The Best Basketball Shoes for Guys

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Control your pickup games with these high-flying kicks.

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<p>Basketball players depend on their feet to jump, cut, and sprint, so it's essential that they have the right pair of shoes. The perfect kicks should be a blend of lightweight court grip and lockdown support, so that every movement, from stops and starts to explosive leaps and bounds, feels comfortable. </p><p>Performance is important, but so are looks. Since pro basketball takes place indoors under the bright lights of NBA arenas, the court becomes a de facto fashion show, with the most visible players getting the flashiest, best performing shoes under their own lines. As one of Nike's early ad campaigns for Michael Jordan taught us, at least <em>part</em> of his otherworldly game has gotta be the shoes. </p><p>For the rest of us, a hot look paired with a good fit is what counts when we hit the rec court. <em>Men's Health</em> fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and associate fitness editor Brett Williams compiled this list of the best high-flying kicks in the game right now, with the buzziest signature shoes and some low-key top performers for anyone just looking for a pair to lace up and ball. </p>
The Best Basketball Shoes for Guys

Basketball players depend on their feet to jump, cut, and sprint, so it's essential that they have the right pair of shoes. The perfect kicks should be a blend of lightweight court grip and lockdown support, so that every movement, from stops and starts to explosive leaps and bounds, feels comfortable.

Performance is important, but so are looks. Since pro basketball takes place indoors under the bright lights of NBA arenas, the court becomes a de facto fashion show, with the most visible players getting the flashiest, best performing shoes under their own lines. As one of Nike's early ad campaigns for Michael Jordan taught us, at least part of his otherworldly game has gotta be the shoes.

For the rest of us, a hot look paired with a good fit is what counts when we hit the rec court. Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and associate fitness editor Brett Williams compiled this list of the best high-flying kicks in the game right now, with the buzziest signature shoes and some low-key top performers for anyone just looking for a pair to lace up and ball.

<p><strong>nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$200.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Flebron-17-basketball-shoe-6LSXgh&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>The 17th edition of the King’s signature shoe is once again built for the power player, and this year’s it focuses on cushioning your landings, absorbing impact with the largest Max Air unit ever and a pair of Zoom Air bags for good measure. Meanwhile, the Battleknit material that defined the LeBron’s of the last two years is replaced by Knitposit, a unique blend of Flyknit and heat-molded yarns that creates a distinct-looking shoe that holds up on the court and looks pretty cool off of it too. <em><strong>-Eb</strong></em></p>
Nike LeBron 17

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The 17th edition of the King’s signature shoe is once again built for the power player, and this year’s it focuses on cushioning your landings, absorbing impact with the largest Max Air unit ever and a pair of Zoom Air bags for good measure. Meanwhile, the Battleknit material that defined the LeBron’s of the last two years is replaced by Knitposit, a unique blend of Flyknit and heat-molded yarns that creates a distinct-looking shoe that holds up on the court and looks pretty cool off of it too. -Eb

<p><strong>adidas</strong></p><p>adidas.com</p><p><strong>$100.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adidas.com%2Fus%2Fd.o.n.-issue-1-shoes%2FEG0490.html&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Adidas’ first sneaker for Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a well-rounded shoe that’s all about comfort, thanks to a perfectly balanced Bounce sole. These babies offer a tight fit that’s perfect for cutting and moving laterally, and they deliver great ankle support, especially for a shoe with such a low ankle collar. Eye-catching design completes the package; chase the Iron Spiders, an homage to Tony Stark’s tech-ed out costume for Spiderman, if you can.</p>
Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1 Shoes

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Adidas’ first sneaker for Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a well-rounded shoe that’s all about comfort, thanks to a perfectly balanced Bounce sole. These babies offer a tight fit that’s perfect for cutting and moving laterally, and they deliver great ankle support, especially for a shoe with such a low ankle collar. Eye-catching design completes the package; chase the Iron Spiders, an homage to Tony Stark’s tech-ed out costume for Spiderman, if you can.

