inner tongue. The black knit upper mixes with gold, red, green, and white accents for a bold, fresh look that you’ll want to rock over and over all year long.  Men’s $185.00.



5 Reasons Crossover Culture Should Be Your Next Hoops Shoe

5 Reasons Crossover Culture Should Be Your Next Hoops Shoe

Crossover Culture is a team of hoopers making new hoops shoes. It’s simple as that. But they’re changing the game. The new brand is built for today’s game, crafting shoes made specifically for today’s athletes.

It’s new. It’s fresh. It’s a game changer. Here are 5 reasons you should hop on the Crossover Culture Movement right now. Learn more about Crossover Culture here.


1. Built For Today’s Game

5 Crossover Culture Heel

Crossover Culture recognized that the game has changed. Positions don’t matter anymore. There is no such thing as a traditional point guard or a traditional power forward anymore. In today’s game, everyone needs to handle the rock, shoot jumpers, and get to the rim. Crossover Culture wanted to create shoes that fit this new style of play. It’s not about positions. It’s about being versatile on the court. Crossover Culture shoes focus on fit and feel, giving you comfort and confidence for your game no matter how you play.


2. LP Energy System

5 Crossover Culture Cushioning

A new sneaker brand means new sneaker tech. Crossover Culture worked with a team of chemical research partners to develop the LP Energy System, which is optimized for on-court performance, giving you greater impact and stability control all game long. A zero-compression set gives you premium cushioning that won’t break down, giving you the same feel for the life of the shoe. The LP Energy System is designed to help you stay on the court with a comfortable feel and impact protection that propels your game forward.


3. High Speed Stability

5 Crossover Culture Traction

Today’s game is faster than ever. It’s all about the fast-paced, high-speed style of play.  A wishbone suspension system offers enhanced dual direction stability without restricting key flex zones, giving you the perfect balance of speed, stability, and comfortability. A multi-level modified herringbone outsole with an added lateral crossover bar offers enhanced traction during quick cuts and fast motions, so you always stay in control. Finally, a molded external midsole heel counter offers lightweight stability to keep you safe on impact after racing to the rim or jumping for a rebound.


4. Evolved Performance Fit

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The perfect fit gives you extra comfort and confidence on the court. Crossover Culture re-engineered their shoes for a natural forefoot feel, emphasizing straight-out-of-the-box comfort. Advanced materials are designed to move with the foot when needed and support the foot when needed, giving you the perfect balance of a flexible, supportive feel so you can stay focused on your game.


5. Three Basketball Silhouettes

5 Crossover Culture Basketball

Crossover Culture has a shoe for everyone. The Crossover Culture Sniper LP has an advanced 3D molded knit upper to support dynamic movements and a supportive over-the-ankle, high-top fit. There’s also a Sniper LP Lo for fans who prefer the fit and feel of a low-top silhouette. The Crossover Culture Fortune LP features an inner sleeve for a snug fit and a second-skin feel, while midfoot/ankle straps lock you in for athletes who are focused on ultimate lockdown.

5 Crossover Culture Casual

There’s also an off-court line and apparel collection, so when you’re finished at the gym, you can lace up casual kicks for basketball-inspired, street-worthy style.



So what are you waiting for? You can join the Crossover Culture movement. You can get these products now at Stay tuned to Eastbay’s Twitter and Instagram for upcoming release info.


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Introducing Crossover Culture: A New Name For Today’s Game

Introducing Crossover Culture: A New Name For Today’s Game

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The game has changed. The sneakers should too. That’s the idea behind Crossover Culture, the newest brand in basketball.

Positions don’t matter anymore. Big guys run the court and shoot threes. Small guys rock the rim. And most importantly, everybody can handle the rock. Versatility is the biggest factor in today’s game, so Crossover Culture created a shoe line that reflects that changing idea. These shoes aren’t made specifically for point guards and power forwards. They’re made with a different philosophy, one that focuses on fit and feel to deliver comfort and confidence during every aspect of the game.

“This is a game where there are no positions,” said Ryan Duke, Founder of Crossover Culture. “Everybody’s got to shoot, everybody’s got to handle the ball, everybody is a playmaker. We saw that most of the other product out there is built around certain functionalities, so we built shoes that meet the needs of the guy who is really doing everything on the court.”

Crossover Culture is a team of hoopers that started making basketball shoes because they wanted something different. Basketball has changed a lot since the mid-90s, but that change hasn’t always been reflected in basketball footwear.

“You used to have big guys and power guys and speed guys,” Duke said. “That’s disappeared. Now, everybody is a playmaker. We feel like our product reflects this game. This is a new form of basketball from a creative and artistic perspective.”

What’s that look like?

“Our design centers around fit, materials, and cushioning,” Duke said. “Our sneakers are built for a more supportive fit and a lightweight second-skin feel. That’s what makes you comfortable on the court, no matter what your style of play is.”

Let’s break down the tech.