<p><strong>nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$180.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fair-jordan-xxxiv-basketball-shoe-RG4jCV&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>The Air Jordan line represents the best of the best in performance basketball footwear, and the 34 is just the latest example. The shoe’s lockdown is next-level, while the new Eclipse Plate keeps the shoe super light and explosive. <strong><em>-Brett</em></strong></p>
Air Jordan XXXIV

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The Air Jordan line represents the best of the best in performance basketball footwear, and the 34 is just the latest example. The shoe’s lockdown is next-level, while the new Eclipse Plate keeps the shoe super light and explosive. -Brett

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The Best Basketball Shoes for Guys
<p><strong>Under Armour</strong></p><p>underarmour.com</p><p><strong>$120.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.underarmour.com%2Fen-us%2Fua-hovr-havoc-2%2Fpid3022050&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>UA’s Havoc kicks deliver terrific breathability, never overheating your foot during a game, but that doesn’t come at the expense of security. You’ll still get solid midfoot lockdown, and a snug fit at the heel. Your foot isn’t going anywhere in these kicks, so V-cut out for an elbow jumper with confidence.</p>
Under Armour HOVR Havoc 2

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UA’s Havoc kicks deliver terrific breathability, never overheating your foot during a game, but that doesn’t come at the expense of security. You’ll still get solid midfoot lockdown, and a snug fit at the heel. Your foot isn’t going anywhere in these kicks, so V-cut out for an elbow jumper with confidence.

<p><strong>Nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$150.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fzoom-kd12-basketball-shoe-5p4zNz&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Durant’s latest signature shoe is a serious redesign from previous iterations, and the results are terrific, especially if your on-court game involves post-ups and quick spins. The KD12s lose their rigid feel from the last few years, thanks to a full-length</p><p> Zoom Turbo bag in the sole, delivering a cushiony feel, as well as greater comfort through the midfoot and upper foot. The best part: It’s available in almost any retailer.<strong><em>-Eb </em></strong></p>
Nike Zoom KD12

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Durant’s latest signature shoe is a serious redesign from previous iterations, and the results are terrific, especially if your on-court game involves post-ups and quick spins. The KD12s lose their rigid feel from the last few years, thanks to a full-length

Zoom Turbo bag in the sole, delivering a cushiony feel, as well as greater comfort through the midfoot and upper foot. The best part: It’s available in almost any retailer.-Eb

<p><strong>adidas</strong></p><p>adidas.com</p><p><strong>$180.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adidas.com%2Fus%2Fn3xt-l3v3l-shoes%2FF97258.html&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>There may not be a shoe that locks down your foot, from toes all the way up to your ankle, more effectively than adidas’ no-laces, slip-on N3XT L3V3Ls. There’s nothing to think about here in terms of laces; you just slip them on and hit the court. Uncommon traction competes a solid package that’s perfect for anyone with ankle sprain history who wants a little extra security.</p>
Adidas N3XT L3V3L

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There may not be a shoe that locks down your foot, from toes all the way up to your ankle, more effectively than adidas’ no-laces, slip-on N3XT L3V3Ls. There’s nothing to think about here in terms of laces; you just slip them on and hit the court. Uncommon traction competes a solid package that’s perfect for anyone with ankle sprain history who wants a little extra security.

<p><strong>nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$120.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fzoom-freak-1-basketball-shoe-tmk8Hw&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finally gets a signature shoe, and it’s one of the best budget buys on the market, delivering solid forefoot lockdown and solidly breathable material. These shoes change direction with you well, and while they could have offered a bit more traction, they’re still a solid buy for players who like to cut and weave through traffic. At $120, they’re a solid value.</p>
Nike Zoom Freak 1

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Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finally gets a signature shoe, and it’s one of the best budget buys on the market, delivering solid forefoot lockdown and solidly breathable material. These shoes change direction with you well, and while they could have offered a bit more traction, they’re still a solid buy for players who like to cut and weave through traffic. At $120, they’re a solid value.

<p><strong>Nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$110.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fpg-3-basketball-shoe-nzrq5r&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Paul George’s signature shoe is all about freedom. The PG3s feel light and unrestrictive, letting you elevate with ease, but still offering cushioning on landings and enough ankle support to make you feel comfortable changing direction. A grippy sole completes an underrated package that won’t shatter your wallet, either. <strong><em>-Eb</em></strong></p>
Basketball Shoe PG 3

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Paul George’s signature shoe is all about freedom. The PG3s feel light and unrestrictive, letting you elevate with ease, but still offering cushioning on landings and enough ankle support to make you feel comfortable changing direction. A grippy sole completes an underrated package that won’t shatter your wallet, either. -Eb

<p><strong>adidas</strong></p><p>adidas.com</p><p><strong>$130.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adidas.com%2Fus%2Fharden-vol.-4-shoes%2FF97188.html&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p>These basketball shoes are designed specifically for James Harden's game to help him stay strong in the fourth quarter. Featuring ultra-lightweight and responsive midsole cushioning, they have a midfoot band for the added lockdown and stability needed to make hard, decisive cuts. A rubber outsole tailored to Harden's signature on-court movements provides outstanding traction and grip.
Harden Vol. 4 Shoes

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These basketball shoes are designed specifically for James Harden's game to help him stay strong in the fourth quarter. Featuring ultra-lightweight and responsive midsole cushioning, they have a midfoot band for the added lockdown and stability needed to make hard, decisive cuts. A rubber outsole tailored to Harden's signature on-court movements provides outstanding traction and grip.
<p><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.puma.com%2Fen%2Fus%2Fpd%2Flegacy-68-basketball-shoes%2F193512.html%3Fdwvar_193512_color%3D01&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BUY IT HERE">BUY IT HERE</a></p><p>These solid high tops are deceptively light and play low-profile. They offer plenty of support, the sole is extra-grippy, and the shoes are light, even though they look bulkier than slick low-tops, like the Kobe line. The kicks feel modern, but the unmistakable Puma branding gives a touch of old-school cool. <strong><em>-Brett</em></strong></p>
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These solid high tops are deceptively light and play low-profile. They offer plenty of support, the sole is extra-grippy, and the shoes are light, even though they look bulkier than slick low-tops, like the Kobe line. The kicks feel modern, but the unmistakable Puma branding gives a touch of old-school cool. -Brett

<p><strong>Under Armour</strong></p><p>underarmour.com</p><p><strong>$71.99</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.underarmour.com%2Fen-us%2Fmens-ua-spawn-anatomix-low-basketball-shoes%2Fpid3021263&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>UnderArmour updates one of its best shoe designs with the new Spawns, super-breathable kicks that offer a tight fit and surprising flexibility in the forefoot—the kind of flexibility that players who cut and change direction often will love. <strong><em>-Eb</em></strong></p>
UA Anatomix Spawn Low

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UnderArmour updates one of its best shoe designs with the new Spawns, super-breathable kicks that offer a tight fit and surprising flexibility in the forefoot—the kind of flexibility that players who cut and change direction often will love. -Eb

<p><strong>Under Armour</strong></p><p>underarmour.com</p><p><strong>$56.25</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.underarmour.com%2Fen-us%2Fua-anomaly%2Fpid3021266&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>This pair of mids from Under Armour offers performance in a no-frills package for a low cost. Extra padding around the tongue and ankle collar makes the fit more comfortable, and built-in ankle support can help to keep even the clumsiest post players from rolling their ankles. <strong><em>-Brett</em></strong></p>
UA Anomaly

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This pair of mids from Under Armour offers performance in a no-frills package for a low cost. Extra padding around the tongue and ankle collar makes the fit more comfortable, and built-in ankle support can help to keep even the clumsiest post players from rolling their ankles. -Brett

<p><strong>nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$180.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Falphadunk-basketball-shoe-PVlFH3&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p>PURE BOUNCE. - Join the hoops uprising in the AlphaDunk, one of Nike Basketball's bounciest game shoes to date. The revamped upper construction is light and supportive, and a large cushioning unit spans nearly the entire forefoot, giving you all the responsiveness you can handle on the court. Amazing Bounce - The Zoom Air unit is Nike's largest yet in the forefoot of a basketball shoe. It extends from under the ball of your foot to your toes, keeping you engaged with the cushioning to the point of liftoff. Lightweight Durability and Support - A reengineered Flyknit construction provides a snug, sock-like fit that's strong, supportive and flexible where you need it, yet comfortable all over. Added thickness enhances durability without excess weight. More Benefits - A padded inner collar provides support for your Achilles tendon.. The traditional lacing with Flywire cables helps lock you in.. An external heel counter helps stabilize ankle.. Product Details - Foam midsole. Durable rubber outsoleShown: Black/White/Photo Blue. Style: BQ5401-002. .
Basketball Shoe Nike AlphaDunk

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PURE BOUNCE. - Join the hoops uprising in the AlphaDunk, one of Nike Basketball's bounciest game shoes to date. The revamped upper construction is light and supportive, and a large cushioning unit spans nearly the entire forefoot, giving you all the responsiveness you can handle on the court. Amazing Bounce - The Zoom Air unit is Nike's largest yet in the forefoot of a basketball shoe. It extends from under the ball of your foot to your toes, keeping you engaged with the cushioning to the point of liftoff. Lightweight Durability and Support - A reengineered Flyknit construction provides a snug, sock-like fit that's strong, supportive and flexible where you need it, yet comfortable all over. Added thickness enhances durability without excess weight. More Benefits - A padded inner collar provides support for your Achilles tendon.. The traditional lacing with Flywire cables helps lock you in.. An external heel counter helps stabilize ankle.. Product Details - Foam midsole. Durable rubber outsoleShown: Black/White/Photo Blue. Style: BQ5401-002. .
<p><strong>nike</strong></p><p>nike.com</p><p><strong>$130.00</strong></p><p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fkyrie-5-basketball-shoe-vK2Sk0&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.menshealth.com%2Ffitness%2Fg26328412%2Fbest-basketball-shoes%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p>TURBOCHARGED RESPONSIVENESS FOR KYRIE. - Ball in hand, bucket in mind, Kyrie Irving breaks down the defense using his otherworldly arsenal of moves. The Kyrie 5 gives his fast, all-angle attack a new cushioning technology that aligns with the curved shape of the outsole. Whether breaking or banking, the Nike Air Zoom Turbo responds with a rapid return of energy. Rolling Responsiveness - Nike Air Zoom Turbo is a new basketball technology with articulated cushioning that follows the curved shape of the outsole. As you roll toward the basket, the cushioning responds with rapid energy return that keeps firing at all angles of attack. Curved Traction - The outsole is curved and wraps up the sides, helping maintain traction through your entire step while enhancing your ability to roll through your stride. Locked-In Breathability and Support - The engineered mesh upper is breathable, flexible and supportive. A flytrap-inspired overlay works by clamping down over your midfoot when you lace up, so you stay locked in. More Benefits - Padded collar provides support for your Achilles tendon.. Reinforced toe resists abrasion.. Flywire cables help lock you in.. Inner sleeve offers a snug, precise fit.. Product Details - Foam midsole. Rubber outsole. Molded Kyrie logoShown: Black/Black/Black. Style: AO2918-001. .
Basketball Shoe Kyrie 5

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TURBOCHARGED RESPONSIVENESS FOR KYRIE. - Ball in hand, bucket in mind, Kyrie Irving breaks down the defense using his otherworldly arsenal of moves. The Kyrie 5 gives his fast, all-angle attack a new cushioning technology that aligns with the curved shape of the outsole. Whether breaking or banking, the Nike Air Zoom Turbo responds with a rapid return of energy. Rolling Responsiveness - Nike Air Zoom Turbo is a new basketball technology with articulated cushioning that follows the curved shape of the outsole. As you roll toward the basket, the cushioning responds with rapid energy return that keeps firing at all angles of attack. Curved Traction - The outsole is curved and wraps up the sides, helping maintain traction through your entire step while enhancing your ability to roll through your stride. Locked-In Breathability and Support - The engineered mesh upper is breathable, flexible and supportive. A flytrap-inspired overlay works by clamping down over your midfoot when you lace up, so you stay locked in. More Benefits - Padded collar provides support for your Achilles tendon.. Reinforced toe resists abrasion.. Flywire cables help lock you in.. Inner sleeve offers a snug, precise fit.. Product Details - Foam midsole. Rubber outsole. Molded Kyrie logoShown: Black/Black/Black. Style: AO2918-001. .

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